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Help Needed to Support Critical Religious Liberty Case


Dear Marriage Supporter — One of the most important cases ever involving the religious liberty rights of people of faith is now pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. Briefing in the case is complete. NOM has filed an important legal brief in support of the right of Christian bakers like Jack Phillips to refuse to participate in celebrating a gay 'wedding' if doing so violates their religious beliefs. Our brief has generated favorable national media coverage from newspapers across the country, including in publications like USA Today.

Next week we plan to begin a major push to rally support for Jack Phillips and the cause of religious freedom, but we need to raise $4,000 in additional funds to be ready to launch our nationwide push. Please act today with a generous gift.

The stakes are enormously high in this case, officially known as Masterpiece Cakeshop v Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Jack Phillips owns Masterpiece Cakeshop. He's a devout Christian who believes that marriage is the union of one man and one woman as the bible teaches. When he was asked to design and produce a custom cake for a gay 'wedding,' Jack politely refused, citing his Christian faith. For this, the state of Colorado imposed a fine, ordered him to start celebrating gay 'weddings' or stop celebrating any wedding, and ordered him to undergo a reeducation program, including filing quarterly compliance reports.

This totalitarian response from the state of Colorado is akin to something we might expect to see from strongman dictators in oppressive countries. It's certainly not something we should accept in America, a nation founded on the very principle of religious liberty.

Religious liberty is a guaranteed right in the U.S. Constitution. Gay 'marriage' is nowhere to be found in our constitution. It is an invention of elite judges, acting at the behest of LGBT extremists and their powerful allies in the culture, who imposed their own views on the country despite the action of over 50 million voters who decided to protect marriage in their state constitutions.

If Jack Phillips wins his case, we will have helped contain some of the worst damage done to people of faith as a result of the Supreme Court's Obergefell decision redefining marriage.

But if Jack loses his case, it will be open season on every person in America who simply does not want to personally be complicit in the lie of same-sex 'marriage.' We will have a huge political fight on our hands to reverse such a legal ruling.

It's critical that the American people know what is at stake in this case, which is why we are getting ready to launch a major educational and engagement campaign.

But we need to raise $4,000 in the next 48 hours to be successful. Can you help us?

Thanks to a generous donor, every gift we receive will be matched dollar for dollar, doubling the effectiveness of your donation. So please act today.

People often ask me what is the best way to help ensure that NOM is in a good position to carry on the fight no matter what happens in the courts or in Congress. The answer is simple: become a Sustaining Member of our organization.

As a Sustaining Member, you to make a monthly donation to support our work of any amount that is right for you, with a minimum donation of $7 per month. Some supporters contribute the minimum of $7, while others are able to give more. Whether you can contribute $7, $10, $15, $25, $50 or even $100 or more per month, please act today .

A huge reason to act today is that by becoming a Sustaining Member now your monthly pledge amount will be matched dollar for dollar for an entire year! Your pledge $10 per month, will result in NOM receiving $120 in matching funds thanks to this incredible offer!

Whether you can step up and become a Sustaining Member or prefer to make a generous one-time donation, please act today. We're $4,000 short of being able to launch a major push to educate the public about the importance of the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, and we need your help. Whatever you decide to donate, your gift will be matched dollar for dollar.

Please act today so that we have the funds to launch our planned educational and activation campaign next week. Thank you for your support.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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NOM v Lambda Legal


Dear Marriage Supporter — The other day, USA Today wrote about NOM's legal brief in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, one of the most important religious liberty cases to ever come before the US Supreme Court. USA Today quoted our position accurately – that as a matter of constitutional law, the Supreme Court has declined to force many types of people to engage in particular conduct and it should not force a Christian baker like Jack Phillips to participate in a gay 'wedding' that violates his deeply held religious beliefs.

Our ability to fight for marriage supporters is made possible because of the financial support of our members. Please help us continue to be able to fight for the truth of marriage and the rights of those who believe in traditional marriage.

Interestingly, USA Today contrasted our legal argument, which is based on solid constitutional principles and precedent, with the position of Lambda Legal, a prominent LGBT legal advocacy organization. In their brief, Lambda Legal argues that allowing people of faith to refuse to participate in a same-sex ceremony would hurt the feelings of gays and lesbians. Seriously…that is their position. They couch it in the context of causing humiliation and "dignitary harm," and use other high-minded language, but the core of their argument is that it hurts the feelings of gays and lesbians when someone doesn’t wish to be part of their 'wedding' ceremony.

It wasn't long ago that a legal organization wouldn't dare dream of basing an argument in a case this important on its impact on people's emotions and feelings. But these are the times we live in. In the Obergefell case redefining marriage, Justice Kennedy's majority opinion was devoid of constitutional authority and instead relied on this exact type of emotional appeal. Moreover, we live in a time where feelings trump science – despite all scientific evidence to the contrary (including biological, physiological, chromosomal and cellular) a man can claim to be a woman if he feels like it, and vice versa.

We think we've made a very solid case in support of Jack Phillips. What Colorado has done to Jack is outrageous -- forcing him to abandon his religious principles about marriage, fining him, ordering him to undergo a reeducation program and directing him to file quarterly compliance reports. It's as if George Orwell has taken charge of the legal system.

So NOM battles Lambda Legal over whether people of faith should be forced to participate in same-sex ceremonies against their wishes. And here's another sign of the times: Lambda Legal has an annual budget of nearly $20 million and has assets on hand valued at over $22 million. And they are but one of many similar exorbitantly-funded LGBT groups fighting against us. We are dwarfed by their wealth, and yet we are able to present a strong and compelling position in the courts.

Our ability to win against groups like Lambda Legal is dependent on receiving ongoing support from you and other friends. This is why I am asking you to consider becoming a Sustaining Member of NOM.

As a Sustaining Member, we ask you to make a monthly donation to support our work such as our efforts to protect people of faith from punishment for refusing to participate in a same-sex ceremony or event that violates their religious beliefs. You decide what amount is right for you, with a minimum donation of $7 per month. Some supporters contribute the minimum of $7, while others are able to give more. Whether you can contribute $7, $10, $15, $25, $50 or $100 or more per month, please act today.

As an added incentive, if you become a Sustaining Member now your monthly pledge amount will be matched dollar for dollar for an entire year thanks to a generous offer from a top supporter (up to a total match of $250,000). That means if you pledge $10 per month, NOM will receive $120 in matching funds thanks to this incredible offer!

Having a strong base of Sustaining Members is a critical element for our organization because it gives us a stable base of funding that we can rely upon month in and month out, allowing us to fully participate in critical legal cases against wealthy LGBT adversaries.

If you'd like to help us but can't commit to making a monthly pledge, even as little as $7 per month, then please make a generous one-time gift, which will also be matched dollar for dollar through this $250,000 matching gift offer.

Whatever you can do to help us, please act today so that it is doubled through this matching campaign.

Thank you for your support.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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USA Today Cites NOM Brief


Dear Marriage Supporter — One of the most important religious liberty cases of modern times is presently before the U.S. Supreme Court, and NOM is right in the thick of it. In fact, our legal brief in the Masterpiece Cakeshop v Colorado case was recently covered by USA Today, which quoted directly from our submission to the Supreme Court:

"The National Organization for Marriage...cites other instances in which the high court has protected the right to exclude speech. 'Newspapers cannot be forced to print messages from those they criticize,' the group says. 'Car owners cannot be forced to display political messages, children cannot be forced to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, parades cannot be forced to include other viewpoints, utilities cannot be forced to include brochures for consumer advocates in the utility's billing envelope, and government workers cannot be forced to even pay for the political speech of labor unions.'"

This is the legal case where Jack Phillips, a devout Christian baker, who respectfully declined to use his talents to design and create a cake for a gay 'wedding' was fined by the state, ordered to start participating in same-sex ceremonies, and forced to undergo a reeducation program (and file compliance reports with the state). We're pleased that USA Today, one of the nation's most influential media outlets has covered our arguments in this case. As they note, we have a long history of advocacy at the US Supreme Court, including battling for marriage in critical cases in 2013 and 2015.

What Colorado has done to Jack Phillips is outrageous and it's essential that we fight back on behalf of all people of faith. This case gives us a tremendous opportunity to protect all people from having to abandon their religious views and participate in a same-sex 'wedding' that violates their beliefs.

Participation in critical legal cases is one of the most important things that NOM does, because the courts have become so activist in recent years with all the leftist justices appointed by Barack Obama.

But our participation in this and future cases is dependent on our ongoing support from you and other friends. This is why I am asking you to consider becoming a Sustaining Member of NOM.

As a Sustaining Member, we ask you to make a monthly donation to support our work such as our efforts to protect people of faith from punishment for refusing to participate in a same-sex ceremony or event that violates their religious beliefs. You decide what amount is right for you, with a minimum donation of $7 per month. Some supporters contribute the minimum of $7, while others are able to give more. Whether you can contribute $7, $10, $15, $25, $50 or $100 or more per month, please act today.

As an added incentive, if you become a Sustaining Member now your monthly pledge amount will be matched dollar for dollar for an entire year thanks to a generous offer from a top supporter (up to a total match of $250,000). That means if you pledge $15 per month, NOM will receive $180 in matching funds thanks to this incredible offer!

The Masterpiece Cakeshop case is one of the most important cases to come before the Supreme Court in years. It has generated more than 100 legal briefs filed by hundreds of groups on both sides of the issue — more briefs than virtually every other case.

The fact that a major publication like USA Today has cited from our legal brief among all those that were filed is a testament to the importance of the work we are conducting.

Having a strong base of Sustaining Members is an critical element for our organization because it gives us a stable base of funding that we can rely upon month in and month out, allowing us to fully participate in critical legal cases and conduct our other programs as well.

But I realize that not everyone is able to make a monthly pledge to support us, even as little as $7 per month. If you cannot become a Sustaining Member, please make a generous one-time gift, which will also be matched dollar for dollar through this $250,000 matching gift offer.

If you can manage a one-time contribution of $25, NOM will receive $50 thanks to the match. A $75 contribution will mean we receive $150. And a gift of $250 will result in us receiving $500. Whatever amount you can donate to help us, please act today so that it is doubled through this matching campaign.

We are very grateful for all that you've done to support marriage and protect the right of Americans to hold true to their religious beliefs that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. Please consider providing additional help at this critical time — whether you can become a Sustaining Member or make a one-time gift — realizing that whatever amount you donate will double in size, and effectiveness.

Thank you for your prayers, encouragement and financial support.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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The reporter's predictable question


Dear Marriage Supporter — From time to time, I get questions from clueless reporters who ask why NOM is still active given the Supreme Court's decision in 2015 to impose gay 'marriage' on the nation. It's a predictable question, really. Many leftists thought when the Supreme Court issued their infamous Roe v Wade decision that the pro-life community would just fold up and go away once the Court "settled" the issue. They had the same expectation of pro-marriage supporters in the wake of the Obergefell ruling. They were wrong with Roe, and they are wrong with the marriage supporters in the wake of Obergefell.

Of course, the life issue is not settled, and neither is marriage. We are fighting as hard as ever to restore marriage to our laws and to protect people who believe in marriage as the union of one man and one woman from being persecuted by the government. Will you stand with us?

We’ve had an amazing string of victories this year in pursuit of our agenda to protect people of faith. Our latest victory came the other day when President Trump's administration issued a new government-wide legal directive to protect people of faith so that nobody is forced to choose between living out his or her faith and complying with the law. This is a huge win that NOM worked hard to accomplish, launching a massive grassroots movement involving petitions, phone call campaigns, videos and social media efforts.

This most recent victory is by no means our only one in recent months. Already this year we've helped roll back the Obama administration's illegal transgender bathroom rules that were imposed on the nation's public school children. We helped convince the US Supreme Court to stop the government from forcing a public school to open intimate areas of campus such as locker rooms and showers to members of the opposite sex. We highlighted the plight of numerous Christian victims of religious discrimination who've been punished for staying true to their faith, including their beliefs about marriage, which helped convince the Trump administration to stand with the victims in a major upcoming court case. And we played a key role in the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, a true conservative champion in the mold of the great Antonin Scalia whom he has replaced on the Court.

Our work is producing real and tangible results, but we need to improve our financial base if we're going to be able to continue to effectively fight. We need your help.

When the Supreme Court redefined marriage in the law in 2015, we experienced a drop in major donor contributions as people read what the media wrote that the cause was lost and the fight over. This wasn't true, but it still had an effect on some people. This left us to rely more and more on the generosity of grassroots supporters, which is actually a benefit because it gets more people engaged and involved in the fight.

However, there is a level of unpredictability associated with grassroots funding, making it harder to plan longer-term initiatives.

That's why NOM has launched a major new program called the Sustaining Member program. As a Sustaining Member, we ask you to pledge a modest recurring monthly donation to support our work. We make it easy for you to give, and your support will form a key element of the backbone of our work.

Will you take this critical step to help us?

As an added incentive to giving now, your monthly pledge will be matched every month for the next year thanks to a generous $250,000 year-end matching gift opportunity made available to us by a top supporter.

What this means is that your pledge of $10 per month will result in NOM receiving $120. If you can pledge $20, we will receive $240 in matching funds. Whatever monthly pledge you make will be matched for the next year – an amazing opportunity for us!

Please act today to become a Sustaining Member of NOM. The Sustaining Member program is essential to our success, giving us the financial predictability we need to be a more effective advocate for our issues.

And remember, whether you make a one-time donation, or step up to become a Sustaining Member with a monthly pledge, your gift will be matched dollar for dollar, giving us twice the support we'd otherwise receive and helping us to capitalize on the momentum that we have on our side.

Thank you for your help!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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Keep up the momentum


Dear Marriage Supporter — You'll never know about it from the mainstream media, but NOM is on a real roll, with big victories in hand already and more on the horizon.

Our latest victory came the other day when President Trump's administration issued a new government-wide legal directive to protect people of faith so that nobody is forced to choose between living out his or her faith and complying with the law. This is a very big win for all Americans who revere the truth of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

The media wants to bury the fact that our work is producing real and tangible results. Please help us keep up our momentum by making a tax deductible donation supporting NOM.

For many months, NOM been urging President Trump to forcefully protect the religious liberty rights of marriage supporters. The directive issued by the Department of Justice to all federal agencies and departments is a big step in that direction, and makes it clear that government officials should not take adverse actions against any American for refusing to abandon support for traditional marriage or for declining to participate in gay 'marriage' ceremonies.

Now we must act aggressively to capitalize on our momentum by encouraging President Trump to give the new directive further force of law by issuing a formal Executive Order.

Can we count on your help to do so with a generous tax deductible donation?

As a reminder, your donation to NOM will be matched dollar for dollar as a result of a generous $250,000 year-end matching gift opportunity made available to us by a top supporter.

This is an amazing opportunity, doubling the effectiveness of your donation. Your tax deductible gift of $25 will result in NOM receiving $50, while your donation of $50 will mean NOM receives $100!

And on top of matching your one-time donation, if you are able to pledge to make a modest monthly gift of any amount you choose, you'll become a Sustaining Member of NOM and your monthly pledge will be matched dollar for dollar for an entire year! Your pledge of $15 per month will result in NOM receiving $180 thanks to this incredible year-end matching gift offer.

Whether you would prefer to make a one-time tax deductible donation, or become a Sustaining Member with a monthly pledge, please act today. Your gift will be matched dollar for dollar, giving us twice the support we'd otherwise receive and helping us to capitalize on the momentum that we have on our side.

Thank you for your help!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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A big victory in hand...more on the horizon


Dear Marriage Supporter — Have you heard the great news? President Donald Trump's administration delivered a huge victory for NOM and our fight to protect religious liberty with a new government-wide legal directive to protect people of faith so that nobody is forced to choose between living out his or her faith and complying with the law. This is a very big deal, protecting supporters of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

This latest victory shows that our work is producing real and tangible dividends, and we hope it will result in you making a tax deductible donation supporting NOM.

NOM has for months been urging President Trump to forcefully protect the religious liberty rights of marriage supporters. The directive to all federal agencies and departments is a big step in that direction, and makes it clear that government officials should not take adverse actions against any American for refusing to abandon support for traditional marriage or participate in gay 'marriage' ceremonies.

President Trump followed up his administration's action with a speech to the Values Voters Summit, pledging, "We are stopping cold the attacks on Judeo-Christian values." Now we must act aggressively to encourage President Trump to take the additional step of cementing the new directive and give it the force of law by issuing a formal Executive Order. We need your immediate help to do so.

Can we count on your help with a tax deductible donation?

And here is some important news to encourage you to give a generous gift today: your donation will be matched dollar for dollar as a result of a generous $250,000 year-end matching gift opportunity made available to us by a top supporter.

This is an amazing opportunity for us. What this means is that your donation will double in effectiveness. Your tax deductible gift of $35 will result in NOM receiving $70, while your donation of $50 will mean NOM receives $100!

And on top of matching your one-time donation, if you are able to pledge to make a modest monthly gift of any amount you choose, you'll become a Sustaining Member of NOM and your monthly pledge will be matched dollar for dollar for an entire year! Your pledge of $15 per month will result in NOM receiving $180 thanks to this incredible year-end matching gift offer.

Whether you would prefer to make a one-time tax deductible donation, or become a Sustaining Member with a monthly pledge, please act today. Your gift will be matched dollar for dollar, giving us twice the support we'd otherwise receive.

With your support we can look forward to continuing to work with President Trump's administration to cement our religious liberty rights into law so that no American is ever penalized for standing for the truth of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Thank you for your help.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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Huge Victory From President Trump


Dear Marriage Supporter — I've got some great news: President Donald Trump's administration delivered a huge victory for NOM and our fight to protect religious liberty last week when Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a government-wide memo directing that to the maximum extent possible, the government refrain from interfering with the right of people of faith to live out their beliefs. Said Sessions, "Except in the narrowest of circumstances, no one should be forced to choose between living out his or her faith and complying with the law."

This latest victory shows that our work is producing real and tangible dividends, and we hope it will result in you making a modest investment in supporting NOM.

The memo from Attorney General Sessions comes as a result of a May directive from President Trump to develop government-wide guidelines to protect religious liberty. NOM launched a major petition drive and produced a video that resulted in an outpouring of comments to Attorney General Sessions urging that he adopt a comprehensive approach to protecting religious liberty. Our efforts were successful! Attorney General Sessions adopted a position that Politico called, "a muscular view of religious freedom rights."

While the directive to federal agencies and departments does not specifically mention cases involving those who have been punished for refusing to abandon support for traditional marriage or participate in gay 'marriage' ceremonies, it declares:

  • Religious liberty includes the right to act and to refrain from action in accordance with religious beliefs.

  • The freedom of religion extends to persons and organizations. This should provide significant protections for Christian schools, adoption agencies and other service providers that have been punished because of their views about marriage, parenthood and human sexuality.

  • Americans do not give up their religious liberty rights when they enter the marketplace. This should provide protections to all the small business owners threatened by federal government officials over their beliefs about marriage.

  • Religious employers are permitted to hire only people whose beliefs and conduct are consistent with the employers' religious precepts. This should provide significant protections for faith-based schools and similar groups who are being pressured to hire staff entangled in same-sex 'marriages' that violate the organization's beliefs and teachings.

The Department of Justice directive was immediately condemned by LGBT extremist groups as supposedly providing a "license to discriminate" but such a notion was quickly and effectively rebuffed by the White House.

Again, this is a huge victory for NOM, and for our fight to protect religious liberty. It would not have been possible had so many people not been rallied at the grassroots level by things like our petition drive and advocacy video.

While we proudly cheer this action by the Trump Administration providing guidance, more needs to be done to provide robust protections for people of faith. We are continuing to urge President Trump to issue an Executive Order to give the guidance and directives greater force of law. Furthermore, it's essential that Congress take the step of enacting the First Amendment Defense Act to codify in statute the legal protections that are needed to ensure that, as Attorney General Sessions has declared, no American is forced to choose between living out their faith and complying with the law.

This victory with the Trump Administration is but the latest example of how effective we have been in fighting for marriage and our entire agenda. It shows that the investment in NOM by thousands of grassroots supporters is paying off!

So that we can continue to be effective advocates for restoring marriage and protecting the rights of people of faith, I'm asking you take the important step of supporting NOM's Sustaining Member program.

As a Sustaining Member, we ask you to pledge a modest recurring monthly donation to support our work. We make it easy for you to give, and your support will form a key element of the backbone of our work.

Will you take this critical step to help us?

As an added incentive to becoming a Sustaining Member now, I want to let you know that your monthly pledge will be matched every month for the next year! That's because of a generous $250,000 matching gift opportunity made available to us by a top supporter through the end of the year.

What this means is that your pledge of $10 per month will result in NOM receiving $120 thanks to this generous year-end matching program. If you can pledge $20, we will receive $240 in matching funds. Whatever monthly pledge you make will be matched for the next year – an amazing opportunity for us!

Please act today to become a Sustaining Member of NOM. The Sustaining Member program is essential to our success, forming the financial backbone of our organization.

With your support we can look forward to many more victories like this latest win! Thank you for your help.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

PS — After becoming a Sustaining Member of NOM, please forward this email to your friends and let them know how effective we've been. As an example, here is the video we produced back in May that helped rally so many people to support this cause.

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Working on multiple tracks...


Dear Marriage Supporter — NOM is hard at work pursuing our agenda, working on multiple tracks to press our issues. Right now, we've got two important legal briefs pending before the US Supreme Court, and we're working with thousands of supporters who are contacting the White House and Congressional leaders to demand action on enacting meaningful legal protections for people who believe in marriage as the union of one man and one woman. We also are developing new educational and communications tools, and preparing advertising to broaden the reach of our messages.

Frankly, I wish I could spend all of my time working to advance our agenda, but unfortunately the reality is that I must spend a lot of time raising money to support the cause. That's one of the reasons I have been emphasizing the importance of NOM's Sustaining Member program. If we are successful in recruiting enough Sustaining Members, not only will our finances become much more stable and reliable, but our team will be able to devote less time to fundraising and have more time to pursue programs that advance the cause.

As a Sustaining Member, we ask you to pledge a modest recurring monthly donation to support our work. We make it easy for you to give, and your support will form a key element of the backbone of our work. Will you take this critical step to help us?

Aside from helping provide a reliable base of financial support for NOM, there's another reason to act today: your monthly pledge will be matched every month for the next year! That's because of a generous $250,000 matching gift opportunity made available to us by a top supporter through the end of the year.

What this means is that your pledge of $10 per month will result in NOM receiving $120 thanks to this generous year-end matching program. If you can pledge $20, we will receive $240 in matching funds. Whatever monthly pledge you make will be matched for the next year – an amazing opportunity for us!.

Please act today to become a Sustaining Member of NOM. The Sustaining Member program is essential to our success, forming the financial backbone of our organization.

Thank you for everything you do to help and encourage us.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

PS – Becoming a Sustaining Member of NOM is not only important, it's easy. You decide what monthly pledge amount is right for you, and we'll make sure that your wishes are carried out according to your instructions. Please become a Sustaining Member today.

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We're making a difference...


Dear Marriage Supporter — I'm so proud of all the NOM supporters who have taken action to contact Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and the White House to demand that our elected leaders get moving on enacting meaningful legal protections for people of faith so that they are not persecuted by government officials for their belief in marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

We're making a real difference. I've heard from high-ranking officials that NOM's members are getting through and delivering the message loud and clear.

It's that kind of commitment that has allowed us to be successful over the years. Now I am asking you to take one additional step in making sure we are successful in the future – become a Sustaining Member of NOM.

As a Sustaining Member, we ask you to pledge a modest recurring monthly donation to support our work. We make it easy for you to give, and your support will form a key element of the backbone of our work. Will you take this critical step to help us?

Here's some great news that I hope will encourage you to give: A top donor to NOM has made a $250,000 matching gift opportunity available to us through the end of the year! Not only will your initial Sustaining Member donation be matched, but every single Sustaining Member donation you make for the next year will be matched! Your pledge of $15 per month will result in NOM receiving $180 thanks to this generous year-end matching program.

Please act today by taking this additional step to become a Sustaining Member of NOM. The Sustaining Member program is essential to our success, forming the financial backbone of our organization.

Thank you for everything you do to help us continue to fight for the truth of marriage, gender and religious liberty.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

PS – Becoming a Sustaining Member of NOM is not only important, it's easy. You decide what monthly pledge amount is right for you, and we'll make sure that your wishes are carried out according to your instructions. Please become a Sustaining Member today.

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An amazing opportunity...


Dear Marriage Supporter — As you know, NOM has a great deal of momentum as we enter into the fall, with our tremendous victory in the GOP US Senate contest in Alabama, where we played a key role in helping elect Joy Roy Moore. We expect Moore to win the run-off election against the Democrat in December, and go on to be a champion for us in the US Senate.

In order to take advantage of our momentum and ensure that we have the resources we need going forward, today we are announcing a major new Sustaining Member campaign, asking supporters to make a modest monthly commitment to support our work. I explain more below.

In addition to our victory in the Roy Moore race in Alabama, NOM also recently filed two critical briefs in the US Supreme Court on issues of immense importance:

  • Last week we filed a brief asking the Supreme Court to review a case (Kenosha Unified School District v Whitaker) and reverse the decision of an activist appellate court that redefined "sex" to mean "gender identity" and then found that a school district was guilty of discrimination on the basis of "sex stereotyping." Their offense? They have policies that limit intimate sex-segregated school areas like showers and bathrooms to actual members of that sex. In other words, no boys in the girls' showers.

  • We filed a brief in what could be one of the most important cases in our lifetimes, Masterpiece Cakeshop v Colorado. In this case, we make a powerful argument for the right of people of faith to decline to participate in things like gay 'weddings' if doing so violates their deeply-held religious beliefs. This is an immensely important religious liberty case that impacts individuals, small businesses, pastors, churches and nonprofit groups.

Our most important objective, of course, is to restore the truth of marriage to our nation’s laws. NOM will work ceaselessly towards that objective, and we may be only one new Supreme Court justice away from being able to achieve that result. But in the meantime, a critical objective for us is to protect people of faith from being targeted for persecution, forced to participate in the lie of same-sex 'marriage' against their wishes.

For NOM to be successful in pursuing our agenda we must be able to count on a reliable source of funding month in and month out. We're not supported by billionaires and big corporations; we rely on the support of individuals like you to continue our important work.

To ensure that we have the funds we need to be successful, the Sustaining Member program we are today announcing will become a critical element of NOM's overall financial base of support. As a Sustaining Member, we ask you to pledge a modest recurring monthly donation to support our work. We make it easy for you to give, and your support will form a key element of the backbone of our work.

And I've got some great news: A top donor to NOM has made a $250,000 matching gift opportunity available to us through the end of the year! Not only will your initial Sustaining Member donation be matched, but every single Sustaining Member donation you make for the next year will be matched! Your pledge of $15 per month will result in NOM receiving $180 thanks to this generous year-end matching program. Can we count on you?

How will we use your support? In addition to our ongoing work to restore marriage and promote the truth of marriage, we have a three-part plan currently underway to protect marriage supporters:

  1. Convincing the US Supreme Court to prohibit the kind of discrimination experienced by Jack Phillips, the devout Christian owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop (and so many others like him).

  2. Urging Congress to introduce and pass the First Amendment Defense Act to codify legal protections for supporters of marriage.

  3. Urging President Trump to issue an Executive Order to protect the religious liberty rights of people of faith, including the right to live out the truth of marriage in their daily lives and at work.

As you know, NOM is also one of the leading voices in the country in support for the truth of gender. God made human beings male and female. The complementary of the two genders is one of His greatest gifts to mankind. This complementarity is also at the root of the institution of marriage, so the issues of gender and marriage are intimately intertwined. We will fight to prevent the lie of gender insanity (the so-called 'gender identity' movement) that is such the cultural rage from being mandated on Americans by the courts or the government. Our work with the Supreme Court, the Trump administration and Congress has already paid major dividends as Obama-era gender policies are beginning to be unwound. This work must continue.

So while we are thrilled at the momentum we've achieved, we are also realistic that we have a tough agenda to enact, and that we face very wealthy and powerful adversaries. It won't be easy, but we know that you and the American people are on our side. This gives us the confidence and encouragement we need to keep fighting.

Please act today by accepting our challenge to become a Sustaining Member of NOM. The Sustaining Member program is essential to our success, forming the financial backbone of our organization.

Remember, every monthly Sustaining Member contribution that you pledge for the next year will be matched, dollar for dollar, thanks to the amazing year-end Matching Gift opportunity.

I am incredibly excited about our work, and our prospects for continuing success. Thank you for making that possible with your prayers, and your ongoing financial support.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

PS – Becoming a Sustaining Member of NOM is important, and it's easy. You decide what monthly pledge amount is right for you, and we'll make sure that your wishes are carried out according to your instructions. Please join us today as a Sustaining Member!

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Help us capitalize on our momentum


Dear Marriage Supporter — As you know, NOM won a tremendous victory this week in Alabama with the election of Judge Roy Moore as the GOP nominee for US Senate. NOM strongly supported Judge Moore against the incumbent appointed Senator, bucking the party establishment and even President Trump in the process. We did so because Roy Moore has been a consistent, stalwart champion for marriage and because he will actually act on our issues in Washington, rather than just talk about doing something. Judge Moore must face the Democrat nominee in December, but that contest is largely a formality in deep-red Alabama.

NOM's work in support of Judge Moore has captured national attention. An article I wrote was published yesterday by The Daily Caller that made the case that Roy Moore's election should be a wake-up call to every Republican leader in Washington. In it, I laid out the lessons of Roy Moore's victory, chief among them: "It's not about force of personality, it's about force of policy. It's not about posturing, it's about fulfilling promises. And it's not about empty talk, it's about delivering results."

We need to capitalize on our momentum, and I need your help to do so. Can you make a generous financial gift today so that we can press forward with our campaign to end discrimination facing individuals, small businesses, charities and churches that do not wish to participate in same-sex ceremonies that violate their religious beliefs?

NOM's policy focus during the balance of the year is two-fold:

  1. Urge President Trump to issue a comprehensive Executive Order on religious liberty that would prevent the government from forcing people of faith to participate in same-sex ceremonies that violate their deeply held religious beliefs. Such an order would immediately put an end to the federal government's targeting of bakers, florists, pastors, inn keepers, small businesses, churches and charities because of their beliefs about marriage.

  2. Urge Congress to introduce and pass the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) to make permanent the kinds of legal protections that would be contained in an Executive Order from President Trump.

We've got momentum, but we also have a big job ahead to convince our elected leaders to act. Please help us today with these critical action steps:

  1. Make a generous financial contribution to NOM so that we can capitalize on our momentum and move forward in enacting our agenda.

  2. Call President Trump, Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Leader Mitch McConnell to urge them to act to protect the religious liberty rights of marriage supporters. You can get more background info and the phone numbers to call in this important one minute video, which I urge you to watch.

NOM has had some tremendous successes this year, and Judge Moore's victory this week just adds to our momentum. We're grateful to you for your support which makes our work possible, and we would appreciate anything you can do today to help us take advantage of the momentum we have.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

PS – If you haven't yet watched our video calling for Americans to call our elected leaders demanding action, you can watch it here. Then forward it to all your friends, family and contacts and ask them to get involved. Thank you.

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NOM Brief in Masterpiece Cakeshop Case

NOM has filed a major brief with the United Stated Supreme Court urging SCOTUS to protect people of faith from governmental discrimination because of their belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.

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BREAKING: Big Win As Trump Bans Transgendered in Military


In a major announcement, President Trump announced this morning via Twitter that he has banned so-called transgendered individuals from serving in any capacity in the military. NOM has helped lead a nationwide grassroots movement to oppose the gender ideology of former President Obama and the left, which has attempted to force the transgender agenda on the military, public school children and all institutions of government. Recently, we helped mobilize a massive grassroots push back against 23 Republican members of the House of Representatives who opposed efforts to stop saddling taxpayers with the huge cost of sex changes surgeries and other treatments for transgendered people who join the military.

This is a great victory for taxpayers, and for common sense. The medical science is clear, nobody is born such that they are the opposite sex "trapped in the wrong body." Those who feel this way suffer from a disorder called "gender dysphoria." They deserve our concerns and prayers, but they are not entitled to force all of society to abandon reality to accommodate their disorder, and they are not entitled to force taxpayers to pay for sex-change surgeries and other expensive 'treatments.'

President Trump cited "the tremendous medical costs and disruption" that transgendered individuals would cause the military. Kudos to him for having the courage to stand up to the left on this issue, who have relentlessly used the power of government to push the transgender agenda on society.

Mr. Trump is correct to cite not only the costs but the disruption that the transgender agenda causes. These gender-confused individuals are a tiny fraction of the population, yet everyone else is expected to succumb to their demands or risk being labeled a bigot, homophobe or worse. They expect school children, women and victims of sexual abuse to risk their safety and privacy by allowing biological men into intimate areas reserved for women and girls. Massive fake outrage has been manufactured by LGBT extremist groups and their allies in government, media, large corporations and big-time sports leagues against anyone who resists.

We’re encouraged by this development and call on President Trump to also protect individuals, churches, nonprofit groups and people of faith from the same cost and disruption that he is concerned about transgender individuals causing in the military. As a candidate, he repeatedly promised to sign an Executive Order to protect the religious liberty rights of people of faith, including the right to continue to uphold the truth of gender, marriage and the sanctity of life. We urge him to act to fulfill that promise and we commend him for the actions he’s taken today.

Brian S Brown

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Join Thousands of Others to Hold the 23 Republicans Accountable for Their Transgender Vote


Americans who believe in the bible and in science were dealt an insulting blow recently when 23 incumbent Republican members of the US House of Representatives voted to force taxpayers to pay for transgender sex-change surgeries for members of the military.

This is a shocking betrayal of both science and the Created Order, not to mention just plain dumb. There is no way that our military should be forced to accept a gender-confused individual who can then turn right around and demand that taxpayers pay for a sex-change!

And yet, that is the position that these 23 foolhardy Republican lawmakers have taken, and the GOP leadership of Paul Ryan and Kevin McCarthy have done nothing to stop it.

If the Republican leadership won't put a stop to this gender insanity, it's up to us at NOM to do so. NOM is fighting the transgender ideology at every level – in the military, in our public schools, in the courts and in the court of public opinion, but we need your help to be successful. Can I count on your support today?

Our push back against the 23 Republicans who voted to force taxpayers to pay for transgender sex changes for military personnel is beginning to have an effect. Over four thousand people have signed our petition to these Republican lawmakers letting them know that we intend to hold them accountable for their betrayal. They are being inundated with emails and calls, but we need to keep the pressure on.

Please sign our petition today to let these 23 Republicans know that you oppose their vote and will hold them accountable.

The science is clear: Nobody is born such that they are the opposite sex "trapped in the wrong body." People who believe they are the wrong gender suffer from a disorder called "gender dysphoria."

The Created Order is clear: God made us male and female. He knew us even before he formed us.

Common sense is clear: Taxpayers should not be on the hook for sex change surgeries, period.

You can help us today to hold the GOP accountable and to defend the truth of gender by taking two simple steps: make a financial contribution to support NOM so that we have the resources we need to be successful; and sign our petition to the 23 Republicans who need to get the message that it's not OK to ignore science, scripture and common sense to saddle taxpayers with the massive expense of sex-change surgeries for transgendered military personnel. Please act today.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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Sign Our Petition to Hold the 23 Republicans Accountable for Their Transgender Vote


Late last week, 23 incumbent Republican members of the US House of Representatives voted to force taxpayers to pay for transgender sex-change surgeries for members of the military. Can you imagine?! Why should a gender-confused person be able to enlist in the military and then demand that taxpayers pay for a sex-change? The answer is obvious -- they shouldn't. The military exists to defend the national interests of our country, not to help advance a dangerous social experiment in gender ideology that President Obama pushed on the country at the behest of LGBT extremists.

We must hold these clueless Republicans who have betrayed the American people and put the Obama gender agenda ahead of the interests of taxpayers and national security. Please sign our petition today to let these 23 Republicans know that you oppose their vote and will hold them accountable.

The scientific evidence is clear that nobody is born such that they are the opposite sex "trapped in the wrong body." According to medical science, people who believe they are the wrong gender suffer from a disorder called "gender dysphoria." They deserve our compassion and prayers, but they are not entitled to free sex-change surgeries courtesy of the US taxpayer.

NOM is fighting the transgender ideology at every level – in the military, in our public schools, in the courts and in the court of public opinion. The response from LGBT extremists has been to vilify us, call us "bigots" and a "hate group," damage our property, assault our team members, and attempt to silence us. But their campaign of intimidation has failed – we will never be silenced in speaking the truth about gender, marriage, human sexuality and related issues. We stand united as people of faith and will fight for our collective rights to live out these truths without fear of retribution or retaliation.

Please help NOM to continue to be effective advocates for you and all those who believe in the truth of marriage. We would be grateful if you could make a financial contribution today to assist us.

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We have a multi-faceted plan to fight for our issues, including urging the US Supreme Court to use the pending Masterpiece Cakeshop case to rule that nobody can be forced against their will to be involved in gay 'marriage;' hold the Republicans in Congress accountable, including demanding they introduce and move forward with the First Amendment Defense Act to provide protections for people of faith; organize tens of thousands of Americans to contact Attorney General Jeff Sessions to demand that the Trump administration move forward with a long-promised Executive Order to protect the religious liberty of those who believe in traditional marriage; and highlight the utter hate that many on the left have for people who remain firm in their belief that marriage is as God created it – one man and one woman.

You can help us today to pursue these four priority actions by taking two simple steps: Sign our petition to the 23 Republicans who need to get the message that it's not OK to expect taxpayers to pay for sex-change surgeries for transgendered military personnel, and make a financial contribution to support NOM so that we have the resources we need to be successful.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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