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HELP! Bus vandalized in NYC

Friends,

Our #FreeSpeechBus was just vandalized in New York City. This is a hate crime, and sadly the way that those who pretend to preach "tolerance" feel about opposing viewpoints.

But we will not let this stop us. I know it is a lot to ask, but please mame an immediate emergency contribution to NOM to help us repair the damage and get the bus and its critical message back on the road.

To donate please go to www.nationformarriage.org/donate.

Together we will stand up to the bullies and show them that the truth won't be silenced and that our free speech will not be abridged by criminal acts of hate.

Faithfully,

Brian

Sign our #FreeSpeechBus Petition



Marriage Supporter — Our kick off press conference to launch the #FreeSpeechBus tour has wrapped up, and I am very pleased with how it went. The bus tour is being sponsored by NOM, CitizenGO and the International Organization for the Family

Please give us a great send-off by signing the petition which NOM is endorsing with CitizenGO. Add your name to the tens of thousands who have already said they will stand firm for the truth of gender and demand that all people be able to exercise their free speech rights to discuss these issues without fear of harassment or retaliation.

I am so proud of our supporters who showed up this morning to support the launch of the bus tour. They were strong, proud and effective, but they were also respectful and dignified. In contrast, many of those who showed up from the other side were disruptive, disrespectful and offensive.

Here is a short video we recorded from the event.

The truth of gender is that it is determined by biology, not feelings, emotions or politics. Nobody can change their gender. Individuals have the right to live their private life as they wish, but they do not have the right to force their views on the nation via laws and regulations, nor do they have the right to characterize as discrimination or bigotry the views of people who will not agree that gender is based on something like politics, emotions or desires.

A key point of our #FreeSpeechBus tour is to demand that respect be shown to all sides so that a civic debate can be had. We want Americans to learn about the scientific truth of gender – that there is no scientific evidence that anybody can be 'trapped in the wrong body' and that as many as 98% of kids who suffer from gender confusion will outgrow it and come to accept their true gender by the time they complete puberty. But our opponents do not want to discuss the facts – they want to characterize the facts as "hate speech" that should not qualify for protection under the First Amendment.

Please help us move discussion of these critical issues forward by signing the petition today. It will give a tremendous boost to us as we launch this important bus tour.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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#FreeSpeechBus – It's Biology Not Bigotry



Marriage Supporter — I have an important announcement: NOM has joined with the International Organization for the Family (IOF) and CitizenGO, a community of active citizens who promote life, family and liberty, to sponsor a #FreeSpeechBus tour promoting the truth of gender. Starting today, our bus will make appearances at the United Nations, Trump Tower, Yale University and other locations with the message that gender is determined by biology rather than by emotions and feelings, and to call on all Americans to respect the free speech rights of citizens to debate these issues without fear of being demeaned, harassed, or threatened with retaliation.

Here is an image of the bus:

We will be having a press conference in Manhattan on Thursday to discuss the bus tour with the media. A key point that I will make is that gender is based on biology, not bigotry. Men and women were created equally, each given a gender that is fixed, immutable and complementary. Rather than perpetuate a lie that gender can be changed based on emotions and feelings, we should encourage people to embrace and love who they were made to be.

The push by LGBT extremists to redefine gender is the logical fallout of their successful effort to redefine (in the law) marriage. But while the law can be based on a lie, reality can never be so based. Gender cannot be redefined in reality any more than marriage can be redefined in reality. We were created male and female, in God's image, complementary beings made for each other. This very gender complementarity is at the heart of marriage, which brings together the two halves of humanity to create the environment from which new life can spring forth.

Pope Francis has been a powerful opponent of "gender ideology" that is being advanced by LGBT activists and extremists. He describes it as being a dangerous element of a "global war trying to destroy marriage" an institution he describes as God's most beautiful creation. Further, he has declared it an "annihilation of man as the image of God."

Because the truth of gender is so inextricably linked to the truth of marriage, NOM is a signatory to and sponsor of the Cape Town Declaration on marriage and family, a worldwide declaration of the truth of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Please sign the Cape Town Declaration today, adding your own voice to the growing international choir of citizens standing up for the truth of marriage.

We ask for your payers and support of the #FreeSpeechBus tour on the truth of gender. While we hope that people will respect our right (and that of the overwhelming majority of Americans) to speak about the truth of gender, we realize there is a very real possibility that the extremists who oppose us will resort to ugliness in their reactions. We call for a civil, respectful, debate of the issues on behalf of the American people.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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Confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court



Marriage Supporter — The US Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch have started in Washington. Judge Gorsuch is an extraordinary nominee to our highest Court, an intellectual giant and a proven pro-family conservative who will be a worthy successor to the late Antonin Scalia.

Please act today to urge your US Senators to confirm Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

In addition to contacting your Senators, I'm urgently asking you to sign NOM's petition to Senate Leader Mitch McConnell demanding that he do everything in his power to assure the confirmation of Judge Gorsuch, including changing the rules of the Senate if needed to provide an up-or-down vote if a leftist Democrat decides to filibuster his nomination.

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As you know, the US Supreme Court has played an outsized role, illegitimately so, when it comes to marriage. Not only did they invalidate the Defense of Marriage Act, they went on to invalidate the votes of over 50 million Americans and countless legislators to impose a false understanding of marriage on the nation and invalidate the traditional marriage laws of three-dozen states. The path to reversing that situation begins with the confirmation of Judge Gorsuch.

Please sign our petition adding your name in support of confirming Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. It's really important that as many NOM members as possible let Senator McConnell know that we are counting on him to deliver on Judge Gorsuch's confirmation.

Having a conservative, constitutionalist in the mold of Justice Scalia on the US Supreme Court is one of the most important things we can do to advance marriage, life, religious liberty, the truth of gender and all the other issues we care deeply about. Please act today.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


PS — After you contact your US Senators to urge them to support Judge Gorsuch, then sign our petition adding your name demanding that Senator McConnell do everything in his power to secure his confirmation. Thank you!

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Support Judge Neil Gorsuch today

Please sign our petition today to support Judge Neil Gorsuch's confirmation to the US Supreme Court. Once you sign the petition, the leaders of the Senate will be put on notice that you stand with NOM in supporting a proven conservative and constitutionalist judge, Neil Gorsuch.

I don't have to remind you of how important the US Supreme Court is to the cause of marriage, life, religious liberty, the truth of gender and all the other issues we care deeply about. The Court redefined marriage by a single vote in 2015 in an anti-constitutional, illegitimate ruling that had no basis in the US constitution or our nation's laws.

The clearest path to reversing that illegitimate decision is, thus, changing the makeup of the Supreme Court. The confirmation of Judge Gorsuch is the first step on that path. Then we need to make sure that the next vacancy on the Court is filled by an originalist judge in the mold of Justice Scalia, as Judge Gorsuch's background and track record show him to be.

We are in a big fight to secure the confirmation of Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. The arcane rules of the Senate allow a single leftist member to filibuster the nomination, preventing it from being voted upon unless at least 60 Senators vote to end the filibuster. So we need to either get 60 Senators to support Judge Gorsuch, or we need to create enough political pressure on the Republican leadership to change the rules so that Mr. Gorsuch gets a straight up or down vote.

There are two things we are counting on every NOM supporter to do to help in this critical battle:

  1. Please sign our petition adding your name in support of confirming Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
  2. Please make an immediate financial contribution to NOM so that we have the resources we need to fight for the Gorsuch confirmation.

NOM has developed a strong plan of action to support the confirmation efforts for Judge Gorsuch. Our petition drive is a critical foundational element in the effort. But we are also planning on a series of educational and grassroots activities, especially via social media, with the potential of reaching millions of Americans. We urgently need to raise $15,500 to execute our plan. Can I count on your help?

I'll contribute $15 to help NOM fight for a conservative stalwart like Judge Neil Gorsuch

I'll contribute $25 to help NOM fight for a conservative stalwart like Judge Neil Gorsuch

I'll contribute $50 to help NOM fight for a conservative stalwart like Judge Neil Gorsuch

I'll contribute $100 to help NOM fight for a conservative stalwart like Judge Neil Gorsuch

I'll contribute $250 to help NOM fight for a conservative stalwart like Judge Neil Gorsuch

I'll contribute $500 to help NOM fight for a conservative stalwart like Judge Neil Gorsuch

I'll contribute $1,000 or more to help NOM fight for a conservative stalwart like Judge Neil Gorsuch

This is a critical time for NOM and all people of faith who support marriage as the union of one man and one woman, just as God created it. If we can change the makeup of the Supreme Court, we can reverse the terribly damaging precedent set by the redefinition of marriage. Let's do everything in our power to get the job done!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


PS — Please sign our petition immediately adding your name in support of the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court, and then make an urgently-needed financial contribution of whatever you can afford to help NOM raise the $15,500 we need to execute our plans to educate and mobilize people all over America to support Judge Gorsuch. Thank you!

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Momentum Builds for Religious Liberty



Marriage Supporter, NOM's powerful video urging President Trump to keep his campaign promise to protect and defend religious liberty by signing a pending Executive Order is gaining momentum. Already, thousands of Americans have watched our video and shared it with their friends and contacts. And now other major groups have joined the battle by issuing their own call to action.

We’re gaining momentum in this fight, but much more needs to be done to ensure that President Trump keeps his commitment to protect and defend the religious liberty of people of faith.

I'm asking you to do three quick things to help us today:

  1. Please watch the video yourself.
  2. Send a link by email to all your friends and contacts, and post it on social media, using the buttons below.
  3. Sign our petition urging President Trump to execute the pending Executive Order.

We know that the left, led by LGBT extremists, are ramping up pressure on President Trump to abandon his promises to people of faith. Sadly, we also know that some people in the White House are actively engaged in torpedoing the draft Executive Order. Our video, called 'A Time for Choosing,' is thus quite apt given the situation: President Trump must decide between keeping his word to protect the religious liberty of people of faith – the constituency most responsible for his election – or abandoning us to reward LGBT extremists who have been among his biggest opponents as a candidate and as president, and who have used their political power to run roughshod over Christians and other people of faith.

It's a time for choosing for President Trump. Let's make sure that he hears from every supporter of NOM that we are counting on him to keep his word and protect religious liberty, as he's repeatedly promised to do.

Please act today.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


PS — Here is a link to our video. Please watch and share it, then sign our petition to President Trump.

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Watch and Share our Video on Religious Liberty

  Dear Marriage Supporter, NOM has produced a critically important video on religious liberty that I am asking you to watch and share widely with your friends, family and contacts. You can watch the video here. Please do so ASAP!

As you may know, President Trump is considering an urgently-needed Executive Order to protect people of faith from discrimination and retribution by the government because of their faith beliefs, including their beliefs about marriage. But powerful opponents are working to convince him to abandon the Order, which is why it's so important that you watch this video today and share it with everyone you can.

Former President Obama and his administration targeted people of faith and faith-based nonprofit groups with damaging policies that were designed to force them to abandon their faith and adopt an extreme leftist secular agenda on marriage, life, gender and many other matters. Those who held firm to the teachings of their faith were punished – some lost their jobs, others were sued and fined, business and charities were closed and reputations were ruined. All this simply because Christians and other people of faith did not want to violate their faith.

As the video says clearly, it's unconscionable and unconstitutional to force people to abandon their religious faith. The first and most immediate step needed to correct this outrage is for President Trump to sign the draft Executive Order protecting religious liberty. Then Congress must act to make it permanent by passing the First Amendment Defense Act.

The more people who see this critical video, the bigger the impact it will have. So I am asking you to do three things right now:
  1. Please watch the video.
  2. Please send the video link to all your friends, family and contacts and ask them to watch it and share it with others.
  3. If you use Twitter, please send out a tweet using #ATimeForChoosing #ChooseReligiousLiberty and include a link to the video. Ask your friends and contacts to do the same.
It is a blessing from God that we have this opportunity to encourage President Trump to sign the pending Executive Order on Religious Liberty. Had Hillary Clinton been elected last November, we would have had no hope that she would do the right thing. Now that Mr. Trump has assumed office, it's important that we get him to act in pursuit of his promise to do everything in his power to protect religious liberty in our nation.

Remember, watch the video, share it widely, and if you are on Twitter, send a tweet today. Faithfully, Brian S Brown   PS — This video is the first element of a major new initiative that NOM is undertaking called the First Freedom Initiative. Look for more info on this critical project soon. Donate today!

ACTION: Call the White House Today



Dear Marriage Supporter, as you know, last week the Trump administration acted to reverse the dangerous transgender school bathroom policies put forth under President Obama. This is a tremendous victory for common sense and for protecting our young daughters from having their privacy violated in intimate areas like showers and bathrooms.

Many of you have sent a tweet thanking President Trump for taking this action, which is extremely helpful. But we'd like you to telephone the White House to express your appreciation for President Trump reversing this illegal decree from Obama. The phone number is 202-456-1111.

Predictably, the left and LGBT extremists are attempting to portray the Trump administration's action as an attack on "transgender rights." But there is no right for biological males to use intimate facilities that are reserved for girls. No statute or regulation provides for this. The Obama administration invented this decree out of thin air, and rather than seek a law or issue a regulation that would be subject to public debate and input, they instead issued a "guidance letter" to public schools. Such an action was illegal and beyond the scope of Obama's authority. It was perfectly reasonable for President Trump to rescind the illegal decree and return the issue to local schools and states.

President Trump needs to hear from us that we appreciate his action on this issue. Please call 202-456-1111 to thank him.

Also, when you call, please take note of how the operator describes the nature of your call. We've received some troubling reports that some White House operators are categorizing our calls as supporting "reversal of transgender rights." Someone at the switchboard may have created this description as part of a form to keep track of calls. If this is the description that is given to you, please correct the operator that President Trump's action does not reverse transgender rights but instead protects student privacy in showers, restrooms and locker rooms. Please email me if you hear that the switch board continues to use the wrong description so that we can bring it to the attention of administration officials.

Again, please call the White House today at 202-456-1111 to thank President Trump for protecting the privacy and safety of students by ensuring that school districts may continue to segregate intimate areas like showers and restrooms based on biological sex.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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Flimsy Study, Fake News



Marriage Supporter,

A recent study in the journal JAMA Pediatrics has caused a lot of buzz in the press. It's more fake news. The study claims to trace the “Association Between State Same-Sex Marriage Policies and Adolescent Suicide Attempts” among LGBT youth and is predictably being presented by the media as "proof" that gay 'marriage' saves lives.

But like much of the fake news coverage this study has generated, the study itself leads people to a fake conclusion: that somehow the enactment of same-sex 'marriage' results in reduced teen suicide attempts, especially for LGBT teens. In fact, the study proves nothing of the sort. Indeed, some data in the report suggest the opposite may be true in states that have had experience with same-sex marriage the longest.

We published a detailed critique of the study on the NOM blog that goes through some of the many problems with the way the study is being presented by the media. But here are the key things to keep in mind:

  1. The report states conclusions as if they are proven facts, but they are not. The authors admit this in the body of the report with such language as "the analyses... should be interpreted with caution"... "it is unclear what drives greater rates of suicide attempts among adolescents who are sexual minorities"... and "[we] emphasize that these estimates are subject to bias."

  2. There is no evidence whatsoever presented establishing that same-sex 'marriage' causes a reduction in teen suicide attempts. This admission is buried deep in the report, "[O]ur analysis does not allow us to understand the mechanisms through which implementation of same-sex marriage policies reduced adolescent suicide attempts."

  3. Evidence in the report suggests that in some states with the longest experience with same-sex 'marriage,' teen suicide attempts in recent years may be rising, not falling.

The report also contains troubling indications of bias. For example, the authors claim that, "Policies preventing same-sex marriage constitute a form of structural stigma because they label sexual minorities as different and deny them legal, financial, health and other benefits that are associated with marriage." This is obviously a political statement, not a statement of established scientific fact.

Even though this new report presents fake conclusions, it has been widely reported by the media and is another example of fake news. Unfortunately, we can anticipate that this report will become another weapon in the arsenal of LGBT extremists to wield against people who believe in traditional marriage, the truth of gender and the importance of protecting religious liberty.

Please help us continue the fight for truth by making a financial contribution to NOM. Your gift of $25, $35, $50, $100, or $250 or more will help us counter fake studies and fake media like what we're seeing this week.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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BREAKING: WA Supreme Court Upholds Religious Discrimination Against Christian Florist


Marriage Supporter,

In an expected but nonetheless exceedingly disappointing decision, the Washington state Supreme Court ruled today that the state may punish a Christian florist, Barronelle Stutzman, for declining to violate her religious beliefs and be forced into participating in a gay 'marriage' that is against her religion. This outrageous ruling confirms what we have been saying ever since the US Supreme Court illegitimately redefined marriage in its Obergefell decision — the religious rights of people of faith are being systematically sacrificed on the altar of political correctness and LGBT extremism.

This case is one of many that illustrates why President Trump must act immediately to protect the religious liberty rights of people of faith. Liberal judges simply will not act to protect people with mainstream, traditional views on marriage and sexuality when they conflict with the ever-expansive demands of LGBT extremists. It is up to President Trump and Congress to act.

NOM is working on an emergency communications plan to ramp up public attention on religious liberty and push for a presidential Executive Order and Congressional enactment of the First Amendment Defense Act that will protect people of faith from discrimination by the federal government. Will you help us fight back today against liberal judges and the left with an emergency financial contribution to support religious liberty?

I'll make a $15 contribution to help support religious liberty

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Barronelle Stuzman is a 72-year-old grandmother and loving Christian. She is not anti-gay and, in fact, for years she happily provided flowers to the gay couple involved in this case. But when she was asked to participate in their "wedding," she had to decline because doing so would violate her deeply-held religious beliefs about marriage. This decision resulted in a hateful reaction by the couple and the state of Washington, who used all their power to punish this Christian for standing true to her beliefs.

Nobody should be forced to participate in something that violates their deeply-held religious beliefs. That's why the pending Executive Order on religious liberty and the proposed First Amendment Defense Act are so important. While these laws apply only to actions by the federal government, their enactment would a powerful momentum for similar measures at the state level as well.

Please make an emergency financial contribution today so that we can launch our communications campaign in support of religious liberty.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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President Trump Needs to Get Moving on Religious Liberty



Marriage Supporter,

The issue of religious liberty is one of the most important for people of faith, who happen to be the key voting block most responsible for electing Donald Trump as president. Evangelicals voted over 80% for Mr. Trump, and Catholics went for him by 52%. Now it's time for the administration to act to protect people of faith from being discriminated against because of their faith.

President Trump's aides have prepared an important Executive Order for the president to sign that will prevent the federal government from discriminating against people of faith. Under former President Obama, people of faith were denied access to government contracts, Christian colleges were threatened with having their accreditation stripped over things like student housing policies, and nonprofit groups were threatened with loss of tax exempt status for failure to endorse the agenda of LGBT extremists, among other forms of discrimination. Presidential spokesman Sean Spicer said the other day that protecting religious liberty is an important priority, which we commend him for saying, but so far President Trump has not acted by signing the pending Executive Order.

NOM is formally calling on President Trump to act in support of religious liberty by signing the pending Executive Order. We are preparing a new communications push aimed at encouraging President Trump to act. But to be successful, we need additional resources to devote to the effort. Will you help?

I'll make a $15 contribution to help support religious liberty

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I'll make a $35 contribution to help support religious liberty

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President Trump promised during his campaign that he would act to support religious liberty and it's time that he delivered on his campaign commitment by signing the pending Executive Order. Please help us ramp up attention to the issue by launching a new communications effort to mobilize Americans to ask that President Trump act in support of religious liberty.

Please act today to make a financial contribution so that NOM can mobilize citizens to urge President Trump to act.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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Sean Spicer Gets Religious Liberty. But Will President Trump Act?



Marriage Supporter,

The other day, presidential spokesman Sean Spicer was asked about protecting religious liberty, and he nailed his answer. Spicer told the media that religious liberty is not just about being able to believe your faith’s teachings, but to live them out in your daily life.

What a breath of fresh air!

Across this country, people have been punished, persecuted and harassed by various levels of government simply for living out their beliefs in their daily lives. The Little Sisters of the Poor have been targeted by the government for not providing coverage for drugs they find morally offensive. The fire chief of Atlanta was fired for writing in a book that he supports marriage as the union of one man and one woman. A florist in Washington state is being sued by the state's Attorney General simply because she did not want to personally participate in a same-sex 'wedding' ceremony.

President Trump can take a major step forward for religious liberty and the principles his press spokesman articulated to the national media by signing an Executive Order that will protect supporters of marriage from being targeted by the federal government. Thousands of people have signed NOM's petition to the Trump Administration and we call on him to sign this order forthwith.

It's time for NOM to ramp up public attention to the religious liberty issue by mobilizing thousands more Americans to contact the President and request that he issue the pending Executive Order on religious liberty. Will you help us reach more citizens by making a much-needed financial contribution today?

I'm making a $15 contribution to help support religious liberty

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President Trump promised during his campaign that he would act to support religious liberty and it's time that he delivered on his campaign commitment by signing the pending Executive Order. Now we must ramp up the pressure by mobilizing even more Americans to contact the President and ask him to act in support of religious liberty.

Please act today to make a financial contribution so that NOM can mobilize citizens to urge President Trump to act.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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URGENT: Take An Urgent Stand for Religious Liberty



Marriage Supporter,

As the Trump administration settles into office, now is the time to encourage them to take action on priority issues, and protecting our religious liberty should be near the top of the agenda. Indeed, President Trump spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast last week where he reiterated that he views religious liberty as a fundamental right of all Americans and pledged, "My administration will do everything in its power to defend and protect religious liberty."

One of the most important things President Trump can do today to support religious liberty is to issue an Executive Order to protect people of faith from discrimination and punishment at the hands of the federal government for living out their beliefs at work and in their daily lives. Under the Obama administration, people of faith, religious groups and faith-based nonprofits have been targeted for persecution simply for remaining true to their beliefs while serving the public. These individuals and groups have been denied federal contracts, lost government funding, been threatened with loss of access to government services and had their tax exempt status threatened. Some individuals have been forced to leave federal employment.

President Trump can reverse Obama's attack on religious liberty by signing an Executive Order immediately. Please sign our petition asking President Trump to act in support of religious liberty by signing the proposed Executive Order that has been prepared for his consideration.

How Mr. Trump acts on the issue of religious liberty will be an important indication as to how he intends to treat the massive block of faith-based voters who are largely responsible for his election in the first instance. Let's do everything we can to encourage President Trump to do the right thing and stand up for religious liberty.

Please sign our petition today.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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URGENT: Tweet For Religious Liberty Today



Marriage Supporter,

Yesterday I wrote to you about an attempt being orchestrated by LGBT extremists and the gay press to manipulate public opinion against a pending Executive Order that will protect the religious liberty of people of faith. The Order was apparently leaked by someone inside the Trump administration with the intention of derailing the Order and currying favor with LGBT groups.

Let's make it clear to President Trump: you were not elected by gay activists, you were elected by people of faith (81% support among evangelicals and 52% among Catholics). Do not throw people of faith under the bus in order to curry favor with LGBT groups and the leftist media.

If you are on Twitter, please click on one of the messages below to send out a Tweet immediately. This is the best way to get your views known and shared, and to bring attention today to this critical issue.

The proposed religious liberty Executive Order would fulfill several specific Trump campaign promises on religious freedom and conscience and make good on his statement made at the National Prayer Breakfast that “my administration will do everything in its power to defend and protect religious liberty.”

President Trump seems to be focused on fixing the so-called Johnson Amendment that prevents pastors from endorsing candidates and preaching about partisan politics. That's fine as far as it goes, but this is a much smaller concern than protecting actual religious liberty and preventing people from being discriminated against by the government simply because they are pro-marriage, pro-life and live out biblical principles in their daily lives. The Johnson Amendment has never been enforced, not even by President Obama who was openly hostile to religious conservatives, and is far less of a priority.

It would be a tremendous lost opportunity and terribly disappointing outcome to see President Trump ignore the real religious liberty needs of people of faith by expecting us to accept scraps from the table while his LGBT opponents are handed a victory.

Please click one of these tweets to send a message immediately asking President Trump to sign the religious liberty Executive Order in full.

Everyone knows very well by now that President Trump uses Twitter, and we believe this will be an effective way of getting the message through to him that there is widespread support for the order on religious liberty. Compose your own tweets as well, and RT other tweets you see with the #ReligiousLiberty hashtag. For maximum impact, tag @POTUS, @realDonaldTrump, @VP, and @Reince in your messages. And, if you have characters to spare, tag @NOMupdate!

Finally, if you are not a Twitter user, please sign our petition that will be emailed to the White House.

This is a critically important issue. Please act today!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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Neil Gorsuch Is A Judicial Star



Marriage Supporter,

To say that Donald Trump has hit a home run with his nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court is an incredible understatement. From every indication, Judge Gorsuch is an intellectual giant and proven pro-family conservative who can help transform the Court. At the age of 49, he has the potential of leading the Supreme Court in a conservative direction for a generation to come.

I hope you have taken action to support Judge Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court by signing our petition urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to move quickly to confirm Judge Gorsuch so that he can begin to transform our highest court from an activist judiciary to one that respects the plain reading of the constitution and faithfully applies our laws.

I want to make sure that you have a good understanding of Judge Gorsuch's qualifications, demeanor and judicial philosophy, and understand what an incredible choice he is for the Supreme Court.

First of all, Judge Gorsuch is a loving husband and devoted father. He and his wife, Louise, were college sweethearts, having met at Oxford University. They have two daughters, both teenagers, and they live in Neil's home town of Boulder, Colorado. He is an outdoorsman, hiker, skier and fisherman. The family has a small homestead and raise horses, chickens and goats.

The judge is a man of deep Christian faith. Gorsuch has served as an usher at his church, while his wife frequently leads the intercessory prayer and reads the weekly scripture. His daughters have both served as acolytes.

While Judge Gorsuch's traditional and conservative faith is certainly important in his life, his judicial philosophy is as a constitutionalist and textualist and he has assiduously avoided allowing his own personal opinions to color his judicial interpretation of what statutes and the constitution actually provide. This is very much in line with Justice Scalia's approach to the law.

Judge Gorsuch has never ruled directly on the question of whether the US constitution compels every state in the nation to license same-sex 'marriages,' but he has spoken out quite critically of liberals using the courts, rather than the democratic process, to advance their agenda, specifically criticizing their push in the courts for gay 'marriage.' This gives me great hope that he would reverse the Obergefell decision redefining marriage if given the opportunity.

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There are other indications that at his core Judge Gorsuch is a true conservative. As a student at Columbia, Gorsuch co- founded a conservative newspaper (The Federalist) and magazine (The Morningside Review) to counter the predominance of liberal political views on campus. He reportedly personally penned an article in defense of conservative political philosophy.

Judge Gorsuch has also established himself as a principled voice in support of life, particularly in the context of opposing assisted suicide and euthanasia, writing that human life is intrinsically valuable and that intentional killing is always wrong. This gives pro-life advocates strong encouragement that Gorsuch would reverse Roe v Wade if given the opportunity.

In 2006, Mr. Gorsuch was appointed by George W. Bush to the Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, and he was unanimously confirmed by the US Senate in a voice vote. While on the Court of Appeals, Mr. Gorsuch distinguished himself as a reliably conservative justice even in the face of withering advocacy by the media and the left. For example, in the area of religious liberty, he ruled in two high-profile cases (Hobby Lobby and Little Sisters of the Poor) that the Obama administration could not force employers with strong religious views to violate their faith beliefs.

Judge Gorsuch has a brilliant mind and is a deep thinker, an intellectual with a flair for the written word to express his impeccable reasoning. He is a graduate of Columbia, Harvard Law School (where he was a classmate with Barack Obama) and Oxford University (which I attended as well, though not while Mr. Gorsuch was a student). While at Oxford, he studied under the legendary natural law legal philosopher John Finnis. The scholarly book he wrote condemning assisted suicide was published by Princeton University Press as part of a book series edited by our great friend and supporter, Professor Robert P. George (himself a student and disciple of Finnis).

Because of his intellectual gravitas and formidable writing skills, Judge Gorsuch will likely play an outsized role on the Supreme Court, again, very much in the mold of Justice Scalia. Like Scalia before him, he also can be expected to inspire a whole new generation of conservative scholars and lawyers to understand the importance of upholding the plain meaning of the constitution and our statutes, rejecting the incessant invitation of liberals to "interpret" them so as to advance a particular agenda.

In sum, Judge Neil Gorsuch is an extraordinary nominee to the US Supreme Court. We have confidence that he will be a proud and effective heir of Justice Scalia's enormous legacy, someone deeply committed to applying the text and original meaning of the constitution to the questions at hand. This gives us great hope that he will vote to reverse the anti-constitutional, illegitimate ruling of the Court imposing gay 'marriage' on the nation, and restore marriage to our nation's laws.

Please act today to support the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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