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Protecting the Truth of Gender


Dear Marriage Supporter — After LGBT extremists were successful in redefining marriage in the law, stripping it of its essential character as a gendered institution, they then pivoted into a headlong rush to redefine gender itself. A key element of our 2018 Strategic Plan is to fight this attempt to deconstruct gender, because it is unalterably connected to the fight for marriage as a gendered institution bringing the two halves of humanity together. We are one of few national groups pushing back against this "gender identity" phenomenon through public education, grassroots organizing, legal action and administrative, regulatory and legislative activities.

Please help NOM continue the fight for the truth of gender, working to protect innocent children and families from being damaged by this dangerous "gender identity" ideology.

The new orthodoxy being spread by the LGBT community and their allies is to portray laws and cultural mores that segregate areas such as restrooms, changing rooms, showers and locker rooms based on sex to be discriminatory, bigoted and harmful to those who claim to be "transgendered."

Make no mistake about it – there is harm to the "transgendered" (and many others) inherent with this agenda, but it comes from those pushing it, not from groups like NOM who are resisting. The harm is visited upon many constituencies, but first and foremost are those young people who are confused about their gender. Most parents of gender-confused children are truly concerned about the child's well-being and don't know what to do. They are not told by medical, psychological or educational professionals that almost all children who experience gender dysphoria will grow out of it by the time they go through puberty. They just need love and support, not medical intervention. Instead, parents are influenced by the headlong cultural push to channel these kids into "gender identity" programs and clinics. Once that happens, the odds are very high that the child's life will be radically and permanently damaged.

The causes of gender dysphoria are not biological; nobody is born trapped in the wrong body. The causes of this condition are often complex and difficult to ascertain. There is little doubt that cultural developments play a major factor. We have seen the incidents of claimed transgenderism skyrocket in the past couple of years as the media has flooded the culture with portrayals of transgendered people.

Continue the Fight for the Truth of Gender

Here is an example: A prominent pediatrician recently shared the story of her patient, a young boy, who insisted that he was really a girl. He demanded of his parents that they treat him like a girl. The pediatrician decided to have the child undergo an independent psychiatric evaluation to understand what was happening to cause this situation. Over time what they learned was that when the boy's parents had a second child – a girl with special needs – the boy felt the loss of their affection and witnessed the parents shower the girl with attention. The boy concluded that his parents did not love boys, they loved girls – and he decided he wanted to be a girl.

This tragic situation is playing out with increasing frequency today. The incessant push by the media, Hollywood and the entertainment industry of all-things transgendered has resulted in a skyrocketing of claimed incidences of transgenderism. Britain's National Health Service reports a quadrupling of children under age 10 who have been referred for treatment related to gender dysphoria.

Please help us present the truth of gender to the American people and spare countless children from this dangerous gender-identity ideology.

Unfortunately, many medical professionals today would not seek a truly independent evaluation of a child presenting as transgendered; they would refer the child to a gender-identity clinic that exists to help facilitate the "transition" of the child from their true gender to the one they have chosen. The child will begin to "present" as the opposite sex, choose a name representing the opposite sex, and eventually start taking powerful hormones and drugs to suspend normal physical development.

This situation is tragic for all involved, but it is more than that because there are more people impacted than those who are personally experiencing this problem. Society as a whole is impacted.

Every child in public school must deal with the situation of a student who one day is their true gender, but the next is said to be the opposite gender, with a new name, different clothing, and unfettered access to intimate school facilities of the opposite sex. A child who uses common sense and observes that the student has not really changed genders will soon find himself or herself in trouble with school officials, subjected to discipline and punished, perhaps expulsion, for expressing the obvious truth of his or her observation. The young girl who is uncomfortable showering next to a student with male genitalia will be told that her discomfort is her problem, and she will not be allowed to make the transgender student feel like there is something different about him. Her concerns for privacy and modesty are pushed aside as irrelevant, or worse, signs of bigotry and hatred.

And so it goes.

The LGBT extremists have been joined by powerful groups and organizations that seek to align themselves with the LGBT community including representatives of sports, medicine, the law, and major corporations. For the most part, these groups do not attempt to present a compelling argument that gender is fluid and based on emotions and identity, but rather seek to impose this cultural perspective through intimidation and force. They had a powerful ally in President Barack Obama, who used his power to direct the federal government to institute a widespread policy of "gender identity" affirmation, including in the public schools and the military. Other Democratic leaders, from Governors down to local officials, have adopted a similar posture. Thus, the push to redefine gender has gained tremendous momentum in a short period of time.

NOM is one of few national groups pushing back against this phenomenon. We are active in fighting for the truth of gender through a variety of activities, including:

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Public education. NOM co-sponsored the #FreeSpeech bus tour to highlight the truth of gender, that it is based on biology and not feelings, emotions or politics, which generated a huge amount of media coverage. The tour graphically illustrated the intolerance of LGBT activists who often resorted to violence to prevent a civil discussion of the issues. We also aggressively have promoted credible medical research that undercuts the push for transgenderism, including the ground-breaking work of scientists last year that established that transgender treatment protocols such as puberty blockers and hormone treatments are not safe, accepted and fully-reversible, as activists claim, but in reality are "drastic and experimental" and often result in serious medical harm and irreversible consequences to children, including infertility. We continue to publicize important medical and scientific research into transgenderism, as well as undertake public events to bring attention to these issues.

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Administrative Action. NOM has enjoyed tremendous success with the Trump administration in reversing the President Obama's complete embrace of attempts to redefine gender. We successfully urged President Trump to rescind Obama-era guidelines to the public schools to treat gender as meaning "gender identity." As a result of rescinding the redefinition of gender in the schools, countless school children will be spared the imposition of being exposed to the biological opposite sex in the most intimate areas of campus. We also successfully urged President Trump to end Obama's use of the military to advance the transgender agenda, and he's restored policies that prohibit the transgender from serving in the armed forces. We will continue to look for administrative and regulatory opportunities to rollback advances in the transgender movement.

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Legal actions. NOM has also successfully fought for the truth of gender in the courts. We filed an amicus brief successfully urging the Supreme Court to uphold the right of a public school district to protect the privacy and security of students by limiting access to intimate sex-segregated facilities to members of the appropriate biological sex. The Supreme Court did so. We are also urging the Supreme Court to accept another important case that would establish it is not "sex discrimination" or "sex stereotyping" for a school district to require that boys and girls use separate bathroom facilities that correspond to their biological sex. The case is currently pending review. NOM will continue to be a forceful advocate for the truth of gender in the courts.

As I have said, NOM is one of the few national organizations to make the push for truth in gender a main focus. It's important work, but it can be very difficult. Quite literally, members of our team have been physically threatened simply for trying to discuss the issues, and we are regularly disparaged and harangued on social media and in the mainstream press. We will stand strong for the truth, but we need to know that you are standing with us.

I hope I can count on your continued support as we pursue our 2018 Strategic Plan. Defending the truth of gender as fashioned by our Creator, is a foundational battle, one requiring the investment of substantial resources. Thanks to the generosity of some supporters, for the rest of this month your entire gift will be matched dollar for dollar.

Would you consider becoming a Sustaining Member of NOM by making a modest monthly contribution to support our work? If you will agree to step up with a monthly pledge, your monthly gift will be matched not one time but twelve times over! Your $10 monthly pledge as a Sustaining Member will result in NOM receiving $120 in matching funds. But please hurry because this amazing matching gift opportunity will end on January 31st.

Whether you can become a Sustaining Member or prefer to make a one-time donation to support our work to fight against the attempted redefinition of gender, please act today knowing that your gift will be matched.

We are working hard to pursue all the elements of our agenda, and are excited about what we can accomplish by working together! Thank you for your continuing support.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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Fighting to Protect Supporters of Marriage


Dear Marriage Supporter — One of the top objectives we've laid out in our 2018 Strategic Plan is to pursue a comprehensive series of actions to protect the right of people who believe in traditional marriage to live out their beliefs in their daily lives and at work. Increasingly, marriage supporters have been targeted by government officials and others for punishment simply because of their belief in what the Bible teaches and all of human history has shown, that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.

Please help NOM fight for the rights of marriage supporters to be free from discrimination and persecution by making a critically-needed financial contribution today. Your gift will be matched, doubling its effectiveness.

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It is imperative that supporters of marriage be able to act on their beliefs about true marriage and not be coerced or threatened with punishment for maintaining those beliefs. Polling shows that an overwhelming percentage of Americans believe that nobody should ever be forced to be involved in a same-sex ceremony against their wishes, yet countless people have been targeted for declining to be personally involved in the lie of same-sex 'marriage'.

We have an integrated plan to make sure that the rights of supporters like you and I are protected. Our plan includes:

a. Participating in Critical Legal Cases. NOM has filed important amicus briefs in critical cases pending in the Courts and has urged the Supreme Court to act to protect people of faith from being forced into participating in same-sex ceremonies against their wishes. A critical case in that regard is currently pending before the Supreme Court, Masterpiece Cakeshop v Colorado. NOM is participating in this case as amicus on behalf of baker and cake artisan Jack Phillips. This is one of the most important religious liberty cases to ever come before the Supreme Court.

b. Administrative Action. We are working hard at the federal level to secure administrative action to protect people of faith, and have already won an important victory. After a great deal of urging by NOM's supporters, last October, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a government-wide directive ordering every department and agency within the federal government to protect the religious liberty rights of people of faith. This is a big win for NOM, but more can and should be done. This year we will launch a new initiative to ask President Trump to follow-up on the DOJ directive by issuing a formal Executive Order giving the directive teeth and the force of law.

c. Passing Legislation. NOM is involved in pushing the passage of legislation at the state and federal levels to protect people of faith from discrimination over their views about marriage. At the federal level we are working behind the scenes to urge the introduction and passage of the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), critically-important legislation to protect supporters of marriage from being targeted by the federal government and coerced into participation in same-sex ceremonies that violate their beliefs. We expect this legislation to be introduced soon, and we will mobilize tens of thousands of grassroots supporters behind it. We also will be pursuing similar legislation at the state level

I hope I can count on your continued support as we pursue our 2018 Strategic Plan. Protecting the rights of marriage supporters from government officials who do the bidding of LGBT extremists will be a tough fight, one requiring the investment of substantial resources.

Would you consider becoming a Sustaining Member of NOM by making a modest monthly contribution to support our work? If you will agree to step up with a monthly pledge, a group of donors has agreed to match your monthly gift not one time but twelve times over! Your $10 monthly pledge as a Sustaining Member will result in NOM receiving $120 in matching funds. But please hurry because this amazing matching gift opportunity will end on January 31st.

Whether you can become a Sustaining Member or prefer to make a one-time donation to support our work to protect marriage supporters from persecution and harassment, please act today knowing that your gift will be matched.

We are hard at work on all the elements of our agenda, and are excited about what we can accomplish by working together! Thank you for your continuing support.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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When Harry Became Sally


Dear Marriage Supporter — Our good friend Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D., the William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow at The Heritage Foundation, has written a critically important new book that is coming out soon: When Harry Became Sally, Responding to the Transgender Moment.

You can preorder the book now, and I encourage you to do so.

After the US Supreme Court illegitimately redefined marriage in 2015 in the anti-constitutional Obergefell ruling, the LGBT community immediately pivoted to challenging gender. After all, if marriage can be redefined, stripping it of its essential component as a gendered institution, why can't gender itself be redefined? And that is precisely the course they have been pursuing.

Ryan forthrightly uses reason and science to challenge the false narrative of the LGBT community, and exposes the consequences to society – and to those who are confused about their gender – of pursuing this dangerous idea. He offers those struggling to understand this issue a loving, honest and nuanced look at the facts of the matter, revealing a grim contrast between the media’s sunny depiction and the often sad realities of gender-identity struggles. He introduces readers to people who tried to “transition” but found themselves no better off. Especially troubling is the suffering felt by adults who were encouraged to transition as children but later came to regret it.

Ryan Anderson is a true champion for marriage. In 2014, NOM bestowed upon him the Public Square Leadership Award for his courageous witness to the truth of marriage in academia, on college campuses, in the media and throughout the culture. He is the author or co-author of numerous books, including Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination; Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Liberty; What is Marriage?; and A Liberalism Safe for Catholicism?: Perspectives from the Review of Politics.

Ryan makes an important contribution to understanding gender identity and the incessant push by LGBT activists to impose this harmful ideology on the country. I urge you to pre-order the book today.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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Our Plan


Dear Marriage Supporter — I am excited to write to you today to review our comprehensive, integrated Strategic Plan for 2018. We have an ambitious agenda and a lot of work on our plate, but with the help of grassroots supporters like you, I am confident that we can make significant progress.

Here is a summary of our mission for 2018

 

 

To fight for the restoration of marriage, to secure the protection of Americans to continue to honor marriage as the union of one man and one woman, to educate Americans about the importance of restoring true marriage to our laws and to celebrate the complementarity of the sexes recognizing the unique and irreplaceable contributions that men and women make to human flourishing.

 

 

I hope this mission inspires you to continue to support our work. If you are able, please make a financial contribution today, which will be matched dollar for dollar this month thanks to some generous donors.

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So we have a nice-sounding mission statement, but what does it mean in practical terms? It means a strategic plan with specific components in each of the core areas that impact us: public education, grassroots engagement, public policy advancement, judicial intervention and political action.

First Freedom Initiative

A major focus of our work for the coming year is the First Freedom Initiative (FFI), a plan to group all of the threats to marriage, religious freedom and the truth of gender under one initiative. Our First Amendment protects the rights of individuals who do not want men in girl’s bathrooms as much as it protects the rights of individuals and businesses not to participate in same-sex unions. In the end, the real question we must address is, “Will we stand for the First Amendment guarantees that our Founding Fathers gave to us? Or will we simply allow our system of government to be undermined and people of faith punished?”

We know the American people agree with our answer: We will stand firm in defense of our first freedom and our constitution.

Here is a brief overview of our top priorities:

1. Fight to restore marriage to our nation's laws.

When the U.S. Supreme Court imposed abortion on the nation in the Roe v Wade decision, they expected the ruling would settle the contentious issue once and for all and that the country would accept the decision. It didn't because the pro-life community was determined to continue the fight for life, and they have been incredibly successful. That is the position we are in now with marriage in the wake of the Obergefell decision. Whether it takes two years or two decades or more, NOM is committed to pursuing all avenues to restore marriage to our laws.

2. Enact legal protections for people who support marriage.

Until marriage can be restored to our laws, it is imperative that supporters of marriage be able to act on their beliefs about true marriage and not be coerced or threatened with punishment for maintaining those beliefs. We are a leading group in the country working to achieve these protections. This includes seeking legal rulings by participating in cases like the Masterpiece Cakeshop case now pending before the US Supreme Court, working with the Trump Administration to obtain administrative directives such as the recent order from Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and passing legislation through Congress and state houses to protect people of faith.

3. Fight to preserve the truth of gender.

After LGBT extremists were successful in redefining marriage in the law, stripping it of its essential character as a gendered institution, they then pivoted into a headlong rush to redefine gender itself. The new orthodoxy is to portray laws and cultural mores that segregate areas such as restrooms, changing rooms, showers and locker rooms based on sex to be discriminatory, bigoted and harmful to those who claim to be "transgendered." NOM is one of few national groups pushing back against this phenomenon through public education, grassroots organizing, legal action and administrative, regulatory and legislative activities.

4. Fight to protect religious liberty.

In a culture where belief in biblical morality and traditional institutions such as marriage are increasingly seen as being counter-cultural and out of popularity with the elite, it's critically important that society and the elite accept, even if reluctantly, that it is the right of the counter-culture to exist as full and equal participants in civic life. It is essential that a strong defense of religious liberty be made, and NOM is helping lead such an effort. We are active in the administrative, regulatory, legislative and judicial arenas, as well as in the court of public opinion.

Support Our Work

I hope you will stand firm with us as we pursue our 2018 Strategic Plan. I will be writing in more detail in coming days and weeks to provide more insight about our plans and objectives, but the important thing to note for now is that the only way we can move our agenda forward is if we have your continued support. It will take an investment of hundreds of thousands of dollars to show progress on our agenda and we need your help now to begin this work.

Would you consider becoming a Sustaining Member of NOM by making a modest monthly contribution to support our work? If you will agree to step up with a monthly pledge, a group of donors has agreed to match your monthly gift not one time but twelve times over! Your $10 monthly pledge as a Sustaining Member will result in NOM receiving $120 in matching funds.

Whether you can become a Sustaining Member or prefer to make a one-time donation to support our work toward our strategic plan, please act today knowing that your gift will be matched.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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The World Loses a Great Leader as LDS President Thomas Monson Passes Away


Dear %%FIRST%% — It is with great sadness that I note the passing of a great leader, Thomas S. Monson, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. President Monson devoted a lifetime of service to his Church, and to humanity. He leaves a long legacy of charity, kindness, love and humanitarian acts.

A stalwart champion for the family, President Monson served for more than five decades as an Apostle of the LDS Church. He became President in 2008 and one of his first high-profile responsibilities was to shepherd the LDS Church during the internationally watched, successful Proposition 8 campaign in California that reaffirmed marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Despite facing criticism from radical activists who wished to redefine marriage, President Monson articulated a reasoned, calm, loving understanding of marriage based on scripture, and universal truth. The complementarity of man and woman is an essential element of God's design for humanity, and President Monson's defense of marriage as the union of one man and one woman was both principled and honorable.

The National Organization for Marriage sends our deepest respect and heartfelt condolences to President Monson's family and to all the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on the passing of this great leader and friend of the family.

May God richly reward his sacrifice and service to his Church, his nation and to humanity.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Happy New Year and some great news…


Dear Marriage Supporter — I want to wish you and yours a happy and safe New Year's. Please accept my prayers and good wishes that 2018 will be a terrific year for you and your family. We are so grateful to have you on our team. You will be in my thoughts and prayers throughout this exciting year to come.

I also have some great news to share that shows how sometimes disappointment is turned into blessing. NOM normally has a major direct mail campaign underway at the end of the year, but due to a variety of factors beyond our control, our December mailing was held up. As a result the expected donations from that mailing didn't arrive in time to qualify for the $250,000 year-end matching campaign. I explained this to the group of donors who put up the funds for the match and they blew me away with their response: 'Brian, let's get the mailer out and extend the match through January.' Wow!

I can't tell you how many times I have been taken aback by the love and generosity of our supporters. It is a humbling experience to know that so many people are praying and sacrificing for us.

There will be plenty of time in the future to talk more about the extended match, but later in the week I want to begin to walk you through our detailed 2018 Strategic Plan. I think you will be pleased with our expansive plans.

In the meantime, thank you for your encouragement and support. We really appreciate it.

God bless, and Happy New Year.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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Two days to close our budget gap


Dear Marriage Supporter — I apologize for interrupting your weekend, but we're in the final two days of our year-end $250,000 matching campaign. For the next two days, every donation we receive will double in size thanks to this match. Right now we are facing a budget gap of tens of thousands of dollars, so we really need to work hard over the next two days to close that gap.

Can you help us at this critical time?

If you have been considering becoming a Sustaining Member of NOM, there is simply no better time to do so than now.

As a Sustaining Member, you agree to make a modest monthly donation to support our work of any amount, with a minimum donation of $7 per month. And the great news is that thanks to the special year-end matching gift opportunity that is underway, every new monthly pledge we receive will be matched not once but twelve times over! Your pledge of $15 per month, will result in NOM receiving $180 in matching funds – a twelvefold return!

Let's max out these last two days of the year. Whether you can step up and become a Sustaining Member or prefer to make a one-time donation, please act today knowing your gift will be matched dollar for dollar.

Thank you so much.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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Four days to get this done


Dear Marriage Supporter — I know you are busy so I will cut to the chase: while NOM has had an extremely successful year, racking up a string of impressive victories, we are currently thousands of dollars short of what we need to raise to make our budget. I can't stand the thought of beginning the new year having to cut back on critical programs just as we're coming off so many impressive accomplishments. That's why I am turning to our best supporters including you during these final four days of the year to appeal for an urgently-needed financial contribution.

If history repeats itself, these next four days will be a make or break period for NOM. Thanks to the generosity of a group of strong supporters who have who have come together to offer a $250,000 year-end matching gift, everything we receive by midnight on 12/31 will be matched dollar for dollar. If you can contribute $15, we will receive $30 thanks to the match. A $25 donation will mean we get $50. Whatever amount you can donate will double. Can you help us at this critical time?

I know that many people have seen my emails about becoming a Sustaining Member of NOM for 2018. If you are thinking about that, there is simply no better time to pull the trigger than now.

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

Becoming a Sustaining Member will make a huge difference in helping eliminate our current budget deficit because your pledge for the next year will be matched entirely (up to a total match of $250,000).

Whether you can step up and become a Sustaining Member or prefer to make a one-time donation, please act today knowing your gift will be matched dollar for dollar.

Thank you for any assistance you can provide in closing this year-end budget gap. We've only got four days left, and I am praying that all of our top supporters like you will help.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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We’ve got just four days to close our funding gap


Dear Marriage Supporter — I hope that you are able to take a little time off between Christmas and New Year's to enjoy some R&R with your family. I'm trying to do some of that myself, but I've got to also pay attention to the situation with NOM's finances. You see, we have a significant funding gap with only four days to fill it.

You've been one of our best supporters this year and I am very grateful for what you've been able to do. But I have to ask you to step up one last time to help us before time runs out.

You see, these next four days provide the best opportunity for us to hit our budget because we've been blessed by some generous donors who have who have come together to offer a $250,000 year-end matching gift. If you can contribute $20, we will receive $40 thanks to the match. A $25 donation will mean we get $50. Whatever amount you can donate will double. I hate to ask, but can you help us?

This year has been one of amazing accomplishment for the National Organization for Marriage (NOM). I know you're familiar with our great victories in court, in the public schools, with the military and throughout the federal government with a government-wide directive on religious liberty. The appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court was a game-changer, and our work to help confirm him will pay dividends for many years to come. Now we have the excitement of our major new initiative for 2018 – the First Freedom Initiative, which is garnering tremendous support across the country and among our allies. We can't wait to get working on that in January!

We've had incredible successes in every area of our work – public education, legal advocacy, and federal and state policy advancement. There's no question that the landscape is decidedly better today for traditional values than it was a year ago. I'm very proud of the role that NOM has played in that turn-around.

I know that many people have seen my emails about becoming a Sustaining Member of NOM for 2018. If you are thinking about that, there is simply no better time to pull the trigger than now.

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

Becoming a Sustaining Member will make a huge difference in helping eliminate our current budget deficit because your pledge for the next year will be matched entirely (up to a total match of $250,000).

Can you step up at this critical time to become a Sustaining Member?

Whether you can step up and become a Sustaining Member or prefer to make a one-time donation, please act today knowing your gift will be matched dollar for dollar.

Thank you for your support and for any assistance you can provide in closing this year-end budget gap.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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

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Announcing the First Freedom Initiative


Dear Marriage Supporter — I've got some very exciting news: Today we are launching a major new program to focus the American people on the issues we all care deeply about, and direct them toward workable actions to help resolve these issues: the First Freedom Initiative.

Please watch our short video introducing the First Freedom Initiative to Americans all over our incredible country. You can also check out our new website that has a great deal of information on it and gives you the opportunity to sign up to be part of this exciting new initiative.

America was founded on the premise of religious freedom. Those who risked their lives to come to this land did so to pursue this bulwark of freedom. Our nation's founders realized an eternal and extraordinarily important truth, that men and women are endowed with inalienable rights, rights that are not a gift from government or an entitlement from the state. They are an endowment from God, the creator of the universe and the source of what makes America exceptional among all the nations of the earth.

And our founders also realized something else: religious freedom is so central to our existence that it must be fought for and defended against those who would suppress it and ultimately seek to extinguish it.

For generations, Americans have insisted on their inherent right to believe in the God of the universe, to recognize eternal truths and to act on their religious beliefs at work and in their daily lives. Deeply-held religious beliefs are what inform our lives, and our nation. They validate eternal truths written on the human heart, illuminating right from wrong, good from evil. These religious beliefs are what command people to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, clothe the destitute, care for the weak and defend the oppressed.

This freedom of religion was at the core of our nation's founding, and the point of the American Revolution. It has animated our history ever since as a good and decent people, an exceptional nation, one enormously blessed by God. Religious freedom is also at the core of our people's willingness to confront grave evil, whether it be deposing tyrants and fascists, or dismantling terrorist organizations that would deny Americans the right to their beliefs in favor of imposing radical Islamic extremism.

Indeed, religious freedom is our first freedom, the single right from which all other rights flow. It's not just some quaint notion of a time long past. It's central to who we are as a people, and must be protected if we are to remain a nation.

For much of our existence as a country, the truth of religious liberty was taken for granted. Not only did we fight a revolutionary war against England over it, but we risked dividing the nation in a civil war to defend the honorable belief that all men are made in God's image and no person should be enslaved by another.

But in recent years, religious liberty has come under increasing attack. Our country's culture has devolved into extreme individualism that denies universal truths. Concepts such as social mores are discarded as outdated and oppressive to individual choice and expression. Religious liberty is said to be bigoted and discriminatory because it may call into question or serve to restrict acceptance of individual assertions. The consequences of this are all around us. A man can be a woman if he asserts a female "identity." A woman can marry another woman if that is her desire. A child is not entitled to a mother and a father, but might have four fathers or four mothers, and woe be to that child who might one day come to complain about the arrangement.

This cultural devolution is not being driven by the grassroots, the average American who pays her taxes, goes to work, attends church and exercises her right to vote. Instead, it's driven by the elite and the powerful, the proverbial "cool kids" who fancy themselves to be above the rest of us, the ones who know best and who are increasingly determined to impose their superior insights on the nation.

It's this elitist imperialism that is at the root of today's cultural absurdities. It's what makes it possible for five unelected judges to impose a view of marriage that runs counter to the known history of marriage in every country, among every people throughout the entire history of civilization. It's what allows a President to decree that a man is a woman if he wants to be, and then demand that the public schools open the most intimate areas of campus (showers, bathrooms, locker rooms, etc.) to the opposite sex. It's what declares that "tolerance" of same-sex 'marriage' is not enough; it must be endorsed and celebrated or no other relationship can be endorsed or celebrated.

The First Freedom Initiative is NOM's vehicle to push back against what is going on. Under this umbrella, we hope to explain to Americans what is at stake, educate them about the issues and provide avenues for them to be part of solutions.

Now I want to make this clear. The First Freedom Initiative is not a new direction for NOM, nor does it represent a change in our mission. Our mission remains unchanged: we exist to defend marriage and the faith communities that sustain it. We are totally and unalterably committed to restoring marriage to our nation's laws. Whether it takes two years or two decades, it is essential that our state and federal laws recognize the truth that marriage is one thing and only one thing: the union of one man and one woman. Anything else that is called marriage is a lie and cannot be sustained.

Restoring marriage might take as little as a few years. Justice Anthony Kennedy is rumored to be on the verge of retirement. If Kennedy, the author of the narrowly-decided Obergefell decision redefining marriage, does retire next year, we will be in the midst of a titanic fight to replace him with someone like Neil Gorsuch who will act in the mold of Antonin Scalia and restore marriage to our laws. But whether it takes two years or two decades, NOM is in the fight for the long term.

But in the meantime, even as we fight day in and day out to restore marriage, it's imperative that we rally the American people to protect people of faith from being forced to be part of the lie of same-sex 'marriage.' The First Freedom Initiative will give us the opportunity to do just that.

We have some really ambitious plans for the First Freedom Initiative. For example:

  • We envision a series of videos, social media campaigns and public education efforts to inform people about the issues;

  • We are working on a grassroots education and engagement curriculum that will give supporters of marriage the ability to become better informed and more engaged;

  • We seek to reinstate an appreciation for religious liberty as out first freedom and encourage teachers in the public schools to reintroduce the subject into our curriculum;

  • We will work with the Trump administration, Congress and state legislatures to take steps to provide legal protections for people of faith to live out their religious beliefs about marriage.

But if we are to be successful and make a real difference in public opinion and engagement, we will need to raise a minimum of one million dollars to advance the new First Freedom Initiative.

Fortunately, we can take an important first step right now thanks to a $250,000 year-end matching campaign that will mean that every dollar we raise is doubled. Your gift of $10 will mean that we have $20 to advance the First Freedom Initiative. A donation of $25 results in us receiving $50. Will you step up at this critical time?

One of the significant attributes of the First Freedom Initiative is that it holds the potential of being able to unite supporters of traditional marriage with those who are accepting of same-sex 'marriage.' The reality is that it's one thing to redefine marriage; it's an entirely different thing to demand that everyone regardless of deeply held beliefs be active participants in celebrating it.

There are plenty of bakers who will gladly bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. Why is it that devout Christian bakers must give up their religious beliefs and be forced to personally design and create a gay wedding cake?

The same can be said of florists, inn keepers, t-shirt makers, and others.

And how is it that a state like Colorado can be allowed to punish a Christian baker who declines to bake a cake for a same-sex 'wedding' but that same state says it's perfectly fine for a lesbian baker to refuse to bake a cake ordered by a Christian?

Of course, the only way that this can happen is when we abandon our foundational principles and succumb to political correctness. Ultimately, that is what the First Freedom Initiative will confront.

I look forward to sharing much more in the future about our thoughts and plans for the First Freedom Initiative. For now, there are three quick things I am asking of you:

  1. Watch our short video explaining the First Freedom Initiative. Then share it with all your friends and contacts.

  2. Check out our new website and sign up to be part of the solution.

  3. Make a generous donation to support the First Freedom Initiative. Remember, your gift will be matched dollar for dollar thanks to the $250,000 year-end match opportunity.

The First Freedom Initiative is an exciting element of our plans as we head into the new year. Please check it out and get involved!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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A Major Announcement Coming Soon


Dear Marriage Supporter — I am writing to let you know that we're on the cusp of making a major announcement in the next few days about a big new initiative we have planned for the new year – the launch of a program that will bring together all the major elements of our work: public education, grassroots engagement, judicial activism and policy advancement. I can't say much more right now, but I am very excited about this new approach!.

The initiative we're going to announce shortly is the core element of NOM's 2018 Strategic Plan. I'll be thoroughly covering all the elements in our plan as well in the days to come.

Right now even as we're putting the final touches on our 2018 plans, we can't lose sight of the fact we are still short of the funds we need to hit our current budget objectives. Fortunately, we have a $250,000 year-end matching campaign underway (we've made great strides toward our goal), which means that every contribution we receive will be matched dollar for dollar until we hit the $250,000 goal.

It's critical that we end this year strong. That's why I am asking you to please consider becoming a Sustaining Member of our organization.

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

Can you help us meet our $250,000 fundraising goal by the end of the year by stepping up to become a Sustaining Member knowing that your monthly pledge will be matched for an entire year?

Now, I realize that many supporters are not in a position to commit to a monthly gift, even something as modest as $7 per month, but would still like to help at this critical time. We are grateful for anything you might be able to give during this wonderful season where the world is called to celebrate the birth of Christ. And the good news is that whatever amount you donate now will be matched, dollar for dollar, as part of our year-end matching campaign.

2017 has been a year of remarkable accomplishment, and I am so excited about our new initiative we will be announcing very soon. We've only got about two weeks left in the year to hit our budget so we all need to make a sacrifice so that that we can begin 2018 with the funds we need to continue to be effective. Whether you can step up and become a Sustaining Member or prefer to make a one-time donation, please act today knowing your gift will be matched dollar for dollar.

Thank you for your support at this critical time.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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Please Remember Us This Holiday Season


Dear Marriage Supporter — We are very grateful for the friendship and support we've received from so many people over this past year. Your prayers and good wishes have helped sustain us throughout a sometimes turbulent but amazingly productive and successful year.

As the year begins to draw to a close, I'm writing to ask you to please remember us in your holiday plans and make a much-needed financial contribution at this critical time. And the good news is that whatever amount you donate now will be matched, dollar for dollar, thanks to a generous supporter who has pledged to match all donations up to a total of $250,000.

If we look back to a year ago, Donald Trump had just been elected President, and all of us were wondering what his presidency would entail. And while there has been considerable turmoil and controversy, we have been able to work with the Administration to accomplish some amazing things. Consider:

We helped repeal President Obama's illegal "transgender bathroom" order that jeopardized the privacy and security of children in our public schools.

We helped secure the reversal of Obama's disastrous use of the military to advance the transgender agenda.

We helped secure a government-wide directive that every federal agency and department must fully respect and accommodate the religious liberty rights of people of faith to live out their beliefs about marriage and other issues.

We urged President Trump to appoint a true constitutionalist to the Supreme Court, and he delivered with the nomination of Neil Gorsuch. NOM worked tirelessly to help secure Justice Gorsuch's confirmation.

Beyond our work with the Trump administration, we also won some amazing victories in the courts and in the court of public opinion. Most recently, we poured everything into the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v Colorado Civil Rights Commission, a major case that has the potential of significantly improving the legal climate for people of faith to continue to live out the truth of marriage at work and in their daily lives.

I am cautiously optimistic for a victory in the Supreme Court, but win or lose we've got a lot of work ahead of us. This includes working with the Trump Administration to issue a formal Executive Order giving additional legal teeth to the recently-issued religious liberty directive, working with supporters in Congress to introduce and pass the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), and working with leaders in the states to enact laws that similarly will protect the rights of people of faith.

Right now, our resources have been nearly exhausted with this latest Supreme Court battle which is why this year-end matching gift opportunity is so important to us. If you'd like to really maximize your support for NOM, please consider becoming a Sustaining Member of our organization.

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

Can you step up to become a Sustaining Member knowing that your monthly pledge will be matched for an entire year?

We've got just over two weeks to replenish our coffers so that we can begin 2018 with the funds we need to continue to make a difference. Whether you can step up and become a Sustaining Member or prefer to make a one-time donation, please act today knowing your gift will be matched dollar for dollar.

Thank you for your support.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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We've got to be ready


Dear Marriage Supporter — Last week, one of the most important cases in years involving the religious liberty rights of people of faith came before the U.S. Supreme Court. NOM has played an important role in fighting to protect the rights of Americans to live out their faith about marriage and other issues. We filed an important legal brief that was widely covered by the media in support of Christian baker Jack Phillips and others who decline to participate in celebrating a gay 'wedding' that violates their religious beliefs. We also organized a nationwide push to educate Americans about the importance of the case.

I am cautiously optimistic for a victory in the Supreme Court, but win or lose we've got a lot of work to do. We need your help to be successful. There are three critical steps that we need to take right after the first of the year:

  1. We need to work with the White House to encourage President Trump to issue a formal Executive Order giving additional teeth to the directive that was issued by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to all agencies and departments of the federal government that they must protect the religious liberty rights of Americans, including the right not to be forced into conduct that violates their beliefs.

  2. We need to work with supporters in Congress to urge the introduction and passage of the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), which will put into statute the legal protections needed to safeguard our rights.

  3. We need to work with leaders in the states to enact laws that similarly will protect the rights of people of faith to live out their biblical beliefs about marriage in their daily lives and at work.

I'll be honest, this is an ambitious agenda that will require significant resources to accomplish. LGBT extremists are betting that we will fail, but I have confidence in our supporters that working together we can get this done.

Right now, our resources have been nearly exhausted with this latest Supreme Court battle. So the first step that is needed is for us to organize supporters to ensure that we have many people doing their part to help. The way to do that is to become a Sustaining Member of our organization.

As a Sustaining Member, you agree to make a modest monthly donation to support our work of any amount that is right for you, with a minimum donation of $7 per month. Some supporters contribute the minimum of $7, while others are able to give more. Whatever you can contribute, please act today.

One of our major supporters has stepped up with an incredible Matching Gift opportunity: Every person who becomes a Sustaining Member by the end of the year will have their monthly pledge amount matched dollar for dollar for an entire year! Your pledge of $10 per month, will result in NOM receiving $120 in matching funds thanks to this incredible offer!

I am hopeful that there will be many supporters who feel the call to make this modest commitment to our cause by making a Sustaining Member pledge. It truly is the best way for people to grab an oar and give us a hand.

But if you would like to help and for whatever reason can't make a monthly pledge, please consider a one-time, year-end gift today. Every donation we receive through the end of the year will be matched!

Whether you can step up and become a Sustaining Member or prefer to make a generous one-time donation, please act today. We have less than three weeks left in the year, and it is critical that we replenish our resources if we are to have any chance of moving our aggressive agenda forward. Whatever you decide to donate, your gift will be matched dollar for dollar.

Thank you for your support.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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"The case is submitted"


Marriage Supporter — With the above words from Chief Justice John Roberts, the case of Jack Phillips and Masterpiece Cakeshop v Colorado Civil Rights Commission is now officially submitted to our nation's highest court.

Yesterday's ninety-minute oral argument was intense and multi-faceted, with the justices sharply questioning attorneys on both sides of the case. Kristin Waggoner of Alliance Defending Freedom did an excellent job presenting the case for Christian baker Jack Phillips, who asserted his constitutional right not to be compelled to participate in conduct — a same-sex 'wedding' ceremony — that violates his deeply held religious beliefs. She was aided by our nation's top government litigator, the Trump Administration's Solicitor General Noel Francisco.

While it is notoriously difficult to predict the outcome of a case based on the oral argument, I am cautiously optimistic for a victory. Justice Anthony Kennedy took the state of Colorado to task for what appeared to be "hostility to religion" by at least two members of the Civil Rights Commission, forcing the lawyer for Colorado to officially disavow their statements. Other justices noted that the Commission seemed to be engaging in viewpoint discrimination, punishing a Christian baker who opposed being involved in a same-sex wedding, but ruling in favor of lesbian bakers who refused to create a cake ordered by a Christian that expressed opposition to gay 'marriage.' Several justices probed whether there was a way to create a narrow exception from public accommodations laws based on religious beliefs that would allow them to rule in favor of Jack Phillips, without creating a broad exception that would significantly undermine those laws.

For whatever it is worth, many in the LGBT community did not think the argument went well for their side. The liberal publication ThinkProgress proclaimed, "LGBTQ rights just had a horrible day in the Supreme Court" and predicted that there are almost certainly at least five votes for Jack Phillips in the case. "There's no way to sugarcoat it," they said.

We will have to wait for a ruling, which likely won't come until next June. Whether we win or lose, however, NOM will remain hard at work to fight for the rights of people of faith to live out their beliefs about marriage at work and in their daily lives.

Our plan includes:

  • Urging President Trump to issue an Executive Order making formal the directive of Attorney General Jeff Sessions that the government must fully protect the religious liberty of all Americans;

  • Urging Congress to introduce and pass the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) to protect people of faith from governmental discrimination; and,

  • Working with states to pass religious freedom laws like the law in Mississippi that protects the rights of people of faith.

We're in the final weeks of our year-end matching gift campaign where a generous donor has agreed to match every gift we receive up to a total of $250,000. Please remember us in your year-end giving by making a generous donation knowing that it will double in effectiveness thanks to this matching campaign.

Win or lose in the Supreme Court, we've got a lot of hard work ahead, and we're counting on your help to be successful. But yesterday was a good day for us, one that I pray will be fruitful for Jack Phillips, and for countless others who wish only to live their lives according to their faith, and uphold the truth of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Please help us keep fighting for them by making a generous financial contribution.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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#JusticeForJack


Marriage Supporter — At 10:00am eastern time today, our friends at Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) will argue the case of Jack Phillips, a devout Christian baker and supporter of traditional marriage, before the US Supreme Court. We've covered this case extensively, including producing a video and launching a petition in support of Jack. We also filed an important legal brief supporting Jack's constitutional right to decline to be involved in a same-sex ceremony that violates his religious beliefs. Soon the case will be in the hands of the justices.

Please show your support for Jack Phillips today by posting #JusticeForJack on your social media accounts. Here is a link from ADF with graphics that can be retweeted or posted to Facebook.

One final thing: please pray for Jack and his family, for his attorneys and for the justices of the Supreme Court. This case is a critical one for freedom, liberty and the constitution. We need to bombard the gates of heaven with prayer for a fair and just outcome — for Jack, for all people of faith, and for America.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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