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Will he do it?

There are just two official "decision days" left on the 2018 Supreme Court calendar. There are some important cases for the Court yet to decide, but there is a decision we are awaiting that is even bigger than any current pending case – the decision by Justice Anthony Kennedy whether to retire from the Supreme Court.

Why is that so important? Because Kennedy has been the swing vote on so many cases, including the illegitimate Obergefell decision that he authored imposing gay 'marriage' on the nation. If Kennedy retires as many people expect, it will set off one of the most consequential battles of our lifetime. NOM will need to devote every waking hour and deploy every available  resource to impacting the nomination and confirmation process.

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We've enjoyed a close relationship with the Trump administration and have had considerable success in pushing our issues with them. But the battle over the next Supreme Court vacancy will be the biggest test yet of whether President Trump will fight for the constitution and nominate someone like Antonin Scalia or Neil Gorsuch to replace Kennedy should he retire.

We think President Trump will nominate someone in the Scalia/Gorsuch tradition, and if he does we need to do everything we can to secure the confirmation of that nominee. But we have to realize that Mr. Trump will be under tremendous pressure from Democrats and the media to nominate someone in the mold of Anthony Kennedy, and we can't stand for that. If he succumbs to that pressure, we have to do everything we can to scuttle the nomination and prevent that nominee's confirmation.

The drama over the potential Kennedy retirement is just one of many reasons why the success of the mid-year membership drive we are completing is so critically important. Thanks to a faithful supporter, every gift we receive until midnight tomorrow night will be matched dollar for dollar.  This is a tremendous blessing, but we are way behind our goal and time is running out. Will you make an immediate membership contribution of $35 or more knowing that whatever you give will be matched dollar for dollar?

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We have just about a day and a half left in this critical matching campaign, and we've got a huge challenge in front of us. We are about $25,000 short of our goal, and we're running out of time. It would be an absolute tragedy to leave even a dollar on the table given the importance of the work we are in the midst of and the historic significance of a possible Anthony Kennedy retirement from the Supreme Court.

I'm asking every NOM supporter to step up with an emergency financial contribution so that we take full advantage of every dollar in matching funds that is available to us.

Please take a moment to put the situation we face into context, considering what LGBT extremists thought would be happening in 2018. These people were sure that Hillary Clinton would be president, that she would advance their extreme agenda by way of aggressive executive action, and that she would remake the Supreme Court in her hard-core leftist image, cementing their victories on marriage, life and gender, and even advancing them.

Instead, primarily because of the support provided to Donald Trump by people of faith, the environment has totally changed. With the election of Donald Trump, we are unraveling the Obama/Clinton agenda, dismantling policies like transgender bathrooms in public schools and transgenders serving in the military, and advancing strong religious liberty protections for people of faith. And if Anthony Kennedy retires as many people expect – we could quite literally get his decision within two weeks – we can remake the Supreme Court in a conservative, constitutionalist mold.

Think about what that could mean – reversing Obergefell and restoring marriage to our nation's laws, reversing Roe v Wade and upholding pro-life policies, enhancing legal rulings to protect religious liberty, etc., etc. These are game-changing issues that could shape the nation for generations to come.

Will you help us at this critical time? Your donation of $25 will mean we receive $50, your gift of $50 will mean we receive $100.

So much is on the line, and time is short. We’ve got to raise $25,000 by midnight tomorrow night, a big undertaking.

Hundreds of people have responded to this critical mid-year pledge drive, and I am very grateful to each and every one of them. If you have already given, thank you! But even if you've contributed once, I'm asking you to consider an additional sacrificial gift today. I pray that you and every NOM member will step up and respond to our needs as the hour approaches that will mark the end of this matching gift opportunity.

Whatever you can afford to contribute, please act today. We have only hours left in this matching gift challenge, and we're short of our goal. Will you help right now?

Your support of NOM at this critical time will make a difference. Thank you for anything you can do!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown
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PS—I also ask you to say a prayer that the US Supreme Court will grant review in the Baronelle Stutzman/Arlene's Flowers case. This is the 70-year old grandmother who politely declined to participate in a same-sex 'wedding' that violates her Christian religious beliefs about the nature of marriage. She has been targeted by the despicable Attorney General of Washington State, Bob Ferguson, who has weaponized same-sex 'marriage' to target Baronelle and every other person of faith. The Court could decide whether to accept her case this Thursday, or the following Thursday. Please pray that they intervene to stop this injustice and stop her outrageous persecution.

The sad case of Jazz Jennings...

You may have heard of Jazz Jennings, a gender-confused boy who has chosen to live as a girl. Born to Jewish parents and apparently named Jared, the boy exhibited signs of gender dysphoria at a young age, telling his parents that he felt like he was a girl. At the extraordinarily young age of five, he was diagnosed as gender dysphoric. His parents encouraged him to pursue his feelings and facilitated him living the outward appearance of a girl.

But Jazz and his parents took things further, actively seeking publicity about his situation. An interview with Barbara Walters aired. He became a YouTube star. More media exposure followed. Soon the young boy with the appearance of a girl was a celebrity. Eager to use him as an icon of the LGBT movement, the boy was fêted as a champion by gay activist groups. The TLC cable channel produced a "reality" television series starring the young celebrity called, "I am Jazz." A book of the same name was published and pushed by LGBT activists into the schools. Both the show and the book are intended to normalize transgenderism and develop public support and sympathy for those who claim transgender status, and the broader LGBT movement.

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To help prevent developing a masculine appearance, the boy was put on powerful hormones called puberty blockers. Later as he entered his teens and desired to obtain a more feminine look, his body was subjected to cross-sex hormones, tricking it into developing as if it were female. Because of the hormones, the boy grew breasts and took on other feminine physical characteristics.

Over time public interest in Jennings began to wane. Though he had secured lucrative commercial endorsement deals, viewership of the television show was small and declining.  But last week Jennings was back in the news with a sad and ironic announcement. He has decided to complete his "transition" and will undergo surgery to remove his male genitalia and have surgeons attempt to create a false vagina in its place. Always the LGBT symbol, the teen has announced that his surgery will take place on June 26th to mark the third anniversary of the US Supreme Court's imposition of same-sex 'marriage' on the nation in their illegitimate Obergefell ruling.

Cue the music and applause from Hollywood and the left.

In announcing his plans, Jennings also revealed the tragic news that the hormones he's been taking have apparently destroyed his sexual libido. “I haven’t experienced any sexual sensation,” Jennings said after the surgeon talked to him and his parents about that topic. “It is possible that hormone suppression has affected my libido. I don’t have the same signals coming from my genitalia to my brain and I don’t have those hormones driving me on.”

How very sad. We’ve known for years that anyone who subjects himself to cross-sex hormones for any period of time will be forever sterile, but Jennings apparently may pay an even higher price for pursuing his desire to live as the opposite sex - denying himself one of the primal urges of the human condition.

NOM has been at the forefront of helping lead the fight to oppose attempts to normalize the transgender movement for several years. We've publicized critical ground-breaking research on gender dysphoria, conducted a highly-contentious bus tour promoting the truth of gender (where our bus was attacked and our staff assaulted), supported ballot measures to stop the spread of the transgender/gender-identity movement in the schools (thus protecting the privacy and security of all students), and worked in the courts and with the Trump administration to undo Obama-era regulations forcing this agenda in public schools and the military.

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At times it has been a lonely and difficult battle, as countless organizations and conservative voices have remained silent, wary of putting themselves in the way of a barreling cultural freight train that threatens to run them over, branding them as bigots, haters and reprobates.

We need your help to continue the fight. NOM is in the midst of a critical mid-year membership drive and we ask for your help now more than ever. Thanks to a faithful supporter, every gift we receive until midnight this coming Thursday will be matched dollar for dollar – a tremendous blessing. Will you make an immediate membership contribution of $35 or more knowing that whatever you give will be matched dollar for dollar?

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We fight this attempt to redefine gender for many reasons, not the least of which is the impact this movement has on children. We fight for those children who have to conform their thinking and conduct about gender (giving up their privacy in intimate areas like bathrooms; forced to use inaccurate and nonsensical pronouns; risking discipline including possible expulsion; forced to undergo instruction about the lie of transgenderism; forced to deny or ignore the truth of gender taught to them by their religion and family; etc.). But we also fight to help those who are victimized by the incessant transgender push, gender-confused kids who suddenly find themselves pushed onto a dangerous treadmill of gender counselors and clinics that lead them down a tragic path.

How much impact is the push to redefine gender having? Consider this:

The reality is that, at most, the transgender community makes up about one half of one percent of the population. They are an infinitesimally small segment of society. Yet according to a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics, fully 3% of teens now say they are transgender of do not identify with their gender at birth. That is a 600% increase in the portion of teens who now say they are transgender or do not identify with their gender at birth.

There are an estimated 56 million school-age children in the United States. If the Pediatrics study cited above is accurate, nearly 1.7 million kids today could have confusion about their sexual identity and be at risk of being encouraged to consider themselves to be transgender and to pursue a path that promises them happiness and fulfillment, but will deliver nothing but tragedy and sadness.

Fighting for the truth of gender is an important part of our work, but we need your financial help to be effective. Until this coming Thursday at midnight, your contribution to NOM will double in size and effectiveness. There's never been a better time to support our work. Will you help?

Time is short. If you are concerned, as we are concerned, about the impact the push to normalize transgenderism might have on your children or grandchildren, and on future generations, please help us before it is too late. Your support of NOM at this critical time will make a difference. Please act today.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown
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A big win... but much more must be done!

As you know, we won a major victory this week when the US Supreme Court issued their ruling in the critically important Masterpiece Cakeshop case. The Court ruled in favor of Christian baker Jack Phillips, holding that the state of Colorado inappropriately gave short shrift to his religious liberty rights not to be compelled to participate in a same-sex 'wedding' that violated his deeply help religious beliefs. This is a big win for marriage supporters, but much more needs to be done to build on this decision.

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The best part of the Supreme Court's 7-2 ruling was that the justices found that people of faith are entitled to have their religious beliefs considered respectfully and fully, and fairly weighed against state laws that purport to require them to violate their beliefs in order to comply with state non-discrimination laws. To do otherwise, as the state of Colorado did in Jack Phillips' case, violates the constitution's free exercise of religion guarantee.

It is hugely significant that a strong majority of the US Supreme Court has acknowledged that acting on one's religious beliefs in opposition to gay 'marriage,' is a protected view and in some cases a "protected form of expression." Ever since the Supreme Court illegitimately imposed gay 'marriage' on the nation, LGBT activists and their allies have taken the position that it was illegal for a business or individual to distinguish between gay 'marriage' and traditional marriage for any reason, religious or otherwise. The Supreme Court has now clearly said such a perspective is wrong. Opposing gay 'marriage' can be a "protected form of expression."

Unfortunately, the Supreme Court wrote their decision in such a way that it primarily applies to Jack Phillips' case. So while we are thrilled for Jack – NOM worked overtime to help him, including rallying public attention to his cause and filing a critical legal brief with the Court – many of the issues at play were left for another case to be decided at some point in the future.

What this means is that we should savor our victory, but we must get immediately back to work to fight for the broad principle that the US constitution prohibits government from punishing anyone who sincerely opposes gay 'marriage' because it violates his or her religious beliefs.

NOM is in the midst of a critical mid-year membership drive, and we need your help now more than ever. Thanks to a faithful supporter, every membership gift we receive until the middle of the month will be matched dollar for dollar – a tremendous blessing. Will you make an immediate membership contribution of $35 or more knowing that whatever you give will be matched dollar for dollar?

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I want to share something that many may find to be impolitic and indiscrete, but it's the truth:

Unless and until we win a decisive victory in the courts or in Congress and state legislatures, we will be at risk of financial and reputational ruin at the hands of gay and lesbian activists. That's because it's obvious that nothing short of our total destruction will satisfy the LGBT advocacy crowd.

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I've written to you on multiple occasions about countless examples of people of faith being targeted by LGBT activists for punishment and persecution. Jack Phillips is just one of many. There are so many others similarly situated – florists, photographers, innkeepers, restaurant owners, manufacturers, small businesses, bed and breakfast operators, pastors, wedding venues, art gallery owners, etc., ad infinitum.

The string of examples of LGBT targeting can be numbing, and the personal devastation that often ensues lost in the process.  But make no mistake about it – those impacted are often ruined. Their reputations are destroyed. They are made to feel as if they are criminals. Their finances, and futures, are bankrupted.

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Helping Us Fight LGBT Attacks Against Marriage Supporters

But even that understates the true impact of the LGBT jihad against people of faith who support traditional marriage.

NOM is the only organization in the country that is 100% dedicated to fighting for the truth of marriage and the protection of the rights of marriage supporters. We are counter-cultural, operating against powerful interest groups like the grossly-misnamed Human Rights Campaign and mega-wealthy corporations who have joined the opposition in order to curry favor with LGBT activists.

I'll be honest – we need your help. Will you give today, knowing that your donation will be doubled?

Let me share with you an example of how personal, and how nasty, the fight for marriage and the rights of marriage supporters has become.

A few years ago, NOM held a rally for marriage in Providence, Rhode Island. It was one of several pro-marriage rallies we held that summer. I was speaking to several hundred supporters about the beauty of marriage, the ideal institution God created to bring the two halves of humanity together to raise children, when an angry gay activist stormed the stage and confronted me, trying to commandeer the microphone, screaming angry, violent threats.

The Providence police did nothing.

A few minutes later, my beautiful wife Sue was approached by some gay activists as she was caring for our young children. One of them menacingly looked at my young daughter and spoke to her, "Is mommy raising a good little bigot?"

I know that many in the conservative movement are of the view that we need to find a "compromise" with LGBT activists. They speak of seeking "balance" in legislative proposals, and public policy debates.

But let me tell you something, when your political opponents seek nothing short of your total destruction, there is no compromise possible, there is no balance to be achieved. I wish this weren't the situation we faced, but it is.

I'm asking you to stand with NOM at this critical moment so we can build on our victory in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case. Your generous donation to NOM will be matched dollar for dollar.

We will never shy away from this fight. We will never shirk our responsibility to fight for the restoration of marriage to our national laws, or stop our urgent pursuit of protections for marriage supporters so they are not punished or persecuted by LGBT sympathizers in government, academia, or the corporate world.

Time is short to take advantage of this incredible matching gift opportunity. Please act today.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown
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BREAKING NEWS: BIG VICTORY AT THE SUPREME COURT!

The US Supreme Court just issued its ruling in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, and they sided with Jack Phillips! The Court ruled that Jack's deeply held religious beliefs about marriage were entitled to neutral consideration by the state of Colorado, but instead the commission that ruled against him showed signs of deep bias against religion. This is a great victory for Jack Phillips and for religious liberty.

NOM played a significant role in this case, bringing critical public attention to Jack's plight by producing informative videos, sponsoring rallies in front of the Supreme Court, working with the media, and filing a critical legal brief in support of religious liberty and the right of marriage supporters like Jack to be able to live out their religious beliefs about marriage at work and in their daily lives. We even launched an entire communications offensive, called the First Freedom Initiative, to bring attention to this case and others similar to it.

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Unfortunately, the decision in this case has unmasked anti-religious bigotry by some justices of the Supreme Court. Notably, Justice Elena Kagan wrote that it was perfectly fine for the Colorado Civil Rights Commission to have ruled that other bakers could refuse to create a cake that opposed gay marriage, but that Christian bakers like Jack Phillips could not refuse on religious grounds to bake a cake that celebrated gay marriage.  This is the kind of insane thinking you get from an uber-liberal Obama appointed ally.

We will have more to say about this case and its implication for the cause of religious liberty. For now, enjoy this great victory for Jack and religious liberty. Your support of NOM made a difference in this critical legal battle.

Faithfully,

Brian

it's personal

Back in the day, LGBT activists promised that the imposition of same-sex 'marriage' would affect nobody but loving gay couples. When NOM warned that this was not true, that once gay 'marriage' was imposed, opponents would be treated like racists under the law, we were accused of hate mongering, scare tactics, homophobia, and worse.

As you know, we were right. Now gay activists conveniently ignore their promises and pursue people of faith who believe in the truth of marriage as the union of a man and a woman as if they are targets in a whack-a-mole game.

Wedding photographers. Inn keepers. T-shirt makers. Florists. Bakers. Churches. Meat packing companies. Galleries. Farmers. Technology pioneers. Music directors. Teachers. School counselors. Bed and breakfast owners. And on, and on, and on…the hits keep coming.

There are some excellent ministries that provide legal defense for those who have been targeted, and that is wonderful. But until we achieve a change in the law, the attacks will keep coming. And that is what NOM is focused on achieving.

Help us protect the rights of marriage supporters!

There are four avenues available to put an end to the targeting of people who stand up for marriage, and we are pursuing all four:

  • First off, the illegitimate Obergefell ruling of the US Supreme Court imposing gay 'marriage' on the nation must be reversed. That is our most important long-term objective. We will not rest until this is accomplished.
  • Until then, a ruling by the US Supreme Court that it is NOT discrimination for someone to decline to participate in a same-sex 'wedding' that violates their religious beliefs is essential. We could get such a ruling within weeks in a case that NOM is playing a crucial role in supporting (the Masterpiece Cakeshop case);
  • State and federal legislation protecting the rights of people to live out their beliefs about marriage in their daily lives and at work must be enacted. We are working in Congress and in the states to pass such legislation; and
  • Executive orders by President Trump and key federal and state officials can and must be issued that would provide a measure of protection for marriage supporters. We are actively pursuing these orders.

This is an ambitious agenda. We are up against enormously well-funded opponents from the LGBT community, while we are dependent upon grassroots marriage supporters for help and support. We are being massively outspent, but we're able to prevail in many battles because we have truth on our side, and because we have passionate supporters like you.

We are in the midst of a critical mid-year membership drive that will set the stage for what we can accomplish during the balance of this year. Thanks to a faithful supporter, every membership gift we receive will be matched dollar for dollar. This is a great blessing, which is why I am personally asking you to make a sacrifice by making an immediate membership contribution of $35 or more knowing that whatever you give will be matched dollar for dollar. Will you help?

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There's so much at stake. This isn't some obscure policy debate where people have the luxury of discussing the nuances and fine points of an issue in a dispassionate and academic way. This is personal for so many people. When the Attorney General of your state tells you that he is determined to use all his power to ruin you financially, it's personal. When federal regulators tell you they won't inspect your plant until you remove pro-marriage material from a work room, it's personal. When you are hit with a fine of over $100,000 because you declined to bake a gay 'wedding' cake, it’s personal. When you are ordered to let a gay couple sleep together in a bedroom in your own home even though you wouldn’t let you unmarried children do that, it's personal.

I have talked personally with many victims of the LGBT jihad against marriage supporters, and I feel for them. I feel the pain and anguish that they experience. And that is why I am so committed to fighting through every difficulty to stop these attacks from occurring.

We’re fighting with everything we have, but our resources are modest, especially in comparison to our opponents. That is why this mid-year membership matching gift opportunity is so critical.

Please help us today by making a mid-year membership contribution of $35 or more so that we get the full benefit of the generous matching grant that has been made available to us.

Thank you for your support – we truly appreciate it. Please know that any gift you can make today will make a huge difference.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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we're behind

Dear Friend—We're a week into our critical mid-year membership drive, and we've fallen behind of where we need to be. Our goal was to have raised $11,667 by now, but we've only raised about half of that amount. Please help us get back on track with an immediate gift, which will be matched dollar for dollar by a generous donor.

Our team at NOM is hard at work fighting for marriage, religious liberty and the truth of gender. We're actively engaged in working with Congress, state legislatures, the courts and in the court of public opinion. We’re fighting for legislation, pro-marriage judicial nominees and presidential actions to protect marriage and the right of people to live out the truth of marriage at work and in their daily lives. But our success is dependent on the support of our members, and that is why this 30 day mid-year membership campaign is so important. A NOM supporter has stepped forward with an offer to match every membership contribution we receive up to a total gift of $50,000!

Please help us get back on track with an immediate membership contribution of $35 or more, knowing that whatever you give will be matched dollar for dollar.

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Working together, we've won some remarkable victories, and we've got some big opportunities in front of us. If Justice Anthony Kennedy retires from the US Supreme Court, as many people expect, we will have one of the most important battles in our history – the fight to convince President Trump to nominate a pro-marriage conservative like Neil Gorsuch, and then the fight to get that justice confirmed.

With so much at stake, we can't afford to fall behind in our critical mid-year membership drive. Every membership contribution is important, especially so because it will be matched, doubling in effectiveness.

Please help us today by making a mid-year membership contribution of $35 or more so that we get the full benefit of the generous matching grant that has been made available to us.

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Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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Fighting in the Courts and the Court of Public Opinion

Dear Friend—There are just a few weeks left in the current US Supreme Court's term and we have a major case pending before the justices, one that holds the potential of tremendously benefiting all Americans who believe in marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

The case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v Colorado Civil Rights Commission is a huge case, and NOM has played a key role in it. As you know, the case involves Christian baker Jack Philipps who has been targeted by gay activists because he refused to be an active participant in a same-sex 'marriage' which violate his Christian beliefs about the true nature of marriage.

Help us to continue fighting in the courts for marriage!

What is at stake in this case goes far beyond the mere baking of a wedding cake, it impacts all people of faith who wish to live out their beliefs in their daily lives. It's about religious liberty broadly, one of the fundamental rights we possess as Americans. Religious liberty is our first freedom, and NOM is determined to fight for it.

Our ability to fight in the courts depends on the support we receive from our members. Will you step up today with a $35 or more membership contribution? Thanks to a generous supporter, every membership contribution we receive will be matched dollar for dollar, up to a total of $50,000! Membership in NOM is a minimum of $35, and there is no limit on the amount someone may give. Will you help?

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The Masterpiece Cakeshop case is just one example of many where NOM has been active in the Courts. For example, we were a leading defender of a local school district that decided to maintain the security and privacy of its school restrooms, locker rooms and showers despite demands by a transgender student and liberal legal groups. That case made its way to the Supreme Court as well, and NOM was fighting every step of the way.

Along with our work in the courts, we also play a vital role in the court of public opinion, bringing much-needed attention to issues affecting people of faith and marriage supporters. Our brief in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, for example, received nationwide media attention.

Generating news coverage of our issues is an essential component in shaping public opinion. The mainstream media fawns over the LGBT community, giving them extensive promotion. We have to fight hard to keep our perspective in the news and stand up for the strong majority of Americans who continue to believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.

This mid-year membership drive is critical for our finances and programs.

Every dollar we receive will instantly double as a result of this match. Your $35 membership gift will result in NOM receiving $70.

Thank you for your support!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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Critical Mid-Year Matching Membership Drive Is Underway

As you know from our various communications, NOM is hard at work fighting for marriage, religious liberty and the truth of gender in Congress, state legislatures, the courts and the court of public opinion. We’re fighting for legislation, pro-marriage judicial nominees and presidential actions to protect marriage and the right of people to live out the truth of marriage at work and in their daily lives. But our success is dependent on the enthusiasm and support of our members, and that is why it's essential that we grow our membership base.

I am pleased to announce that we are beginning a 30 day mid-year membership campaign with the support of a donor who will match every membership contribution we receive up to a total gift of $50,000! Membership in NOM is a minimum of $35, and there is no limit on the amount someone may giveCan you take the step of making a membership contribution todayknowing that whatever you give will be matched dollar for dollar?

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Together this year, we've won some remarkable victories. Earlier this month, we were able to rally thousands of NOM members to contact Senator Rand Paul to urge him to vote to confirm pro-marriage Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo. Pompeo had been viciously attacked by liberal Senator Cory Bookerbecause of his support for traditional marriage, and Sen. Paul had voiced his opposition to Pompeo on other grounds. But after NOM swung into action, Sen. Paul announced a change of heart and Pompeo was confirmed. This shows what we can do when we work together!

Because of the support of our members, NOM has played a key role in the pending Supreme Court case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, where we are fighting for Jack Phillips and all Christians to be free of persecution by government for standing up for their beliefs about marriage at work and in business. Nobody should be forced to abandon their religious views in order to maintain their livelihood.

Right now we are fighting in Congress for legislation (the First Amendment Defense Act) to protect people of faith from governmental retribution for standing for the truth of marriage. We've already helped secure a government-wide directive from the Trump administration to protect the religious liberty rights of marriage supporters in every department and agency of the federal government.

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We're advocating for the confirmation of pro-marriage judges like Gordon Giampietro, a distinguished former federal prosecutor and devout Catholic who has been nominated by President Trump to the federal bench in the eastern district of Wisconsin. Unfortunately, he's being blacklisted by a liberal Senator because he opposed the illegitimate ruling of the US Supreme Court in the Obergefell case imposing gay 'marriage' on the nation.

While much of what President Trump has done in office has been excellent, sometimes he makes mistakes, such as his nomination of a radical lesbian activist to a key civil rights post who thinks that LGBT rights are superior to the rights of other Americans. We are actively opposing her confirmation.

Our ability to be successful is entirely dependent on the support we receive from our members. That's why this $50,000 matching gift opportunity is such a blessing. Every dollar we receive will instantly double as a result of this match. Your $35 membership gift will result in NOM receiving $70.

Please help us today by making a mid-year membership contribution of $35 or more so that we get the full benefit of the generous matching grant that has been made available to us.

Thank you for your support!

Brian S Brown

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Marriage has NOT been repealed

The other day, a member of our team was approached by an American university student studying abroad. For a paper assigned by her university, she wanted to talk about the passage of Proposition 8 in California, and "the repeal of Prop. 8."

Of course, we immediately wrote back to inform her that Proposition 8 has NOT been repealed! Prop 8 remains part of the California constitution, as do the laws in dozens of other states that define marriage as only the union of one man and one woman.

Please help us in our fight to restore marriage to our country's laws.

The only thing that has happened to Prop 8 and all the other pro-marriage laws in states around the country is that they are not being enforced because of the illegitimate, anti-constitutional ruling by the US Supreme Court in the Obergefellcase imposing gay 'marriage' on the nation.

I suppose that it's not surprising that leftist universities, egged on by LGBT activists, are indoctrinating students to a false narrative, that traditional marriage has been repealed. The left never bothers itself with facts when they get in the way of their agenda.

While it may be inconvenient for the left, the fact is that Proposition 8 in California and the laws in dozens of other states remain on the books and will come back to life when the Obergefell case is eventually overturned, which it clearly should be and we believe will be, perhaps sooner than people imagine.

We are just one vote shy of having a pro-marriage majority on the US Supreme Court. If Anthony Kennedy decides to retire this year as many expect, we will have a realistic chance to promote a pro-marriage nominee from President Trump in the mold of Antonin Scalia and Neil Gorsuch.

Please help us continue to fight for the truth of marriage and the rights of the more than 50 million American voters who enacted state constitutional provisions and laws upholding the truth that marriage is only the union of one man and one woman.

It's hard to believe that the Proposition 8 campaign unfolded ten years ago. NOM played a pivotal role in the success of Prop. 8, helping to organize the signature gathering drive that put it on the ballot. I moved my family to California so I could work fulltime on the campaign. And our national Political Director, Frank Schubert, was the campaign manager for the successful effort. It was a great victory, which makes it all the more important that we reverse the injustice done to the people of California, and all the other states that voted for marriage, to have had that victory illegitimately stolen by the US
Supreme Court.

I'm asking you to continue to stand with us in support of marriage and work with us to continue to demand that marriage be restored to our laws. Will you help?

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As you know, we have a full plate with our work in Congress, state legislatures, the courts and the court of public opinion. We're fighting for the rights of people to live out their beliefs about marriage in their daily lives and at work. We're also fighting for the truth of gender. But sometimes people forget that while these battles are extremely important, our purpose is to preserve marriage and we are determined to do that whether it takes two years of twenty years.

Thank you for your support. We would be grateful for any contribution you can make at this time.

Faithfully,

Brian

Our hope is Jack's hope

Dear friends:

I hope that everyone saw Brian's email from yesterday and that any of our supporters who are reading this, if they haven't donated already, will make a gift today and help us to keep fighting on for marriage and religious liberty. We still need desperately to make up for our urgent fundraising shortfall.

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The importance of the work that we do here at the National Organization for Marriage was brought home to me recently when I read an opinion editorial piece in the Washington Post last week. The piece makes the stakes of our fight very clear, and the urgency with which we need your help to continue doing that work.

It was written by Jack Phillips, the plaintiff in the Masterpiece Cakeshop Supreme Court case Brian mentions below. The piece was entitled, "I’m the Masterpiece Cakeshop baker. Will the Supreme Court uphold my freedom?"

In it, Jack wonders about the outcome of his critical case, which is expected to be delivered soon. Musing on what should happen if the Supreme Court rules against him, Jack reflects grimly on the future:

I shudder to think what I’d say if my granddaughter one day tells me that she wants to design wedding cakes like I did. I guess I’ll tell her that she must choose between the faith we taught her and the wedding-cake artistry I showed her.

But Jack then turns to the hope that the Supreme Court will rule in his favor, as we urged the Court to do in our amicus brief supporting Jack:

But if the court upholds my freedom to serve all people while declining to design cakes that celebrate certain events, that would welcome me back into the community from which I’ve been estranged. Those who are opposing me in court have compared me to racists and argued that I’m deserving of their fate — social marginalization. But a ruling for me would reject all that and declare to the world that my faith is not a scarlet letter. [...] We all want to belong. I’m no different. The Supreme Court’s decision in my case will say a lot about the First Amendment. But I sure hope the court makes it clear that I belong, too.

Friends, our hope is the same as Jack's. But even if the Court does rule in his favor, the fight to ensure that our faith and belief in marriage belongs in the public square will continue. As Brian's said in yesterday's email, there will be more legal battles, elections, and possible confirmation hearings for a new Supreme Court Justice, and in every one of these contests, marriage and religious liberty will need a strong and clear voice of defense. We hope to be that voice, for you and countless Americans like you. But we can't do it without your support.

Please make a contribution to the cause today so that, whatever the future holds for Jack and the rest of us, at least the defense of marriage and of the values we hold dear will be sure.

Kindly,

Joseph L. Grabowski
Director of Communications, National Organization for Marriage

Help A Pro-Family Champion Win


As you've seen play out across the country, there is a critical battle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party. Many in the establishment wing want to stop talking about critical social issues like marriage, life and gender identity (among other issues) and focus only on the agenda of big corporations. They expect social conservatives to just be quiet and vote for their candidates. But we're not much interested in doing that; we want to fight for candidates with strong conservative principles on all the issues.

Help A Proven Conservative Win In Pennsylvania

There is a critical battle brewing in the Pennsylvania Republican primary for governor. The establishment is backing Senator Scott Wagner, a pro-gay, anti-religious liberty Republican whose actions in office show a wanton disregard for the rights of Christians and other people of faith. Wagner carried a Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity bill that makes gay rights superior to the rights of other Americans. Then, he made sure that his bill was not amended to include critical religious liberty protections. Among other problems, Wagner's legislation includes "bathroom bill" provisions that will risk the privacy and safety of girls and women by allowing biological men to force themselves into intimate areas like showers and restrooms that are reserved for females.

We have a far better choice in this race. Paul Mango is a principled conservative who has taken a strong stand in support of family values. As governor, he will veto legislation like that being pushed by Scott Wagner. A former Army Ranger, Mango will be a tough advocate for the family, and especially for women and children. Scott Wagner would be a disaster.

Please act today to help Paul Mango win. You can donate directly to his campaign, and I urge you to do so. Then please ask all your friends and family in Pennsylvania to vote for Paul Mango in the upcoming May 15th primary election.

We will have more to say about this race in coming days, but for today please act to donate to Paul Mango and to let all your friends and contacts know that you are supporting him. He's a true conservative on all the issues we care about – social issues, military and security issues, economic issues, etc. – and is precisely the type of candidate that should be encouraged to run.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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May The Joy Of Easter Be With You


Dear Marriage Supporter — As we reflect on the meaning and import of Holy Week, it's tempting to think in historical terms, as amazing events long since passed. But what we celebrate at this time of year is not merely an ancient memory from long ago, but times that present parallels to modern circumstances today, and that offer the promise of an incredible future.

In the run up to Holy Week on Palm Sunday, we experience Christ's triumphant entry into Jerusalem, with adoring fans lining the streets, waving palms, welcoming this great Son of God who has worked miracles, cured the sick and infirm, breathed new life into the dead, forgiven sins and fulfilled scripture. If they had public opinion polls back then, Christ's popularity would have been off the charts positive.

But within days, these same people who greeted his triumphant entrance turned on him, becoming a murderous mob that ended up preferring the criminal Barabbas to Jesus. He celebrated his last supper on earth with his disciples, knowing that he would be betrayed, and prepared himself for his barbaric crucifixion and death today, Good Friday.

How quickly they turned on him.

I can imagine how Jesus must have felt, having experienced on a far lesser scale a seeming seismic shift in public opinion (at least according to the media) in the object of much of my work, the preservation of marriage..

No doubt the Sanhedrin thought that Christ's death on a cross would be the end of things. But it wasn't. That next Sunday he rose from the dead, his burial clothes folded neatly in the tomb. Later he presented himself to his disciples, the holes in his hands and side quite visible, powerful proof of his resurrection.

Still, even with all they had seen and experienced being in Christ's presence – the miracles, the crowds, the supernatural appearances of the angels and the Prophets -- the Apostles still struggled to undertake the ministry that Jesus had called on them to lead in his name. It would take the arrival of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost Sunday to transform the Apostles from observers to evangelists, and to spread the growth of Christianity to the four corner of the globe.

On Sunday, we celebrate the most consequential day in the history of the world, the day when the promise of the Bible is fulfilled, the day when death is overcome, the day when Jesus Christ rose from the dead.

I can't help but feel the parallels between what happened during Christ's time on earth and some of our own experiences in recent times, including in the struggle to preserve, protect and promote marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

We've seen marriage be considered invincible one day, and then in a blink of an eye seen it redefined and defiled. We've seen the principle of traditional marriage be betrayed by people who swore to voters they would protect it. We've seen some people abandon the fight, whether out of fear or seeing many who remained vigilant punished and persecuted. And we've seen constitutionally-guaranteed rights such as the right to religious liberty be superseded by invented concepts that not only are not rights, they also are not right.

It can be disheartening at times, but we at NOM have not lost faith. You see, we've read the book and we know who wins in the end. We also know that the truth of marriage is universal and timeless, written on the human heart by our Creator at the beginning of time. Marriage cannot be changed, and the truth of marriage cannot be redefined or eradicated.

Marriage is the union of one man and one woman. That's what the thing is, always has been and always will be. It is a profound good, and the most important human relationship ever created. It's the basis of families, and the foundation for raising children.

I know that true marriage will rise again. I think it will happen fairly soon, because it's impossible to maintain the lie of same-sex 'marriage' forever. But whether it takes two years or two decades, NOM is determined to fight every day for the truth of marriage and for the good that it provides for families and children.

We are grateful to count you as a true friend, and a trusted ally. Like the Apostles during the early church, your faithfulness to the truth of marriage sends a powerful message to the world that this timeless relationship reserved for a man and a woman will triumph.

May the joy and hope of Easter be with you. Thank you for all you've done for us, and for God's institution of marriage.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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We Are Determined To Stop Her


Dear Marriage Supporter — By now you've probably heard of President Trump's disturbing decision to nominate Chai Feldblum, a radical LGBT extremist, to a critically important civil rights post as a Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. This job puts her in the position of shaping federal law to make supreme LGBT claims and to punish Christians and other people of faith who do not want to personally be involved in affirming the gay agenda, such as same-sex 'marriage.' That is exactly what she wants to do.

Feldman is an avowed lesbian who firmly believes that there is no situation where the constitutionally-guaranteed right of religious liberty would prevail in a legal case where Christians are in a conflict with the interests of gay or lesbian individuals. She's openly questioned whether marriage is even necessary in modern society and she's said that it is essential that the law be used aggressively to affirm the "dignity" of gays and lesbians when Christians refuse to support them.

Help Us Stop This Dangerous LGBT Nominee

While we appreciate President Trump's work to support religious liberty in other contexts, his nomination of this radical lesbian activist will cause real and lasting damage to people of faith who want nothing more than to be left alone by gay activists so that they can live out their religious beliefs about marriage and other issues in peace in their private lives and at work.

We are all-in to prevent the confirmation of Chai Feldblum to the EEOC.

Whether President Trump comes to his senses and withdraws this incredibly divisive nomination, or whether the Senate simply refuses to go along, we have to do everything possible to ensure that Ms. Feldblum is not in a position to bend the law in favor of gays and lesbians and against people of faith.

Our ability to stop the nomination of Chai Feldblum depends on the response we receive from you and other loyal supporters of NOM. Already, thousands of people have signed our petition opposing this nomination. That gives us a great start in this campaign to stop her, but in order to win we need to raise substantial funds and expand opposition to the nomination. Will you help us with an emergency financial contribution? Your gift of $15, $25, $50, $100, or $250 or more will be put to immediate use fighting the confirmation of this dangerous nominee.

Our team is hard at work during this Holy Week to prepare for a major push to derail the Feldblum nomination. The US Senate is on recess until April 6th, and we need to be ready to roll as soon as they get back to the Capitol. We’re working on several cutting-edge grassroots and engagement programs and are excited to launch our coming campaign to derail the Feldblum nomination.

Please consider a sacrificial gift to help us go all-in to stop this radical lesbian activist from being able to shape federal law to punish Christians and people of faith.

We did not budget for this kind of fight against the Trump administration and the liberal Democrats in the Senate who will be pushing for Chai Feldblum's confirmation. That means we are scrambling now to secure the resources we need to win. Your donation of $15, $25, $50, $100, or $250 or more is urgently needed today. Please prayerfully consider what you can afford to give at this critical time.

Thank you for your help in standing up for the rights of Christians and others who believe in marriage as the union of one man and one woman. We are in a tough fight, and we will appreciate your prayers and support.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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Sen. Mike Lee Introduces First Amendment Defense Act


I am pleased to share some very good news: Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) has officially introduced the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), critical legislation to protect supporters of marriage, including individuals and organizations, from being discriminated against by the federal government because of their beliefs about marriage.

We commend Senator Lee for his leadership and commitment to protecting the rights of Americans to stand for the truth of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Don and Ellen Vander Boom know all too well about the risk of speaking out in support of marriage. Devout Christians, the couple have dedicated everything they do to the glory of God, including their business. They operate a family-owned wholesale beef packing plant in western Michigan. After the Supreme Court issued their illegitimate ruling redefining marriage, Don noticed some material in the break room speaking out in favor of gay 'marriage.' He wanted employees to have access to both sides of the issue, so he placed an article that discussed the Christian belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.

To the couple's shock, USDA inspectors entered the break room and saw the pro-marriage article, and then declared that the business owners were in violation of USDA anti-discrimination policies on the basis of sexual orientation. The officials told Don that unless he removed the article, the USDA would remove inspectors from the plant. Since meatpacking firms cannot operate in the absence of USDA inspectors on the premises, this threat effectively promised a death sentence for their business.

Help us Support FADA

The passage of FADA would help people like Don and Ellen Vander Boom by preventing government officials from targeting them for harassment and punishment over their views about marriage. The Vander Boom's had no choice but to agree to the USDA's demands, and they removed the pro-marriage material from the break room. But then they did something that many others would not have done: they filed an official complaint with USDA senior officials in Washington.

President Trump has done a lot to protect the religious liberty rights of people to continue to support traditional marriage. Thankfully, after taking office the Trump team at USDA announced that they would never take adverse action against someone because they exercised their religious liberty rights to express their views about marriage.

This action by President Trump's leadership at USDA is gratifying. Presumably other federal agencies and departments will follow suit. But the truth is that these statements do not have the force of law, and that is why FADA is so important. God forbid, someone like Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton who will aggressively advance the agenda of LGBT extremists to punish marriage supporters is elected President in the future. We cannot risk what might amount to open season on marriage supporters in that type of administration.

We are going to make a major push for Congress to pass the First Amendment Defense Act. I'm asking you to do two things right now to help:

  1. First, please contact your US Senators and ask them to become co-sponsors of Sen. Lee's legislation. The more Senators who sign on to support this proposal the better its chances of passage will be.

  2. Second, please make a financial contribution to NOM today so that we have the funds we need to push for the enactment of FADA.

Our 2018 Strategic Plan has prioritized the protection of marriage supporters as one of our top objectives. We've already taken two major steps toward achieving our goal. The directive by President Trump's Department of Justice to all federal agencies and departments that they should protect religious liberty to the maximum extent is a tremendous accomplishment. We also have filed a critical legal brief before the US Supreme Court in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case that has the potential of protecting marriage supporters in every state in the country.

Now we need to take the next step by making sure that FADA is passed. Will you help?

One of the most impactful things you can do to stand up for the rights of marriage supporters is to become a Sustaining Member of NOM. Sustaining Members help ensure that our financial footing is solid, giving us the ability to aggressively fight for FADA.

As a Sustaining Member, you pledge a monthly gift of any amount you decide (as little as $7 per month). It's easy and works transparently. You'll be notified when your pledge processes each month. Rest assured that you can change your instructions at any time.

No American should have to go through what Don and Ellen Vander Boom went through when their business was threatened with financial ruin because of their Christian beliefs about marriage. FADA will protect them, and all of us, from becoming the target of government officials and bureaucrats because we do what God calls us to do, live out the truth of marriage as the union of one man and one woman in our daily lives and at work.

We look forward to working with you to enact the First Amendment Defense Act into law.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

PS – Please act today to urge your US Senators to join Sen. Lee and become a co-sponsor of FADA. Thank you!

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BREAKING...Trump Nominates Radical LGBT Extremist


It's being reported that President Donald Trump has nominated a radical LGBT extremist to a key civil rights post. Chai Feldblum is a prominent activist and avowed proponent of expansive special legal rights for gay men, lesbians, bisexuals and the transgendered. Worse, she has repeatedly said that their rights take precedence over any religious liberty claims that Christians might assert. Her nomination to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is a disaster that we must oppose.

Please Sign Our Petition Opposing The Nomination of A Radical LGBT Extremist to the EEOC

President Trump has done many good things to support religious liberty, but his nomination of Chai Feldblum to the EEOC is truly mind-boggling. A lesbian, Feldblum's views are so extreme that she is not even considered to be within the mainstream of liberals in the Democratic Party. For instance, Feldblum has questioned whether the institution of marriage needs to exist, and she has said that the government should recognize adults in polygamous and polyamorous relationships on the same basis as married couples.

I don't understand what's gotten into President Trump with this nomination. I wonder if it is more evidence of Ivanka and Jared's influence on him. Or maybe the White House is just being lazy because Feldblum was appointed to the EEOC previously by President Obama, so perhaps the White House thinks they can get away with her appointment again. Whatever the thinking behind nominating this radical extremist, however, we must do everything we can to oppose Feldblum's nomination. The EEOC is the federal agency charged with enforcing workplace anti-discrimination laws. As a Commissioner of the EEOC, Feldblum has the ability to engineer a radical shift in federal legal treatment of discrimination laws against Christians and other people faith, and to make supreme the "rights" of LGBT people.

Please sign our petition opposing the nomination of Chai Feldblum to the EEOC. We cannot have this kind of radical extremist in a position of power to shape America's civil rights laws.

I have enjoyed working with President Trump's administration on many things and do not relish opposing them now, but I am determined to do so in this instance. We cannot sit idly by and let an extreme radical like Chai Feldblum shape our nation's anti-discrimination laws to punish Christians and other people of faith who simply wish to be left alone to live out their views about marriage at work and in their daily lives.

The first step in derailing Feldblum's nomination is to sign our petition today. Please add your name to the petition right away, and then send it to every person you know who might sign it as well. Only by organizing a large group of Americans will we be able to exert enough pressure on Congress to reject this nomination, or convince President Trump to withdraw it.

We are in for a tough battle to stop Chai Feldblum's nomination to the EEOC. Please act today to help us by signing our petition. And if you can take an added step of making a financial contribution to NOM to help us spread the petition to more people, we would be grateful.

Please act today.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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