Last week NOM unveiled our five-point plan to fight for marriage at our second annual Marriage Gala held in Washington, DC where Sen. Rick Santorum was our keynote speaker. I was very pleased with the supportive reaction from those in attendance. If you were not able to join us last week, here are the five key elements in our plan:
- Electing a Pro-Marriage Republican as President of the United States
- Holding the GOP Accountable
- Enacting the First Amendment Defense Act to protect the right of supporters of marriage to live their beliefs in the public square
- Build the grassroots through education and engagement, helping to rebuild a thriving marriage culture
- Lend support to other efforts to amend the constitution to repeal this decision
I am excited to announce that a number of heroic marriage supporters have committed to fight for marriage and we have combined pledges that will match every donation we receive over the next 30 days dollar for dollar up to a total of $250,000! What a great blessing this will be!
Will you please demonstrate your commitment to continue the fight for marriage by making an immediate contribution of $25, $50, $100, $500 or even $1,000 or more? We have an enormous amount of work to do over the next month and we urgently need your financial assistance today — and your donation will be matched dollar for dollar!
Our plan has two primary objectives. First, in the short term we must protect those who believe in the truth that marriage is the union of one man and one woman from facing persecution and punishment for upholding their beliefs. Second, we must work over the longer term to reverse the illegitimate ruling of the US Supreme Court redefining marriage.
The five pillars of our plan all tie together to create a comprehensive approach. We will be active in Congress and at the state level; in courts and in the court of public opinion; and in public and behind the scenes.
But all of this depends on you. That's why I am asking you to make an urgent financial contribution today so that we have the resources to carry our plan forward. Remember, any donation you give over the next 30 days will be matched dollar for dollar.
We expect the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) to come up for its first hearing in Congress within the next several weeks and we have a lot to do to push this legislation forward. We need to organize people to contact their federal representatives, aggressively promote the legislation through the media, lobby members of Congress and prepare written materials and testimony.
Why is passing FADA so important? Because now that the Supreme Court has illegitimately redefined marriage for the entire nation, there will be a tremendous push by government to force every individual, business and organization to support it and to change their practices to bow to this new illegitimate understanding of marriage. Examples include stripping churches and religious and pro-family groups of their tax exemptions; denying people and businesses tax deductions, grants and access to federal resources unless they expressly support the new marriage regime; making support of gay 'marriage' a condition of receiving federal contracts or benefits; and pursuing other points of pressure to force compliance.
The Supreme Court's marriage decision has handed the Obama administration a heavy club to pound supporters of true marriage into submission, and you can count on them to use it. In fact, a top administration lawyer has already hinted that the federal government is going to punish people and groups that refuse to embrace same-sex 'marriage.'
The First Amendment Defense Act would stop President Obama and the federal government from taking any adverse action because of an individual's beliefs in support of maintaining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
Aaron and Melissa Klein know how the power of government can be brought to bear against supporters of marriage. When they declined to bake a cake for a same-sex 'marriage' ceremony, the state of Oregon found them guilty of discrimination and has fined them $135,000. Keep in mind that at the time the couple declined to participate in this ceremony, same-sex 'marriage' was illegal in Oregon. Now that the Supreme Court has imposed it on the entire country, imagine what will occur. This is why we need FADA to be enacted not only at the federal level but in every state as well.
Please help us protect supporters of marriage from government punishment and harassment by making an urgent financial contribution of whatever you can afford — $10, $25, $50, $100, $250 or $500 or more. And remember, your donation will be matched dollar for dollar by some of our best supporters.
We have already been working hard to implement our five-point plan. We're working to give presidential candidates the opportunity to sign our presidential pledge, engaging the American people in signing The People's Marriage Pledge, working behind the scenes to ensure that candidates are asked to support marriage when they campaign in key states, and pushing critical legislation in Congress and state Legislatures.
If you are like me, then your first reaction to the Supreme Court decision was probably great disappointment. But that quickly turned to anger and a renewed commitment to fight for what is just and true — preserving marriage as God designed it and as it has existed throughout the history of our nation and, indeed, civilization. I am not going to let the Supreme Court get away with what they've done and we have a plan to fix it.
I am counting on you to join me. Please make a donation today.