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Victory in the Senate!

Last week I let you know about a dire fundraising crisis we're facing, and shared the fact that we needed to raise $25,000 within two weeks. The good news is that we have raised, amazingly, almost exactly half of what we need, and thus have cut our goal for this week in half.

The fact that we raised just over $12,000 last week has already paid dividends with a big victory late last evening. NOM launched a huge mobilization in response to Senator Cory Booker’s attacks on Mike Pompeo, Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State, over Pompeo’s beliefs in traditional marriage. We created a special website, from which we launched a nationwide petition that generated thousands of emails and calls to protest Booker’s shameful actions. Even more importantly, we targeted the key swing vote on the committee, Senator Rand Paul to vote to approve Pompeo. Paul had said he would oppose Pompeo on other grounds, but last evening, Senator Paul listened to our call to action and did the right thing – voting to confirm Mike Pompeo!

We are sure that the pressure we were able to bring to Senator Paul had an impact in this important committee vote, and we were able to deny Cory Booker and his cronies in the LGBT lobby the ability to walk away from the vote claiming that Booker’s beliefs had sunk his nomination. This is a big victory, and shows what NOM can do when we have the funds to do it.

So now I’m asking you to help us close the gap on our fundraising goal: we have more work to do, and it’s critical we raise the remaining $12,500 for our budget or else risk real and lasting cuts to our mission. Will you make an emergency donation to NOM of $35, $50, $100, or $200 so that we can keep up the fight?

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No other group in the country does what we do day in and day out. No other group was able to swing into action and produce a website and petition within hours of Booker’s attack on Pompeo targeting the right person, Senator Rand Paul. We know that our supporters flooded his office will phone calls, emails, and tweets, and that he listened to Americans’ concerns about marriage and religious liberty in casting the deciding vote last night!

Please act at this critical time with a donation to help us continue to fight – and win! – in the battle to restore marriage, to protect the rights of marriage supporters to live out their beliefs at work and in their daily lives, and to promote religious liberty rights of all people of faith. So much is riding on what our supporters are able to do to help us this week.

Please, I hope you will be able to make an emergency donation to jump start our work this week and help us close the remaining $12,500 fundraising gap we face. Thank you for everything you are doing.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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Help A Pro-Family Champion Win


As you've seen play out across the country, there is a critical battle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party. Many in the establishment wing want to stop talking about critical social issues like marriage, life and gender identity (among other issues) and focus only on the agenda of big corporations. They expect social conservatives to just be quiet and vote for their candidates. But we're not much interested in doing that; we want to fight for candidates with strong conservative principles on all the issues.

Help A Proven Conservative Win In Pennsylvania

There is a critical battle brewing in the Pennsylvania Republican primary for governor. The establishment is backing Senator Scott Wagner, a pro-gay, anti-religious liberty Republican whose actions in office show a wanton disregard for the rights of Christians and other people of faith. Wagner carried a Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity bill that makes gay rights superior to the rights of other Americans. Then, he made sure that his bill was not amended to include critical religious liberty protections. Among other problems, Wagner's legislation includes "bathroom bill" provisions that will risk the privacy and safety of girls and women by allowing biological men to force themselves into intimate areas like showers and restrooms that are reserved for females.

We have a far better choice in this race. Paul Mango is a principled conservative who has taken a strong stand in support of family values. As governor, he will veto legislation like that being pushed by Scott Wagner. A former Army Ranger, Mango will be a tough advocate for the family, and especially for women and children. Scott Wagner would be a disaster.

Please act today to help Paul Mango win. You can donate directly to his campaign, and I urge you to do so. Then please ask all your friends and family in Pennsylvania to vote for Paul Mango in the upcoming May 15th primary election.

We will have more to say about this race in coming days, but for today please act to donate to Paul Mango and to let all your friends and contacts know that you are supporting him. He's a true conservative on all the issues we care about – social issues, military and security issues, economic issues, etc. – and is precisely the type of candidate that should be encouraged to run.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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May The Joy Of Easter Be With You


Dear Marriage Supporter — As we reflect on the meaning and import of Holy Week, it's tempting to think in historical terms, as amazing events long since passed. But what we celebrate at this time of year is not merely an ancient memory from long ago, but times that present parallels to modern circumstances today, and that offer the promise of an incredible future.

In the run up to Holy Week on Palm Sunday, we experience Christ's triumphant entry into Jerusalem, with adoring fans lining the streets, waving palms, welcoming this great Son of God who has worked miracles, cured the sick and infirm, breathed new life into the dead, forgiven sins and fulfilled scripture. If they had public opinion polls back then, Christ's popularity would have been off the charts positive.

But within days, these same people who greeted his triumphant entrance turned on him, becoming a murderous mob that ended up preferring the criminal Barabbas to Jesus. He celebrated his last supper on earth with his disciples, knowing that he would be betrayed, and prepared himself for his barbaric crucifixion and death today, Good Friday.

How quickly they turned on him.

I can imagine how Jesus must have felt, having experienced on a far lesser scale a seeming seismic shift in public opinion (at least according to the media) in the object of much of my work, the preservation of marriage..

No doubt the Sanhedrin thought that Christ's death on a cross would be the end of things. But it wasn't. That next Sunday he rose from the dead, his burial clothes folded neatly in the tomb. Later he presented himself to his disciples, the holes in his hands and side quite visible, powerful proof of his resurrection.

Still, even with all they had seen and experienced being in Christ's presence – the miracles, the crowds, the supernatural appearances of the angels and the Prophets -- the Apostles still struggled to undertake the ministry that Jesus had called on them to lead in his name. It would take the arrival of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost Sunday to transform the Apostles from observers to evangelists, and to spread the growth of Christianity to the four corner of the globe.

On Sunday, we celebrate the most consequential day in the history of the world, the day when the promise of the Bible is fulfilled, the day when death is overcome, the day when Jesus Christ rose from the dead.

I can't help but feel the parallels between what happened during Christ's time on earth and some of our own experiences in recent times, including in the struggle to preserve, protect and promote marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

We've seen marriage be considered invincible one day, and then in a blink of an eye seen it redefined and defiled. We've seen the principle of traditional marriage be betrayed by people who swore to voters they would protect it. We've seen some people abandon the fight, whether out of fear or seeing many who remained vigilant punished and persecuted. And we've seen constitutionally-guaranteed rights such as the right to religious liberty be superseded by invented concepts that not only are not rights, they also are not right.

It can be disheartening at times, but we at NOM have not lost faith. You see, we've read the book and we know who wins in the end. We also know that the truth of marriage is universal and timeless, written on the human heart by our Creator at the beginning of time. Marriage cannot be changed, and the truth of marriage cannot be redefined or eradicated.

Marriage is the union of one man and one woman. That's what the thing is, always has been and always will be. It is a profound good, and the most important human relationship ever created. It's the basis of families, and the foundation for raising children.

I know that true marriage will rise again. I think it will happen fairly soon, because it's impossible to maintain the lie of same-sex 'marriage' forever. But whether it takes two years or two decades, NOM is determined to fight every day for the truth of marriage and for the good that it provides for families and children.

We are grateful to count you as a true friend, and a trusted ally. Like the Apostles during the early church, your faithfulness to the truth of marriage sends a powerful message to the world that this timeless relationship reserved for a man and a woman will triumph.

May the joy and hope of Easter be with you. Thank you for all you've done for us, and for God's institution of marriage.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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We Are Determined To Stop Her


Dear Marriage Supporter — By now you've probably heard of President Trump's disturbing decision to nominate Chai Feldblum, a radical LGBT extremist, to a critically important civil rights post as a Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. This job puts her in the position of shaping federal law to make supreme LGBT claims and to punish Christians and other people of faith who do not want to personally be involved in affirming the gay agenda, such as same-sex 'marriage.' That is exactly what she wants to do.

Feldman is an avowed lesbian who firmly believes that there is no situation where the constitutionally-guaranteed right of religious liberty would prevail in a legal case where Christians are in a conflict with the interests of gay or lesbian individuals. She's openly questioned whether marriage is even necessary in modern society and she's said that it is essential that the law be used aggressively to affirm the "dignity" of gays and lesbians when Christians refuse to support them.

Help Us Stop This Dangerous LGBT Nominee

While we appreciate President Trump's work to support religious liberty in other contexts, his nomination of this radical lesbian activist will cause real and lasting damage to people of faith who want nothing more than to be left alone by gay activists so that they can live out their religious beliefs about marriage and other issues in peace in their private lives and at work.

We are all-in to prevent the confirmation of Chai Feldblum to the EEOC.

Whether President Trump comes to his senses and withdraws this incredibly divisive nomination, or whether the Senate simply refuses to go along, we have to do everything possible to ensure that Ms. Feldblum is not in a position to bend the law in favor of gays and lesbians and against people of faith.

Our ability to stop the nomination of Chai Feldblum depends on the response we receive from you and other loyal supporters of NOM. Already, thousands of people have signed our petition opposing this nomination. That gives us a great start in this campaign to stop her, but in order to win we need to raise substantial funds and expand opposition to the nomination. Will you help us with an emergency financial contribution? Your gift of $15, $25, $50, $100, or $250 or more will be put to immediate use fighting the confirmation of this dangerous nominee.

Our team is hard at work during this Holy Week to prepare for a major push to derail the Feldblum nomination. The US Senate is on recess until April 6th, and we need to be ready to roll as soon as they get back to the Capitol. We’re working on several cutting-edge grassroots and engagement programs and are excited to launch our coming campaign to derail the Feldblum nomination.

Please consider a sacrificial gift to help us go all-in to stop this radical lesbian activist from being able to shape federal law to punish Christians and people of faith.

We did not budget for this kind of fight against the Trump administration and the liberal Democrats in the Senate who will be pushing for Chai Feldblum's confirmation. That means we are scrambling now to secure the resources we need to win. Your donation of $15, $25, $50, $100, or $250 or more is urgently needed today. Please prayerfully consider what you can afford to give at this critical time.

Thank you for your help in standing up for the rights of Christians and others who believe in marriage as the union of one man and one woman. We are in a tough fight, and we will appreciate your prayers and support.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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Sen. Mike Lee Introduces First Amendment Defense Act


I am pleased to share some very good news: Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) has officially introduced the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), critical legislation to protect supporters of marriage, including individuals and organizations, from being discriminated against by the federal government because of their beliefs about marriage.

We commend Senator Lee for his leadership and commitment to protecting the rights of Americans to stand for the truth of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Don and Ellen Vander Boom know all too well about the risk of speaking out in support of marriage. Devout Christians, the couple have dedicated everything they do to the glory of God, including their business. They operate a family-owned wholesale beef packing plant in western Michigan. After the Supreme Court issued their illegitimate ruling redefining marriage, Don noticed some material in the break room speaking out in favor of gay 'marriage.' He wanted employees to have access to both sides of the issue, so he placed an article that discussed the Christian belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.

To the couple's shock, USDA inspectors entered the break room and saw the pro-marriage article, and then declared that the business owners were in violation of USDA anti-discrimination policies on the basis of sexual orientation. The officials told Don that unless he removed the article, the USDA would remove inspectors from the plant. Since meatpacking firms cannot operate in the absence of USDA inspectors on the premises, this threat effectively promised a death sentence for their business.

Help us Support FADA

The passage of FADA would help people like Don and Ellen Vander Boom by preventing government officials from targeting them for harassment and punishment over their views about marriage. The Vander Boom's had no choice but to agree to the USDA's demands, and they removed the pro-marriage material from the break room. But then they did something that many others would not have done: they filed an official complaint with USDA senior officials in Washington.

President Trump has done a lot to protect the religious liberty rights of people to continue to support traditional marriage. Thankfully, after taking office the Trump team at USDA announced that they would never take adverse action against someone because they exercised their religious liberty rights to express their views about marriage.

This action by President Trump's leadership at USDA is gratifying. Presumably other federal agencies and departments will follow suit. But the truth is that these statements do not have the force of law, and that is why FADA is so important. God forbid, someone like Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton who will aggressively advance the agenda of LGBT extremists to punish marriage supporters is elected President in the future. We cannot risk what might amount to open season on marriage supporters in that type of administration.

We are going to make a major push for Congress to pass the First Amendment Defense Act. I'm asking you to do two things right now to help:

  1. First, please contact your US Senators and ask them to become co-sponsors of Sen. Lee's legislation. The more Senators who sign on to support this proposal the better its chances of passage will be.

  2. Second, please make a financial contribution to NOM today so that we have the funds we need to push for the enactment of FADA.

Our 2018 Strategic Plan has prioritized the protection of marriage supporters as one of our top objectives. We've already taken two major steps toward achieving our goal. The directive by President Trump's Department of Justice to all federal agencies and departments that they should protect religious liberty to the maximum extent is a tremendous accomplishment. We also have filed a critical legal brief before the US Supreme Court in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case that has the potential of protecting marriage supporters in every state in the country.

Now we need to take the next step by making sure that FADA is passed. Will you help?

One of the most impactful things you can do to stand up for the rights of marriage supporters is to become a Sustaining Member of NOM. Sustaining Members help ensure that our financial footing is solid, giving us the ability to aggressively fight for FADA.

As a Sustaining Member, you pledge a monthly gift of any amount you decide (as little as $7 per month). It's easy and works transparently. You'll be notified when your pledge processes each month. Rest assured that you can change your instructions at any time.

No American should have to go through what Don and Ellen Vander Boom went through when their business was threatened with financial ruin because of their Christian beliefs about marriage. FADA will protect them, and all of us, from becoming the target of government officials and bureaucrats because we do what God calls us to do, live out the truth of marriage as the union of one man and one woman in our daily lives and at work.

We look forward to working with you to enact the First Amendment Defense Act into law.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

PS – Please act today to urge your US Senators to join Sen. Lee and become a co-sponsor of FADA. Thank you!

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BREAKING...Trump Nominates Radical LGBT Extremist


It's being reported that President Donald Trump has nominated a radical LGBT extremist to a key civil rights post. Chai Feldblum is a prominent activist and avowed proponent of expansive special legal rights for gay men, lesbians, bisexuals and the transgendered. Worse, she has repeatedly said that their rights take precedence over any religious liberty claims that Christians might assert. Her nomination to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is a disaster that we must oppose.

Please Sign Our Petition Opposing The Nomination of A Radical LGBT Extremist to the EEOC

President Trump has done many good things to support religious liberty, but his nomination of Chai Feldblum to the EEOC is truly mind-boggling. A lesbian, Feldblum's views are so extreme that she is not even considered to be within the mainstream of liberals in the Democratic Party. For instance, Feldblum has questioned whether the institution of marriage needs to exist, and she has said that the government should recognize adults in polygamous and polyamorous relationships on the same basis as married couples.

I don't understand what's gotten into President Trump with this nomination. I wonder if it is more evidence of Ivanka and Jared's influence on him. Or maybe the White House is just being lazy because Feldblum was appointed to the EEOC previously by President Obama, so perhaps the White House thinks they can get away with her appointment again. Whatever the thinking behind nominating this radical extremist, however, we must do everything we can to oppose Feldblum's nomination. The EEOC is the federal agency charged with enforcing workplace anti-discrimination laws. As a Commissioner of the EEOC, Feldblum has the ability to engineer a radical shift in federal legal treatment of discrimination laws against Christians and other people faith, and to make supreme the "rights" of LGBT people.

Please sign our petition opposing the nomination of Chai Feldblum to the EEOC. We cannot have this kind of radical extremist in a position of power to shape America's civil rights laws.

I have enjoyed working with President Trump's administration on many things and do not relish opposing them now, but I am determined to do so in this instance. We cannot sit idly by and let an extreme radical like Chai Feldblum shape our nation's anti-discrimination laws to punish Christians and other people of faith who simply wish to be left alone to live out their views about marriage at work and in their daily lives.

The first step in derailing Feldblum's nomination is to sign our petition today. Please add your name to the petition right away, and then send it to every person you know who might sign it as well. Only by organizing a large group of Americans will we be able to exert enough pressure on Congress to reject this nomination, or convince President Trump to withdraw it.

We are in for a tough battle to stop Chai Feldblum's nomination to the EEOC. Please act today to help us by signing our petition. And if you can take an added step of making a financial contribution to NOM to help us spread the petition to more people, we would be grateful.

Please act today.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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Not married at all


As you may know, NOM is in the midst of a tough fight in Georgia where we are working alongside allies to urge the legislature to enact protections for faith-based adoption agencies so that they may continue to help Georgia children and families without violating their faith beliefs.

Our work there has generated some media buzz among LGBT activists, who complain that our push for the right of faith-based adoption agencies to adopt out children only to a married husband and wife is somehow discriminatory to gay couples. But we make no apology for fighting in Georgia and across the country so that children can experience the love of a mother and a father in their lives.

Help Us Fight To Protect Children

A prominent homosexual journalist, Michelangelo Signorile, recently wrote in the Huffington Post that NOM's work in Georgia is part of a nationwide plan we have to, "turn same-sex marriage into second-class marriage with a longer-term goal of overturning federal marriage rights for gays and lesbians entirely."

Signorile is exactly right that NOM's Strategic Plan includes a strong fight for the rights of religious adoption agencies to insist that adopted kids go to families where they will experience the love of a married mother and father. And he's also right that we are determined to restore true marriage to our nation's laws. But he's wrong about turning same-sex 'marriages' into second class marriage. That's because:

Same-sex 'marriages' are not marriages at all.

The fact of the matter is that marriage is intrinsically the union of one man and one woman. No matter what LGBT extremists, activist judges or the liberal media might say, that is what the institution is about. It's been that way since the beginning of time, because marriage is ordered toward the procreative act of creating children and then providing the ideal environment for them to thrive with the unique contributions to their wellbeing provided by both a mother and a father.

Help Us Restore Marriage To Our Laws

Many in the media foolishly dismiss the idea that we can restore traditional marriage to our laws. They figure that since the US Supreme Court did the unthinkable with their illegitimate, anti-constitutional ruling in the Obergefell case, that gay marriage is a done deal. But people who think through the issues more deeply realize that this situation is not permanently ensconced in our laws, and can be changed.

NOM is determined to do just that — to fight to restore marriage. We may be just a single Supreme Court justice away from being able to do so.

Will you help us in our quest to fight for traditional marriage being restored to our laws? Your gift of $15, $25, $35, $50, $100, or $250 or more will help us continue to make the case for marriage to be restored, as well as advocating for laws at the state and federal level that promote the importance of marriage, such as the faith-based adoption legislation we're backing in Georgia. Please act today with a generous contribution.

It's interesting to me that for a long time, many people on our side just assumed that we had won the battle to preserve marriage and they could focus on other things. After all, the federal Defense of Marriage Act had been enacted into law, and voters in dozens of states had put provisions into their state constitutions to protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman

Conventional wisdom was that marriage was won.

But some LGBT activists did not accept conventional wisdom. They organized and fought, often behind the scenes and often in the face of criticism that they were wasting time and resources on a lost cause. That criticism continued until one day the cause was not lost when the Supreme Court ruled their way.

Now conventional wisdom is that traditional marriage has been lost and we just have to accept the idea of 'gay marriage.' But conventional wisdom is wrong. Marriage is not lost and the redefinition of marriage has not been permanently won.

NOM is the only organization in America intently focused with a central mission to restore marriage to our laws. But in order to do that, we need supporters who are willing to stand alongside us in this fight over the longer term. We call those people Sustaining Members.

Sustaining Members form the backbone of NOM because they provide financial support month in and month out. As a Sustaining Member, you decide what amount to contribute each month. Some people give as little as $7 monthly while others are able to contribute $100 or more per month. I hope you will consider becoming a Sustaining Member so that we can count on your ongoing support.

The Sustaining Member process is easy to set up and operates seamlessly and transparently. You'll be notified each month when your pledge processes, and you can change your pledge instructions at any time.

Whether you are able to make a one-time donation, or step up to become a Sustaining Member, I hope you will act today. We are hard at work in Georgia and other states, and at the federal level, to fight for the rights of people and groups to act in concert with their beliefs about marriage. We need, and would be very grateful to have, your support today.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

PS — Our petition in Georgia has generated thousands of contacts with policymakers there on behalf of allowing faith-based adoption agencies to serve the best interests of children by ensuring that they go to families where they will experience the love of a mother and a father. If you have not yet signed our petition, please do so now, and then share it with your friends and family. Thank you.

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Oscars So Strange


Hollywood and the left were on full display last night at the 90th annual Academy Awards show. From beginning to end, it was a bizarre presentation, something that can only be described as unwatchable. It was a powerful reminder of how out of touch and disconnected Hollywood and the left are from mainstream America. They spent nearly four hours in primetime celebrating themselves and managed to make most of America — the people who buy movie tickets and finance the lavish lifestyles of the left's rich and pampered — feel marginalized.

Help Us Stand Up For Average Americans

After a year in which Hollywood's dark side of sexual violence and serial harassment finally emerged into full public view, they decided to showcase their wonderful and amazing diversity. Special presentations were aired featuring every manner of what Hollywood considers the oppressed - illegal immigrants; gays, lesbians and the transgendered; muslims and those who follow obscure religions; and of course women: women of color, immigrant women, 'trans women,' and women fighting for leftist social causes.

To put an exclamation point on how strongly Hollywood's newfound commitment to the plight of women is, Frances McDormand, sometimes rambling incoherently and looking homeless, called on all female nominees in the audience to stand. One can only presume that McDormand meant it as a show of strength and protest against Hollywood's culture of oppression against women. Unfortunately, she called on Meryl Streep to lead the women to their feet even though for decades Streep was Harvey Weinstein's chief promoter and defender. Then, at what could still have been a moment with some drama, instead of calling on the women to keep the #MeToo movement going, McDormand said that women need their projects to be financed. Huh? This of course was touted by the left as an amazing moment.

As much as I would like to just tune out the left and their idiotic sycophants in Hollywood, we can't afford to do that. Sadly, these people have a powerful influence in shaping the culture, and culture eventually has a powerful influence in shaping America's public policies and laws.

Help Us Fight Against Hollywood Values

Sometimes it feels as if we at NOM are facing a firehose of assaults from Hollywood and the left. We have to fight just to take a breath amidst the sheer onslaught of damaging ideas being advanced. But even though we can be consumed in defending against terrible proposals, we also have to devote considerable attention to advancing positive narratives about marriage and family, promoting the good of marriage, illuminating the beauty of mainstream religious practice and life, and the highlighting the immense and unique contributions that both genders make to human flourishing.

That is what NOM's First Freedom Initiative is designed to do. Through the First Freedom Initiative, we produce videos, design grassroots educational programs, conduct public speaking and informational tours, engage with people via social media, interact with young people on college campuses and advance public policies.

We would be grateful for your generous financial support so that we can continue to push back against the left and Hollywood's values. We are a lean and efficient organization and your contributions to us go a long way. For example, because of the incredibly talented members of our team, we can produce a professionally created and inspiring educational video for as little as $1,000. A $2,500 investment allows us to reach a huge audience with our content via social media. A $5,000 investment will allow us to mobilize tens of thousands of people to contact a policymaker's office.

We would be very grateful for your support in this fight. Please consider a gift today.

If you are able, may I ask you to also consider becoming a Sustaining Member of NOM. Sustaining Members help form the backbone of our organization by making a monthly contribution of any amount of their choosing, Knowing that we have a stable abuse of funding month in and month out.

To put things into perspective, a single studio-sponsored party after last night's unbearably bad Academy Awards celebration cost way more than NOM's entire budget for the year! That's what we are up against.

And yet, we are able to win critical battles and advance our cause because we have you, and we have truth, on our side.

Thank you for considering whether you can make a donation to help us continue to take on Hollywood and their dangerous agenda. I would be especially grateful if you can step up to become a Sustaining Member.

May God richly bless you for your love, friendship and support.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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Who will be our next great evangelist?


They are both gone now.

I consider the two most transformative, influential Christian figures to have lived during my lifetime to be Pope John Paul II and the Rev. Billy Graham. With the passing of Rev. Graham last week, these two giants are now gone.

I never personally met either man, but both touched me in profound ways. Ironically, even though I am a Catholic and Rev. Graham was a Southern Baptist, I felt a real connection to him, and my life and career ended up interacting with his in interesting and inspired ways.

My first attraction to Rev. Graham was not on a spiritual level, but a professional one. I've made my career in the business of persuasion, in the field of politics and public affairs, and I had a tremendous respect and admiration for Dr. Graham's enormous communications skills. I remember watching him as a young man preach on network television to these enormous, packed stadiums, in awe of his oratorical skill, connecting immediately with his audience, putting himself on the same plane as them, both sinners. There was some fire and brimstone in his addresses, yes, but his overarching message was always love. He made it clear that no matter what you've done, no matter where you are, God loves you, sent his only son to die for you and you can save your life this very moment by confessing Jesus as Lord and Savior. It was never him, it was his message. It was Jesus, always and everywhere.

It was a different time during Rev. Graham's public ascendancy, a time when religious broadcasts were not relegated to late night or early morning cable channels. The television audience for Rev. Graham's crusades was huge, his addresses were aired in primetime.

My first spiritual interaction with Rev. Graham was in 1983 when he brought his crusade to Sacramento. I was 27 years old and going through a difficult time in my life. I was immensely touched by his message. Experiencing his preaching deepened my faith in God and brought me closer to Jesus in a personal way, appreciating Him not only as the Savior of the World, but as the Savior of My Own Life.

A few years later during another challenging period of my life, I actively explored other presentations of the Christian faith, regularly attending services at several evangelical churches. I eventually returned to the Catholic Church but the impressions left by Rev. Graham though his television ministry and his crusades stuck with me my entire life.

Fast forward now to 2012. I had just been retained by a coalition of groups including the National Organization for Marriage, local pro-family organizations like the NC Values Coalition and a number of church groups in North Carolina to manage a campaign to enact a constitutional amendment preserving marriage in the state as the union of one man and one woman. In my very first trip to meet with the coalition, I stated the obvious - somehow we needed to get Rev. Billy Graham involved in the campaign.

This turned out to be more difficult than you might imagine. Dr. Graham had been retired for many years by then, and was in ill health. Nobody on our team had a direct relationship with him. Some had indirect relationships, and they began the process of networking and putting out the word that we needed his help.

Weeks turned into months. Meanwhile. the LGBT community, with the help of a complicit media, was disingenuously and viciously attacking the measure in a slew of misleading press reports and paid advertisements, eroding support.

The route to reaching Billy Graham was circuitous, to say the least. It was the Holy Spirt who gave us a hand. As I recall, somehow an obscure church secretary in a rural North Carolina church learned that we were seeking Rev. Graham's support. This woman happened to bring the topic up with a visiting pastor who just happened to be preaching in her church at that very time. This pastor just happened to have a connection to the Graham family.

All I know is that as the campaign came down to the final days, we got a call that Billy Graham was, indeed, going to publicly endorse the marriage amendment. And more than that, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association would pay for full page newspaper ads in every newspaper in North Carolina to announce his endorsement.

The North Carolina marriage amendment was enacted with a 61% Yes vote.

One of my most prized career mementos is a copy of the Billy Graham endorsement newspaper ad signed by Rev. Graham himself. His wobbly signature, the result of his battle with Parkinson's disease, was a stark testament to his faith, and his courage to stand for the truth even in his final season of life.

Both Billy Graham and John Paul II were men of history, but also men of the moment who mastered the emerging communications technologies of their day to spread the Gospel.

Neither man shied away from the plain truth of the Gospel. They didn't tout a sanitized "prosperity" version of the Gospel; nor did they did they bend the Gospel to be "seeker friendly" as so avoid any possible offense. They just spoke the plain truth. Our existence here on earth is not a mere way-station along a certain path to heaven, but a testing ground where we have an opportunity to accept Jesus, follow his teachings and thus secure an eternity with Him in heaven. Both men spoke truth from the perspective of a father who loves us like no other.

Who will be the next Billy Graham or John Paul II? I don't know, but almost certainly there will be someone to fill those enormous empty shoes because God is not done with humanity yet. Until the second coming of Jesus Christ, the fight to save souls will be waged in full-throated fashion. And just as Billy Graham and John Paull II mastered the communications technologies of their day (radio and television) to save souls, I am confident the next great evangelist will be a master of the technologies of today and tomorrow.

Rev. Graham's body is appropriately lying in state in the US Capitol in preparation for his burial on Friday. He is one of only a handful of American civilians to have been granted that honor. He was that important to our nation.

It is said that Rev. Graham preached to over 200 million people, more than any other person in history. Russell Moore, head of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention called him, "the most significant evangelist since the Apostle Paul." He was that influential a Christian.

I don't know about the millions of other people he reached during his remarkable career, but I know that Billy Graham reached me. He deepened my faith and helped transform my life. I am extremely fortunate, and grateful, to have known him, even from afar.

Frank Schubert

Frank Schubert
National Political Director

Down the Rabbit Hole


A friend of mine and his wife just got back from taking their youngest granddaughter on her first visit to Disneyland. They had a great time, and their young granddaughter was regularly mesmerized by the characters, costumes, pomp and circumstances. Everything they encountered was carefully staged to create an impression among the children of an engaging and inviting alternative "reality."

While enchanting, the entire experience is staged. Adults know (or at least should know) that it's not reality they are experiencing, but an orchestrated environment designed to present something decidedly not real. To fully enjoy the experience requires the willing suspension of disbelief.

It's one thing to suspend disbelief when visiting a theme park like Disneyland, but it's an entirely different thing to be asked to suspend disbelief when it comes to our laws and public policy. And, increasingly, that's what is expected of Americans when it comes to the agenda of LGBT activists.

We're working hard every day to restore marriage and to protect the rights of people of faith to live out their beliefs in their daily lives. Please support us with a generous financial contribution.

In America today. we're expected to go down a rabbit hole such as that envisioned in Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland that leads us to an alternate reality, where up is down, you have to run twice as fast just to stay in place, any road takes you to where you are going, and you can believe in six impossible things before breakfast.

This rabbit hole distortion of reality is regularly promoted by the mainstream media with their coverage of all sorts of things, but particularly in their coverage of the Trump administration. For example, the media and LGBT activists have recently criticized Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for her decision to faithfully implement the law as it exists when it comes to access to intimate areas in schools (showers, restrooms, locker rooms, etc.), rather than enter the rabbit hole to make up laws that don't exist so as to support an agenda that has not been adopted by the American people.

Federal law establishes that intimate facilities in schools where children can be expected to be in a state of undress be segregated based on sex. Our understanding of "sex" is well-established and universal - it's the biological fact of being male or being female, a pretty simple concept. But in the rabbit hole world of LGBT activists and the media, sex does not refer to biology but to something they call "gender identity."

No individual politician, bureaucrat or judge has the authority to redefine sex under federal law to mean gender identity, yet that is what the Obama administration did. They dragged our laws into the rabbit hole, and imposed their vision of reality on every young child in public school, sacrificing their privacy and safety to the wishes of radicals in the LGBT movement.

Betsy Devos has followed President Trump's lead to put a stop to this social engineering in the public schools. She has properly stated, as the law commands, that sex means the biological reality of being male or female, and that there is no right to use intimate school facilities based on "gender identity." For this she and President Trump are being pilloried.

NOM is standing up for Education Secretary Devos and we ask you to sign our petition thanking her for her common sense leadership. Please sign our petition today so that she knows that countless Americans are with her in defending our laws that protect the privacy and safety of young children in school.

This attack being waged on Secretary Devos is just an example of the situation we at NOM consistently face in dealing with the gravitational pull of the rabbit hole. Not a week goes by where we don't have some brewing challenge or an unexpected opportunity to advance our agenda of truth and common sense. This is why a key organizational focus for NOM in 2018 is increasing the base of Sustaining Members who support our work.

If you have not yet become a Sustaining Member of NOM, I am asking you to do so today. Sustaining Members form the financial backbone of our organization by pledging to make a monthly contribution of any amount of their choosing. Will you step up to become a Sustaining Member in 2018?

The success of our 2018 agenda will depend to a significant extent on how successful we are in broadening our base of support among Sustaining Members. Whether it be in advocating positions before the US Supreme Court, being ready to help ensure the appointment and confirmation of a pro-marriage justice to join the Supreme Court when the next vacancy arises, advocating for legislation in Congress and in state legislatures, promoting our positions among the public, developing grassroots programs for supporters to help advance the cause and change the culture, or any of the myriad other things that we are involved in to restore marriage and protect the rights of marriage supporters, we need to have a strong and loyal group of supporters to sustain our operations.

Whether you can step up and become a Sustaining Member of NOM, or prefer to make a one-time donation to support our work, please act today.

Please also pray for our staff and for the success of our 2018 Strategic Plan. We're up against some powerful adversaries, but we know that we are on the side of truth. As long as we have God's blessings, along with your friendship and support, we will continue to speak truth to power, and we'll fight with everything we have to pull our country out of the grips of the rabbit hole of deception and falsity that too often lure Americans.

Thank you for all you are doing.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

PS — If you have not yet had a chance to sign our petition thanking Education Secretary Betsy Devos for protecting the privacy of our nation's school children, please do so today. Thank you!

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Help Me Expose The Truth About Roe v Wade


One of the most horrific tragedies to befall our nation was the U.S. Supreme Court's infamous decision imposing abortion on the nation in the Roe v. Wade case. Some 60 million unborn children have died as a result of that monstrous decision.

What many people do not know is that the Roe decision is based on a pack of lies, manipulations and outright misrepresentations. Now we have an opportunity to bring the truth behind the Roe v. Wade decision to the attention of the American people with a full-length feature film starring Jon Voight, Stephen Baldwin and Stacey DashRoe v. Wade, the Movie.

Please check it out.

I am honored to be an Executive Producer of the movie, along with Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King. A top production crew is behind the movie, and with Academy Award winner Jon Voight in a starring role, Stephen Baldwin, star of Usual Suspects to Born on the 4th of July, and Stacey Dash, star of Clueless and Renaissance Man and former Fox News Contributor, it's certain to attract much attention at the box office.

I ask you to watch the introductory video from Alveda King, and then act to help make sure that we have the funds needed to complete production. You can donate directly to help ensure that this life-changing movie comes to theaters across the country.

The Roe v. Wade case is the most corrupt court case in American history. This is the first time that the Roe decision has been presented as a feature film, one that captures the drama of the rank manipulation by abortion advocates to mislead the American people, and our court system, about the push for abortion.

This movie can change lives, and alter history. If enough Americans come to learn the truth about how the Roe case was decided, there will be an unprecedented push to repeal it.

Please join me, Dr. Alveda King and Jon Voight, Stephen Baldwin, Stacey Dash in supporting Roe v. Wade, the Movie.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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Say thanks today


If you've followed the news from Washington the past couple of weeks, you'll know that Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has come under fire in the liberal media for supposedly "attacking transgender rights."

Thank Betsy DeVos today!

What the Department of Education has actually done is to clarify the position that it has taken for almost a year now, since February of 2017: that claims of sex discrimination in schools based on Title IX include only biological sex, and not "gender identity." This is simply a sane, common-sense, and legally sound reading of the law which is meant to protect women and girls in the education system.

You see, the Obama Administration in 2016 had the Department of Justice and the Department of Education issue an outrageous instruction that the prohibition against sex-based discrimination in Title IX must now be interpreted to include the right of biological men to use women's-only facilities, like showers and locker rooms, based on "gender identity." This was a preposterous and illegal move by the administration that put the safety and privacy of all students at risk. The rights of girls in schools to feel safe in intimate spaces like bathrooms and changing rooms were thrown aside in favor of the right of "gender nonconforming" students who could simply claim a gender identification with the opposite sex, and then attain access to those spaces without question.

Secretary DeVos deserves our thanks for standing up for the privacy and safety of all students. You can be sure that the Department of Education is hearing from angry, radical LGBT activists who see this as a major set-back to pushing their progressive agenda.

Please sign this petition today, and we'll deliver an email on your behalf to Secretary DeVos expressing support and thanks for ensuring safety and privacy in our schools.

There will be lawsuits coming from radicals who want the transgender agenda enforced at all costs, and the Education Department will need to stand its ground in court as it faces these challenges. They need our encouragement to stay the course!

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Too often in Washington it's the squeaky wheel that gets the grease: the noisiest minority drowns out the silent majority. Most people in this country recognize that boys are boys and girls are girls and that this isn't bigotry, but biology. Most parents in this country don't want their daughters exposed to biological males in the locker room without notification, recourse, or accountability. But if that message is to make it to the halls of power, you need to add your voice today.

Take a moment to sign our petition to send a letter of thanks to Secretary DeVos and her staff.

And when you've done that, please use the sharing buttons below to forward this email and post it to social media so more folks like you and me stand up today and voice support for the truth of gender and the common sense application of laws meant to protect vulnerable people in our society.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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Big Wins, Big Mo On Our Side


Four significant victories in recent days have made it clear that NOM is on the march and making tremendous strides to protect marriage supporters and people of faith. We're winning in the courts, with voters and in the court of public opinion.

Please show your support today by making a generous financial contribution so that we may continue the momentum we have achieved.

The narrative of the mainstream media is that same-sex 'marriage' is a done deal, that any attempt to protect religious liberty is a license to discriminate and that public opinion has shifted decidedly in favor of sexual progressives ready to abandon traditional values. This portrayal is a lie — more fake news — and they will never report all the good things that NOM and our allies are involved in. Just consider these great developments in recent days:

  • Last week the nation of Bermuda became the first country in the world to repeal same-sex 'marriage.' We were very active in this victory behind the scenes. I twice met with leaders of the pro-marriage movement in Bermuda to discuss strategies and approaches. We suggested that they push for a national referendum to preserve marriage, which they did, eventually persuading 68% of Bermuda voters to reject gay 'marriage.' After their country's Supreme Court imposed same-sex 'marriage' despite the tremendous electoral outpouring, we advised launching a national petition effort to keep the issue before Parliament, and the coalition followed our advice. Thanks to strong grassroots support for marriage, Parliament passed a new law eradicating gay 'marriage' and it was signed into law last week.

  • In 2016, NOM was a leading national group urging the Mississippi Legislature to enact HB 1523, comprehensive religious liberty legislation designed to protect people of faith from having to personally participate in the lie of same-sex 'marriage.' We rallied thousands of supporters to get involved in the fight, and played a high-profile role in convincing Governor Phil Bryant to sign the legislation in the face of a ridiculous backlash from LGBT extremists and some liberal corporations. The law has been under constant legal challenge, but the other day the US Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to the law, thus upholding it. This is a tremendous victory for us, the people of Mississippi and common sense.

  • Last week the state of North Carolina was forced to pay $300,000 to a former state magistrate who was forced from office because she could not in good conscience perform same-sex marriages, which violate her religious beliefs. The courts ruled that longstanding federal law required that an accommodation be made for her. Fortunately, no other magistrate will be subjected to this mistreatment, thanks in part to a 2015 North Carolina law that NOM supported to allow magistrates to refuse to solemnize gay 'marriages' that violate their beliefs. This law has also been upheld despite several challenges, a great accomplishment.

  • And just last week in California — California! — a court ruled that a Christian baker did not violate the law when she declined to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple because doing so violated her deeply held religious beliefs. This great victory by our friends at Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund should buttress our position in the similar case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado which is now pending before the US Supreme Court. NOM is a leading ally of Jack Phillips and Masterpiece Cakeshop, and we filed an important legal brief with the Supreme Court in the case.

All of this should encourage you that we are on the right path. These big wins are in addition to all the great things we are accomplishing with the Trump administration.

As you can see, we're not only disrupting the false narrative being put forth by the liberal media and LGBT extremists, we're make real progress to level the playing field so that no American is punished for living out their biblical beliefs about marriage. Nobody should ever have to choose between their religious beliefs and their livelihood.

These incredible victories are only possible thanks to the grassroots support we receive from thousands of individuals and businesses each year. If you have not yet become a Sustaining Member of NOM, I am asking you to do so today. That is the best way for us to capitalize on the great victories we've won, because having more Sustaining Members will significantly enhance our effectiveness. Sustaining Members form the financial backbone of NOM by pledging to make a monthly contribution of any amount of their choosing. Will you step up to become a Sustaining Member in 2018?

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It can be frustrating sometimes to see all the advantages the other side enjoys compared to our modest means. They have the media, wealthy corporations, liberal foundations, many of the politicians and nearly all of academia. But despite all these advantages, we are still beating them, as Bermuda, Mississippi, North Carolina and even California shows.

I hope you are as encouraged as I am that we are not only on the right side of eternity, we are on the right side of right now in all these critical battles.

We appreciate your friendship and encouragement, and thank you for whatever financial support you can provide at this critical time so that we can capitalize on our momentum.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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They also lie


The other day I wrote about the constant cheating that backers of same-sex marriage and the LGBT agenda engage in, using the power of government to put a thumb on the scales of justice, targeting people of faith for punishment, and manipulating government policy to advance the LGBT agenda through illegitimate decrees and illegal rules.

I want to follow that up with this additional important reminder: They also lie.

Help us continue to fight to restore the truth of marriage to our laws, and to protect the right of Americans to live out their beliefs about marriage at work and in their daily lives.

The biggest lie about same-sex 'marriage' is that it is inevitable. LGBT activists and their partners in the media regularly trot forth with falsehoods such as gay marriage is somehow part of an "arc of history," and that everybody needs to embrace it if they want to be "on the right side of history." They also want people to accept the lie that since the U.S. Supreme Court imposed gay marriage on the nation in 2015 with their illegitimate and anti-constitutional Obergefell decision, that the issue is resolved for all and that it's time to accept it - no, more than accept it, everyone must openly embrace and celebrate it.

This, of course, is a lie. There's nothing inevitable about same-sex 'marriage' and there's no 'arc of history' propelling it forward. In fact, if anything the arc of history reveals that people continue to resist this damaging policy, as was powerfully proven again twice on the world stage this past week. To wit:

  • The country of Bermuda became the first nation in the world to repeal gay 'marriage' this week!

  • A legal ruling threatening to impose same-sex 'marriage' on the nation of Costa Rica totally upended that country's presidential contest, propelling a pro-marriage candidate who pledged to resist the ruling from the middle of the pack in a crowded field to winning Costa Rica's presidential primary.

NOM played a significant behind-the-scenes role in the tremendous victory in Bermuda. Our team advised pro-marriage supporters there on strategies to preserve marriage and I travelled there twice to meet with activists from Preserve Marriage Bermuda to discuss potential strategies. In 2016, Bermuda conducted a national referendum to advise the Parliament on whether gay 'marriage' should be allowed, with 68% of voters resoundingly rejecting same-sex 'marriage.'

Despite the overwhelming voter rejection of redefining marriage, in 2017 the Bermuda Supreme Court imposed gay 'marriage' on the nation. This proved to be a short-lived ruling as the Preserve Marriage Bermuda coalition rallied supporters to demand that marriage be restored. This past December, the Bermuda Parliament passed a law repealing same-sex 'marriage.' This week the British government of Theresa May announced that it would not block the repeal of same-sex marriage (Bermuda is a British territory) and Governor John Rankin promptly signed the repeal legislation into law.

So much for the arc of history.

NOM heartily congratulates the people of Bermuda and the leadership of Preserve Marriage Bermuda. Their efforts are a powerful proof point that the "inevitability" of same-sex 'marriage is a lie and that the fight for marriage can be won, even when the judicial elite think they can impose their will on a country, as tragically occurred here in the U.S.

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Please help NOM continue to fight for the truth of marriage and for our agenda to protect the rights of people of faith to act in concert with their beliefs about marriage. We have an ambitious 2018 Strategic Plan that we're pushing, and we are counting on your support.

We're in this fight for the long term. Whether it takes two years or two decades, we are determined to restore true marriage to our nation's laws. What happened this week in Bermuda is extremely encouraging, and we hope it inspires you to redouble your support for our work.

One of the best ways that you can show your support for NOM is to become a Sustaining Member of our organization. Sustaining Members form the financial backbone of NOM by pledging to make a monthly contribution of any amount of their choosing. Knowing that we have a regular source of funds coming in month in and month out gives us the stability we need to aggressively push forward with our agenda. Will you step up to become a Sustaining Member in 2018?

We've been through some tough times together in recent years, including the disastrous Supreme Court ruling redefining marriage in 2015. But despite that low point, we've continued the fight, overcome adversity and won some incredible victories for marriage and people of faith, particularly over this past year in working with the administration of President Trump. We're on a good path, and what happened this week in Bermuda and Costa Rica shows is that all our goals can be achieved if we trust in God, ignore the lie of "inevitability," and are resolved to continue the fight.

Thank you for all your support. I look forward to working closely with you in pursuit of our 2018 Strategic Plan.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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They Cheat


The memo released last Friday detailing some of the disturbing and extraordinary lengths to which the Obama administration went to surveil members of the Trump campaign and transition team are all too familiar to social conservatives. It reinforces one of the most profound conclusions about President Obama's administration that has been made obvious time and time again: They cheat.

The American people have a right to expect that their government will treat them fairly and impartially. They expect the laws to be enforced uniformly without regard to creed, color or political ideology. But President Obama, and leaders of his administration at the highest levels, did not treat Americans fairly and impartially. When it came to conservatives, they regularly cheated, putting a thumb on the scales of justice, issuing countless illegal orders to advance their radical agenda.

NOM has been at the forefront of fighting against President Obama's radical LGBT agenda. We've had some great victories, but much more remains to be done. Please help us continue to fight.

Not only did Obama oppose what conservatives support, his administration systematically targeted conservatives for scrutiny, punishment and even banishment. His Internal Revenue Service under the leadership of Lois Lerner systematically targeted conservative groups for abuse. NOM was the target of IRS harassment when they illegally leaked our confidential donor information to a gay activist who immediately turned it over to one of our chief political opponents, the so-called Human Rights Campaign.

But what Obama never counted on was that NOM would fight back. We sued his administration in federal court, and forced them to admit to their illegal leaking of our confidential tax return information. And they also had to pay a substantial monetary settlement.

We are committed to holding elected officials to account, and making sure that our laws are applied equally and without bias, and undoing Obama-era actions that were illegally or unfairly taken. We need your financial support to do so.

Some of the actions that President Obama took were not only illegal, they were brazen. After months of declaring (correctly) that he did not have the legal authority to unilaterally change immigration policy to protect so-called Dreamers, he turned right around and did just that. After being elected as a supposed supporter of traditional marriage, Obama then reversed course in office to declare marriage to be unconstitutional. And then he took perhaps the most brazen act of all: unilaterally and illegally issuing orders rewriting federal law to declare that "sex" means "gender identity" and not biological reality.

Help us unravel Obama's LGBT agenda!

But he didn't stop there. Obama issued "guidance" to every public school in the country that they must give boys access into intimate areas of school reserved for girls, including showers, locker rooms and restrooms if the boys claim to identify as female. No girl can object to losing her privacy or to concerns about safety when confronted by a biological male in the shower. The girl would be considered guilty of "discrimination." And then Obama went even further, ordering our military to become a laboratory for the so-called transgendered, who could not only openly serve in the military but could force taxpayers to pay for expensive medical treatments, including gender reassignment surgery.

Once famously called "America's first gay president" by Newsweek magazine, Barack Obama used the full power and prestige of his office to press the radical agenda of LGBT extremists wherever possible for eight long years. It won't happen overnight, but we are committed to reversing his radical LGBT actions. Please help us begin to unravel Obama's extreme, often illegal LGBT agenda.

NOM has been working with the Trump administration to restore common sense and the rule of law to our nation's federal government. Already President Trump has issued orders reversing the transgender bathroom rules illegally imposed on public schools, and he's ordered a cessation of transgender people serving in the military (an order being challenged in federal court, meaning our fight is not yet completed on that issue.) We've also helped achieve meaningful religious liberty protections for people of faith, and worked to ensure that pro-marriage, conservative justices are appointed to our courts, including the extraordinary appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court.

Our work over the past year proves that we can turn around the Obama years if we work hard, and smart. But we need financial help from our supporters to be successful.

If you have not yet made a 2018 gift to NOM, please do so today. And if at all possible, please consider becoming a Sustaining Member of NOM. Sustaining Members make a monthly pledge or any amount of their choosing, which is a huge benefit to us.

Increasing the number of Sustaining Members is a top financial objective for us this year. Doing so will provide added confidence month in and month out that our finances are on a stable foundation, which will allow us to be more effective, strategic and opportunistic being in a position to immediately take advantage of opportunities and deal with challenges that unexpectedly occur.

I thank you for all the support you have given us in the past and look forward to working with you throughout 2018.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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