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USA Today Cites NOM Brief

 


Dear Marriage Supporter — One of the most important religious liberty cases of modern times is presently before the U.S. Supreme Court, and NOM is right in the thick of it. In fact, our legal brief in the Masterpiece Cakeshop v Colorado case was recently covered by USA Today, which quoted directly from our submission to the Supreme Court:

"The National Organization for Marriage...cites other instances in which the high court has protected the right to exclude speech. 'Newspapers cannot be forced to print messages from those they criticize,' the group says. 'Car owners cannot be forced to display political messages, children cannot be forced to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, parades cannot be forced to include other viewpoints, utilities cannot be forced to include brochures for consumer advocates in the utility's billing envelope, and government workers cannot be forced to even pay for the political speech of labor unions.'"

This is the legal case where Jack Phillips, a devout Christian baker, who respectfully declined to use his talents to design and create a cake for a gay 'wedding' was fined by the state, ordered to start participating in same-sex ceremonies, and forced to undergo a reeducation program (and file compliance reports with the state). We're pleased that USA Today, one of the nation's most influential media outlets has covered our arguments in this case. As they note, we have a long history of advocacy at the US Supreme Court, including battling for marriage in critical cases in 2013 and 2015.

What Colorado has done to Jack Phillips is outrageous and it's essential that we fight back on behalf of all people of faith. This case gives us a tremendous opportunity to protect all people from having to abandon their religious views and participate in a same-sex 'wedding' that violates their beliefs.

Participation in critical legal cases is one of the most important things that NOM does, because the courts have become so activist in recent years with all the leftist justices appointed by Barack Obama.

But our participation in this and future cases is dependent on our ongoing support from you and other friends. This is why I am asking you to consider becoming a Sustaining Member of NOM.

As a Sustaining Member, we ask you to make a monthly donation to support our work such as our efforts to protect people of faith from punishment for refusing to participate in a same-sex ceremony or event that violates their religious beliefs. You decide what amount is right for you, with a minimum donation of $7 per month. Some supporters contribute the minimum of $7, while others are able to give more. Whether you can contribute $7, $10, $15, $25, $50 or $100 or more per month, please act today.

As an added incentive, if you become a Sustaining Member now your monthly pledge amount will be matched dollar for dollar for an entire year thanks to a generous offer from a top supporter (up to a total match of $250,000). That means if you pledge $15 per month, NOM will receive $180 in matching funds thanks to this incredible offer!

The Masterpiece Cakeshop case is one of the most important cases to come before the Supreme Court in years. It has generated more than 100 legal briefs filed by hundreds of groups on both sides of the issue — more briefs than virtually every other case.

The fact that a major publication like USA Today has cited from our legal brief among all those that were filed is a testament to the importance of the work we are conducting.

Having a strong base of Sustaining Members is an critical element for our organization because it gives us a stable base of funding that we can rely upon month in and month out, allowing us to fully participate in critical legal cases and conduct our other programs as well.

But I realize that not everyone is able to make a monthly pledge to support us, even as little as $7 per month. If you cannot become a Sustaining Member, please make a generous one-time gift, which will also be matched dollar for dollar through this $250,000 matching gift offer.

If you can manage a one-time contribution of $25, NOM will receive $50 thanks to the match. A $75 contribution will mean we receive $150. And a gift of $250 will result in us receiving $500. Whatever amount you can donate to help us, please act today so that it is doubled through this matching campaign.

We are very grateful for all that you've done to support marriage and protect the right of Americans to hold true to their religious beliefs that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. Please consider providing additional help at this critical time — whether you can become a Sustaining Member or make a one-time gift — realizing that whatever amount you donate will double in size, and effectiveness.

Thank you for your prayers, encouragement and financial support.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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