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A big win... but much more must be done!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Helping Us Fight LGBT Attacks Against Marriage Supporters

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

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

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

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

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

The Providence police did nothing.

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

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

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

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

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

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Brian S Brown
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Watch and Share our Video on Religious Liberty

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Endorses Dr. John Fleming for US Senate in Louisiana

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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NOM’s Promise To Missouri Voters Fulfilled – Turncoat Republican Anne Zerr Defeated in GOP Primary

Contact: Joseph Grabowski (202) 457-8060 x-110 | [email protected]

"We did what we promised and went after her, and I couldn’t be happier that she has been defeated." - Brian Brown, NOM President


Washington, D.C. – When Missouri Republican Anne Zerr cast the deciding vote to kill SJR 39, a proposed constitutional amendment to protect the rights of supporters of marriage from governmental persecution, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) vowed to end her political career. NOM delivered last night when Zerr was defeated in the GOP primary for state Senate. NOM mounted an independent expenditure campaign funding mailers and phone calls to oppose Zerr and endorse her opponent, Rep. Bill Eigel. With all precincts reporting, Eigel has defeated Zerr by 385 votes.

"Anne Zerr betrayed her constituents and the people of Missouri when she sided with LGBT extremists to defeat SJR 39, which would have given voters the right to protect supporters of marriage from discrimination by governmental entities," said Brian Brown, NOM president. "We did what we promised and went after her, and I couldn't be happier that she has been defeated. Zerr joins a long list of Republicans who have ended their political careers by voting against the interests of people who support marriage as the union of one man and one woman."

Last April, Zerr joined with two other Republicans, Representatives Jim Hansen and Caleb Rowan, to defeat SJR 39, a proposed constitutional amendment that would have protected people of faith from being forced to participate in same-sex 'weddings' in Missouri. Because of her vote, Zerr subjected Missourians who support traditional marriage to an array of punitive actions by government, usually undertaken at the behest of LGBT extremists. People in numerous other states have been sued, fined, fired and punished, their reputations ruined and their livelihood destroyed. SJR 39 would have given Missouri voters an opportunity to prevent this type of discrimination against people of faith.

"When four Republican Senators in New York voted for gay 'marriage,' we ended their careers," Brown said. "When Republican candidates for US Senate in New Hampshire, California and Oregon came out in favor of redefining marriage, we defeated them and ended their careers. When Supreme Court judges redefined marriage in Iowa, we removed them from office. When GOP candidates for Congress in California and Massachusetts endorsed gay 'marriage' we defeated them. And now we have defeated Anne Zerr over her vote to subject supporters of marriage to punitive governmental actions simply for not wanting to be involved in gay 'marriage.' We urge Republican officials in Missouri and elsewhere to pay attention to this pattern. If you vote with LGBT activists against those who support marriage, you do so at the risk of your political career."

NOM said they are considering what actions to take against Representatives Hansen and Rowan during the general election. "Caleb Rowan has an opponent in his race for state Senate District 19 and we will consider opposing him even though his opponent does not support SJR 39. It would be better for Missouri to have a bad Democrat for one term than to have a bad Republican for a career. Hansen doesn’t have an opponent, but that won’t stop us from letting his constituents know about how bad he is on marriage, religious liberty and giving voters a chance to decide critical issues like this for themselves. Whether it takes a few months or several years, we will not rest until all three Missouri Republicans who betrayed supporters of marriage are out of office. Zerr was first, Hansen and Rowan are next."

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

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.

NOM Launches Campaign To Defeat Missouri Representative Anne Zerr Who Betrayed Missourians, Denying Them The Right To Vote On Critical Religious Liberty Protections

Contact: Joseph Grabowski (202) 457-8060 x-110 | [email protected]

"It's the height of hypocrisy that this politician who denied voters their own chance to decide this issue now demands they vote for her." - Brian Brown, NOM President


Washington, D.C. – Washington, DC – Following through on a promise made to citizens last April when the Missouri House of Representatives refused to pass SJR 39, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today announced they have launched, through their NOM in Missouri PAC, a campaign to defeat Rep. Anne Zerr in the 23rd Senate District Republican primary. NOM in Missouri is funding mailings and phone calls urging voters to defeat Zerr in the August 2nd primary and elect her principal opponent, Bill Eigel.

"Anne Zerr betrayed the people of Missouri and the Republican Party when she refused to allow voters to consider critical legal protections preventing government from discriminating against people who believe in marriage as the union of one man and one woman," said Brian Brown, NOM's president. "It's the height of hypocrisy that this politician who denied voters their own chance to decide this issue now demands they vote for her. We are committed to her defeat."

As a member of the House, Zerr joined with fellow Republicans Rep. Jim Hansen and Rep. Caleb Rowden to defeat SJR 39 which would have allowed Missouri voters to protect the right of Christians and people of faith from being punished by government because they object to participating in a same-sex 'wedding.' NOM is the nation's largest and most active organization in support of traditional marriage and the religious liberty rights of marriage supporters and will target Hansen and Rowden in the future.

"Anne Zerr has subjected supporters of marriage, Christians and people of faith to punishment and persecution for standing true to their beliefs. She has sided with LGBT extremists who want to punish people of faith for supporting marriage and use the full power of government to persecute them," Brown said. "Zerr has subjected churches, pastors, religious charities and schools, individuals and small businesses to lawsuits, fines, the loss of their livelihoods and the ruin of their reputations. We urge voters to defeat her."

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

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.

2016 March for Marriage Set for June 25 in Washington, DC

Contact: Joseph Grabowski (202) 457-8060 x-110 | [email protected]

March Will Protest Supreme Court Gay ‘Marriage’ Decision and Obama Transgender Decrees; Call on Congress to Enact Legal Protections


Washington, D.C. – The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today announced that the 2016 March for Marriage has been scheduled for Saturday, June 25th in Washington, DC. Marchers will walk from the US Capitol building to the US Supreme Court. Tens of thousands of people have attended previous marches in support of traditional marriage.

“The Supreme Court’s Obergefell ruling redefining marriage will go down as one of the most infamous, illegitimate rulings in the Court’s history, along the lines of their decision in Dred Scott to sanction slavery,” said Brian Brown, NOM’s president. “The narrow 5-4 majority ignored precedent and invented a constitutional ‘right’ to gay ‘marriage’ so that these activist judges could impose their own values on the nation. In the process, they stripped over 50 million voters and countless legislators in states across America of their sovereign right to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.”

Supporters of marriage are urged to attend the March from all across the country. More information including a route map and schedule is available at

Brown noted that it didn’t take long following the Supreme Court’s redefinition of marriage for LGBT activists and their chief ally President Obama to push the next element of their agenda – transgender bathroom rules. “The LGBT extremists and the Obama administration are attempting to defy human nature itself and declare that gender can be self-directed and chosen based on ‘identity,’” Brown said. “Obama is fighting to ensure that when someone chooses to declare an identity different from reality, such as a man claiming to be a woman, all of society will be expected to bow in compliance and succumb to every demand, including allowing men into private facilities like restrooms and showers reserved for girls and women. It’s outrageous and it must be stopped.”

NOM is also a strong supporter of the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) to provide legal protections for supporters of marriage, protecting them against governmental discrimination. The proposal (HR 2802/S.1598) has 170 sponsors and co-sponsors in the House and 38 in the Senate, but has not been scheduled for a hearing. Encouraging support for this measure is another goal of the March for Marriage this year.

“It’s time that Congress pass the First Amendment Defense Act so that people of faith do not have to worry about choosing between protecting their livelihood and upholding their beliefs about marriage,” Brown concluded.

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

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.

Sen. Ted Cruz Writes: No Obama Nominee To Court Will Be Considered By Senate

In a strong op-ed to the Wall Street Journal, Sen. Ted Cruz has laid out a powerful case why President Obama's expected nominee to the Supreme Court should not be confirmed by the US Senate. Instead, the nomination  of the next Justice should wait until the People have a say through the election of the next president.

In the op-ed, Cruz points out what is at stake with the appointment of the next Supreme Court Justice. He predicts that an Obama nominee will subscribe to the president's view that the constitution is a "living document" and should evolve with the times. As such the Second Amendment could be eviscerated in terms of individual gun rights, as would key elements of the First Amendment, and we will have a series of illegitimate decisions that invent "constitutional rights" such as those that redefined marriage and created a right to abortion.

Senator Cruz lays out a compelling historical case against the Senate moving a nominee forward in the final year of a lame-duck president. Cruz noted that you have to go back to 1888 to find a circumstance where the Senate controlled by the party opposite the president confirmed a Supreme Court nominee this late in a presidential term. He notes that then-Senator Obama held a similar view that a justice should not be confirmed under these circumstances, as did Joe Biden when he chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee, as did Harry Reid the current Democratic leader in the Senate and Chuck Schumer the incoming Democratic leader.

NOM has endorsed Senator Cruz for president because he is a champion for marriage and because he, better than any other candidate, knows the importance of making Supreme Court appointees. Not only did Cruz serve as Solicitor General of Texas and personally argue numerous cases before the US Supreme Court, but he was once a clerk to then-Chief Justice William Rehnquist and knows the workings of the Supreme Court intimately.

Brian Sandoval Makes Our Point

Dear Marriage Supporter,

In a brazen attempt to get away with making another appointment to the US Supreme Court to complete his attempt to shift the court dangerously to the left, President Obama's administration leaked the fact that he was considering nominating the Republican governor of Nevada, Brian Sandoval, to fill the vacancy created with Justice Antonin Scalia's untimely death.

After first telling the media that he would be "honored" to be considered for the Court, and then meeting with Harry Reid who promptly promoted his prospective nomination, Sandoval now says he's not interested. Still, his prospective nomination serves as an important lesson why it's so critical that the US Senate refuse to consider seating any nominee from President Obama.

Our work to help elect a Republican Senate over the last several election cycles, especially during the critical 2014 races where the GOP captured control of the Senate is a key factor in why Obama will not succeed in his goal of moving the Court to the left, perhaps for generations to come. Our work to help support pro-marriage candidates who won was possible only because you gave of your time and resources. I'm asking you to make a contribution today of $15, $25, $50, $100, or $500 or more so that we have the resources we need this year to hold the line against president Obama's attempts to secure another appointment to the Supreme Court.

To a Washington liberal like Obama, the nomination of someone like Republican Sandoval seems like a brilliant political calculation. By putting Republican Senators in the position of rejecting a fellow member of their own party, Senators in tough reelection campaigns might subject themselves to charges of rank partisanship and refusing to put the interests of the country ahead of their own political agenda. But such a view is easily refuted. Indeed, it's the interests of the country why someone like Brian Sandoval should not be considered and why the Scalia seat should be filled by the next president, not Barack Obama.

Sandoval would follow a long line of Republicans who, once safely on the Supreme Court with a lifetime appointment and no way of holding them accountable, abandoned principles and decided to take the law into their own hands rather than follow the dictates of the constitution. Anthony Kennedy is an example of this. He's invented "constitutional rights" to redefine marriage and advance the gay agenda. Then there is the disastrous David Souter who upheld Roe v Wade, rejected informed consent for women seeking an abortion, allowed the government to seize private property for developers, and voted with the ACLU and against religious liberty. And don't forget that three of the seven justices in the majority of the utterly illegitimate Roe ruling were Republicans and five of them were appointed by Republican presidents!

Brian Sandoval is an avowed supporter of abortion. He has vigorously embraced Obamacare and is pushing it forward in Nevada. And on marriage, he's been a disaster, the worst example of betrayal possible.

Here's how bad Brian Sandoval is when it comes to fighting for marriage. The Nevada marriage amendment was challenged in Court by gay activists where it was upheld by a federal judge. Then when the victory was appealed, Sandoval dropped his defense of the voters' overwhelming approval of traditional marriage, lamely claiming that an unrelated case meant he would lose. But Sandoval's position wasn't legally justified — it was entirely political. He wanted same-sex marriage to move forward and he threw in the towel to get that result. It was despicable.

NOM is fighting to make sure that the next appointment to the US Supreme Court is not someone like Brian Sandoval, or the liberal Republicans who gave us the Roe ruling which has resulted in 60 million preborn children being killed in the womb. To be successful we have to elect true conservatives to office and then hold them accountable. That is why it is so important that we have the financial resources we need to make a difference.

Please act today with a contribution of $25, $50, $100 or $500 or more so that we can continue to fight to ensure the US Supreme Court is not shifted dangerously to the left by President Obama and that the next president appoints constitutionalists to the Court who will follow Justice Scalia's lead and overrule the illegitimate and anti-constitutional ruling that redefined marriage.

Thank you for your support!


Brian S Brown

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It's Working

Dear Marriage Supporter,

Big news out of South Carolina: A new poll out today by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal shows that Sen. Ted Cruz has climbed within 5 points of Donald Trump and the race now stands at Trump 28% to Cruz 23%. That's a big change since their last poll which showed Trump had a 16 point lead over Ted Cruz.

Our powerful TV ad in South Carolina is contributing to the tightening of the race. Please, forward this ad to anyone you know in South Carolina and ask them to watch it.

There are only hours left until voters go to the polls in South Carolina and it's really important that every voter realize that Donald Trump dumped the marriage issue as soon as the Supreme Court issued their illegitimate and anti-constitutional ruling on marriage. When he quit on marriage, he quit on us, the 78% of South Carolina voters who voted to define marriage as one man and one woman, and on over 50 million voters across the country who did the same thing.

Support for true marriage is a winning issue. Please help us spread the word. Thank you!


Brian S Brown

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Why Elections Matter

Dear Marriage Supporter,

Each year NOM makes plans to influence elections so that we can capitalize on opportunities and meet challenges in a strategic way to advance the cause of marriage. We did that in 2013 and 2014 in the lead up to the November 2014 midterms. Our assessment was that marriage could play a role in defeating two incumbent Democrat US Senators. At the time we laid our plans, the Democrats held a 55-45 majority.

NOM targeted Mark Pryor in Arkansas and Kay Hagan in North Carolina. Both Senators attempted to portray themselves as moderates, and Pryor even claimed to be a supporter of traditional marriage. But we knew neither could be trusted to defend marriage and both were vulnerable on the issue. Accordingly, working with allies, we mounted independent expenditure campaigns aimed at unseating each of them. This included a statewide television buy, direct mailers and extensive social media activities. Both Pryor and Hagan were defeated. We helped Republican Tom Cotton win in Arkansas and Thom Tillis win in North Carolina. And their election was a material part of the Republicans regaining control of the US Senate. Today the GOP has a 54-46 majority.

I remind you of our 2014 success because its importance is now being felt: as long as the Republicans hold together, Barack Obama is powerless to secure the lifetime appointment of another justice of the US Supreme Court. Anyone he appoints simply cannot be confirmed. Therefore, control of the US Supreme Court will rest with the next president.

If we had not been successful in Arkansas and North Carolina, and if the results in two other states had been different, Obama would have carte blanche today to appoint a radical liberal to the Court to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

I am asking you to consider making a contribution to NOM to help us advance the cause of marriage in the 2016 elections. We need to elect a marriage champion as president and maintain control of Congress. Your contribution of $25, $50, $100 or $500 or more will help us be effective advocates for marriage in Congress, in the courts and in the court of public opinion.

Think about the damage a US Supreme Court with a confirmed liberal majority could do! Every issue that is important to conservatives would be at risk of being undermined — restoring marriage, protecting the preborn, controlling our borders, fighting terrorism, guarding against voter fraud, reigning in the IRS and the federal bureaucracy, etc.

Because you were generous in 2014, we had the resources we needed to be effective in helping gain control of the US Senate, and we're reaping that benefit today by preventing President Obama from radically shifting the Supreme Court to the left, damaging conservative policies for generations to come.

I am asking you to be generous again this year because the stakes are so high. It's imperative that NOM secure the resources we need to advance the cause of marriage in the 2016 elections. Your contribution of whatever you can afford — some can only give a few dollars while others can give $1,000 or more — is the key to us being successful. We don't have billionaires supporting us; we rely on people like you in the grassroots.

I don't want to even think about the idea of a president Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders, nor do I want to contemplate the difficulty a Republican president would have in moving his agenda forward in the presence of an obstructionist US Senate controlled by the Democrats.

We owe it to the cause of marriage to do everything in our power to ensure that a proven marriage champion is elected president and that a pro-marriage Congress is returned to Washington to help him. We're counting on you to help us make that happen by making a generous contribution today.

Thank you for your support.


Brian S Brown

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Change the Race


I'll be short. We have until Saturday to change the presidential race. Voters in South Carolina strongly support traditional marriage; Donald Trump does not. It's that simple.

Our powerful new television ad can get this truth out to voters. But we can only do it with your help. Click here to view our TV ad and donate so that we can get it on the air to more voters.

We're running out of time to change the race. We can do it together, but we need your help now!


Brian S Brown

PS — We need to raised funds immediately so that the voters of South Carolina know that they were abandoned by Donald Trump on marriage. Please make an emergency contribution today to get this ad aired far and wide. Thank you.

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New York Times Notes NOM Endorsement

NOM's endorsement of Sen. Ted Cruz in the race for president was widely covered by the media, including by the New York Times. The Times noted that NOM is "central in legal fights against same-sex marriage" and mentioned that Sen. Cruz had signed NOM's Presidential Marriage Pledge. The newspaper observed that Sen. Cruz's team is "hoping that assembling a unified group of important endorsers" like NOM "will prove particularly potent in this cycle." The newspaper noted that Sen. Cruz had pledged to work to overturn the US Supreme Court's ruling making same-sex marriage a constitutional right.

You can read the full story here.

YouTube Names NOM Video Among Best for "Fair Use"

The YouTube website has named a video produced by NOM, "No Offense," as among four of the best examples of creators applying the "Fair Use" doctrine. "Fair Use" affords content creators the ability to use short segments of copyrighted material without permission for purposes of commentary, criticism, parody and news reporting, among other uses.

NOM produced the "No Offense" video in 2009 to highlight the outrageous treatment given to Miss USA contestant Carrie Prejean. Prejean was asked by gay blogger Perez Hilton about gay 'marriage.' She responded that, 'no offense to anyone' but she believed marriage was between one man and one woman. Perez went on to ridicule her with vulgar insults and highly offensive language. The video served to educate people about the attempts by gay activists to silence supporters of marriage.

Until now, YouTube has operated a highly criticized approach to copyright claims, essentially taking down videos whenever a claim of copyright violation is made. Thus, copyright claims become a weapon in public debate where these claims prevent the public from seeing videos that discuss critical issues. In contrast, commercial advertising stations rarely take down material employing a "fair use" of copyrighted material, and certainly never without giving the creator an opportunity for input.

YouTube has now pledged to help video creators defend against improper take down demands when the creator has properly applied the "Fair Use" doctrine in the use of copyrighted material. Our video is an example to creators of how to fairly use copyrighted material.

This situation with YouTube is but one example of how hard NOM has to fight to get our position on marriage out into the public domain. Opponents of marriage continue to wish to silence us and other believers in the truth of marriage. We are pleased that YouTube has recognized our work as among the best to utilize copyrighted material in commentary and criticism.

There Is No Need to Deny Individuals Religious Liberty

As millions of Americans refuse to accept the illegitimate ruling of the US Supreme Court redefining marriage, the issue of how to deal with conscientious objectors has risen to the fore.

Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk jailed for refusing to violate her faith by participating in certifying a same-sex ‘marriage’ is perhaps the best known victim of the Court ruling, but she is only one of many who have been fined, fired, punished or put out of business. Similar punishments are taking place regarding religious groups who are unable to comply with Obamacare regulations because of their faith.

This article from The Federalist, written by our friends at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, may suggest one approach for policymakers to consider when it comes to accommodation. The best solution, of course, if for Congress and the states to pass the First Amendment Defense Act to prohibit government retaliation against supporters of marriage.

From The Federalist:

religious-liberty-can-be-accomodatedThere are hard cases of religious conscience, and then there are easy ones. When the government has lots of ways to govern without trampling religious belief, it should be an easy case. We saw one last week when a federal appeals court ruled in favor of Dordt College and other religious nonprofit organizations trying to follow their faith. These groups can’t participate in a web of government regulations that would provide life-terminating drugs to their employees. So the ministries must choose to violate their faith or violate the law, to the tune of millions in Internal Revenue Service fines.

It’s the same choice faced by the Little Sisters of the Poor. If the Little Sisters don’t comply with this contraceptive mandate, they face millions in IRS fines. This is a group that provides vital care for thousands of elderly poor—exactly the sort of care that should be supported and encouraged by the nation’s health-care laws.

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The sad fact is that the government has a win-win solution at its fingertips. As a federal appeals court said in the Dordt College case last week, the government already operates exchanges where millions of Americans can obtain health coverage. Subsidies are available to those whose employers don’t provide health insurance.

This is how the government provides for those whose employers do not provide the generous health-care benefits many religious ministries already provide. The government could easily open those subsidies to any employees of religious groups who want the coverage not included in their employers’ plan. This would satisfy the government’s concerns, satisfy the ministries’ religious beliefs, and ensure that Americans still receive vital services from groups like the Little Sisters.

For that reason, the Eighth Circuit Court of appeals sided with religious ministries last week. Echoing a unanimous Supreme Court opinion on religious freedom, it said, “[I]f a less restrictive means is available for the Government to achieve its goals, the Government must use it.”

it-doesnt-have-to-be-that-wayAlthough the solution is easy, it will probably take another Supreme Court intervention to make it happen. Last week’s court decision disagrees with rulings from several other appeals courts, creating the circuit split that Supreme Court-watchers have been predicting. When federal appeals courts disagree on an important issue like this one, Supreme Court review is very likely. That court returns from its summer recess next week, and it will have to decide whether to take up the case of the Little Sisters of the Poor, East Texas Baptist University, and other religious ministries.

The Supreme Court has been friendly to religious freedom, with recent rulings in favor of Hobby Lobby on a similar challenge, a unanimous victory for religious prison inmates in Holt v. Hobbs, and several emergency orders protecting religious ministries from fines under the HHS mandate. Let’s hope the Court continues this trend, recognizing that when religious freedom and government regulations conflict, it does not have to be a zero-sum game.

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