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Make This The Summer For Protecting Marriage Supporters

 


As we enter the heat of the summer, many of our elected officials in Washington are taking time off, some on family vacations, some meeting with constituents, and others participating in "fact finding" trips to other countries. But while the Congressional schedule may allow for our federal representatives to take a break, NOM does not have that luxury. We need to use this limited time to get ready for a major push in just a few weeks to protect people who believe in marriage as one man and one woman from discrimination, punishment and harassment at the hands of government officials doing the bidding of LGBT extremists.

Can I count on you to help us be successful?

Here's our plan:

  1. Working with allies, organize tens of thousands of Americans to contact Attorney General Jeff Sessions to demand that the Trump administration move forward with a long-promised Executive Order to protect individuals, pastors, churches and nonprofit groups who believe in traditional marriage from punitive actions against them by the government. We need to remind Attorney General Sessions that candidate Donald Trump repeatedly promised he would issue such an order, and let him know that we expect this promise to be fulfilled. President Trump has tasked Mr. Sessions with this responsibility.

  2. Work with key champions in Congress, including Sen. Mike Lee and Rep. Raul Labrador, to reintroduce the First Amendment Defense Act to make permanent the types of protections that would be contained in an Executive Order. President Trump has already endorsed this type of legislation, but it has not yet been introduced into Congress.

  3. Conduct a strong public education campaign supporting NOM's legal team as we prepare to file amicus briefs with the US Supreme Court in one of the most consequential religious liberty cases ever to come before the Court – the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, which provides the opportunity for a sweeping ruling that governments may not punish people of faith for declining to participate in gay "weddings" that violate their deeply held religious beliefs.

  4. As part of the public education campaign underlying our regulatory, legislative and judicial work, we must highlight the utter hate that many on the left have for people who remain firm in their belief that marriage is as God created it – one man and one woman. This includes formally launching our First Freedom Initiative which, among other things, will highlight the animus and dangerous tactics of groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center and the grossly-misnamed Human Rights Campaign.

Show Your Support

Combined, these four priorities form the backbone of NOM's Summer For Protecting Marriage Supporters. But to be successful on any one of these undertakings, let alone our full agenda, we need the help of every NOM supporter. Will you be with us?

We’ve got a lot of work to do to be successful, and our team is already hard at work doing the heavy lifting that is required. We're preparing additional educational videos and informational pieces to explain the importance of this effort, getting ready to launch more petitions to engage Americans in the cause, putting the final touches on new policy positions that allied groups can endorse and help us present to Congress and the Trump administration, and conducting rigorous legal research on how and why the constitution protects the rights of people of faith to decline to be involved in something that violates their deeply held beliefs.

No American should be forced to abandon their faith and tenets of belief about marriage to avoid being targeted by the government for punishment. Our side has never taken the position that the LGBT community should be punished for pursuing their beliefs, yet LGBT extremists regularly claim that we are hateful, bigoted homophobes who deserve to be punished whenever possible for believing that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.

While this summer will be extremely busy for us at NOM, it's no secret that the summer months are the most challenging time to raise financial support for nonprofit groups. We're counting on you and other NOM supporters to show that this year is an exception and that our finances will not take a hit just when we need to step up our investment in pursuing our agenda to protect marriage supporters from discrimination.

Please give generously at this important time. We need your ongoing support, and we thank you for all that you are doing to help us restore marriage and protect marriage supporters.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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