Category Archives: 2016 Presidential Election

The Plan

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Donald Trump has won a historic election, an unprecedented victory that has turned the establishment upside down. We heartily congratulate him and his team on their incredible win. President-elect Trump will now turn his attention to governing, and NOM is committed to working with him. We are confident that our voice and our views will be important in a Trump administration.

Here is our plan:

  • We will work with President Trump to nominate conservative justices to the U.S. Supreme Court, individuals who will adhere to the words and meaning of the constitution. Such justices will inevitably reverse the anti-constitutional ruling of the Supreme Court imposing same-sex 'marriage' on the nation in the Obergefell decision, because that decision lacked any basis in the constitution.
  • We will work with President Trump to rescind the illegal, over-reaching executive orders and directives issued by President Obama, including his dangerous "gender identity" directives, attempting to redefine gender just as he sought to redefine marriage.
  • We will work with President Trump to reverse policies of the Obama administration that seek to coerce other countries into accepting same-sex 'marriage' as a condition of receiving US assistance and aid. It is fundamentally wrong for a president to become a lobbyist for the LGBT agenda, and we are confident that will end in the Trump administration.
  • We will work with President Trump and Congress to pass the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), which Mr. Trump supports. FADA is critical legislation to protect people who believe in marriage from being targeted by the government for persecution.

This is a bright and exciting time for NOM, and we are committed to taking full advantage of the opportunity we have. Our voice and our views matter to the incoming administration, and that means your voice and views matter.

To make sure that we can influence the policy debates that are coming, we need to step-up our communications. The first step is to grow our presence on social media. Please act today to follow NOM and me on Twitter, and to like us on Facebook.

It only takes a few seconds to follow us on Twitter and to like us on Facebook, but doing so will help us increase our ability to educate and mobilize our supporters.

We're excited about the future, and we are looking forward to work with the Trump administration to restore marriage, uphold gender, protect religious liberty and promote families.


Brian S Brown

Frank Schubert: "Republican Voters Are Not 'Moving On' From Marriage"

From NOM's political director, Frank Schubert, comes this piece in Public Discourse:

It’s rarely covered by the media, but the political landscape is littered with the wrecked careers of Republicans who abandoned the party’s commitment to marriage as it has always existed, which is a foundational institution of virtually every faith tradition on the planet.


It should be acknowledged that these races often involve more than the marriage issue. There is usually a range of issues at play in any contested race, whether for the state legislature or Congress. But unquestionably, marriage was a critical issue in all of these contests. Marriage was the issue that drove conservatives to oppose and ultimately defeat incumbents like Anne Zerr in Missouri.

Finally, it is also important to note the importance that support for marriage played most recently in the GOP when grassroots Republican activists made their views clear in crafting the national Republican Party platform last month in Cleveland. Despite an organized and well-funded campaign by Wall Street billionaires and corporate lobbyists to “modernize” the party’s official position on marriage, convention delegates utterly rejected the notion. The 2016 GOP platform is the most pro-traditional marriage platform ever adopted. It specifically calls for reversing the Obergefell ruling redefining marriage. It explicitly condemns as the product of activist judges the rulings on marriage in both Obergefell and the Windsor case that overturned the federal Defense of Marriage Act, and it calls for the appointment of Supreme Court justices who will reject their reasoning. It endorses the First Amendment Defense Act to protect supporters of marriage from governmental persecution. And it calls for a constitutional amendment to return to the states their right to define marriage solely as the union of one man and one woman.

Never fans of social issues to begin with, it’s a safe bet that the consulting class, corporate lobbyists, and wealthy donors will ignore the mountain of evidence all around them that rank and file Republican activists and voters revere marriage and will act to defend it. But Republican candidates should come to understand that succumbing to the pleadings of the elite echo chamber can come at a very high price: their very political careers.

Read the whole thing here.

Evan McMullin: Not a Viable Conservative Alternative

Recently, an independent Presidential candidate touting "conservative" credentials has come onto the political scene posing as an alternative to Donald Trump for those who have not decided to support the Republican nominee.

Recently, though, McMullin gave an interview to Bloomberg Politics where his answers to some questions on same-sex marriage raise concerns about his claims to conservative credibility [emphases added]:


INTERVIEWER: Same-sex marriage.


INTERVIEWER: It's happened very quickly. It's now legal. Are you comfortable with the way it's happened and the current state of the law of the land on same-sex marriage?

MCMULLIN: Well, my position on that is, uh, that as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint, I believe in traditional marriage, between a man and a woman, but I respect the decision of the Court and I think it's time to move on.

INTERVIEWER: Along those lines, you said you want to push a lot for the Federal level down to the State level.


INTERVIEWER: Is that something you think should be handled by the States and not the Federal government?

MCMULLIN: Ideally, yes, but it's been handled by the Supreme Court, and that's where it is.

INTERVIEWER: But are you saying your personal preference is that marriage should be only legal between a man and a woman, but not just you accept the Court but that you're fine with the change?

MCMULLIN: This, this is a decision of faith for me, it's something of faith for me, but my faith isn't everybody else's faith and I make my decisions for me on those kinds of things--and...

INTERVIEWER: So--so, you're personally opposed to it, but you're--you're comfortable with the law of the land? In other words, you wouldn't--for instance--try to appoint Justices, nominate Justices, who would overturn--the decision?

MCMULLIN: I--I wouldn't on that.

You can view the entire interview here.

Trump’s Ignorance of Key Issues An Ongoing Problem

For most of his career, Donald Trump has been a businessman and a reality TV entertainer, not a political aspirant who is expected to have a grasp of key public issues. Now that he’s running for president, Trump is trying to get educated, but he’s relying on the source he knows best - “the shows” - for his information rather than doing the hard work of actually learning what’s involved in public policy. trumpSadly, Trump’s ignorance of key issues is an ongoing problem.  Yesterday on the Today Show, Trump said that North Carolina had made a mistake in passing legislation to prohibit the adoption of “bathroom bills” that allow biologic males to use intimate facilities reserved for women and girls based on a claim of “gender identity.” Trump said the state should just have left things the way it was because “there has been so little trouble.” He went on to say that Caitlin Jenner would be welcome to use whatever bathroom he wishes in Trump Tower.

There’s a big problem with Trump’s understanding of the issues in North Carolina, or in many public policy battles, especially social issues. You see, the left and LGBT extremists are never content to “leave things as it was.” They are constantly at work trying to force their extreme agenda on America.

That’s what happened in North Carolina when they got the Charlotte City Council to pass an ordinance over the objection of the state’s residents that allow men to use showers, locker rooms and bathrooms reserved for girls and women. The legislation that Trump commented on was in response to this affront to common sense and decency, not some proactive effort on the part of state offices to make life difficult for people who are transgender.

bathroomTrump doesn’t understand the complexities of this issue because “the shows” that he relies on for information never educate people about the true issues – they simply shout “discrimination” whenever something occurs in the public square that LGBT groups oppose.

It’s our obligation to call Trump out, and any other candidate who fails to grasp the complexities of important issues like this, with the hope that should he ever be elected, he will become a far more informed president than he has so far demonstrated as a candidate.

Compare Cruz and Trump on Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

As you know, NOM has endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz in the race for president. NOM has a large and diverse membership and some of our members support Donald Trump, although the vast majority of people agree with us that Sen. Cruz is the best candidate for marriage. Developments over this past weekend help to help illustrate why Cruz is the preferable candidate:

At a press conference on Saturday night, a reporter asked Donald Trump whether he favors 'marriage' rights for same-sex couples and whether his appointees to the US Supreme Court would be expected to overturn the US Supreme Court's Obergefell ruling imposing gay 'marriage' on the nation. Trump refused to answer the question despite being pressed, claiming that his position is "well known" and he's explained it "150 times." However, as the Daily Mail reporter noted, Trump has never answered this direct question and said unequivocally whether he favors or opposes marriage rights for same-sex couples. Rather, Trump has "taken both sides in the battle over the Supreme Court's landmark decision legalizing gay unions." The article suggested that Trump may be seeking to maintain flexibility on the issue in order to "stake out a more centrist position in a general election..."

This exchange represents our concerns about Donald Trump. He has refused to sign NOM's Presidential Marriage Pledge, he called the Supreme Court ruling "the law of the land," said "you have to go with it" and flatly refuses to tell Americans whether he would work to overturn the ruling including by appointing justices expect to reverse the ruling.

In contrast to Mr. Trump, Ted Cruz wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on Sunday where he decried the Supreme Court ruling on gay 'marriage' and used it as an example of why the Senate should wait until the people vote for president to consider any nominee to the Court. Cruz has signed NOM's marriage pledge, and he's the author of a proposed constitutional amendment to restore the power to states to define marriage as one man and one woman. Mr. Trump has refused to support this proposed amendment.

Contested elections force people to make choices, and the choice for president if you believe in the truth of marriage and the importance of religious liberty could not be starker: Ted Cruz is a proven marriage champion while Donald Trump has failed the test of leadership.

NOM is working hard to advance marriage as a critical issue during the presidential contest because this is the quickest way to reverse the anti-constitutional ruling of the Supreme Court. Our ability to keep pressing this issue with the candidates and in the court of public opinion, however, depends entirely on the support we receive from you, our members.

Regardless of which candidate you are supporting, I hope you will agree that continuing to advocate for the truth of marriage is important. I ask you to renew your membership in NOM with a contribution of $35 or more.

We do not enjoy the support of billionaires and Wall Street titans. We depend on small contributions from average Americans. Renewing your membership is critical if we are to be an effective advocate for marriage. Please act today with a minimum contribution of $35. If you can afford to give more, please do so.

If Ted Cruz emerges as the Republican nominee (he is now fewer than 100 delegates behind Donald Trump) we will have a proven champion to whom we can give full-throated support. If Donald Trump secures the nomination, then we have a challenge to educate him about the importance of restoring marriage to our nation's laws. Either way, our work is critical, and we are counting on your continued support to conduct.

If you have already renewed your membership with a minimum $35 gift, thank you! But if you haven't yet renewed, I ask you to do so today so that we can continue to be an effective and tireless advocate for the truth of marriage.

Thank you for your support!


Brian S Brown

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Sen. Ted Cruz Writes: No Obama Nominee To Court Will Be Considered By Senate

In a strong op-ed to the Wall Street Journal, Sen. Ted Cruz has laid out a powerful case why President Obama's expected nominee to the Supreme Court should not be confirmed by the US Senate. Instead, the nomination  of the next Justice should wait until the People have a say through the election of the next president.

In the op-ed, Cruz points out what is at stake with the appointment of the next Supreme Court Justice. He predicts that an Obama nominee will subscribe to the president's view that the constitution is a "living document" and should evolve with the times. As such the Second Amendment could be eviscerated in terms of individual gun rights, as would key elements of the First Amendment, and we will have a series of illegitimate decisions that invent "constitutional rights" such as those that redefined marriage and created a right to abortion.

Senator Cruz lays out a compelling historical case against the Senate moving a nominee forward in the final year of a lame-duck president. Cruz noted that you have to go back to 1888 to find a circumstance where the Senate controlled by the party opposite the president confirmed a Supreme Court nominee this late in a presidential term. He notes that then-Senator Obama held a similar view that a justice should not be confirmed under these circumstances, as did Joe Biden when he chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee, as did Harry Reid the current Democratic leader in the Senate and Chuck Schumer the incoming Democratic leader.

NOM has endorsed Senator Cruz for president because he is a champion for marriage and because he, better than any other candidate, knows the importance of making Supreme Court appointees. Not only did Cruz serve as Solicitor General of Texas and personally argue numerous cases before the US Supreme Court, but he was once a clerk to then-Chief Justice William Rehnquist and knows the workings of the Supreme Court intimately.

Please Renew Your Membership Today!

Dear Marriage Supporter,

As you've seen, NOM has been hard at work fighting to restore marriage to our laws and protect the right of Americans to live out the truth of marriage in their daily lives at work, at home and at church. We've been fighting for religious liberty legislation in Congress and in states across the country; we've helped lead the opposition to "bathroom bills" pressed by the LGBT lobby that jeopardize the privacy and safety of girls and women; we've mobilized thousands of Americans at the grassroots to get involved to support marriage; and we are playing a leading role in advancing marriage in the presidential contest.

All of our work is made possible because of the support of you and other members of NOM. We are a diverse grassroots organization, made up of individuals of all faiths, men and women, with incredible ethnic diversity across America. The financial support of our members is the lifeblood of our organization. Without that support we simply cannot effectively undertake the hard work necessary to fight to restore true marriage to our nation's laws and to protect the religious liberty rights of Americans who believe in marriage.

This is why I am asking you to renew your support of NOM with a minimum membership contribution of $35. If you can renew your support at a higher level, I ask you to consider doing so.

As you know, 2016 is a pivotal year for the cause of marriage. We will be electing a new president who will have the opportunity to nominate as many as three or four new justices to the US Supreme Court, creating the possibility that the anti-constitutional, illegitimate decision redefining marriage could soon be reexamined by a newly-configured Supreme Court. It's therefore imperative that we elect a pro-marriage champion as president this year.

We also will have a major battle in Congress to pass the First Amendment Defense Act, critical legislation needed to protect the civil rights of people to continue to support marriage in their daily lives and at work without fear of punishment or reprisal. We will soon announce details of a major national grassroots mobilization to increase pressure on GOP leaders to bring this critical legislation to a vote.

We are also in need of investing in reinvigorating the grassroots with meaningful education and training. That's why we developing educational materials that will help grassroots supporters to be better informed about the issues and be able to participate in small group discussions about ways to restore true marriage in our culture.

But none of these efforts will be successful unless people like you renew their membership. Please act today to renew your membership for a minimum of $35 so that we can move full-speed ahead in support of the great cause of marriage.

You have been generous in the past with your support of NOM and I am counting on you to continue to stand with us in support of God's design for marriage. Please act today to renew your membership for a minimum contribution of $35.


Brian S Brown

PS — As a voluntary membership organization, the National Organization for Marriage depends on the donations of grassroots Americans like you. Unlike groups trying to redefine morality and our society, we don't receive contributions from big corporations or billionaire donors. Your membership contribution of $35 or more is what sustains us, so please act today to renew your support. Thank you.

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Super Tuesday is Critical

Dear Marriage Supporter,

Tomorrow is Super Tuesday where 12 states vote in primaries and caucuses for the Republican presidential nomination. This is an extremely important milestone along the path to the election. Nearly 600 delegates are at stake, about a quarter of those needed to secure the nomination. Here are the states that vote on Super Tuesday:

Alabama (P)

Oklahoma (P)

Alaska (C)

Tennessee (P)

Arkansas (P)

Texas (P)

Georgia (P)

Vermont (P)

Massachusetts (P)

Virginia (P)

Minnesota (C)

Wyoming (C)

P = Primary Election; C = Caucus

The outcome of voting on Super Tuesday is critical. If you live in one of these states, NOM urges you to cast your ballot for Sen. Ted Cruz. He is a proven marriage champion who will fight to restore marriage to our nation's laws and protect the religious liberty rights of all Americans who believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. Senator Cruz has signed NOM's presidential pledge making specific commitments to fight for marriage as president.

If you have friends or family who live in one of these states, please reach out to them and ask them to support Senator Cruz.

Delegates in all these states are assigned proportionately. Polling in these contests is nowhere near as extensive as we've seen in previous states. What polling exists shows Sen. Cruz leading in two states, including in Texas, and within a few points of Donald Trump in several other states. Trump leads in a majority of states, but the situation is very fluid.

Please, do everything you can to propel Senator Cruz forward by casting your own ballot for him if you live in a Super Tuesday state, or by urging your family or friends in those states to do so. By winning in Texas and perhaps elsewhere, and holding his own in the other states, Senator Cruz can firmly stake a claim as the conservative alternative to Donald Trump, and be in a position to pick up the supporters of candidates who will inevitably be forced to leave the race soon.

NOM is fighting hard to ensure that a proven marriage champion like Sen. Ted Cruz emerges as the Republican nominee because this is the most expeditious route to restoring marriage to our national laws. The next president will be able to appoint as many as three or four justices to the US Supreme Court who could vote to reverse the illegitimate and anti-constitutional ruling redefining marriage.

Please help NOM fight for marriage and the religious liberty rights of all Americans who believe in marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Your contribution of $25, $50, $100, $250 or $500 or more will enable us to continue our leadership in the battle for the truth of marriage, and the rights of the majority of Americans who continue to believe in marriage.


Brian S Brown

PS — If you live in a Super Tuesday state, please support Sen. Ted Cruz. If you have family members or friends in one of the states that vote tomorrow, please reach out to them to ask them to vote for Senator Cruz. Thank you.

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Brian Sandoval Makes Our Point

Dear Marriage Supporter,

In a brazen attempt to get away with making another appointment to the US Supreme Court to complete his attempt to shift the court dangerously to the left, President Obama's administration leaked the fact that he was considering nominating the Republican governor of Nevada, Brian Sandoval, to fill the vacancy created with Justice Antonin Scalia's untimely death.

After first telling the media that he would be "honored" to be considered for the Court, and then meeting with Harry Reid who promptly promoted his prospective nomination, Sandoval now says he's not interested. Still, his prospective nomination serves as an important lesson why it's so critical that the US Senate refuse to consider seating any nominee from President Obama.

Our work to help elect a Republican Senate over the last several election cycles, especially during the critical 2014 races where the GOP captured control of the Senate is a key factor in why Obama will not succeed in his goal of moving the Court to the left, perhaps for generations to come. Our work to help support pro-marriage candidates who won was possible only because you gave of your time and resources. I'm asking you to make a contribution today of $15, $25, $50, $100, or $500 or more so that we have the resources we need this year to hold the line against president Obama's attempts to secure another appointment to the Supreme Court.

To a Washington liberal like Obama, the nomination of someone like Republican Sandoval seems like a brilliant political calculation. By putting Republican Senators in the position of rejecting a fellow member of their own party, Senators in tough reelection campaigns might subject themselves to charges of rank partisanship and refusing to put the interests of the country ahead of their own political agenda. But such a view is easily refuted. Indeed, it's the interests of the country why someone like Brian Sandoval should not be considered and why the Scalia seat should be filled by the next president, not Barack Obama.

Sandoval would follow a long line of Republicans who, once safely on the Supreme Court with a lifetime appointment and no way of holding them accountable, abandoned principles and decided to take the law into their own hands rather than follow the dictates of the constitution. Anthony Kennedy is an example of this. He's invented "constitutional rights" to redefine marriage and advance the gay agenda. Then there is the disastrous David Souter who upheld Roe v Wade, rejected informed consent for women seeking an abortion, allowed the government to seize private property for developers, and voted with the ACLU and against religious liberty. And don't forget that three of the seven justices in the majority of the utterly illegitimate Roe ruling were Republicans and five of them were appointed by Republican presidents!

Brian Sandoval is an avowed supporter of abortion. He has vigorously embraced Obamacare and is pushing it forward in Nevada. And on marriage, he's been a disaster, the worst example of betrayal possible.

Here's how bad Brian Sandoval is when it comes to fighting for marriage. The Nevada marriage amendment was challenged in Court by gay activists where it was upheld by a federal judge. Then when the victory was appealed, Sandoval dropped his defense of the voters' overwhelming approval of traditional marriage, lamely claiming that an unrelated case meant he would lose. But Sandoval's position wasn't legally justified — it was entirely political. He wanted same-sex marriage to move forward and he threw in the towel to get that result. It was despicable.

NOM is fighting to make sure that the next appointment to the US Supreme Court is not someone like Brian Sandoval, or the liberal Republicans who gave us the Roe ruling which has resulted in 60 million preborn children being killed in the womb. To be successful we have to elect true conservatives to office and then hold them accountable. That is why it is so important that we have the financial resources we need to make a difference.

Please act today with a contribution of $25, $50, $100 or $500 or more so that we can continue to fight to ensure the US Supreme Court is not shifted dangerously to the left by President Obama and that the next president appoints constitutionalists to the Court who will follow Justice Scalia's lead and overrule the illegitimate and anti-constitutional ruling that redefined marriage.

Thank you for your support!


Brian S Brown

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The State of the Race

Dear Marriage Supporter,

The media is in full coronation mode, portraying the GOP presidential contest as all but over. Don't believe them. It takes 1,237 delegates to capture the Republican nomination. Donald Trump has 67 delegates so he's a long way from having wrapped up the nomination in the two states that he has won.

Ted Cruz has also won a state, and he's consistently finished in the top tier of candidates. He and Marco Rubio, along with Trump, are all positioned to compete in states across the country so the race will be competitive for a very long time — perhaps all the way to the convention in Cleveland.

I must admit that I am disappointed that Donald Trump was able to win decisively in South Carolina. Trump won with a third of the vote; two-thirds of Republicans were against him. Still, a win is a win and he led in virtually every demographic category.

It's mind-boggling to me that Donald Trump captured more of the evangelical vote (33%) in South Carolina than did Ted Cruz (27%). How could a faithful evangelical vote for a man who admits to having engaged in multiple affairs with married women, says he has nothing in his life to repent to Our Lord about, was the first casino owner to open a strip club, has abandoned the cause of marriage and who once said he'd consider appointing to the US Supreme Court a federal judge (his sister) who approves of the barbaric partial birth abortion procedure where the baby is killed in the process of being born?

Clearly, what's happening is that in this crowded field of candidates, the saturation media coverage of his celebrity candidacy with its focus on his latest outrageous statement has meant that Donald Trump's background and positions are not well understood by voters. Voters see him sparring with the Pope and Putin but do not see him having to answer for his positions on issues or his behavior as a man and business executive.

Thankfully, the field is in the process of being winnowed, with Jeb Bush being the latest to drop out. We're hopeful that others will leave the race soon, including Ben Carson and John Kasich. The sooner that voters can focus in on a narrower field, the more they will come to learn about Donald Trump.

I'm also hopeful that Senators Cruz and Rubio will turn more of their attention to defeating Mr. Trump rather that going after each other. The guy who is leading the race should be receiving the most fire, and there is a wealth of things to discuss about the Trump candidacy.

NOM is proud to support Ted Cruz and we continue to believe that he has an excellent chance of gaining the nomination. On March 1st, Super Tuesday, a number of key states vote that should be favorable to his candidacy, including Cruz' home state of Texas.

Regardless of the polls or campaign developments, we know that we can count on Ted Cruz. He's a true marriage champion, someone who will fight for our cause no matter the circumstances. And with control of the Supreme Court hanging in the balance, Americans can count on Ted Cruz to appoint constitutionalist judges in the mold of Antonin Scalia — judges who will reverse the illegitimate marriage ruling, uphold the right of states to limit abortions, overturn Obamacare, protect the second amendment and enhance the fight against terrorism and our right to control our borders.

NOM Endorses Washington Ballot Initiative on Bathroom Privacy

I'm proud to announce that NOM has endorsed a proposed ballot initiative in Washington state to reverse a dangerous and ill-advised ruling that will allow men to force themselves into women's restrooms, showers and locker rooms simply by claiming that they identify as the opposite sex.

In December, the Washington state Human Rights Commission issued mandatory rules applicable to all businesses and organizations in the state with six or more employees, including churches, that they must open all intimate facilities to any individual based on their "gender identity" rather than their biologic sex. The law makes no exceptions, not even when dealing with pedophiles or sex offenders.

Increasingly, LGBT advocates are flexing their political muscle to get states and municipalities to force all citizens to sacrifice their privacy and safety so that the "transgendered" are able to access intimate facilities of their choice.

While politicians have bent over backwards to advance the transgendered community's agenda, voters have not been so inclined. Just recently, voters in Houston overwhelmingly rejected a law very similar to what is being mandated in Washington state. A recent poll of Washington state voters showed they are poised to do the same, with 62% of voters saying they oppose the law while only 32% support it. When voters learn that the rule will be applied to public schools, thus subjecting children to being exposed to a person of the opposite sex, 72% of voters say they are not comfortable with the rule, while only 23% say that they are comfortable with it.

The Washington state rule actually goes much further than similar proposals elsewhere by significantly limiting speech when it comes to the transgendered. It will be illegal to ask "unwelcome" questions of a transgendered person, such as what is their biological gender, or to refer to the individual using a pronoun that he or she finds offensive. Of course even asking what pronoun the person considers to be unwelcome could result in a finding of discrimination, leading to a fine. Even making a gender-based joke could be deemed to be discrimination.

NOM joins with the Family Policy Institute of Washington in backing the proposed initiative. FPIW has launched a website to recruit volunteers and raise funds to back the measure — FPIW says they will move forward with filing the initiative as soon as $100,000 is raised and 1,000 volunteers recruited.

To support this campaign, please go to the Just Want Privacy website to register as a donor or a volunteer. We encourage all NOM members to contribute directly to the effort.


Brian S Brown

It's Working

Dear Marriage Supporter,

Big news out of South Carolina: A new poll out today by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal shows that Sen. Ted Cruz has climbed within 5 points of Donald Trump and the race now stands at Trump 28% to Cruz 23%. That's a big change since their last poll which showed Trump had a 16 point lead over Ted Cruz.

Our powerful TV ad in South Carolina is contributing to the tightening of the race. Please, forward this ad to anyone you know in South Carolina and ask them to watch it.

There are only hours left until voters go to the polls in South Carolina and it's really important that every voter realize that Donald Trump dumped the marriage issue as soon as the Supreme Court issued their illegitimate and anti-constitutional ruling on marriage. When he quit on marriage, he quit on us, the 78% of South Carolina voters who voted to define marriage as one man and one woman, and on over 50 million voters across the country who did the same thing.

Support for true marriage is a winning issue. Please help us spread the word. Thank you!


Brian S Brown

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Why Elections Matter

Dear Marriage Supporter,

Each year NOM makes plans to influence elections so that we can capitalize on opportunities and meet challenges in a strategic way to advance the cause of marriage. We did that in 2013 and 2014 in the lead up to the November 2014 midterms. Our assessment was that marriage could play a role in defeating two incumbent Democrat US Senators. At the time we laid our plans, the Democrats held a 55-45 majority.

NOM targeted Mark Pryor in Arkansas and Kay Hagan in North Carolina. Both Senators attempted to portray themselves as moderates, and Pryor even claimed to be a supporter of traditional marriage. But we knew neither could be trusted to defend marriage and both were vulnerable on the issue. Accordingly, working with allies, we mounted independent expenditure campaigns aimed at unseating each of them. This included a statewide television buy, direct mailers and extensive social media activities. Both Pryor and Hagan were defeated. We helped Republican Tom Cotton win in Arkansas and Thom Tillis win in North Carolina. And their election was a material part of the Republicans regaining control of the US Senate. Today the GOP has a 54-46 majority.

I remind you of our 2014 success because its importance is now being felt: as long as the Republicans hold together, Barack Obama is powerless to secure the lifetime appointment of another justice of the US Supreme Court. Anyone he appoints simply cannot be confirmed. Therefore, control of the US Supreme Court will rest with the next president.

If we had not been successful in Arkansas and North Carolina, and if the results in two other states had been different, Obama would have carte blanche today to appoint a radical liberal to the Court to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

I am asking you to consider making a contribution to NOM to help us advance the cause of marriage in the 2016 elections. We need to elect a marriage champion as president and maintain control of Congress. Your contribution of $25, $50, $100 or $500 or more will help us be effective advocates for marriage in Congress, in the courts and in the court of public opinion.

Think about the damage a US Supreme Court with a confirmed liberal majority could do! Every issue that is important to conservatives would be at risk of being undermined — restoring marriage, protecting the preborn, controlling our borders, fighting terrorism, guarding against voter fraud, reigning in the IRS and the federal bureaucracy, etc.

Because you were generous in 2014, we had the resources we needed to be effective in helping gain control of the US Senate, and we're reaping that benefit today by preventing President Obama from radically shifting the Supreme Court to the left, damaging conservative policies for generations to come.

I am asking you to be generous again this year because the stakes are so high. It's imperative that NOM secure the resources we need to advance the cause of marriage in the 2016 elections. Your contribution of whatever you can afford — some can only give a few dollars while others can give $1,000 or more — is the key to us being successful. We don't have billionaires supporting us; we rely on people like you in the grassroots.

I don't want to even think about the idea of a president Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders, nor do I want to contemplate the difficulty a Republican president would have in moving his agenda forward in the presence of an obstructionist US Senate controlled by the Democrats.

We owe it to the cause of marriage to do everything in our power to ensure that a proven marriage champion is elected president and that a pro-marriage Congress is returned to Washington to help him. We're counting on you to help us make that happen by making a generous contribution today.

Thank you for your support.


Brian S Brown

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Change the Race


I'll be short. We have until Saturday to change the presidential race. Voters in South Carolina strongly support traditional marriage; Donald Trump does not. It's that simple.

Our powerful new television ad can get this truth out to voters. But we can only do it with your help. Click here to view our TV ad and donate so that we can get it on the air to more voters.

We're running out of time to change the race. We can do it together, but we need your help now!


Brian S Brown

PS — We need to raised funds immediately so that the voters of South Carolina know that they were abandoned by Donald Trump on marriage. Please make an emergency contribution today to get this ad aired far and wide. Thank you.

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✉ Powerful New NOM TV Commercial; Help Us "Dump Trump"

Dear Marriage Supporter,

I've got some breaking news that could blow up the presidential contest: We have just launched a powerful new television commercial in South Carolina taking on Donald Trump for abandoning the fight for marriage even though 78% of South Carolina voters (and 50 million voters in other states) cast ballots deciding that marriage should be only one man and one woman.

You can watch the ad here:

It's critical that the people of South Carolina see this ad and come to realize how they and the cause of marriage were betrayed by Donald Trump. We must raise at least $25,000 in the next three days to ensure that the ad is seen throughout the state of South Carolina. I am asking you to make an emergency contribution to the NOM Victory Fund in the amount of $25, $50, $100, $500 or even $1,000 or more. There is no limit in what you can give to this committee because it operates independently of any candidate for federal office. Please act today with your most generous gift.

This powerful new commercial could really make a difference in who wins in South Carolina. Most experts believe that the South Carolina race will come down to Donald Trump or Sen. Ted Cruz. When it comes to marriage, the two couldn't be further apart. Donald Trump dumped the fight for marriage as soon as the US Supreme Court issued its illegitimate and anti-constitutional ruling, while Ted Cruz responded by sponsoring a constitutional amendment to restore the right of states to preserve true marriage.

As the ad makes clear, when Donald Trump quit on the fight for marriage, he quit on South Carolina and over 50 million voters across the nation who cast ballots defining marriage as one man and one woman. The ad urges South Carolinians to "Dump Trump."

Keep in mind that the marriage amendment passed in South Carolina with 78% of the overall vote. However, it likely got upwards of 90% of the vote among Republicans who will be voting for president on February 20th. Clearly, the ad could cause some serious damage to the Trump campaign and thus help propel forward other pro-marriage candidates like Sen. Ted Cruz.

The ad was produced by NOM's national political consultant, Frank Schubert, who is one of the nation's most accomplished political consultants. He masterminded the passage of Proposition 8 in California and helped secured victories for marriage around the nation, including passing a marriage amendment in neighboring North Carolina.

It's absolutely critical that we raise the funds we need to put this ad on the air in every market in South Carolina. Please, act today with an emergency gift to the NOM Victory Fund in the amount of $500, $250, $100, $50 or whatever amount you can afford.

If Donald Trump emerges as the winner in South Carolina, he's going to be very hard to stop from securing the Republican nomination. That will be a disaster for people of faith who are praying for a president who will restore traditional American values.

Mr. Trump lacks the moral compass to lead our nation. He sees nothing wrong with operating strip clubs and he became the first casino owner to house a strip club. He openly admits to serial adultery and having sex with married women. He has said that there is nothing in his life about which he feels the need to repent to the Lord. And he says he'll consider appointing his sister to the US Supreme Court — the same woman who as a federal judge ruled in favor of partial birth abortion.

You can see, the stakes could not be higher. We have the chance to set the stage for the derailment of the Trump campaign while also significantly advancing the cause of marriage by having it play a decisive role in the presidential election.

Your response to this request could be the most important contribution you'll ever make to the cause of marriage. Please, act immediately to give an emergency contribution to help us secure the air time we need to make sure that every South Carolina voters sees this powerful advertisement. If you can give $1,000 or more, I ask you to do so immediately. But if you can only afford to give $10, we welcome it and ask that you please make your contribution right now so we can put it to immediate use.

I will pray for your positive response to our commercial, and for your financial support to spread it far and wide.


Brian S Brown

PS — One of our top priorities is to elect a pro-marriage champion as president. Donald Trump will not champion the cause of marriage; he has already abandoned it. Please make a generous contribution to ensure that South Carolina voters know the truth about his position on marriage.

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Chuck Todd Embodies Rank Media Bias

There should be no doubt who the media wants to pick as the Republican nominee – Marco Rubio.

This morning on the Today Show, NBC’s top political correspondent, Chuck Todd, criticized Sen. Rubio’s debate performance and went so far as to say that had Rubio done better in the debate he would have wrapped up the Republican nomination!

What incredible bias. Marco Rubio is a good man and he’s a strong supporter of marriage and life, but he finished third in Iowa behind Ted Cruz and trails in New Hampshire and in national polls as well.

Despite this, Chuck Todd was shameless in setting Rubio up as the media’s favorite Republican candidate. Todd said that Rubio had an opportunity to “take control of the race” at the debate. But then Todd went so far as to unmask the media bias, saying, “[Rubio] ended up blowing an opportunity that I think could have meant securing the nomination believe it or not.”

What an outrageous and, frankly, idiotic comment. Keep in mind, this guy is the moderator of NBC’s Meet The Press show and also has just moderated a debate among the Democratic candidates for president!

Note how Todd attempts to ignore Sen. Ted Cruz who actually won the Iowa caucuses and is polling second in both New Hampshire and nationally. For that matter, he also apparently dismisses Donald Trump who came in second in Iowa and leads the polls in New Hampshire and nationally. Only one state has voted and the race has not even begun in key regions of the country.

The amazing thing is that Todd no doubt thinks he can get away with declaring Rubio to be on the threshold of securing the Republican nomination because the media has picked the last several Republican nominees. This is at the heart of the grassroots revolt occurring now in the Republican party. They want candidates to stand for true conservative principles and demonstrate the willingness to back them up with action.

This is why NOM endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz. He is not only right on the issues, he’s signed our pledge committing himself to take specific actions in support of marriage and religious liberty – and Cruz has already led by sponsoring the marriage amendment to restore the right of states to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

We’re not going to let liberal media elites like Chuck Todd declare who will be the Republican nominee for president. We trust that voters won’t, either.

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