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We can win in the Senate

TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2019

Dear Friend—As you know, the US House of Representatives did the unthinkable (but expected) and passed one of the greatest legislative threats we've ever faced, the grossly misnamed Equality Act (HR 5). The legislation is really the In
equality Act, because it proposes sweeping legal provisions to benefit the LGBT community at the expense of people of faith, churches, and all Americans.

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It was extremely disappointing to see every Democrat in the House support this legislation, which attacks marriage supporters, imposes gender ideology on our nation and strips Americans of their religious liberty rights. Eight turncoat Republicans also betrayed their constituents to vote for the legislation. The good news is that with the bill now moving to the U.S. Senate, we are in a far stronger position to defeat it.
 
NOM is mounting an all-out effort to defeat this legislation. We've run online ads nationwide, which have been seen by over one million people. Here's an example:

We've also launched a new website and social media effort to educate and engage Americans. Moreover, our petition to members of the House generated hundreds of thousands of contacts with members of Congress and their key staff members. Now we are undertaking an even more aggressive effort in the U.S. Senate.

To be successful in stopping HR 5, the Inequality Act, it's critical that we reach and inform more Americans about what is at stake. The only way to do that is to raise additional funds. I am asking you to consider making an emergency financial contribution to help us defeat HR 5 in the Senate.
 
Fortunately, thanks to the generosity of one of our best supporters, every person who contributes to NOM during the balance of the month will see their contribution matched dollar for dollar, up to a total of $50,000 in matching funds. I hope you will take advantage of this incredible opportunity so that we can continue our all-out effort to defeat this bill.
 
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There has never been a more pernicious, damaging attack on us and our values passed by the US House in American history. How bad is it? In a word, awful.
 
HR 5 makes demonstrating support for traditional marriage illegal as "sex discrimination" under federal law. It imposes a radical gender ideology that threatens the privacy and safety of girls and women. It allows biological men to compete against women in athletics, even though they have a huge physical advantage. And it strips Americans of their religious liberty rights to oppose the LGBT agenda.
 
There are three things that you can do right away to help us defeat this legislation:

  1. Make an immediate financial contribution to NOM so that we can ramp up our campaign to derail this bill.

    We need our ads to reach not 1 million as they already have, but 100 million. We need our petition to be signed not by 10,000 people as it was, but by 100,000 or more. We need every Senator to know how bad this legislation truly is, and to hear from their constituents that they demand that it be defeated.

    Keep in mind that your donation will double thanks to the matching campaign that is underway. Please be as generous as possible.
     

  2.  If you have not already done so, please sign our petition to the US Senate expressing your opposition to HR 5, the Inequality Act.

    When you sign the petition, key US Senators and their staffs will receive an email in your name informing them that you want them to oppose the bill. After you have signed, please forward it to all your friends, family and contacts and ask them to join you in opposing this legislation by signing the petition themselves.
     

  3.  Please check out our new website that is focused on killing this dangerous legislation.

    Invite everyone you can reach through social media and email to also check out the site and get involved.

We've got a huge fight on our hands. Already, one Republican Senator has announced support for this bill. We expect that some others may join her so as to avoid being labeled "anti-LGBT." But if we all work together, and if we have the funding we need, I do believe that this bill can killed. It's up to us, though. Please get involved immediately.
 
Thank you for standing up for your beliefs and your values by supporting our work at this critical time. I really appreciate it.

Faithfully,
Brian S. Brown

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Help us stop the "Equality Act" in its tracks

Take Action Now.

The so-called "Equality Act" makes support for traditional marriage, and for many other values we hold dear, practically illegal. It is a threat to our basic freedoms, and it need to be stopped. Add your voice today.

HR 5 is the gravest threat we've faced since the onslaught against marriage in the courts.

Here is how you can help:

We're counting on your help! Together, we can send a message to Congress that HR 5 needs to be stopped in its tracks.

The "Equality" Assault

Dear Friend—In the name of 'equality,' a comprehensive assault on people of faith will be unleashed in Congress this week. That's because according to published news reports, the misnamed "Equality Act" is set to be introduced as proposed legislation as early as tomorrow. In so doing, we will be embroiled in defending against an all-out attack on our values, and common sense, that will require a strong, aggressive and determined effort to prevail.

Help NOM Defeat This Assault on Marriage Supporters

I wrote to you late last week about one element of this disturbing special interest proposal – considering belief in traditional marriage to be a "sex stereotype." Even worse, the legislation would redefine the definition of "sex discrimination" under federal law to include sex stereotype, effectively meaning that acting on one's belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman would be illegal.

The implications of that one provision are breathtaking. For one, it could potentially overturn critical rulings of the US Supreme Court, such as the Masterpiece Cakeshop case involving Christian baker Jack Phillips, that people who hold sincere religious beliefs about marriage cannot be forced to participate in a same-sex ceremony that violates their beliefs.

But if the proposed Equality Act mirrors legislation previously considered, it would go far beyond considering marriage to be a sex stereotype. Among other things, it would also redefine "sex discrimination" to include gender identity and sexual orientation. It opens up the most intimate areas of life – restrooms, locker rooms, changing rooms, showers, etc. – to people of the opposite sex if they claim a gender identity matching that sex. It provides that religious belief will be no defense against a claim of "discrimination" based on gender identity, sexual orientation, or sex stereotype, thus effectively gutting the Religious Freedom Restoration Act enacted over 25 years ago. And it declares that it would be discrimination to counsel a person, juvenile or adult, on how to deal with unwanted feelings of same-sex attraction.

The proposed legislation is also sweeping in its application, applying broadly to employment, housing, civil rights, credit, public accommodations and jury selection, among other things.

In short, the proposed Equality Act represents a broad, dangerous and comprehensive attack on all Americans who believe in marriage, who hold traditional values and beliefs about gender and human sexuality, or who value diversity of opinion and belief in our society.

This assault on our values, beliefs and religious traditions must be defeated. NOM will help lead the fight against the Equality Act. Will you stand with us to help defeat this proposed law?

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We are going to need all the help we can get to defeat this legislation when it is formally introduced, which could happen as soon as tomorrow. It will have the support of almost every Democrat in Congress, along with LGBT groups, Hollywood and many large corporations. We need to count on you and other grassroots supporters to be successful. Please help us win this fight.

Your prayers, grassroots involvement and financial support are needed if we are to be victorious in this battle. Working together, I am confident we can prevail.

Thank you for standing with us.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown
Brian S. Brown

Marriage as illegal "Sex Stereotype"

Dear Friend—Did you know that considering marriage to be the union of one man and one woman is, according to almost every Democrat in Congress, a "sex stereotype"? Huh?

Marriage as one man and one woman has been the universal human norm since the dawn of time. It has existed in virtually every civilization and society known to man. Despite this, at the urging of LGBT extremists Democrats in Congress have declared in misnamed legislation called the "Equality Act" that it is a "sex stereotype" to believe that marriage is only between heterosexual couples.

Help NOM Defeat This Assault on Marriage Supporters

It's easy to dismiss this as more utter nonsense from LGBT extremists, who are the sponsors of this legislation, but this is deadly serious. You see, the Equality Act proposes to, among other things, change the definition of sex under federal law to include "sex stereotype." Since discrimination on the basis of sex is illegal, it would therefore be illegal to act on the belief that marriage is only man and one woman.

I've always thought that eventually the left would seek to essentially criminalize belief in traditional marriage, but I never imagined it would happen so quickly. But there it is, in black and white, in the Equality Act as introduced in the last Congress:

"Sec. 1101. DEFINITIONS AND RULES

(4) SEX. – The term sex includes –

(A) a sex stereotype;"

Can you imagine?! For years LGBT extremists have been out to punish people who believe in marriage just as God created it – one man and one woman. They've gone after a legion of marriage supporters who have stood up for the truth of marriage – bakers, florists, photographers, inn keepers, t-shirt makers, etc. People have been harassed, fired, fined and lost their businesses. Now, should the Equality Act become law we'd all be guilty of illegal discrimination.

This assault on people who believe in traditional marriage cannot be allowed to stand. NOM will help lead the fight against the passage of the Equality Act, and we urgently your help. Please make an immediate contribution to help us defeat this proposed law.

The implications of this proposed law are astonishing. It could potentially overturn critical rulings of the US Supreme Court that people who hold sincere religious beliefs about marriage cannot be forced to participate in a same-sex ceremony that violates their beliefs. The Masterpiece Cakeshop v Coloradoruling last year that NOM fought hard to support could be eradicated. As important, this proposed legislation simply stands in the face of reality – marriage IS the exclusive union of a man and a woman. That is what it was created to be and that is what it always will be – an institution that brings the two halves of humanity together to help ensure an ideal environment for any children born of their union.

We plan to devote everything we have to defeating the Equality Act when it is formally introduced in Congress. Will you help ensure that we have the financial resources to be successful?

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There are a lot of other problems with the Equality Act which we'll explore in more detail in the future. But make no mistake about it – making it illegal for supporters of marriage to act on their beliefs is at the top of the list.

We are going to need all the help we can get to defeat this legislation when it is formally introduced. It will have the support of almost every Democrat in Congress, along with LGBT groups, Hollywood and many large corporations. We need to count on you and other grassroots supporters to defeat. Please help us be ready for the fight.

Thank you for all you do to stand for the truth of marriage. Together, we will defeat this terrible legislation.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown
Brian S. Brown

Day 1

Dear Marriage Supporter —

In less than three weeks, the Democrats will take over control of the US House of Representatives and the onslaught on our values will dramatically escalate. The engine of the leftist radicals who are the driving force behind the Democrats agenda include a host of LGBT groups, and their demands are many. It's imperative that NOM be in a position to fight for our values on Day 1 when the new Congress convenes.

If the Democrats are successful in enacting the agenda of the LGBT radicals, which they are determined to do, here are some of the things that will occur:

  • Anyone who refuses to address a "transgender" individual according to the person's preferred pronouns will be subject to strict discipline, including firing, and could be hit with massive fines, potentially up to $250,000.
  • Anyone who refuses to participate in a same-sex ceremony will be determined to be guilty of discrimination and subjected to legal penalties.
  • Religious groups – including churches, schools and charities – must be willing to hire people who openly renounce foundational beliefs of the religion or be subjected to charges of discrimination and bigotry, and face the legal consequences.
  • It will be illegal for any professional (minister, counselor, teacher, etc.) to provide guidance to a teen or an adult on dealing with unwanted feelings of same-sex attraction unless the guidance affirms the person's LGBT inclinations.
  • Faith-based schools, including colleges and universities, must adopt sweeping LGBT-friendly policies or risk loss of accreditation and student access to government-backed loans and grants.
  • Taxpayers will be forced to pay for "gender reassignment" surgeries, including for inmates, military personnel, government employees, and others.
  • "Sexual orientation" and "gender identity" will be elevated to "protected class" status, giving special legal rights to the LGBT community, allowing them to further use the courts to force their policy demands on the American people.
  • Parents who are not willing to allow their young children to "change" their gender will risk losing custody of their children.
  • And more...

HELP US FIGHT THE EXTREME LGBT AGENDA.

I could go on and on detailing the many ways that the Democrats are committed to advancing the LGBT agenda and forcing the rest of America to accept, support and pay for it. This LGBT push will impact every element of our lives -- parenting, education, health care, faith, government, taxes, etc.

We have two basic choices: We can sit back and accept the damage to families and society as a whole that will come, or we can rise up and fight. NOM is committed to fighting, but we need your help to be successful.

To encourage NOM's supporters to step up at this critical time, a generous donor has made available a $50,000 matching gift through the end of the year. What that means is that every donation to NOM will be instantly doubled, up to a total matching gift of $50,000. This is an amazing opportunity for us. Can you click on one of the links below to help today?

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The LGBT community is among the most influential special interest groups in America. They have invested millions in Democrat politicians like Nancy Pelsoi, and they are a feared constituency by many. To stop them from prevailing, we need to be actively engaged in public education and mobilization efforts to make sure that political leaders, especially Republicans, do not succumb to pressure from LGBT extremists.

Please act today with your most generous gift so that NOM has the resources we need on Day 1 to fight for the values we know are right and true. Whatever amount you can contribute will be matched dollar for dollar thanks to the year-end matching gift campaign that is underway.

Thank you for your prayers, encouragement and financial support.

Brian S Brown

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Look at their extreme agenda

Dear Marriage Supporter —

LGBT activists are pledging to work "round the clock" in pursuit of their extreme agenda. With the Democrats set to take over the House of Representatives in January, we can expect to fight against multiple issues that are designed to marginalize and attack people of faith, and create special legal rights for those who pursue a homosexual or "transgender" lifestyle.

Here are just a few examples of what the gay lobby wants to accomplish:

  • Gutting the religious liberty protections of the US Constitution by providing that any claim of religious liberty rights be secondary to the "rights" of LGBT people.
  • Force all businesses, large and small, to provide services to gay customers even when the specific service violates the beliefs of the business owner. For example, a Christian baker like Jack Phillips would be forced to design a cake to celebrate a gay 'wedding' even though doing so is against his religion.
  • Require churches, religious groups and faith-based charities to hire LGBT employees even when they openly oppose the religious tenets of the group. For example, a Christian school that seeks to model its students according to biblical beliefs would be required to hire LGBT teachers who are in a same-sex 'marriage' or who claim a 'gender identity' that is opposite of the sex that God created them.
  • Prohibit counseling of any individual, whether an adult or a teen, who is struggling with feelings of same-sex attraction unless the counseling is intended to affirm the homosexual lifestyle. Counseling which encourages a client to deal with their feelings within a Christian perspective would be illegal.

HELP US FIGHT THE EXTREME LGBT AGENDA.

To give you an idea about how unhinged the LGBT agenda is, consider this: They oppose any attempt by law enforcement or domestic security agencies to limit entry into the country of someone who is believed to be a Muslim jihadist, but they demand that anyone who is suspected of "violating the rights" of LGBT people be banned from entering our country!

These are just a few examples of the extreme ideas that LGBT activists are proposing and will be in a position to advance in Congress and state legislatures. It would take several pages to review all of the special rights they want to create for themselves at the expense of the rest of the country.

Of course, the LGBT crowd will continue an assault on American values and our constitutional rights through the courts, which is how they imposed gay 'marriage' on the nation with the anti-constitutional Obergefell decision in 2015. NOM is committed to reversing that terrible ruling and restoring true marriage to our nation's laws.

The gay lobby is extraordinarily well-funded. NOM does not have to come close to matching them because we have truth on our side. But it is imperative that we have enough funds available to defend against the onslaught that is coming. Please help us by making a generous 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.  Yet it is precisely in times like these when America 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 well-funded and politically-connected opponents. I pray that you will stand with us. If you do, we will not only fight, we will win!

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

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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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

Edit date and time

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
Brian S. Brown

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
Brian S. Brown

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?

>>> I'll make an emergency contribution of $500!

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>>> I'll make an emergency contribution of $100!

>>> I'll make an emergency contribution of $50!

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>>> I'll make an emergency contribution of $15!

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
Brian S. Brown

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:

>>> I'm in for $250 a month!

>>> I'm in for $100 a month!

>>> I'm in for $50 a month!

>>> I'm in for $25 a month!

>>> I'm in for $10 a month!

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
Brian S. Brown

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?

>>> I will contribute $15

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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?

>>> I'm in for $15

>>> I'm in for $25

>>> I'm in for $50

>>> I'm in for $100

>>> I'm in for $250 or more

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
Brian S. Brown

Same old dirty tricks...

Dear Friend—When I wrote to you last week about our focus on securing the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court, I said that the radical left and their allies among Senate Democrats were determined to stop him at all costs and I feared that we hadn't seen the last of their shenanigans. Just a couple of days later, right on cue, came the dirty trick they are hoping will derail or at least delay Kavanaugh's confirmation, the infamous "sexual assault" allegation against him from his time as a high school student!

This is so predictable. They did the same thing against Clarence Thomas when he was nominated to the Supreme Court decades ago. They tried to use this against President Trump in the 2016 presidential election. And now they are using it against a supremely qualified nominee, someone who is a devout believer in Jesus Christ, who devotes himself as a volunteer to the less fortunate, who dearly loves his wife and family and who has gone out of his way to promote and mentor young women who wish to pursue a career in the law.

The Brett Kavanaugh we know bears no resemblance to the person he is accused of being by Dianne Feinstein, Cory Booker, and their cronies in the Senate.

We are determined to fight this dirty trick and redouble our efforts to confirm Judge Kavanaugh. Will you help?

>>> I will give $15 to fight for Judge Kavanaugh

>>> I will give $25 to fight for Judge Kavanaugh

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Look, none of us knows what happened that night back in 1982 when it is alleged that Brett Kavanaugh tried to force a girl at a party into unwanted sexual conduct. We weren't there. But we do know a few things about the situation:

  • First, Brett Kavanaugh knows what happened and he vehemently denies the charges with no ifs, ands or buts about it. He says flatly they did not happen and he has no recollection of this woman whatsoever.
  • Second, the allegation was known to Democrats for months and they sat on it until now, the eve of the confirmation vote. This smacks of desperation politics, something intentionally designed as a dirty trick to sully the reputation of a fine man who has been universally praised as an outstanding jurist.
  • Third, the accusations have gaping holes and key detailed unremembered, while at the same time the names of two people have been revealed who could supposedly corroborate the fact that the incident took place. Yet both these individuals deny they have any knowledge of this event.
  • Fourth, the lawyer representing the accuser is an infamous partisan Democrat who shows ever sign of being politically motivated.

When news of the allegations first surfaced, Democrats demanded that the accuser be heard and that her charges be given a fair hearing. I completely agree that she is entitled to have her accusation heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Indeed, such a hearing has been scheduled for this coming Monday. However, as I write this, the accuser's attorney is saying she will not testify until there is a new independent investigation of the charges by the FBI. Of course, if an investigation was appropriate (the FBI says it is not), that would take weeks or months, giving the Democrats a chance to take control of the US Senate in the midterm elections.

Do you smell the stench of a dirty trick like I do, something that stinks of 'delay and derail'? It is unadulterated hypocrisy for Democrats to sit on an allegation for months and then on the eve of the vote demand an investigation.

We've got to marshal every resource possible to continue to push for the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh. Mr. Kavanaugh is prepared to address the issues head on this coming Monday if the hearing goes forward. If the accuser fails to show, then the Judiciary Committee will vote next Wednesday, and the nomination will then go to the full Senate shortly thereafter.

Please help us with an immediate gift to redouble our work in support of Judge Kavanaugh. We've already generated thousands of contacts with key Senators who hold the confirmation in their hands, but now we've got to do even more.

Every dollar that you give will be matched, dollar for dollar throughout the confirmation process, up to a total of $40,000. Can you help us with a generous gift at this crucial time?

>>> I'm in for $15

>>> I'm in for $25

>>> I'm in for $50

>>> I'm in for $100

>>> I'm in for $250 or more

Despite this last minute dirty trick, the Kavanaugh confirmation still looks promising, but only if NOM and others are able to keep up our push for this good and decent man, someone who is supremely qualified to serve on our country's highest court.

Please do what you can to help at this critical time. Every donation will double thanks to the generous matching gift opportunity that will be in place until the end of the confirmation process.

Thank you for helping us stand and fight for fairness and the rule of law, and against dirty tricks like what we are seeing now from the left.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown
Brian S. Brown

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