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Relentless Punishment for Expressing Common Sense

Dear Marriage Supporter —

LGBT activists like to portray their small community as victims of bigotry, hatred and harassment. They use that portrayal, with the help of their allies in the media, in a relentless push to force all of society to accept their skewed, false narrative about the intrinsic nature of men and women, and human sexuality. Consider these two cases currently in the news:

  • Isabella Chow is a student at UC Berkeley in California, and is an elected member of the campus Student Senate. She is also a Christian. LGBT activists presented a student resolution to express support for transgenderism. This is not something that Chow could do and maintain her beliefs that God made us male and female. So she decided to abstain on the resolution after issuing a statement that all people, including those who identify as transgendered, are entitled to God's love and should be free from discrimination. For this, she's been brutally attacked in the public square, yelled at on the way to class, confronted by angry mobs, had over 1,000 students demand that she change her views and been kicked out of her student political party.
  • A male PE teacher at a Florida middle school has been punished for refusing to personally oversee a female student who claims a male "gender identity" when changing in the boys locker room. The teacher does not want to observe a biological female who is naked. In response, the school district has threatened putting him on administrative leave and transferring him to another school district. They say his failure to implement their transgender policy, "won't be tolerated." This policy was written by an LGBT activist and imposed on students with no discussion or notice to them or their parents.

HELP US FIGHT AGAINST THIS DANGEROUS GENDER IDEOLOGY.

It's now become common that merely expressing the obvious observation that sex is a biological reality assigned at birth, not an emotional feeling or a political condition that can be chosen amounts to outright hostility, bigotry and hatred. And activists  relentlessly push this narrative in every forum, especially where young people are prevalent such as in the schools.

But here's the truth: biology is not bigotry. It is not a demonstration of love for your neighbor to accept a lie about them – that they can reject the sex that God assigned them in the womb.

The promulgation of this lie is having an impact on young people. Statistically, the LGBT community makes up about 2-3% of society according to large-scale studies. The so-called transgender account for about 10% of this tiny audience, which translates into 0.2% - 0.3% of the entire population. However, because of the widespread cultural push to normalize transgenderism and LGBT behavior, a whopping 57% of young people in the US and the UK say they are not completely heterosexual and consider their sexuality to be fluid. Another study reported a nearly 400% increase in the percent of people claiming a non-conforming "gender identity".

These are serious issues. A child who is struggling with emotional issues, trying to figure out where he or she fits in with peers and the larger society, is now at risk of being labeled "transgender" and could find himself on a path that leads to social, psychological and medical intervention with often permanent consequences, such as being prescribed powerful hormone blockers that cause sterilization.

As serious as these issues are, however, powerful cultural forces are intent on making sure that even discussing them is seen as hateful and bigoted.

This type of attitude needs to be confronted and protected against. But with the Democrats set to take control of the US House of Representatives, I fear that the situation may get worse before it gets better.

NOM has been at the forefront of speaking truth to power when it comes to confronting the rising cultural push for transgenderism. We've sponsored a bus tour to bring attention to the issues, and aggressively promoted independent studies that document the consequences of this push.

We've also fought for legal protections for citizens so that government cannot punish people who maintain a common-sense understanding of the biological reality of male and female.

Please help us continue to stand for the truth of male and female by making a contribution today.

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We're in an insane moment in history where seemingly everything in life is being politicized and the LGBT agenda has been weaponized against anyone who fails to fully embrace it.  In times like these, society needs people of clarity and courage to stand up and speak truth to power. NOM will continue to do just that, even in the face of an increasing cultural and political wind to the contrary. I pray that you will stand with us.

Please, take a moment to make an urgent contribution so that we can fight for children, families, people of faith, and for truth.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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One week to make history

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Dear Friend—In one week, Americans will go to the polls, and the outcome of the elections couldn’t be more critical. Control of Congress is on the line. The US House elections are, of course, enormously important, but NOM is focused on maintaining control of the US Senate. With your help, we might even be able to expand the GOP majority there. Holding control of the Senate, or even picking up a seat or two, is essential if we want to support President Trump's efforts on life, marriage and religious liberty. And it's absolutely essential to continuing to remake the federal courts – including the US Supreme Court – in a way consistent with what our country's founders envisioned and the Constitution demands.

Please help us spread the word about what's at stake

We are focused on four Democrat US Senators up this election in states that were carried by President Trump. Senators Heidi Heitkamp, Jon Tester, Claire McCaskill and Joe Donnelly have all voted with the hard left on critical issues. These Democrat incumbents opposed the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, throwing in with the hard-left in their attempts to deny the ascension to the Court of a conservative, constitutionalist who will help end the practice of judges legislating from the bench. We've endorsed the Republican challengers in North Dakota, Montana, Missouri and Indiana.

The outcome of these four races could determine control of the US Senate. The left has raised over $1 billion so far in their attempt to stop President Trump's agenda and prevent further judicial nominees from taking office. There's nothing more important to restoring marriage, protecting religious liberty and standing for the truth of gender than control of the US Supreme Court and the filling of lower level judicial vacancies with common-sense, constitutional conservatives. And the makeup of the Courts depends entirely on the willingness of the Senate to confirm President Trump's outstanding nominees.

It's critical that we be able to spread the word about our endorsements and educate people about the importance of the midterm elections to all the issues we care about. Will you help us with a contribution today?

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To understand the importance of the Courts to our overall agenda, look no further than marriage. Over 50 million Americans in nearly three dozen states went to the polls to define marriage as only the union of one man and one woman, yet five unelected judges on the Supreme Court took it upon themselves to impose same-sex 'marriage' on the entire nation back in 2015 in their anti-constitutional Obergefell decision. One of those five justices who voted in the majority, Anthony Kennedy, is now gone, replaced by Justice Kavanaugh, meaning we finally have a potential path forward to restore marriage to our nation's laws. But if Democrats manage to take control of the US Senate, no conservative judges will be confirmed to the federal courts and all the progress we've made will come to a halt.

Your contribution today will be used to help NOM get the word out about what's at stake for people of faith, and all Americans. Please, take a moment to make a contribution today so that we can ensure that every voter knows what is at stake when they cast their ballots.

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Thank you for all you have done to help. We would be extremely grateful for any additional support you can provide now so that we can make a difference by educating our fellow citizens about these critical issues.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown
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Don't let them erase the reality of male and female

Dear Friend—The radicals on the left are beside themselves because a key Trump Administration agency has recommended that the administration actually follow the law when it comes to sex discrimination, defining a person's sex the way it has always been defined, a biologic reality of being male or female determined at birth. The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights reportedly argued in a memo obtained by the New York Times that key government agencies needed to adopt an explicit and uniform definition of sex as determined “on a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable.”

The radicals led by the grossly misnamed Human Rights Campaign immediately declared that President Trump was proposing to "erase" transgender Americans. Right on cue, their false claim has been breathlessly reported by the mainstream media.

Help Us Fight for the Reality of Male and Female

The truth of the matter is that the only "erasing" that has occurred is to the reality of male and female, which leftist radicals and President Obama have attempted to scrub from federal law by administrative fiat.

What's at stake here is critically important. Acting at the behest of LGBT radicals, President Obama illegally took it upon himself to redefine the term "sex" in federal law to mean "gender identity." This had the effect of making it discriminatory to treat biological men as men if they claimed a female identity. This change is what forced schools and others to open bathrooms, showers and locker rooms to the opposite sex. It's what has allowed men to compete as female athletes, usually winning. It's what is being used by men to gain access to women's shelters, including those designed for women who have been sexually assaulted by men. And it is what activists are using to force their dangerous gender ideology throughout society.

But it is all a lie. Sex and gender are not an emotional condition, but a biological reality.

NOM will fight for the reality of male and female under federal law because it is an essential condition of the human condition. God made us male and female, equal, but different. The two halves of humanity are complimentary, each essential for human flourishing. Will you help us defend the reality of God's design of mankind as male and female?

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We know from personal experience how tough this fight will be. When we co-sponsored the #FreeSpeechBus to highlight the biologic nature of sex, our bus was attacked and our team assaulted. LGBT radicals, including some who are aligned with the Antifa group of anarchists, organized an angry mob of protestors in several cities to intimidate us and attempt to derail the bus tour. They failed.

We will never cease fighting for the eternal truths upon which our organization was founded – marriage is the union of a man and a woman; it takes the two sexes coming together to make a marriage and to conceive children; children do best when raised by a married mother and father; and it is the right of all Americans to proclaim these truths and live them out in their daily lives.

Here's just a small example of what we are up against. In their coverage of this issue, the New York Times said that Obama's rewriting of the law to define 'sex' as 'gender identity' constituted a "loosening" of federal rules to provide a "more fluid" interpretation of law. In contrast, the Times says the effort by the Trump administration to adhere to the actual letter of the law constitutes a "rewriting" of the law.

President Trump is going to be under a lot of pressure from the left and the media to drop his intention to follow the law and to instead go along with the Obama erasing of the reality of male and female from our nation's statutes. Your contribution today will be used to help NOM support President Trump and give him the encouragement he will need to maintain the fight. Please, take a moment to make a contribution today so that we can stand for the reality of male and female.

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Thank you for all you have done to help. We would be extremely grateful for any additional support you can provide now so that we can make a difference on one of the most important issues before the country, maintaining the reality of male and female.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown
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NOM Endorses Candidates in Key Senate Midterm Contests

NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR MARRIAGE ANNOUNCES
ENDORSEMENTS IN CRITICAL US SENATE CONTESTS

Marriage Group to oppose reelection of
Heitkamp, Donnelly, McCaskill and Tester


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 17, 2018

Washington, DC—The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the nation's largest group dedicated to preserving marriage as the union of one man and one woman and protecting the religious liberty rights of marriage supporters, today announced that they were opposing the reelection of Democratic US Senate incumbents Heidi Heitkamp (ND), Joe Donnelly (IN), Claire McCaskill (MO) and Jon Tester (MT). NOM, which has over 300,000 members, has endorsed the Republican challenger in each of these races.

“Our litmus test for incumbents in the US Senate was their vote on the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh,” said Brian Brown, NOM's president. “There is nothing more important for the restoration of marriage and the protection of religious liberty than the composition of the US Supreme Court. That's why we worked with our members to generate tens of thousands of contacts with these US Senators, urging them to confirm Justice Kavanaugh. Despite this demonstration of grassroots support, each of these four Democrats opposed the Kavanaugh confirmation. We will work to ensure that they pay for that decision with their careers.”

Brown noted: “In three of the states where NOM has issued an endorsement, voters went to the polls and overwhelmingly voted to define marriage in their state constitutions as only the union of one man and one woman. North Dakota voted 73% in favor of traditional marriage; Missouri voters supported traditional marriage with 71% of the vote; and 67% of Montana voters did likewise. Voters in Indiana were denied their right to vote on marriage.”

“Despite the overwhelming adoption of traditional marriage by voters in nearly three dozen states in elections where over 50 million voters cast ballots, the US Supreme Court in 2015 illegitimately imposed gay 'marriage' on the nation,” Brown said. “These four Democrats stood with liberal party leaders like Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi and against the expressed wishes of voters in their states. In each of these states, Donald Trump won election in large part because of his pledge to appoint Supreme Court justices like Brett Kavanaugh. None of these four Democrats can credibly claim to be moderates when they act to deny the confirmation of one of the most superbly qualified Supreme Court nominees in history, Brett Kavanaugh, who was nominated by a president who had carried their state overwhelmingly. They must be defeated.”

Brown said NOM will urge its members to support Rep. Kevin Cramer in North Dakota, state Attorney General Josh Hawley in Missouri, state Auditor Matt Rosendale in Montana, and state Rep. Mike Braun in Indiana.

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Kavanaugh takes the bench

Dear Friend—Yesterday, Justice Brett Kavanagh finally got down to work, joining his colleagues in hearing three cases relating to criminal procedure. Before he took the bench, he announced that he had hired four female law clerks, becoming the first Supreme Court justice in history to hire an all-woman group of clerks. This continues his history of promoting women in the legal profession, a far cry from the grotesque characterization of him the left sought to establish during the confirmation process.

The successful confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court caps a momentous battle where NOM devoted everything we had to securing this victory. We activated thousands of members to make contacts with US Senators, including a special core of strong supporters called Marriage Heroes, who regularly and consistently promoted the Kavanaugh nomination. We produced a string of educational communications, including a powerful endorsement video, that explained why Justice Kavanaugh would be a transformative conservative voice on the Court. And we rallied the grassroots at every turn, including after Judge Kavanaugh was sucker-punched by Democrats with ugly, wholly unproven and uncorroborated allegations from his days in high school.

The ferocity of the confirmation battle makes the victory particularly sweet, but it was also exhausting, to our team who devoted themselves completely to the effort, but also to our finances. We expended everything we had to secure this confirmation and we urgently need to raise funds now, because our work is far from done. Unless we replenish our coffers immediately, we'll have to take some drastic steps to cut back our activities. And those cuts couldn't come at a worse time. Will you help us with an emergency contribution so that we can avoid cuts to programs and continue the momentum we've built?

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The last thing I want to contemplate after the great Kavanaugh confirmation victory is to cut back on our activities. Rather than cutting, now is the time to be expanding our work. With a 5-4 pro-marriage majority on the Supreme Court thanks to the Kavanaugh confirmation, our team is eager to strategize with legal experts on how and when to bring action that could result in the restoration of marriage to our nation's laws. But before we can turn our attention to bold strategies like that, it's imperative that we refill our coffers with the thousands of dollars in emergency funding that we urgently need.

Please, if at all possible, act today with an emergency financial contribution so that we can continue full speed ahead in our fight to restore marriage to our laws, and protect the religious liberty rights of all people of faith.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown
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Congratulations to J͟u͟s͟t͟i͟c͟e͟ Kavanaugh!

Dear Friend—As you no doubt know, the US Senate voted 50-48 on Saturday to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court! This is a tremendous victory for us and all Americans who revere the constitution and believe that it is the duty of the Supreme Court to uphold what the constitution says and not invent "constitutional rights" that don't exist in order to further a political agenda or ideology.

Justice Kavanaugh took two separate oaths late on Saturday – the Judicial Oath delivered by the man he is replacing, former Justice Anthony Kennedy, and the Constitutional Oath by Chief Justice John Roberts.

Kavanaugh will now join our nation's highest court as one of its most conservative members, giving the court a clear 5-4 conservative majority, as well as a pro-marriage majority.

The successful confirmation of Justice Kavanaugh is a tremendous accomplishment following a grueling process that began back in July when he was nominated by President Trump. NOM worked extremely hard on the confirmation and we are most gratified with the result.

With Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, there is now a path forward to restore marriage to our nation's laws by reversing the illegitimate Obergefell ruling imposing gay 'marriage' on the nation in 2015.

There are a number of people we need to thank, and I hope you will join me in doing so.

First, Senator Susan Collins of Maine did the right thing and stood with Justice Kavanaugh despite tremendous pressure from groups on the left. NOM led a special advocacy effort urging our many supporters in Maine to contact Senator Collins to ask for her support, which made a big difference. We thank Senator Collins for her vote.

Second, we targeted six Senate Democrats who are in states won by President Trump. One of those, Sen. Joe Manchin, voted to confirm Kavanaugh. We are extremely grateful to him for this principled vote.

Third, Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley did an amazing job of moving the nomination forward, especially after Kavanaugh was sucker-punched by Democrats who, after his hearing was complete, accused him of sexual assault while in high school. McConnell and Grassley were champions for Kavanaugh and the rule of law.

Please call these Senators at 202-224-3121 to thank them for their support.

Of course, we all owe a debt of gratitude to President Donald J. Trump. Not only did he nominate Justice Kavanaugh in the first instance, but he resolutely stood by him in the face of a withering attack by the left and the media when the allegations were leveled at him. Many Republican presidents would have folded in the face of this pressure, but President Trump believed in Justice Kavanaugh and held firm. His confirmation becomes a lasting legacy of the Trump presidency.

This victory is extremely gratifying, but the battle to win the confirmation vote was incredibly difficult and exhausting. We put everything we had as an organization into this effort, and now we need to rebuild our war chest. If you could help us with a generous donation today, we would really appreciate it. Even more appreciated would be your signing up as a Sustaining Partner of NOM with a monthly donation:

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With Justice Kavanaugh now in place, NOM will be leading an effort to restore marriage to our laws. It won't happen immediately, but we're determined to fight for this to occur at the earliest possible moment. Our team will be strategizing with lawyers and legal experts about the type of case, and the timing of such a case, to bring forward so that we can one day soon see the truth of marriage as the union of one man and one woman reflected in the laws of his nation.

Finally, I want to thank you, the loyal members of the National Organization for Marriage, for everything that you did to cause this victory to come about. To our donors, those who joined our Marriage Heroes campaign, to those who contacted their US Senators, to those who viewed and shared our Kavanaugh endorsement video, and those who prayed for this outcome, thank you! We are humbled and honored to call you friends, and fellow believers. May God richly reward you for your support.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown
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The vote is tomorrow...

Dear Friend—Just a few minutes ago the US Senate voted to end debate on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court. Tomorrow there will be an up or down vote on his confirmation.

Please contact your US Senators to urge them to support the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh. He is a supremely qualified judge, someone whose legal rulings have been uniformly respected as being fair, well-reasoned and well-articulated. Most importantly, he is a constitutionalist, meaning that he believes that the constitution means what it says and that judges should never invent constitutional "rights" in order to advance their own views of what the law should be. You can learn more about why we strongly support Judge Kavanaugh by watching our endorsement video here.

The number to call to reach your Senators is 202-224-3121.

If you are active on social media, please also post your support for the Kavanaugh nomination and ask your friends and contacts to do the same.

When we began this process many months ago, I said it would be unlike anything we had ever seen beforeBoy were those words prophetic. The way that Judge Kavanaugh has been treated by Senate Democrats is a national disgrace. After this battle is completed and Judge Kavanaugh is on the Supreme Court, it will be time to explore whether there should be changes to the Senate confirmation process to prevent a repeat of the circus that occurred here.

So far, the confirmation vote looks good as the vote today to advance the nomination was 51-49. But Senators can change their minds and we need to keep the pressure up. So please take a moment to call your US Senators to voice your support for Judge Kavanaugh.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown
Brian S. Brown

The deadline is fast approaching

Dear Friends—We face a hard deadline coming up at midnight on Tuesday when the offer by a generous supporter to match every contribution to NOM, dollar for dollar, up to a total of $40,000 comes to an end. We urgently need those funds to press forward with our agenda of fighting for the truth of marriage, gender and religious liberty.  We're thousands of dollars short of our goal, and we need everyone to step up now to help. Can I count on you?

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NOM has worked hard every day to advance our agenda, including working with the Trump Administration, Congress, state legislatures, the courts and in the court of public opinion. We're also pouring everything we can into the confirmation fight for Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

We are a lean and effective grassroots organization that is making a real difference, but we are not a wealthy group. We do not have reserve funds on hand to tap when we are running low, which is the case we face today. We've expended everything we have on the cause, and we urgently need to replenish our coffers. That's why this $40,000 matching gift opportunity is so critical and why I am so concerned that we are thousands of dollars short of the goal with just a few short days left before this offer ends. Will you help us with a contribution today?

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Working together we have accomplished a great deal, but there is so much more that needs to be done. Please prayerfully consider what you can give at this critical time. Whatever you can do, whether just a few dollars or a few hundred dollars or more, please act today. All contributions will double in size and effectiveness because of the match.

Thank you for your prayers, encouragement and support.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown
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Kavanaugh Kills It

Dear Friend—As I am sure you know, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh absolutely killed it last week in his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. He was composed, articulate, thoughtful and likeable. His appearance reinforced his brilliance as a jurist and his decency as a human being. Every attempt by partisan Democrats and rowdy protestors to derail his nomination fell completely flat. Many, like Sen. Cory Booker and Sen. Kamala Harris, embarrassed themselves in the process of trying.

With the hearings now concluded, the confirmation process will move to the next step. There will be a formal vote taken by the Judiciary Committee to advance his nomination to the Senate Floor, and then the full Senate will vote on his confirmation.

Things are looking good for us, but we can't take anything for granted. We must ramp up our contacts with the six Democrats we've targeted to support Judge Kavanaugh, but doing so will cost a considerable sum. Will you help?

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We’ve already generated thousands of grassroots contacts to the six Democratic Senators we believe might support Judge Kavanaugh (these are Senators Manchin, Heitkamp, McCaskill, Donnelly, Jones and Tester). But if we are able to raise more funds, we can significantly increase those contacts.

Fortunately, every donation we receive through the end of the confirmation process will be matched dollar for dollar, up to a total match of $40,000! That means that whatever you can afford to give will double in size and effectiveness. Can I count on you to make an immediate financial contribution to help us close the deal with the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh?

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We're in the homestretch now of one of the most important things we can do to restore marriage to our nation's laws, uphold life and protect religious liberty. With Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation, we will have a pro-marriage, pro-family majority on the Supreme Court.

Please help us do everything in our power to continue to fight for the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. So much is riding on it. Whatever you can give will be matched dollar for dollar.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown
Brian S. Brown

Thanks, Evan!

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2018

Dear Friends:

"If you thought the National Organization for Marriage disappeared once we won the freedom to marry in 2015, think again."

These are the words of Evan Wolfson, the gay rights activist and lawyer behind "Freedom to Marry" - which is now "Freedom to Marry Global." These words appear in his latest fundraising appeal, where he shares that efforts to redefine marriage in Taiwan are faltering due to pro-marriage advocates there adopting strategies from NOM's winning playbook! In Evan's biased words of explanation, "Under the instigation of NOM’s Brian Brown and others, anti-LGBT forces are scheming to block [a court ruling redefining marriage] from ever taking effect." 

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Well, Evan is right about this much: NOM is not only the leading advocacy organization in the United States fighting to preserve and defend marriage, but globally: people do look to us and our strategies for inspiration in waging their own defense of marriage and family.

Where Evan goes wrong in his desperate, shrill fundraising missive is his alternate version of history where he claims he and his colleagues "defeated" NOM's "Prop 8-style playbook" here in the US and that they're prepared to do it again in Taiwan. What Evan and his cronies actually did was use the courts to make an end-run around the democratic and political process, and invalidate the votes of over 50 million Americans in a majority of states! The truth that this gay activist doesn't want you to recall is that NOM and our side of this critical battle won virtually every battle in every state to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. We routed Freedom to Marry and their allies in state votes on marriage.

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Evan is scared, you see, because he knows this "victory" in the US was a cheat and stolen. He is worried that in other countries the democratic process might be allowed to work as it is supposed to work, and that he and his friends won't be able to manipulate the courts to finally do their bidding.

He is also scared - or he should be - that here at home the court has undergone some drastic changes under President Trump's administration. At every level - from local district courts through the Circuit Courts of Appeals, right up the Supreme Court - true constitutionalist jurists have been filling vacancies left by activist judges... and this doesn't bode well for the future of such wrongly-decided verdicts as Obergefell. Evan knows that a future Supreme Court might find the reasoning of Justice Kennedy's decision (that the late Justice Scalia colorfully described as "the mystical aphorisms of the fortune cookie") to be lacking in Constitutional wisdom and jurisprudence.

So, you see, this is why it is crucial that NOM continue fighting. Our opponents, those who foisted a redefinition of marriage on the United States and are now exporting their ideology across the world, know that we are a formidable threat to their radical agenda! Will you re-commit today to standing with us and making sure that we continue to present such a challenge to that agenda?

Every dollar you donate today will be instantly matched, so there really couldn't be a better time to make such a re-commitment.

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Your support is what allows NOM to continue to do our work. And ironically one of the best indications of how important and effective this work still is has been given to us by one of our most determined opponents! I guess all I can say is, thanks Evan!

I do really want to thank you, though, our friends and allies, for your continued dedication to and support of NOM's crucial role in protecting and safeguarding our values. I am immensely honored and humbled that we continue to be a beacon and example to all those around the world who share our concern. We couldn't do it without your help!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown
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A mockery of democracy...

It sure didn't take long for radical leftists to show their hand: it's their plan to make a mockery of the confirmation hearing of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, attempting to delay and obfuscate at every opportunity. We're not going to let them get away with it.

Within seconds of Chairman Chuck Grassley opening the hearing and welcoming Judge Kavanaugh and his family, Democratic Senator Kamala Harris of California interrupted him, demanding a delay in the hearing so that Democrats could further review documents related to Kavanaugh's service in government. What a sham! Consider this:

Kamala Harris announced her opposition to Judge Kavanaugh within seconds of his nomination, long before a single document was available to her. She has no legitimate interest in studying documents; she is a partisan hack who cares only about keeping a superbly qualified conservative nominee off the Supreme Court.
Help Us Fight to Confirm Judge Kavanaugh!
The Democrats appear to be in cahoots with activist groups who have packed the hearing room with hecklers and demonstrators. These hecklers are constantly interrupting, shouting insults, demanding the hearing be cancelled. When Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal made a play to the crowd, himself interrupting Chairman Grassley with a motion to adjourn the hearing, the hecklers broke into hoots and howls of approval, as if they were at some sort of sporting event.

This is what we are up against and why we have fought so hard for the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. We are not going to be intimidatedby leftist radicals who prefer chaos to the rule of law; who are determined to impose their extremist views on the country regardless of what the Constitution requires.

I'm thrilled to announce that the $40,000 matching grant challenge made available to us by a generous supporter has now been extended until Judge Kavanaugh is confirmed! This supporter shares our disgust at the behavior of the left who are resorting to intimidation and harassment, refusing to allow the American people to hear from this superbly qualified judge.

Will you help us fight for a man who will uphold the Constitution, stand for the rule of law and fight to restore marriage to our nation's laws?

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There is nothing more important to the cause of marriage, life and religious liberty than to have a pro-family majority on the US Supreme Court. When Judge Kavanaugh is confirmed, we will have that majority.

The opening day of hearings shows that we are in for an incredible fight against the left. They appear ready to shred the fabric of democracy and upend the rule of law. It's up to us to help rally the American people in support of this nominee who the American Bar Association has unanimously stated is thoroughly qualified to serve on the Supreme Court.

Please help us today as we gird for an intense, unprecedented battle ahead. The stakes couldn't be higher. We need your help to be successful.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown
Brian S. Brown

Watch this now

Dear Friends—

Dear Friend—The confirmation hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh start in one week. To rally the American people, we have prepared an important 60 second video that I'm asking you to please watch right now.

After you've watched the video, there are a few very important things that I am asking you to do. I wouldn’t ask so much of you if it weren't that important.

  1. Please call one or more of the US Senators listed in the ad and ask them to support the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh. Even if you don't live in their state, they still need to know that the American people are behind a true constitutionalist like Brett Kavanaugh. Just tell them that Kavanaugh is extremely qualified, one of the top appeals court judges in the country, someone who has written 300 solid legal opinions and who will faithfully uphold the constitution, not legislate from the bench.You can be certain that Kavanagh's opponents are burning up the phone lines. These Senators need to hear from us today!
  2. Please immediately share the video with all the people you can reach on social media and via email. It's imperative that we spread this important Call to Action far and wide.
  1. If at all possible, please make a financial contribution to NOM so that we can reach more people. Thanks to a generous supporter, anything you can give between now and the confirmation hearing will be matched, dollar for dollar up to a total match of $40,000.

There is nothing more important to the causes of marriage, life and religious liberty than securing a majority on the US Supreme Court. With Judge Kavanaugh replacing Anthony Kennedy, we'll have a pro-marriage majority on the Court and a legitimate path forward to restoring marriage to our nation's laws. Please, don't let this opportunity pass by.

With so much on the line, can you carve out a few minutes to help us? Please take these simple steps:

  • Watch our 60 second Call to Action video supporting Judge Kavanaugh. Then call one or more of the Senators listed in the ad to ask for their support. Dial 202-224-3121.
  • Share our video with all your friends on social media and via email:
                            

The time is short. Hearings will begin in one week and the full Senate will be voting on the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh before you know it. So much is at stake. Please help today.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown
Brian S. Brown

PS – After you've watched our new video and shared it with others, please consider making a financial contribution to NOM to help us share the video with others. Your gift will be matched, doubling in size and effectiveness. Thank you.

A supporter challenges us...

Dear Friends—On Monday I wrote that confirmation hearings on Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the US Supreme Court are set to begin on September 4thThe importance of confirming Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court cannot be overstated. He is a true constitutionalist, someone who firmly believes that judges should never invent constitutional rights and must interpret constitutional questions according to the intent of the legislators at the time the constitution was adopted or amended.

We strongly believe that Judge Kavanaugh will give us a pro-marriage majority on the Supreme Court and a clear path forward to restoring marriage to our nation's laws. That's why we are going "all in" to help secure his confirmation, and devoting every available resource to the cause. Recognizing the importance of the work NOM can do to support Judge Kavanaugh, a generous supporter has stepped up with a challenge for us – he will match every donation we receive through September 4th up to a total contribution of $40,000! This is an amazing offer that couldn't come at a better time!

We’re already hard at work mobilizing the grassroots in support of Judge Kavanaugh. Thousands of contacts have been made by NOM supporters to US Senators. But this incredible $40,000 matching gift challenge will allow us to do so much more. Will you help us with an emergency financial contribution today to help confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh knowing that it will instantly double in effectiveness thanks to this matching gift challenge?

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It's imperative that we be able to counter the media spectacle and lies that the Left intends to create by making sure that Senators hear from grassroots supporters across America that they expect Judge Kavanaugh to be confirmed. NOM has targeted six Democratic Senators for particular attention, and indications are that it is making a difference. They've broken ranks with Chuck Schumer to meet with Kavanaugh, and we're working hard to make sure that they ultimately vote to confirm him.

This $40,000 matching gift challenge comes at the perfect time for us. Your gift today will double in size allowing us to devote even more resources to fight for the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh.

I can't tell you how energized and excited I am to be in this judicial confirmation battle. I'm proud of every NOM supporter who has stood with us to be in the position we are today, on the verge of having a pro-marriage majority on the US Supreme Court. Let's all work hard to finish the task. Please help us at this critical time with whatever amount you are able to contribute, knowing that it will instantly double in size and effectiveness.

Thank you!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown
Brian S. Brown

Don't slow down

Dear Friend—The momentum that NOM enjoys right now is amazing, but we can't afford to slow down. Everything we've accomplished is because of you and our loyal supporters, and I am counting on your continued help.

All the opportunities we have in front of us are incredible – the fight to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, an expanded push for religious liberty protections by the Trump administration, legislation that is moving in Congress and the states, and the prospects for a pro-marriage US Supreme Court – but our finances are being stretched beyond what we planned. Can you help us with an emergency financial contribution today?

>>> I'll make a one-time gift of $15 to keep up NOM's momentum

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I remember joking with a friend a few months back about what we'd do if all of a sudden all the things we were working on started to happen. At the time, it seemed unlikely. The Trump administration had already acted to protect religious liberty and there was no hint of more to come. Congress had not introduced the First Amendment Defense Act or child welfare inclusion provisions to protect people of faith from being punished for supporting marriage. Anthony Kennedy had given no public hints that he planned to retire from the Supreme Court. I jokingly told my friend that it would be a good problem to have if all our priority projects picked up steam at the same time.

Now that everything we are working on has taken on real urgency because the opportunities are incredible, maybe the joke is on me. It is a good problem to have, but at the same time it is also concerning because we just don't have the financial reserves we need to keep up our aggressive push on all fronts. The plain truth is that we need to raise additional financial resources, and soon.

Just look at what's been happening in recent weeks:

  • The confirmation battle for Brett Kavanaugh looks very promising. All the Republicans seem likely to hold, and we're targeting six Democrats who are running for reelection in states that President Trump won. I'm not counting our chickens before they are hatched, but it sure looks encouraging for Kavanaugh.
  • When Judge Kavanaugh is confirmed, we will have a pro-marriage majority on the US Supreme Court for the first time in years, giving us a legitimate path forward to restore marriage to our nation's laws.
  • The House of Representatives has put a legislative provision in a key funding bill that will protect faith-based adoption agencies from being punished because they believe in traditional marriage and adopt children out only to married couples who can provide children with the love of a mother and a father.
  • The US Senate has introduced the First Amendment Defense Act to protect marriage supporters from retaliation by any agency of the federal government because they will not violate their religious beliefs and personally participate in a same-sex ceremony or celebration.
  • The Trump administration has embarked on a sweeping push to protect the religious liberty of people of faith, even adopting language used by NOM that religious liberty is "our first freedom."

By any measure, this whirlwind of activity and accomplishment is unprecedented. We've been working nonstop on all these priorities but our resources are running low and  it's time to refill the tank. Will you help us with a financial contribution of $15, $25, $50, $100 or even $250 or more?

Thank you, once again, for all of your support. As you can see, it is making a real difference and I hope you can help us again at this critical time so that we don't have to take our foot off the gas on any of the priorities that are now in play.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown
Brian S. Brown

🔑 These Democrats Are Key to Brett Kavanaugh's Confirmation

Dear Friend—Last week NOM launched a nationwide petition to help our supporters contact six key Democratic US Senators who could be pivotal to the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court. Please add your name today to our petition.

When you sign our petition, NOM will send an email on your behalf to each of the six Democratic Senators we are targeting—Joe Manchin (WV), Heidi Heitkamp (ND), Joe Donnelly (IN), Doug Jones (AL), Claire McCaskill (MO), and Jon Tester (MT)—letting them know that you and countless other Americans want them to vote to support Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. We also will send a copy of the email to each of the Senators' Chief of Staff.

Already, thousands of emails have been generated from NOM supporters but more work needs to be done to keep the pressure on these key Democratic Senators. It's imperative that these Senators hear from us that we expect them to support the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, a superbly qualified nominee to the US Supreme Court. Please act today to sign our petition.

Normally, a US Senator might not care much about what voters in other states feel about an issue, but in this case each of these Democratic Senators are worried about the impact their confirmation vote might have on their political futures. Each of these Senators is seeking reelection in states carried by Donald Trump so they are worried about alienating the Trump base and conservatives generally. And each are being inundated by leftist activists from across the country urging them to ignore the fact that President Trump was elected in their state in large part because of his promise to appoint Supreme Court Justices like Brett Kavanaugh, people with a proven record of upholding the constitution and refusing to legislate from the bench to impose their own personal viewpoints.

It's critical that these key Democratic Senators hear from NOM's members that we want them to put the interests of voters ahead of the narrow interests of special interest groups on the left and vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh. Please sign our petition today so that these Senators and their Chiefs of Staff know of your support for Judge Kavanaugh.

Confirming Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court is essential to create a path forward to restoring marriage to our nation's laws. Judge Kavanaugh has been on the federal bench for over a decade and has authored over 300 opinions during that time. He's proven himself to be a solid conservative and constitutionalist, someone who interprets constitutional questions based on the text of the constitution itself and the intent of the framers at the time the provision was crafted. I am convinced that such a judge would never allow something like gay 'marriage' to stand because it is an illegitimate and anti-constitutional concept.

Please help us today by signing our petition.

Also, if you are able to make a financial gift, we'd be extremely grateful. We will use your contribution to help reach more Americans to involve them in the battle to confirm Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Thank you for your support!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown
Brian S. Brown

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