Dear Marriage Supporter,
I know that many of you are anxious to start your weekend so I will keep this newsletter brief.
I'd like to begin with a heartfelt "thank you" to all of you who are fathers and who take your awesome responsibilities seriously. As the father of eight myself, I know that being a dad is sometimes a thankless task, but it is an incredibly important one in the lives of children.
For many years we have known that children who grow up without a father in their lives face many difficulties — everything from increased poverty to higher incidence of mental and physical health problems, less educational attainment and increased delinquency and criminality, among many other issues.
In 1965 sociologist and later US Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan wrote a report documenting the shocking fact that 25% of black children at that time were being raised in a home where no father was present. That figure has grown to 72% today, and now a quarter of all American children have no father in the home.
When God created marriage, his design was to bring the two halves of humanity together for the benefit of the couple and to provide the ideal environment for any children born of their union. The social science is finally catching up to the obvious reality that men matter — as husbands and fathers — even if some cultural elites continue to downplay the importance of having both a mother and a father in a child's life.
It's easy for a man to father a child. What's hard is the process of being a father — loving, mentoring, spending time, teaching, modeling, protecting and providing (among many other things).
So to those who perform this heroic work, we at NOM say, "Happy Father's Day."
NOM Issues Presidential Marriage Pledge for Candidates; People's Marriage Pledge For the Public
NOM took a significant step this week in helping to shape the 2016 presidential contest by issuing our Presidential Marriage Pledge to the Republican candidates running for president. As we said in our news release, with the US Supreme Court set to issue their opinion on whether the US Constitution somehow prohibits states from defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman, it is imperative that we have a presidential candidate who is a champion for marriage.
The pledge does not just ask candidates to express support for protecting marriage, it asks them to pledge to take very specific actions if they are elected — including supporting a federal constitutional amendment protecting marriage and pursuit of legislation to protect people who believe in marriage from being targeted for retaliation by government.
In 2012, every major Republican candidate signed NOM's marriage pledge, and it became an important tool to advance the cause of marriage in that election. We expect it to be even more influential in the 2016 contest and will regularly update you on those who have signed our pledge.
But we have done more than just call on the candidates to take the pledge, we are inviting the American people to do so as well. Those who sign the People's Marriage Pledge commit they will only support a presidential candidate who has agreed to the tenets laid out in our presidential pledge.
If you have not yet done so, please sign The People's Marriage Pledge today and forward it to all your friends asking them to do the same.
Critical Legislation Introduced To Protect Marriage and Religious Liberty
This week also saw the formal introduction of critically important legislation to protect marriage and religious liberty. Senator Mike Lee and Rep. Raul Labrador announced yesterday that they have introduced the First Amendment Defense Act (S. 1598, H.R. 2802) to safeguard "individuals and institutions who promote traditional marriage from government retaliation."
The First Amendment Defense Act protects Americans who believe in the truth of marriage against actions by the federal government to punish or marginalize them. Specifically, the legislation would prevent any federal agency from denying a tax exemption, grant, contract, license, or certification to an individual, association, or business based on their belief that marriage is a union between a man and a woman. No matter what the US Supreme Court decides in the case before them that seeks to impose same-sex 'marriage' on the entire nation, there is an urgent need for the First Amendment Defense Act to be enacted by Congress.
Please contact your federal representatives today to urge them to support this important legislation.
Help NOM Fight for Marriage
Lastly, I would like to ask you to consider making a financial contribution to NOM as we prepare to leap into action when the US Supreme Court issues their ruling on whether it is unconstitutional to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The ruling is expected sometime in the next ten days or so. While we have worked tirelessly for a very long time, our work is really just beginning. Please help us be in the position to act immediately following the ruling by donating today.