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Big Wins, Big Mo On Our Side

 


Four significant victories in recent days have made it clear that NOM is on the march and making tremendous strides to protect marriage supporters and people of faith. We're winning in the courts, with voters and in the court of public opinion.

Please show your support today by making a generous financial contribution so that we may continue the momentum we have achieved.

The narrative of the mainstream media is that same-sex 'marriage' is a done deal, that any attempt to protect religious liberty is a license to discriminate and that public opinion has shifted decidedly in favor of sexual progressives ready to abandon traditional values. This portrayal is a lie — more fake news — and they will never report all the good things that NOM and our allies are involved in. Just consider these great developments in recent days:

  • Last week the nation of Bermuda became the first country in the world to repeal same-sex 'marriage.' We were very active in this victory behind the scenes. I twice met with leaders of the pro-marriage movement in Bermuda to discuss strategies and approaches. We suggested that they push for a national referendum to preserve marriage, which they did, eventually persuading 68% of Bermuda voters to reject gay 'marriage.' After their country's Supreme Court imposed same-sex 'marriage' despite the tremendous electoral outpouring, we advised launching a national petition effort to keep the issue before Parliament, and the coalition followed our advice. Thanks to strong grassroots support for marriage, Parliament passed a new law eradicating gay 'marriage' and it was signed into law last week.

  • In 2016, NOM was a leading national group urging the Mississippi Legislature to enact HB 1523, comprehensive religious liberty legislation designed to protect people of faith from having to personally participate in the lie of same-sex 'marriage.' We rallied thousands of supporters to get involved in the fight, and played a high-profile role in convincing Governor Phil Bryant to sign the legislation in the face of a ridiculous backlash from LGBT extremists and some liberal corporations. The law has been under constant legal challenge, but the other day the US Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to the law, thus upholding it. This is a tremendous victory for us, the people of Mississippi and common sense.

  • Last week the state of North Carolina was forced to pay $300,000 to a former state magistrate who was forced from office because she could not in good conscience perform same-sex marriages, which violate her religious beliefs. The courts ruled that longstanding federal law required that an accommodation be made for her. Fortunately, no other magistrate will be subjected to this mistreatment, thanks in part to a 2015 North Carolina law that NOM supported to allow magistrates to refuse to solemnize gay 'marriages' that violate their beliefs. This law has also been upheld despite several challenges, a great accomplishment.

  • And just last week in California — California! — a court ruled that a Christian baker did not violate the law when she declined to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple because doing so violated her deeply held religious beliefs. This great victory by our friends at Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund should buttress our position in the similar case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado which is now pending before the US Supreme Court. NOM is a leading ally of Jack Phillips and Masterpiece Cakeshop, and we filed an important legal brief with the Supreme Court in the case.

All of this should encourage you that we are on the right path. These big wins are in addition to all the great things we are accomplishing with the Trump administration.

As you can see, we're not only disrupting the false narrative being put forth by the liberal media and LGBT extremists, we're make real progress to level the playing field so that no American is punished for living out their biblical beliefs about marriage. Nobody should ever have to choose between their religious beliefs and their livelihood.

These incredible victories are only possible thanks to the grassroots support we receive from thousands of individuals and businesses each year. If you have not yet become a Sustaining Member of NOM, I am asking you to do so today. That is the best way for us to capitalize on the great victories we've won, because having more Sustaining Members will significantly enhance our effectiveness. Sustaining Members form the financial backbone of NOM by pledging to make a monthly contribution of any amount of their choosing. Will you step up to become a Sustaining Member in 2018?

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It can be frustrating sometimes to see all the advantages the other side enjoys compared to our modest means. They have the media, wealthy corporations, liberal foundations, many of the politicians and nearly all of academia. But despite all these advantages, we are still beating them, as Bermuda, Mississippi, North Carolina and even California shows.

I hope you are as encouraged as I am that we are not only on the right side of eternity, we are on the right side of right now in all these critical battles.

We appreciate your friendship and encouragement, and thank you for whatever financial support you can provide at this critical time so that we can capitalize on our momentum.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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