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Help Us Finish 2017 Strong

 

Dear Marriage Supporter — This year has been one of amazing accomplishment for the National Organization for Marriage (NOM). We've had incredible successes in every area of our work – public education, legal advocacy, and federal and state policy advancement. The landscape is decidedly better today for traditional values, for families and for supporters of true marriage than it was a year ago. NOM has played a significant role in that turn-around.

But as we approach the last few days of 2017 we're staring at a budget deficit that must be addressed. Despite all that we’ve accomplished, we are tens of thousands of dollars short of where we need to be. Unless this deficit is erased, I'll have to cut back on our plans just as we've got real momentum.

Will you step up today with an emergency financial gift to help us erase our budget deficit? We'd be very grateful for whatever amount you might be able to give during this year-end push. Thanks to some generous donors who have come together to offer a $250,000 year-end matching gift, the good news is that whatever amount you donate now will be matched, dollar for dollar.

Just days before Christmas, we launched a major new program, the First Freedom Initiative. This new initiative will bring together all the major elements of our work: public education, grassroots engagement, judicial activism and policy advancement.

The First Freedom Initiative is the core element of NOM's 2018 Strategic Plan, and it is the latest accomplishment we have delivered for our supporters.

Our country's first freedom, of course, is the freedom to exercise religious beliefs at work, at home, and in our daily lives. For much of our existence as a country, the exercise of religious liberty was taken for granted. But in recent years, religious liberty has come under increasing attack. Support for traditional marriage, the right to life, adherence to the truth of natural gender, and other beliefs about human sexuality are said to be bigoted and discriminatory because they fail to salute contemporary elite opinion that there are no universal absolute truths, only individual expressions and understandings. Any expression of belief that conflicts with an individual's choices and assertions must be sacrificed. Thus, it is not enough that a gay couple can find countless bakers, photographers, florists and similar wedding professionals to help celebrate their 'wedding' the law must punish anyone who refuses to celebrate their unnatural relationship.

The First Freedom Initiative will contest this development, putting into focus for Americans the true nature of liberty and freedom and pointing them to concrete steps they can take to make the situation better. The launch of this major new initiative is just our latest accomplishment in a year filled with them. We've won major victories in the courts, in state legislative bodies and with the federal government advancing our agenda across all branches of government.

And while we are very proud of all that we’ve accomplished, and are very much looking forward to working on the First Freedom Initiative, we cannot ignore the elephant in the room that right now we are running a deficit of tens of thousands of dollars. It is imperative that this deficit be erased this week before the year comes to an end.

Please act today with a generous financial gift, knowing that it will double in size thanks to the year-end $250,000 matching gift opportunity that has been made available by a group of generous supporters.

Many people have asked me this year what the single best way they can help NOM financially. The answer is simple: to become a Sustaining Member of our organization.

As a Sustaining Member, you agree to make a modest monthly donation to support our work of any amount, with a minimum donation of $7 per month. Some supporters contribute the minimum of $7, while others are able to give more. But because of this year-end matching gift opportunity that is underway, every person who becomes a Sustaining Member by the end of the year will have their monthly pledge amount matched dollar for dollar for an entire year! Your pledge of $10 per month, will result in NOM receiving $120 in matching funds – a twelvefold return!

Becoming a Sustaining Member will take twelve huge steps toward eliminating our current budget deficit because your pledge for the next year will be matched entirely (up to a total match of $250,000). Can you step up at this critical time to become a Sustaining Member?

I am so excited about what we've accomplished together in 2017, and am very excited about our new First Freedom Initiative that will be a major focus of our work in 2018. But before we can fully apply ourselves to future efforts it's imperative that we all make a sacrifice to eliminate our current budget deficit. Whether you can step up and become a Sustaining Member or prefer to make a one-time donation, please act today knowing your gift will be matched dollar for dollar.

Thank you for your support at this critical time.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

PS – If you haven't already, please watch our short video announcing the First Freedom Initiative, and check out our new FFI website. Then please step up with a financial contribution to help us close our current budget deficit so that we can start next year with a clean financial slate. Remember whatever amount you give will be matched dollar for dollar. Thank you!

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