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Thanks, Evan!

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2018

Dear Friends:

"If you thought the National Organization for Marriage disappeared once we won the freedom to marry in 2015, think again."

These are the words of Evan Wolfson, the gay rights activist and lawyer behind "Freedom to Marry" - which is now "Freedom to Marry Global." These words appear in his latest fundraising appeal, where he shares that efforts to redefine marriage in Taiwan are faltering due to pro-marriage advocates there adopting strategies from NOM's winning playbook! In Evan's biased words of explanation, "Under the instigation of NOM’s Brian Brown and others, anti-LGBT forces are scheming to block [a court ruling redefining marriage] from ever taking effect." 

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Well, Evan is right about this much: NOM is not only the leading advocacy organization in the United States fighting to preserve and defend marriage, but globally: people do look to us and our strategies for inspiration in waging their own defense of marriage and family.

Where Evan goes wrong in his desperate, shrill fundraising missive is his alternate version of history where he claims he and his colleagues "defeated" NOM's "Prop 8-style playbook" here in the US and that they're prepared to do it again in Taiwan. What Evan and his cronies actually did was use the courts to make an end-run around the democratic and political process, and invalidate the votes of over 50 million Americans in a majority of states! The truth that this gay activist doesn't want you to recall is that NOM and our side of this critical battle won virtually every battle in every state to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. We routed Freedom to Marry and their allies in state votes on marriage.

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Evan is scared, you see, because he knows this "victory" in the US was a cheat and stolen. He is worried that in other countries the democratic process might be allowed to work as it is supposed to work, and that he and his friends won't be able to manipulate the courts to finally do their bidding.

He is also scared - or he should be - that here at home the court has undergone some drastic changes under President Trump's administration. At every level - from local district courts through the Circuit Courts of Appeals, right up the Supreme Court - true constitutionalist jurists have been filling vacancies left by activist judges... and this doesn't bode well for the future of such wrongly-decided verdicts as Obergefell. Evan knows that a future Supreme Court might find the reasoning of Justice Kennedy's decision (that the late Justice Scalia colorfully described as "the mystical aphorisms of the fortune cookie") to be lacking in Constitutional wisdom and jurisprudence.

So, you see, this is why it is crucial that NOM continue fighting. Our opponents, those who foisted a redefinition of marriage on the United States and are now exporting their ideology across the world, know that we are a formidable threat to their radical agenda! Will you re-commit today to standing with us and making sure that we continue to present such a challenge to that agenda?

Every dollar you donate today will be instantly matched, so there really couldn't be a better time to make such a re-commitment.

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Your support is what allows NOM to continue to do our work. And ironically one of the best indications of how important and effective this work still is has been given to us by one of our most determined opponents! I guess all I can say is, thanks Evan!

I do really want to thank you, though, our friends and allies, for your continued dedication to and support of NOM's crucial role in protecting and safeguarding our values. I am immensely honored and humbled that we continue to be a beacon and example to all those around the world who share our concern. We couldn't do it without your help!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown
Brian S. Brown

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