The State of the Race


Dear Marriage Supporter,

The media is in full coronation mode, portraying the GOP presidential contest as all but over. Don't believe them. It takes 1,237 delegates to capture the Republican nomination. Donald Trump has 67 delegates so he's a long way from having wrapped up the nomination in the two states that he has won.

Ted Cruz has also won a state, and he's consistently finished in the top tier of candidates. He and Marco Rubio, along with Trump, are all positioned to compete in states across the country so the race will be competitive for a very long time — perhaps all the way to the convention in Cleveland.

I must admit that I am disappointed that Donald Trump was able to win decisively in South Carolina. Trump won with a third of the vote; two-thirds of Republicans were against him. Still, a win is a win and he led in virtually every demographic category.

It's mind-boggling to me that Donald Trump captured more of the evangelical vote (33%) in South Carolina than did Ted Cruz (27%). How could a faithful evangelical vote for a man who admits to having engaged in multiple affairs with married women, says he has nothing in his life to repent to Our Lord about, was the first casino owner to open a strip club, has abandoned the cause of marriage and who once said he'd consider appointing to the US Supreme Court a federal judge (his sister) who approves of the barbaric partial birth abortion procedure where the baby is killed in the process of being born?

Clearly, what's happening is that in this crowded field of candidates, the saturation media coverage of his celebrity candidacy with its focus on his latest outrageous statement has meant that Donald Trump's background and positions are not well understood by voters. Voters see him sparring with the Pope and Putin but do not see him having to answer for his positions on issues or his behavior as a man and business executive.

Thankfully, the field is in the process of being winnowed, with Jeb Bush being the latest to drop out. We're hopeful that others will leave the race soon, including Ben Carson and John Kasich. The sooner that voters can focus in on a narrower field, the more they will come to learn about Donald Trump.

I'm also hopeful that Senators Cruz and Rubio will turn more of their attention to defeating Mr. Trump rather that going after each other. The guy who is leading the race should be receiving the most fire, and there is a wealth of things to discuss about the Trump candidacy.

NOM is proud to support Ted Cruz and we continue to believe that he has an excellent chance of gaining the nomination. On March 1st, Super Tuesday, a number of key states vote that should be favorable to his candidacy, including Cruz' home state of Texas.

Regardless of the polls or campaign developments, we know that we can count on Ted Cruz. He's a true marriage champion, someone who will fight for our cause no matter the circumstances. And with control of the Supreme Court hanging in the balance, Americans can count on Ted Cruz to appoint constitutionalist judges in the mold of Antonin Scalia — judges who will reverse the illegitimate marriage ruling, uphold the right of states to limit abortions, overturn Obamacare, protect the second amendment and enhance the fight against terrorism and our right to control our borders.

NOM Endorses Washington Ballot Initiative on Bathroom Privacy

I'm proud to announce that NOM has endorsed a proposed ballot initiative in Washington state to reverse a dangerous and ill-advised ruling that will allow men to force themselves into women's restrooms, showers and locker rooms simply by claiming that they identify as the opposite sex.

In December, the Washington state Human Rights Commission issued mandatory rules applicable to all businesses and organizations in the state with six or more employees, including churches, that they must open all intimate facilities to any individual based on their "gender identity" rather than their biologic sex. The law makes no exceptions, not even when dealing with pedophiles or sex offenders.

Increasingly, LGBT advocates are flexing their political muscle to get states and municipalities to force all citizens to sacrifice their privacy and safety so that the "transgendered" are able to access intimate facilities of their choice.

While politicians have bent over backwards to advance the transgendered community's agenda, voters have not been so inclined. Just recently, voters in Houston overwhelmingly rejected a law very similar to what is being mandated in Washington state. A recent poll of Washington state voters showed they are poised to do the same, with 62% of voters saying they oppose the law while only 32% support it. When voters learn that the rule will be applied to public schools, thus subjecting children to being exposed to a person of the opposite sex, 72% of voters say they are not comfortable with the rule, while only 23% say that they are comfortable with it.

The Washington state rule actually goes much further than similar proposals elsewhere by significantly limiting speech when it comes to the transgendered. It will be illegal to ask "unwelcome" questions of a transgendered person, such as what is their biological gender, or to refer to the individual using a pronoun that he or she finds offensive. Of course even asking what pronoun the person considers to be unwelcome could result in a finding of discrimination, leading to a fine. Even making a gender-based joke could be deemed to be discrimination.

NOM joins with the Family Policy Institute of Washington in backing the proposed initiative. FPIW has launched a website to recruit volunteers and raise funds to back the measure — FPIW says they will move forward with filing the initiative as soon as $100,000 is raised and 1,000 volunteers recruited.

To support this campaign, please go to the Just Want Privacy website to register as a donor or a volunteer. We encourage all NOM members to contribute directly to the effort.


Brian S Brown

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