Dear Marriage Supporter,
A new national poll, this one conducted by Democratic pollster Pat Caddell, becomes the fourth to show that the American people are rejecting the ruling of the US Supreme Court in the Obergefell case, which redefined marriage for every state in the nation.
Specifically, the poll looked at religious liberty issues in the fallout of the Supreme Court ruling. Caddell found:
- 71% of Americans believe that religious liberty can be protected while also protecting gay couples from discrimination.
- 68% of Americans are opposed to forcing an individual or business to participate in something such as a same-sex ceremony against their wishes.
- 79% of Americans disagree with the idea that the federal government should be able to determine legitimate religious beliefs.
- 82% of Americans say that a wedding photographer who has deeply-held religious beliefs in opposition to same-sex 'marriage' should be able to say NO to a same-sex couple who demands he or she photograph the ceremony.
- When forced to choose between protecting religious liberties and the rights of gay couples, four times as many (31% of Americans) say they would protect religious liberty as those (8% of Americans) who would protect gay rights.
- 53% of Americans told Caddell they believe that the federal government should never have the ability to restrict the conversations, counseling and prayer of military chaplains, while only 19% say the government should be able to somewhat or to a great extent restrict military chaplains regarding the counseling, conversations or prayer they provide.
Fox News Bumbles on Marriage
The nation watched the first debate of the presidential cycle this week, as Fox News hosted the affair from Cleveland on Thursday evening. As many NOM supporters have observed, the mainstream media rarely treats the marriage issue with the importance it deserves, and even Fox News has been reluctant to give it fair and balanced coverage.
Regrettably, this was evident in their handling of the marriage issue during the presidential debate. Only two candidates were asked about marriage, and it was phrased in an adversarial way, pitting support for traditional marriage as being at odds with support for a gay family member. How ridiculous!
Ohio Governor John Kasich told viewers he supported traditional marriage, explaining that he's old fashioned, but then stumbled badly when he said the Supreme Court decision had settled the issue. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul didn't add much substance to the subject but did manage to get in a quip that, "I don't want my marriage or my guns registered in Washington...When the government tries to invade the church to enforce its own opinion on marriage, that's when it's time to resist."
In contrast to the made-for-TV event organized by Fox News, the real American debate is taking place across the land and that debate definitely includes the illegitimate ruling of the US Supreme Court redefining marriage. For example, recently in Iowa the major presidential candidates were on stage for one-on-one interviews at the Family Leadership Forum, which was co-sponsored by NOM. As we have detailed, the candidates who took a forceful stand against the Supreme Court marriage ruling got a huge audience reaction, including standing ovations, from the nearly 3,000 Republican leaders who attended the event.
It's these leaders and activists who will help select the next Republican presidential nominee. Fortunately, voters in Iowa have the opportunity to see and hear from the candidates directly as they campaign up and down the state. Many voters in other states don't have that luxury of meeting the candidates face-to-face, which is why they depend on the news media for an opportunity to learn about the candidate's values and positions. Sadly, when it came to the marriage issue, Fox News bumbled badly. We hope that future debates will give the candidates a fuller opportunity to expound on their views about protecting marriage and the actions they will take as president to reverse the illegitimate ruling of the Supreme Court.
NOM is committed to helping the American people separate out the marriage champions from the pretenders by issuing our Presidential Marriage Pledge. A number of candidates have signed onto our pledge, and we will be announcing those names soon.
Ask Your Federal Representatives To Support The First Amendment Defense Act
Support for the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA — HR 2802/S. 1598) continues to grow. Currently there are 146 sponsors or cosponsors of FADA in the House of Representatives, and 37 sponsors and cosponsors in the US Senate. That means that 42% of all members of Congress have already lent their name to this critically important legislation.
With Congress now in their August recess, it's a perfect opportunity for you to ask your federal representatives if they will support this critical legislation to protect people of faith from being discriminated against by the government simply for standing firm for the truth of marriage. Check with your US Senator and House Representative to see if they have any community forums planned, and then show up to urge their support of FADA. If they don't have any forum planned, please write them a letter or send an email asking them to sign on to support the First Amendment Defense Act.
And please be sure to email me any feedback you get from your representatives so we can factor that into our efforts in Washington, DC.
Please Support NOM
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is a grassroots organization that depends on average Americans for our existence. If you agree that marriage should be defended and preserved in the law, then we hope you will support NOM with a generous financial contribution. Unlike those who want to rip the truth of marriage from the law and culture, NOM doesn't have deep-pocketed billionaires or advocates in the media to count on. That's why I am asking you to consider making a contribution of $15, $25, $50 or even $100 or $250 to support our work in Congress, at the state level, in the courts and in the court of public opinion.
The other side has many advantages and big money, but we have you! Fortunately, some of our supporters have banded together and have agreed to match anything you give, dollar for dollar, in the next thirty days. If you donate $25, we will receive $50; if you give $50, we will receive $100. So there has never been a better time to support NOM than right now!
Please join us in defense of marriage as God designed it and has humanity has experienced it — the union of one man and one woman for the good of the couple, the good of children and benefit of all of society.