Dear Marriage Supporter,
It's been a busy week on the marriage front as NOM announced that four candidates have emerged from the crowded Republican presidential field to be named “Marriage Champions." Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Rick Santorum, Gov. Bobby Jindal and Dr. Ben Carson all signed the NOM Presidential Pledge, promising to take specific actions to restore marriage to our laws and to protect people from discrimination because they believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.
As we have said repeatedly, including in our five-point plan, electing a pro-marriage champion as president is the quickest way to reverse the illegitimate ruling of the US Supreme Court redefining marriage.
Why do we say that? There are three main reasons. First, the sham Obergefell decision on marriage was issued with the barest majority possible — a 5-4 ruling. The next president is expected to have several appointments to replace justices believed to be considering retirement, including Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who voted with the majority. If we had a solid-pro-marriage replacement for Ginsburg, the Supreme Court could very well vote to reverse itself in a future case. Second, the president has the authority to issue an Executive Order prohibiting the federal government from taking adverse actions against anyone who supports marriage, essentially enacting the First Amendment Defense Act with the stroke of his pen. And third, there is no person with a louder megaphone than the President of the United States. Just as Ronald Reagan was able to use his voice to nurture the growth of the pro-life movement, so can the next president nurture the movement to restore marriage.
NOM is committed to doing everything in our power to elect a Marriage Champion as president.
Urge Candidates to Sign NOM's Presidential Pledge and then Sign The People's Marriage Pledge
We hope that additional candidates will sign on to support NOM's pledge. There are two things you can do to help us in that regard. First, please reach out to the candidates and urge them to sign NOM's presidential pledge. This is especially important if you have volunteered or given them money.
The other thing you can do is to personally sign The People's Marriage Pledge, and urge all your friends and family to do the same. By committing to only support a presidential candidate who has committed to take specific actions in defense of marriage, you will be sending a strong signal to all the candidates that the American people want their leaders to fight for marriage.
Donald Trump Proving He's No Conservative
Like candidates in past elections (e.g. Herman Cain and Ross Perot) Donald Trump is riding a wave of public interest in a political outsider with strong business experience coming into office to clean house and get things done. He sits atop all the public polls, but his shoot from the lip approach to issues is quite problematic. The latest example of this is with traditional marriage.
In many previous interviews, Trump has professed his support for traditional marriage, saying that this is how he was raised and it's what his religious faith tells him is true. But in an interview this week with The Hollywood Reporter, Trump said that conservatives should move on from the gay marriage issue because, “the Supreme Court has ruled."
Talk about a guy who doesn't have the slightest idea about presidential leadership! I wonder if he believes that President Lincoln should have abandoned the issue of abolishing slavery because “the Supreme Court has ruled" when they decided in the Dred Scott case that African Americans were mere property, not people entitled to citizenship rights. Or should President Reagan have abandoned the pro-life cause because “the Supreme Court has ruled" in Roe v Wade to impose abortion on the nation resulting in the death of 60 million unborn children?
Businessmen may “move on" when a deal doesn't work out as hoped, but presidents — the best ones, at least — stand for principles and fight to defend those principles even when the Supreme Court imposes an illegitimate decision as they did when they redefined marriage.
That is the kind of leadership NOM is looking for in the next president. Presumably because he cannot commit to provide that leadership, Mr. Trump has not signed the NOM Presidential Marriage Pledge.
Jeb Bush Reiterates His Belief in Marriage in New e-Book
In an interesting new electronic book released this week, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush released a series of emails with people to help Americans understand his thinking on various issues — including the definition of marriage. Like virtually every other candidate, Bush personally believes that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. And though he has been critical of the US Supreme Court ruling on marriage, he has generally deemphasized the issue in his presidential campaign.
It was therefor a little surprising to learn that Bush included an email exchange with a gay man he calls a friend explaining why he supports marriage as the union of one man and one woman and why he supported efforts to amend the Florida constitution to preserve marriage from redefinition by state judges. In the email exchange he explained to his gay friend that discrimination and other problems could be dealt with separately from redefining marriage.
Some have speculated that Gov. Bush is attempting to “thread the needle" by reminding social conservatives of his position on marriage, while also conveying to gay ‘marriage' supporters that he is not anti-gay.
Whatever his intentions may be, the best way for Governor Bush to reassure the American people about how he will govern on the marriage issue is to sign NOM's Presidential Marriage Pledge, something he has not yet done.
First Amendment Defense Act Update
There are 146 sponsors or cosponsors of the First Amendment Defense Act in the House of Representatives (HR 2802) and 37 sponsors or cosponsors in the Senate. Thanks to thousands of NOM supporters who have contacted their federal representatives, we have momentum to push this legislation when legislators return to Washington following the August recess.
It's critical that you urge your representatives to support this legislation to protect people who believe in true marriage from discrimination and persecution by the government. You can see if your Representative in the US House is a cosponsor of FADA by clicking here and determine if your US Senators are cosponsoring the Senate version by clicking here. If they have not yet signed on as a cosponsor, please contact them immediately to ask them to do so. Also, there are still some town halls scheduled by members of Congress. Please look at the list below and attend one if you can.
Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX 6)
Sept. 3, 2015 — Format: In-person
Ennis Town Hall — Ennis, Texas
Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA 4)
Sept. 2, 2015 — Format: In-person
Truckee Town Hall — Truckee, California
Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN 5)
Aug. 31, 2015 — Format: In-person
Connect with your Congresswoman One-on-One — Tipton County — Tipton, Indiana
Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-PA 12)
Aug. 29, 2015 — Format: In-person
Ice Cream with Keith — Aliquippa — Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
Important New Book Coming on Monday
The print edition of Ryan Anderson’s new book Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom will be released on Monday. This well-written and well-presented book lays bare the illegitimate nature of the US Supreme Court ruling redefining marriage, and explains what freedoms are at risk because of it. Reviews of the book have been very positive (averaging 4 stars) despite an effort by Internet trolls to discredit it without ever reading it, and sales of the Kindle version have been strong. We urge you to order a physical copy of the book right away. We believe that this book can make an important contribution to the debate about why the US Supreme Court was utterly wrong and without authority to redefine marriage. The more sales that occur in the critical first week the book is available, the more publicity will be generated about it and the larger the impact it will have in the debate. And who knows – perhaps if enough NOM supporters order the book it might even make one of the best seller lists! Order your copy today.
Please Act Today to Support NOM
The National Organization for Marriage is the only group in America that is exclusively focused on restoring marriage to our law and protecting the right of individuals, businesses, churches and charitable groups to live the truth of marriage in their work and daily lives. We are a grassroots organization that depends on support from average Americans like you. Please consider making a financial contribution to NOM so that we have the funds needed to work in the halls of Congress, in state Legislatures, in the courts and in the court of public opinion. Your donation of $15, $25, $35, $50, $100 or even $250 or more will be doubled because some of our best supporters have rallied together to match all donations through the end of the month (up to a total of $250,000).
There's never been a more important or opportune time to support our work, and we ask you to prayerfully consider what you can give to assist us.