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Tell Congressman Scott Taylor To Support Faith Based Adoption Agencies

Dear Friend—Freshman Republican Scott Taylor of Virginia is a fraud. He campaigned as a conservative but time and again has sided with liberal extremist Nancy Pelosi. Just recently, Taylor joined Pelosi in trying to kill legislation that would have protected religious charitable adoption groups who believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman from being punished by the government over their religious belief that children put up for adoption are entitled to the love of a mother and a father.

Please sign our petition letting Rep. Scott Taylor know you oppose him for trying to force Christian adoption agencies to abandon their religious beliefs if they want to provide adoption services to children in need.

Scott Taylor has revealed himself to be a puppet of the left and radical LGBT extremists who regularly trot out gratuitous charges of "discrimination." Groups like Catholic Charities and Bethany Lutheran Services have had to stop providing adoption services because they are simply unwilling to sacrifice their religious beliefs to the demands of government agencies doing the bidding of these LGBT extremists. Children suffer as a result of these governmental demands. Across the country, people of faith are being targeted, punished and pushed to the margins simply because they believe what the bible says, that marriage is one man and one woman. This is wrong, and our laws need to be fixed so that good and decent people who love children and want to help them are not punished because of their Christian beliefs in marriage.

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Fortunately, Rep. Taylor's unjustified and unprincipled attack on faith-based adoption providers has failed, and legal protections for these providers were added to a key funding bill, making passage of the provision by the House of Representatives likely. Still, it's important for Rep. Scott Taylor to know that we don't appreciate his betrayal of conservative principles and his decision to side with extremist voices like Nancy Pelosi against good and decent people of faith who want nothing more than to help children according to the tenets of their religious beliefs.

Please sign our petition letting Rep. Scott Taylor know that you stand with faith-based adoption agencies and want to make sure they are free to help children and families while remaining true to their religious beliefs.

Thank you for your help.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown
Brian S. Brown

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Make A Difference - Become a Marriage Hero…

Dear Friend—President Trump's nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace the retiring Anthony Kennedy is one of the most pivotal moments in the fight for marriage. Judge Kavanaugh is a constitutionalist like Antonin Scalia and Neil Gorsuch who believes in interpreting the constitution based on its wording and original meaning. The importance of this nomination to the Supreme Court cannot be overstated. For the first time since the Court illegitimately redefined marriage in the Obergefell decision of 2015, NOM and all marriage supporters will have a clear path forward to restore marriage to our nation's laws.

To ensure that we fully capitalize on the moment at hand, we have launched the Marriage Heroes campaign. Our objective is to recruit individuals who will commit to take specific actions to support the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh so that we have a pro-marriage majority on the Supreme Court. Will you stand with us at this critical time in history as a Marriage HeroPlease sign up today.

As a Marriage Hero, we'll rely on you to help us in a number of critical ways, including:

  • Participate in calling attention to the true nature of marriage – one man and one woman – through support of our & campaign. Click here for more info.
  • Call and write key US Senators urging them to support confirmation of President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court.
  • Submit letters and comments to your local newspaper and influential publications supporting the nominee (NOM will provide key talking points along the way).
  • If you are a user of social media, be an active supporter of the nominee, disseminating key points and rebutting the misinformation that is sure to be generated by the other side (again, we will provide content for you to use).
  • Band together with friends and allies for periodic public displays of support, such as sign waving events at busy intersections.

Already, hundreds of NOM supporters have stepped up pledging to devote themselves to this cause. They realize we are embarking on the most important period of time in all of NOM's history. With this new Supreme Court nomination, we are poised to have a legitimate opportunity to undo the Obergefell decision in the near future. This is an incredible blessing, something we thank God for.

But securing the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh will not be easy because the left knows full well that this confirmation battle could shape the future of marriage, life, religious liberty and everything we care about for generations to come. The nation has never seen what it is about to witness from the left. They will stop at nothing to derail President Trump's nomination of Judge Kavanaugh.

That's why our Marriage Hero campaign is so absolutely critical because it can harness and unleash the power of the grassroots. Will you help by agreeing to become a Marriage Hero?

The few hours we will ask you to devote to winning this confirmation vote will be just a moment compared to the tremendous lasting good that will come from a US Supreme Court that is guided by the constitution and not by the opinion of elites who seek to impose their own views on the American people.

Please act today by signing up to be a Marriage Hero, someone willing to help us as a grassroots champion to do the critical work needed to counter the left and secure a majority of justices on the Supreme Court who will restore marriage, stand for life and protect religious liberty.

I couldn't be more excited about the future. Please help us secure that future by becoming a Marriage Hero today.

Brian S Brown
Brian S. Brown

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A Constitutionalist Who Will Be Strong On Our Issues

Dear Friend—

As you know, President Trump last night officially nominated Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court. He described Kavanaugh as "a judge's judge" and praised his intellect, legal credentials, judicial record and reputation. Most importantly, President Trump extolled Kavanagh's judicial philosophy saying, "What matters is not a judge’s political views, but whether they can set aside those views to do what the law and the Constitution require. I am pleased to say that I have found, without doubt, such a person."

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) supports Judge Kavanaugh's nomination and will work hard to secure his confirmation.The reasons we support him are several fold, but include:

  • He has a philosophy and track record of relying on the text of the Constitution as drafted by the framers and opposes judges inventing "rights" that do not exist in the Constitution itself. He has said, "[R]ead the words of the statute as written. Read the text of the Constitution as written, mindful of history and tradition. Don’t make up new constitutional rights that are not in the text of the Constitution. Don’t shy away from enforcing constitutional rights that are in the text of the Constitution.”
  • He has a strong record of fighting to protect religious liberty. While in private practice, Kavanaugh chaired the Federalist Society's Religious Liberty Practice Group and fought for the religious liberty rights of people of faith. On a personal level, he is a devout believer in Jesus, an active member of his church, and a volunteer in many faith-based and community groups.
  • His track record as a judge is as a staunch conservative and, like Justices Scalia and Gorsuch, someone who applies the Constitution and the law as written, not legislating from the bench to impose his own political views. He has over a decade of service on the Court of Appeals, authoring over 300 opinions, and has proven himself to be a man of principle, able to resist pressure from liberal judges and interest groups.
  • A number of top legal experts for whom we have enormous respect, including the Federalist Society's Leonard Leo and Ed Whalen of the Ethics and Public Policy Institute, sing Judge Kavanaugh's praises as a strong, reliable conservative who can be counted upon to apply the law and the Constitution as written. Their views are echoed by Sarah Pitlyk, a former Kavanaugh law clerk and Special Counsel for the Thomas More Society, a legal group that fights for life, family and religious liberty.

If as a Supreme Court justice, Kavanaugh rules as he says judges should rule ("Don't make up new constitutional rights that are not in the text of the Constitution") then I am confident that he will join an opinion to overturn gay 'marriage' and restore traditional marriage to our nation's laws. Obviously, there is no provision in the text of the Constitution that requires gay 'marriage.' Such a philosophy also suggests that he would be inclined to overturn Roe v Wadesince there is no right to abortion in the Constitution either.

The confirmation process will be brutal, and we need to be ready to fight with everything we have to support Judge Kavanaugh. We need your help. Here's what I am asking you to do:

  • Join our Marriage Hero campaign agreeing to work at the grassroots level to support the confirmation. This costs nothing other than a little bit of time. You can read more about what's involved here. The bottom line is we need several thousand supporters to step up and help us at the grassroots level in this critical work.
  • Actively promote our & campaign on social media, underscoring the true nature of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. We need to keep this truth before the American people.
  • Please consider making a financial donation to NOM to help us maximize our effectiveness. We need to conduct more outreach in critical states represented by Republicans who might waver, and by Democrats in states carried by President Trump. We'll be targeting half a dozen states for additional organizing work, and we need financial support to do so.

This is a tremendously important time for our movement. Now more than ever, we need to rally the American people behind someone who will fight for and defend the Constitution of the United States, and reverse course from the disastrous direction that the liberals have fashioned, using the judicial system to impose policies that are not supported by the Constitution and that take the country in the wrong direction.

Please join with us today by becoming a Marriage Hero, helping to support the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh at the grassroots level. And if you are able, please consider making a financial contribution of whatever amount you can afford so that we are able to ensure that our campaign is fully functional nationwide, and especially so in key states with potential swing Senators. And if you are active on social media, please constantly promote the & campaign to keep the truth about the nature of marriage before the American people.

This is a great time to be fighting for marriage – let's do this!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown
Brian S. Brown

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Boys in the Girls' Room in Frederick County, MD?

 

The Board of Education of Frederick County, Maryland is considering a policy that endangers the privacy and safety of the county’s students by allowing "access to facilities, including rest rooms, locker rooms, or changing facilities, that correspond to their gender identity […] without question" [emphasis added].

Below are some important action items for you to consider, but first I'm including more information about this dangerous policy. You can read the policy in full here (PDF).

If you're already familiar with it, feel free to skip below to see how you can help today, or simply go online and sign our petition about this policy now:

Please take immediate action to defend students' privacy and safety in Frederick County today!


This ominous policy is far-reaching in its implications. If adopted, it would mandate that:

  • “All students [would] have access to facilities, including rest rooms, locker rooms, or changing facilities, that correspond to their gender identity. Access [would be] provided without question or additional complicating procedure. Students, including non-binary students, [would] determine which facilities are consistent with their gender identity."
  • “Under no circumstance [would] any student [be] required or directed to use a private use facility.”
    “Students [would be permitted to participate in sports and phys. ed. Classes] in a manner consistent with their gender identity” and “[t]he gender identity of student-athletes [would not be required] to be disclosed to coaches, teammates, opponent’s coaches, or anyone else….”
  • On “overnight field trips,” any student would have “the opportunity to room with others according to their gender identity,” and while efforts would be made to “accommodate any student who desires greater privacy… no student should be isolated.”
  • Students and all staff who work with students would be required to refer to students by their chosen name and pronouns, and be provided “a current and complete list of preferred names and pronouns for all students” to be used “in every interaction.” There would also be no dress code for events based on gender.
  • Finally, and most dangerously of all, the policy states: “Depending on privacy needs or a transgender student’s own personal transition, school staff are authorized to work with students (and their families, if students explicitly wish) to provide options that may support a student’s needs” [emphasis added] - which implies that schools might work independently of parents in implementing policies having to do directly with children’s health, safety, privacy, and general welfare!

This policy is not only absurd, it is dangerous. With this policy, the Board of Education adopts the view of LGBT activists that “gender nonconforming” or “non-binary” students are the only ones with “rights,” and ignores the basic rights of privacy and safety of all other students. It puts the agenda of gender redefinition, a political tool being used by radical activists throughout society, ahead of the privacy and safety of students in intimate spaces like locker rooms and bathrooms. To satisfy the whims of activists and powerful lobbyists from Hollywood and Washington, DC, the Frederick County Board of Education would - without regard to parents’ wishes - force students to use the restroom, to shower, and even to cohabitate overnight with members of the opposite sex! All this in the name of “creating [a] welcoming and affirming]” environment for students who suffer from gender confusion!

So now it is time for us to take action!


Here is how you can help:

We have launched an online petition to the Board of Education urging them to reject this dangerous policy. Please visit and sign this petition right away!

Sign Our Petition Today!

Secondly, if you are able, consider attending the next Board meeting, where this policy is scheduled to be discussed. The meeting will be on Wednesday, June 14th at 6:00 PM in the FCPS Board Room, 191 South East Street in Frederick.

Finally, please share this email with your friends and family in Maryland, especially in Frederick County, and alert as many people to this urgent matter as you can!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

NOM, CitizenGO and IOF Wrap Up Successful, Enlightening #FreeSpeechBus Tour

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 4, 2017 at 12:00 PM (EDT)
Contact: Joseph Grabowski (202) 276-4404 | [email protected]


NOM, CitizenGO and IOF Wrap Up Successful, Enlightening #FreeSpeechBus Tour

Bus Tour Exposes Intolerance, Hate of LGBT Activists; Reveals Deep Coordination with Democrat Politicians, Anarchists

Washington, D.C.–The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), CitizenGO and the International Organization for the Family (IOF) today wrapped their #FreeSpeechBus tour intended to spark a national discussion about the biological truth of gender with a visit to the nation's capital in Washington, DC. The organizers said the tour revealed the ugly side of the LGBT movement, which engaged in violence and assault, and inflicted substantial property damage, in a failed effort to derail the bus tour. They also said that the response to the tour indicated deep coordination between the LGBT movement, Democratic politicians and anarchists who are committed to the destruction of civil society. Organizers said the tour was a success in that it highlighted the vicious intolerance shown to anyone in society who expresses dissent regarding the transgender agenda.

"We launched the #FreeSpeechBus tour as a way to spark a conversation about gender, that it is determined by biology rather than by emotions and feelings, and to call for all sides to respect the free speech rights of citizens to debate these issues without fear of being demeaned, harassed, or threatened with retaliation," said Brian S. Brown, president of NOM and IOF. "What we encountered was a sustained, violent, coordinated attack designed to shut us down and force us to just go away. They failed to stop the tour or silence us, and, ironically, in the process made our very point that they don't want to debate the issues and instead will use force and political power to silence Christians and all Americans who understand that biology determines gender."

On the first day of the bus tour, the #FreeSpeechBus was attacked by two LGBT activists while parked near the United Nations in New York City. They assaulted the African American bus driver and destroyed several of the bus's windows with a hammer, while also using graffiti to cover the bus with militant "trans liberation" messages. After repairs, the bus continued the tour to Boston, New Haven, Philadelphia and concluded in Washington, DC. Along the way, it was frequently met by an angry mob of LGBT extremists and anarchists. It was revealed that prominent Democratic politicians were involved in promoting the violence and hate, including coordinating with anarchist groups.

"In Philadelphia, Mayor Jim Kenney's office was deeply involved in organizing the violent demonstrations against us, including coordinating with anarchist groups that are closely watched by the FBI," said Ignacio Arsuaga, president of CitizenGo. "The mayor's Office of LGBT Affairs proudly referred to themselves as 'an accomplice' in organizing protests which turned violent, with attacks on the bus and on police officers by gay activists and anarchists. At least one of them was arrested and bus organizers were prevented from speaking, an act of intolerant bullying the Mayor's office takes pride in. Meanwhile, while we were being prevented from engaging in a discussion with the protestors, the mayors of both Philadelphia and Boston ordered LGBT/transgendered flags to be flown at City Hall."

Brown noted that the intolerance and violence shown to those who hold traditional, majoritarian beliefs about the biological nature of gender is a powerful argument why Congress should move forward immediately to pass the First Amendment Defense Act, legislation which would prevent the federal government from discriminating against people of faith based on their views of gender and similar matters. "No American should be subjected to discrimination or harassment by the government simply for standing by their deeply held beliefs about the nature of gender, marriage and similar subjects. Citizens on both sides of these debates should be able to express their viewpoints without the heavy hand of government harassing and discriminating against them."

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To schedule an interview with a representative of any of  NOM, IOF, or CitizenGO, please contact:
Joseph Grabowski, [email protected], (202) 276-4404.

Paid for by The National Organization for Marriage, Brian Brown, president. 2029 K Street NW, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20006, not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.

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!

Fake News Drawn from a Flimsy Study

A recent study in the journal JAMA Pediatrics has caused a lot of buzz in the press. The study claims to trace the “Association Between State Same-Sex Marriage Policies and Adolescent Suicide Attempts” among LGBT youth and is 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.

The study begins with the presentation of its conclusions as if they were facts proven by the study. The report opens with a tidy summary and easy to swallow conclusion: Same-sex marriage enactment is associated with reduced teen-suicide attempts. The authors' biases don't become evident until the reader dives into the actual report, including the astonishing statement 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 a political statement, not a statement of established scientific fact. As we will discuss further down, it is also subject to question because the study authors don't look at things like civil union and domestic partnership laws that were in place in some states and for all intents and purposes treated same-sex unions exactly the same as opposite-sex ones. This is especially true in states like California.

Further, the authors' conclusions neatly presented on Page 1 and upon which all the fake media coverage is based give no hint of the inherent unreliability of the study that the authors themselves acknowledge, but notably only deep in the body of the report: "The analyses on the association between implementation of same-sex marriage policies and adolescent suicide attempts among those identifying as sexual minorities should be interpreted with caution."

This is like burying the lede: the fact is that the entire study should be viewed cautiously.

In a brief and insufficient acknowledgement, also rather buried within the text, the authors admit that while they have traced a correlation between redefining marriage and reduced teen suicides (in some states), they cannot affix a causal relationship between the two: "[O]ur analysis does not allow us to understand the mechanisms through which implementation of same-sex marriage policies reduced adolescent suicide attempts."

The reality is that the conclusions of the study are subject to numerous and significant warnings throughout the text itself that the results may not be reliable. For example, "it is unclear what drives greater rates of suicide attempts among adolescents who are sexual minorities"…"[we] emphasize that these estimates are subject to bias"…"complex survey design"…"The analyses on the association…should be interpreted with caution."

Furthermore, there is data in the study that actually undercuts and shows the opposite of the conclusions reported. For example, in Figure 2, data from some of the states that implemented same-sex "marriage" before 2013, suicide attempts appear to have risen after this implementation. The mean also appears to have risen in recent years, and may be the same or only exceedingly tiny percentage below where it started. In other words, there may be little to no difference, and in some states like New York there seem to be rising rates of teen suicide attempts, since same-sex 'marriage' was enacted.

It is also questionable, as we mentioned earlier ,whether the authors haven't mis-categorized certain states, like California, by putting them in the category of "Wave 2" (i.e., states that implemented same-sex 'marriage' in 2013/14). The authors say, "We defined the exposure as a state-level policy granting same-sex marriage rights as opposite sex couples." If, as the authors state, teen suicide attempts are attributable to "stigma" caused in part by denying them "legal, financial, health and other benefits that are associated with marriage," it would be instructive to look at state data for states like California which for many years have had expansive domestic partner or civil union legislation eradicating any legal distinction between couples. The study's authors say that California courts provided for same-sex 'marriage' in 2013, but fail to mention that California has been a domestic partner state since 2004, with policies benefiting gay couples that are "associated with marriage" that meant there was no legal difference as to how the state treated opposite-sex married couples compared with same-sex couples in a domestic partnership. The same is the case for states that had expansive civil union laws.

It would be interesting to look at the state-by-state data of actual teen attempted suicide numbers by year, so that we could compare states like California that for a long time have provided expansive benefits to gay couples vs those that do not. Unfortunately, the study does not provide that data to examine, leaving us to rely only on the authors' representations.

Most fundamentally, though, the key point is this: that even given all the cautionary notes, biases, etc., there is nothing in the report to show that same-same 'marriage' causes a reduction in suicide attempts among teens. The authors acknowledge this deep in the body of the report, but fail to note it in presenting their now highly-publicized conclusions. There is simply an alleged correlation between two things -- teen suicide attempts and same-sex marriage -- and not any proof that one is impacted by the other.

In the classic logical fallacy -- since "A" happened, followed by "B" happening, "B" was caused by A" -- readers are led to a conclusion that is not established by the evidence. Such is the case with the JAMA report.  What other correlations could be used to advance a similar conclusion, one wonders? Obamacare was passed in 2010. Are changes in attempted teen suicide rates associated with Obamacare? What about the enactment of DACA, which was created in 2012? What about Dodd Frank, which was enacted in 2010? Or the stimulus plan enacted in 2009?

We do not pretend to understand the authors' motivations for presenting their study in the way they did, and we don't intend to impugn them personally or professionally. But the simple truth is that the authors have presented a study that leads people to a fake conclusion that is not established by the facts. There is no evidence whatsoever in this report that passage of same-sex 'marriage' reduces teen suicide attempts. The authors admit this in the report. The fact that the mainstream media has run with this study as "proof" just shows their own bias.

New Executive Order Will Keep Key Campaign Promises, and Protect Religion on Many Fronts

Writing at The Daily Signal, our good friend Ryan Anderson comments on a leaked draft of a forthcoming executive order from President Trump's administration that protects religious liberty on several fronts. The leak itself, and the ensuing coverage in the media, may exert pressure on the administration not to issue the order, but Ryan explains why we should all hope that that doesn't happen. This order is "good policy and entirely lawful."

Ryan summarizes the chief tenets of the order as follows:

  • It tells the entire federal government to respect federal statutes and Supreme Court decisions that make clear the free exercise of religion applies to all people, of all faiths, in all places, and at all times—that it is not merely the freedom to worship.
  • It notes that religious organizations include all organizations operated by religious principles, not just houses of worship or charities. And it follows the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in saying that religious exercise “includes all aspects of religious observance and practice,” not just those absolutely required by a faith.
  • It instructs all agencies of the federal government, “to the greatest extent practicable and permitted by law,” to reasonably accommodate the religion of federal employees, as required by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
  • It instructs the secretaries of health and human services, labor, and treasury to finally grant relief to the Little Sisters of the Poor and others who weren’t exempted from the Obamacare abortifacient and contraception mandate.
  • It instructs the secretary of health and human services to ensure that all citizens have the ability to purchase health care plans through Obamacare that do not cover abortion or subsidize plans that do.
  • It instructs the secretary of health and human services to ensure that the federal government does not discriminate against child welfare providers, such as foster care and adoption services, based on the organization’s religious beliefs.
  • It adopts the Russell Amendment and instructs all agencies of the federal government to provide protections and exemptions consistent with the Civil Rights Act and Americans with Disabilities Act to all religious organizations that contract with the federal government or receive grants.
  • It instructs the secretary of the treasury to ensure that it does not revoke nonprofit tax status because a religious organization’s ordinary religious speech deals with politics, or because it speaks or acts on the belief that marriage is the union of husband and wife, that a person’s sex is based on immutable biology, or that life begins at conception.
  • It instructs all agencies of the federal government to refuse to recognize any decision by a federally recognized accrediting body that revokes or denies accreditation to an organization because of such beliefs.
  • It instructs all agencies that they may not take adverse action against federal employees, contractors, or grantees because of their speech about marriage outside of their employment, contract, or grant, and that agencies shall reasonably accommodate such beliefs inside of employment, contract, or grant.

Read the whole summary and commentary over at The Daily Signal.

NOM Brief in Gloucester County School Board v. G.G.

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NOM Endorses Dr. John Fleming for US Senate in Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 14, 2016
Contact: Joseph Grabowski (202) 457-8060 x-110 | [email protected]


"John Fleming has been a champion for marriage, religious liberty, life and family values his entire career in Congress. He's a proven leader, a true champion, and an honorable man." - Brian Brown, NOM President

nom_logoWashington, D.C. – The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today announced it has endorsed Dr. John Fleming for US Senate in Louisiana, calling him a "true champion" in support of marriage, life, religious liberty and parental rights.

In an endorsement video released today, NOM's president Brian Brown said, "John Fleming has been a champion for marriage, religious liberty, life and family values his entire career in Congress. He’s fought for a constitutional amendment to protect marriage, and for the sanctity of human life; stood for religious freedom and parental rights; worked to promote fatherhood and encourage fathers to take responsibility for their children; and championed a national day of prayer. He's a proven leader, a true champion, and an honorable man."

 

NOM's endorsement video pointed out that the next Senator from Louisiana could cast the deciding vote on the confirmation of US Supreme Court justices and potentially decide the future direction of the Supreme Court, making it one of the most consequential votes in history.

Brown said, "We can count on Dr. John Fleming to make sure that only conservative justices like Antonin Scalia are confirmed to the Court, people who are committed to upholding the constitution. We cannot allow the policies of Barack Obama to live on for decades through an activist Supreme Court controlled by liberals."

NOM said it would distribute its endorsement video to supporters across the country and encourage them to contribute to support Fleming’s election. Dr. Fleming is seeking the seat of retiring Senator David Vitter. The top two candidates in November will advance to a run-off in December.

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To schedule an interview with Brian Brown, please contact:
Joseph Grabowski, [email protected], (202) 457-8060 x-110.

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Judge Halts Obama Administration's Transgender Agenda

Breaking news today via Reuters:

A U.S. judge blocked Obama administration guidance that transgender public school students must be allowed to use bathrooms of their choice, granting a nationwide injunction sought by a group of 13 states led by Texas.

Reed O'Connor, a judge for the Northern District of Texas, said in a decision late on Sunday that the Obama administration did not follow proper procedures for notice and comment in issuing the guidelines. He said the guidelines contradict with existing legislative and regulatory texts.

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At a hearing on the injunction in Fort Worth on Aug. 12, lawyers for Texas said the guidelines usurp the authority of school districts nationwide. They said they were at risk of losing billions of dollars in federal funding for education if they did not comply.

U.S. Department of Justice lawyers sought to dismiss the injunction, saying the federal guidelines issued in May were non-binding with no legal consequences.

The guidance issued by the Justice Department and Education Department said public schools must allow transgender students to use bathrooms, locker rooms and other intimate facilities that correspond with their gender identity, as opposed to their birth gender, or face the loss of federal funds.

Under the injunction, the Obama administration is prohibited from enforcing the guidelines on "against plaintiffs and their respective schools, school boards, and other public, educationally based institutions," O'Connor wrote.

Read the whole article here.

Target feeling the pressure, but the fight isn't over

NO!Following Target's decision earlier this year to institute a policy whereby biological men could on a whim gain access to bathrooms and changing rooms normally reserved for girls and women, NOM and other conservative groups launched a boycott of the store to let them know that this kind of ideological move was not only dangerous for its customers but also insulting and bad for business.

In the months since, with stories cropping up regularly of how the policy was backfiring, Target has definitely felt the pressure, and this week comes news that the store is at least beginning to see the errors of its ways. From the Chicago Tribune:

Target said Wednesday that it is preparing to spend $20 million in coming months to add single-stall bathrooms along with men's and women's restrooms in its stores, a move meant to accommodate shoppers concerned about the retailers' policy of allowing customers and employees to use the bathroom that corresponds to the gender they identify with.

The story goes on to note some of the staggering statistics of Target's reported sales and projections which show that the boycotts have had a serious impact on the store, as much as the corporate execs and the media would like to downplay this.

However, this move by Target is only a beginning of righting the wrong of enforcing a dangerous gender ideology that puts women and girls at least in a very uncomfortable and unseemly - if not dangerous - situation of needing to undress in front of members of the opposite sex. (You'll note that this new "accommodation" of single-occupancy facilities is ironically for those who feel uncomfortable being in such a situation with members of the opposite sex, rather than the small minority of those who don't identify with their own biological sex!)

So, we need to keep up the pressure!

If you still haven't pledge to "Say No To Target," we encourage you to do so today. It's working!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read the whole thing here.

Evan McMullin: Not a Viable Conservative Alternative

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

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

McMullin

INTERVIEWER: Same-sex marriage.

MCMULLIN: Sure.

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

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

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

MCMULLIN: Yeah.

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

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

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

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

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

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

You can view the entire interview here.

"I was terminated because of my religion"

Another sad story of the "tolerance" of the LGBT movement comes to us today from Bill Donohue of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, writing at CNSNews.com:

In May, Javier Chavez, senior store detective at the Macy's store in Flushing, New York, received a phone call stating that a male had entered the ladies room with a female companion. A female customer, and her daughter, were afraid to enter because of the male's presence. A security employee who reports to Chavez advised the man to leave and use the men's room. He left claiming to be a female. He then complained to store officials that he was asked to leave.

Chavez was subsequently told by an Assistant Store Manager that certain males can use the ladies restroom. This was news to him. A few days later, an assistant security manager told him that transgender persons can use the bathroom of their choice.

He said he had just become aware of this policy, stating that it was contrary to his religion and the Bible. But he hastened to say that he would nonetheless enforce Macy's policy.

That's where one would think the story would end: but it doesn't:

Macy's would not leave this alone, and this is where it crossed the line.

Chavez was then summoned to meet with the Human Resources Manager, who suspended him. He was later terminated.

"After my employer learned that I was a practicing Catholic, with religious concerns about this policy," Chavez says in his formal complaint, "I was terminated because of my religion, in violation of the New York State Human Rights Law."

Read the rest of Donohue's commentary here.

This is just another example of why we need so urgently Congress and state legislatures to enact protections for people of faith who simply want to conduct their lives - at home and at work - in accord with their beliefs about marriage and God's design for men and women. Now would be a good time, if you haven't already done so, to join us in this effort and sign our petition to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform urging them to pass the First Amendment Defense Act!

Without FADA, stories like this will unfortunately only become more and more commonplace.

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