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Victory in Iowa

Dear Marriage Supporter,

We won a huge victory for marriage last night when Sen. Ted Cruz secured a tremendous win in Iowa, defeating the establishment and the elite and standing tall for grassroots conservatives in Iowa, and across the country.

NOM went all-in to support Senator Cruz, endorsing him and continuously urging people to support his candidacy. We also fought tirelessly against his leading opponent, businessman Donald Trump.

We congratulate Senator Cruz on a tremendous campaign. His victory was one for the history books, winning a record number of votes, more than any Republican in the history of the Iowa caucuses! Now he will get a well-deserved bounce coming out of Iowa as he heads to New Hampshire and South Carolina after that.

Senator Cruz is a champion for marriage and religious liberty and his victory last night sends a powerful message to the nation's elite that the American people utterly reject the anti-constitutional, illegitimate ruling of the US Supreme Court redefining marriage. His win should send shockwaves throughout Washington, and provide real momentum for legislation to protect supporters of marriage from retaliation or punishment for standing for the truth of marriage in their daily lives and at work.

In fact, the Iowa campaign served to underscore the depth of support for true marriage that exists in America. Ted Cruz was endorsed by NOM, is the author of a proposed constitutional amendment restoring to states the right to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and is a co-author of the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) to protect believers in marriage. Marco Rubio, who nearly overtook Donald Trump for second place, also is an articulate supporter of marriage and is a co-author of FADA. Even Donald Trump realized that marriage is a strong value supported by Americans and campaigned in the final days as a marriage supporter, one who would consider appointing Supreme Court judges who would reverse the illegitimate Supreme Court ruling.

NOM is proud to have played a key role in supporting Sen. Cruz and helping him win in Iowa. Now we must turn our attention to New Hampshire, South Carolina and the coming states who will vote before we know it.

Electing a marriage champion is critical to the cause of marriage and our ability to restore marriage to our nation's laws. We will continue to do everything in our power to elect Ted Cruz and to demonstrate to the nation that support for traditional marriage remains strong, an enduring value that the American people demand be restored to our nation's laws.

The initial response to our 2016 membership drive has been extremely encouraging. Thank you to all those supporters who responded to our request, renewing their membership in NOM with a minimum $35 contribution!

Contributions from members are the lifeblood of NOM. Without that support we simply cannot effectively undertake the hard work necessary to defend marriage, to fight to restore true marriage to our nation's laws and to protect the religious liberty rights of Americans who believe in marriage.

That's why I'm writing to urge you to renew your membership in NOM today by making a minimum contribution of $35. If you can renew your support at a higher level, please consider doing so. We definitely need it!

As we've discussed before, 2016 will be a pivotal year for the cause of marriage. In addition to electing a new president who very likely will have the opportunity to appoint several new justices to the US Supreme Court, we also will have a major battle in Congress to pass the First Amendment Defense Act, critical legislation needed to protect the civil rights of people to continue to support marriage in the daily lives and at work without fear of punishment or reprisal.

2016 is also the year that we must invest in reinvigorating the grassroots with meaningful education and training. We are working hard to develop educational materials that will help grassroots supporters be better informed about the issues and be able to participate in small group discussions about ways to restore true marriage in our culture.

But all these programs are dependent on members like you renewing their membership. Please act today to renew your membership for a minimum of $35 so that we can move full-speed ahead in support of the great cause of marriage.

Our membership drive throughout February is an absolutely critical period for us, especially because we fell a bit short in our year-end matching gift challenge. The fact is that we don't have the type of cushion we had hoped for entering the year, meaning that every person who renews their membership in NOM for a minimum of $35 is extremely important.

I know I can count on you to step up and renew your membership for at least $35. If you can do more, I ask you to do so.

Thank you for your support. Onward to New Hampshire!


Brian S Brown

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A clear choice for Iowa

Dear Marriage Supporter,

The nation is watching Iowa. The results of the upcoming caucus on February 1st will be a defining moment in the presidential race. Iowa has a chance to send forth a trusted conservative, someone who is a champion for marriage, life, religious liberty, as well as someone who is committed to making America strong again, economically and militarily.

By all accounts, the race in Iowa is narrowing to two leading contenders, Sen. Ted Cruz and businessman Donald Trump. This presents Iowans with a clear choice:

Sen. Ted Cruz is a proven champion for marriage, an opponent of the US Supreme Court's illegitimate ruling redefining marriage and a principled fighter determined to do something about it. Donald Trump says that now that the Supreme Court imposed its views, "we have to accept it."

Sen. Cruz has spent his entire public life fighting the evil that is abortion, has called for an end to taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood and has demanded that individuals who engaged in the illegal selling of body parts harvested from babies be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Until recently, Donald Trump was proudly pro-choice, has mentioned his pro-abortion sister as someone he'd consider appointing to the US Supreme Court, and even today after the scandal of the barbaric harvesting and sale of fetal body parts still hedges when it comes to defunding Planned Parenthood.

NOM has endorsed Sen. Cruz for President of the United States for one simple reason: he is a trusted, proven conservative who will be a champion for the issues we care about. Sen. Cruz signed NOM's marriage pledge committing himself to taking specific actions as president to help restore marriage to our nation's laws, and to protect the rights of Americans to live out their views of marriage in their daily lives and at work.

Donald Trump has made no commitments to fight for marriage, or the rights of supporters of marriage to not be discriminated against and punished for refusing to go along with the lie that is same-sex 'marriage.'

Look, I fully realize that Donald Trump presents many attractive qualities that appeal to voters sick and tired of being betrayed by the political class. He throws political correctness to the wind, a refreshing characteristic, and he is independent of any moneyed influence — another attractive factor.

But the issue really comes down to this: who can you trust? The answer to that is clear: Iowans can trust Ted Cruz to do what he says he will do.

When the Iowa Supreme Court illegitimately imposed same-sex 'marriage' on the state, you and I didn't just accept their anti-constitutional ruling. We moved forward to remove three sitting judges from the Supreme Court, including then Chief Justice Marcia Ternus.

Working together with our allies, we won a great victory and sent a clear message across the nation that voters would not sit idly by and watch activist judges impose their own views of marriage on citizens. We fought for our principles, and we won.

Contrast the principled actions of Iowa voters in removing activist judges with the reaction of Donald Trump when the US Supreme Court imposed gay 'marriage' on the nation. Trump didn't fight back, he quit the fight entirely.

Mr. Trump told MSNBC:

"You have to go with it. The decision's been made, and that is the law of the land."

Some champion.

If Donald Trump's views about judicial activism from the US Supreme Court were accepted by President Lincoln, slavery would be "the law of the land" in America today. We would have had "to go with it." But instead of accepting the Dred Scott decision as binding precedent on the nation, President Lincoln worked to limit its application and led a principled fight against the great evil of slavery. And he won.

Sen. Ted Cruz is the Abraham Lincoln of this race. A constitutional scholar, Sen. Cruz is committed to leading the fight to restore marriage to our nation's laws and to protecting the rights of Americans to continue to act in support of traditional marriage at home, at work and in the full exercise of their daily lives.

Cruz is the author of a proposed constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right of states to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. And he is a sponsor of federal legislation to prohibit the government from taking any adverse action against supporters of traditional marriage.

In order to win a fight against an evil, you have to wage the battle. Like the voters of Iowa did, Sen. Cruz will fight for marriage and for the values we cherish. Donald Trump has already quit.

This election is the most important in the history of our nation. We absolutely must elect someone who is a proven champion for the issues and values we hold dear. We cannot take a risk on someone we cannot trust, someone who will not fight for our issues.

The next president could appoint numerous Supreme Court justices and marriage could well be back before our highest court. In Ted Cruz, we will have a president who absolutely will make sure that Supreme Court justices follow the constitution and not invent "rights" to things like same-sex 'marriage.'

You know, past Republican presidents have given us some terrible appointments to the Supreme Court, including the disastrous Anthony Kennedy who has redefined marriage and helped impose unfettered abortion on the nation. We cannot afford any more of those types of justices.

Whatever you may think about Ted Cruz, you know you can trust him to stand by his principles. We can absolutely trust him to give us solid Supreme Court justices who will uphold our values.

And whatever you may think about Donald Trump, you must surely know that you absolutely cannot trust that he will give us Supreme Court justices who will uphold our values. He's already abandoned our values on marriage and life, and he's already signaled that judges like his pro-abortion sister should be appointed to the US Supreme Court where they can continue to impose their own views rather than follow the US constitution.

It was my great honor to work with the people of Iowa in 2010 when we removed those three Supreme Court justices from office. Now I am asking you to take another principled stand.

Please, it is imperative that you support Sen. Ted Cruz for president of the United States. This will likely be the most important vote you will ever cast. I ask you to do everything in your power to attend the caucus, and to vote for Sen. Ted Cruz. Please talk with all your friends, colleagues and neighbors and ask them to do the same. You can feel free to forward my note to anyone you think should see it.

The eyes of the nation are watching, and the future of the nation is in your hands.

Thank you for standing strong for marriage, and the values that we care about.


Brian S Brown

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NOM to Query Presidential Candidates Today

Dear Marriage Supporter,

I'm writing with big news. This evening I will be in Des Moines, Iowa for the last major pro-family forum of presidential candidates before the Iowa Caucuses. NOM is a co-sponsor of the Presidential Family Forum, and I will have the opportunity to ask the candidates to expound on their position in support of marriage and religious liberty, and to help Americans better understand how these candidates would govern when it comes to these issues.

NOM has co-sponsored two previous presidential forums in Iowa this year. This is an example of the leadership we exert, both publicly and behind the scenes, to restore marriage to its rightful place in the law and to protect supporters of marriage from harassment and discrimination. You see, electing a pro-marriage champion as president is the fastest way to reverse the illegitimate and anti-constitutional ruling of the US Supreme Court redefining marriage, and to ensuring that the government does not discriminate against supporters of traditional marriage.

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Our work on your behalf and on behalf of all Americans who believe in marriage is dependent upon your financial support. We don't have billionaires contributing to our cause; we depend on grassroots support from you and others. Please consider making a contribution of $15, $25, $50, $100 or even $250 or more so that we can continue to exert critical leadership to restore marriage and protect the rights of all people who support God's design for marriage — the union of one man and one woman.

The forum tonight is the granddaddy of all the events we helped sponsor in Iowa. Not only will candidates have to answer direct questions about pro-family issues, but we will have the opportunity to better understand their worldview when it comes to our issues, and to lay bare how that viewpoint would influence their approach to governing. Here's how the website for the event describes tonight's forum: "It's the last call. It's the big one. And best of all, it's the one where politics take a backseat, worldviews get stripped bare, and hearts are revealed for all to see. It's the one where you get to see what really makes the candidates tick."

I am excited to be able to ask the candidates about marriage, and their responses will be very influential in any future actions NOM might take in the run-up to the presidential vote.

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NOM recognized early on that the election of the next president would be a pivotal moment in determining if reversing the Supreme Court's ruling takes several years or several decades. There's no doubt that eventually the lie of same-sex marriage will make itself clear to people as they witness the reality of children suffering under a viewpoint that strips marriage of gender-complementarity and denies children the love of one of their natural parents. But we have the opportunity in 2016 to take a major step to avoid a 40-year battle as we've had to wage on life in the wake of Roe v Wade, and take a decisive step toward remaking the US Supreme Court when several justices who voted to redefine marriage retire during the next presidential term, which they are expected to do. It could take as few as just one new Supreme Court justice to reverse the marriage decision!

This is why we have devoted considerable time and resources to examining the candidates and to really understanding their views. It's imperative that the next president appoint judges who will reverse the Obergefell ruling that redefined marriage, and who will take actions as president to protect the right of individuals and states to act in support of marriage. So we've issued our Presidential Pledge that has been signed by several leading candidates, and also encouraged grassroots Americans to sign The People's Marriage Pledge. We've worked behind the scenes to learn as much as possible about each candidate's true character when it comes to fighting for marriage, and we've helped support major public forums so that Americans can see for themselves how the candidates engage the marriage issue.

Our ability to influence the presidential election is entirely dependent on whether you give us the resources to do so. We don't have big labor unions or corporate billionaires, but if we can convince thousands of grassroots Americans to stand with us, then we can make a tremendous difference. Please be one of those with the determination to stand, and make your most generous donation to NOM. Your gift of $15, $25, $50, $75 or $100 or more will be put to immediate use, and will be matched by a generous donor.

For a long while we've seen politicians get away with paying lip service to the issues we care deeply about. Many claim to be "pro life" and "pro marriage" but few actually do anything about it. We can't settle for lip service any longer! We need a president who is truly committed to leading and taking concrete action to restore marriage:

  • A president who will advocate for a federal marriage amendment;
  • A president who is committed to overturning the illegitimate and anti-constitutional ruling of the Supreme Court redefining marriage;
  • A president who will sign the First Amendment Defense Act into law;
  • A president who will reverse improper actions by the Obama Administration advancing a redefinition of marriage;
  • A president who will champion the truth of marriage as a profoundly important institution for men and women, and especially any children born of their union.

As I get ready to engage the candidates tonight in Des Moines, please let me know that you are standing with me. Please make a generous contribution today to support NOM.


Brian S Brown

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Heartbreak, Lessons, and Encouragement Emerge from Religious Liberty Rally

Last week, in Des Moines, Iowa, a group of people persecuted because of their beliefs about marriage gathered for a religious liberty rally organized by Sen. Ted Cruz. Of those present, many spoke publicly about the hardships they face, as well as their faith in God. The Daily Signal reports on the event:

Iowa couple Dick and Betty Odgaard, who are Mennonite, told  how they were forced to close their business, the Gortz Haus – a wedding venue located in an historic church.

The wedding venue also served as an art gallery, flower shop, and restaurant. After declining a gay couple’s request to use their venue for their wedding in 2013, the couple became the target for attacks.

Asked why they didn’t host the same-sex wedding, Betty said, “We could not celebrate a sin.”

The Odgaards were fined $5,000 last year. In July, the couple closed the doors on the business.

. . .

Those speaking on a panel at the event included former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, Oregon bakers Aaron and Melissa Klein, retired Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Phillip Monk, and Washington florist Barronelle Stutzman.


Iowa-based radio host Steve Deace moderated the discussion.

All of the panelists shared their stories of heartbreaks, lessons, and encouragement.

“I was never in a court,” said Aaron Klein, who has been fined $135K after not baking a wedding cake for a lesbian couple.

The Klein family owns Sweet Cakes by Melissa.

“Before all of this happened, I had a very large lack of trust in my God. I hate to admit that, but I did," Melissa Klein said. "And through this and through standing for him, I have learned to trust him so much.”

This week the Klein family baked 10 cakes to send to LGBTQ groups to show love for these individuals, even though the Kleins do not support gay marriage.

“I would just encourage you all,” Melissa continued, “stand for God and be strong because He can move in your life like you have never seen Him move before.”

The US Supreme Court has made a grave mistake in imposing same-sex ‘marriage’ on the nation. Until we are able to take the steps necessary to reverse this illegitimate decision, it is imperative that there be no more victims of persecution or punishment of people simply for standing up for the truth of marriage. We call on Congress and the states to pass the First Amendment Defense Act prohibiting government from discriminating against people who support marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

See The Daily Signal for more.

Another Christian Business Forced to Close Down

As reported by The Daily Signal, another Christian family-run business has had to close due to a “discrimination” complaint brought against them by a same-sex couple. This is yet another example of the real tragedy happening in our nation: people who believe in the truth of marriage and simply want to be left alone to practice their beliefs in the public square are instead targeted for persecution and punishment, with the power of government used as a club to advance the cause of ‘same-sex marriage.'


This time, the victims are Richard and Betty Odgaard, the owners of Görtz Haus Gallery in Grimes, Iowa, which they bought and turned into a bistro, flower shop, art gallery and wedding venue. Members of the Mennonite faith, the couple had a successful business until they were asked to rent the facility for a same-sex ‘wedding.’ Because their deeply held religious beliefs preclude their participation in something that violates their faith, they declined to be involved. Within 24 hours a complaint was filed with a government agency. After the couple was forced to settle and pay a $5,000 fine, they had to stop participating in wedding celebrations altogether in order not to have to participate in gay ‘weddings’ that violate their faith. But portrayed as bigots, the damage to their reputation was done and the couple is shutting their doors.

The proposed First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) would prevent this type of government sanction at the federal level, thus leaving the same-sex couple free to find another ‘wedding’ venue and the Mennonite couple free to not participate. NOM urges state legislatures to move forward with state-based versions of FADA.

From The Daily Signal:

On August 3, 2013, a gay couple from Des Moines asked to rent Görtz Haus for their wedding.

Because of their Mennonite faith, the Odgaards told the couple they could not host their wedding.

Within 24 hours, the couple filed a discrimination complaint through the Iowa Civil Rights Commission.

“We knew that the business was going to be in trouble almost immediately,” Richard, 69, said. “We had to get rid of the wedding business to avoid another complaint and possibly a higher penalty.”

The Odgaards never admitted to any discrimination, but agreed to a $5,000 settlement.

They also returned two non-refundable deposits for couples who, after hearing media reports, didn’t want to use their space for their weddings anymore.

“It was just the right thing to do,” Richard said.

. . .

The case was the first of its kind in Iowa, but it didn’t receive the same sort of media attention as the bakers in Oregon, the photographers in New Mexico or the farmers in New York.

The couple says that’s because pending litigation prevented them from being able to speak out, further isolating them from their community.

“We didn’t get the Chick-fil-A response,” Richard half-heartedly joked.

The Odgaards don’t blame the gay community for shutting them down, but rather, the state of Iowa.

“I think if people in Iowa would have had a chance to vote on this, it would have never have been this way. People in Iowa are pretty conservative,” Betty said.

“With the discrimination laws and the legality of same-sex marriage in this state, now you have to prove that you didn’t discriminate,” added Richard.

The Odgaards also feel they never got their day in court, and had the case turned out differently, they might not have been driven out of business.

“This was all administrative judgement,” Richard said. “The [gay couple] had a platform to file their case and we didn’t get our day in court with a jury of our peers.”

For the full article, please visit The Daily Signal.

National Organization for Marriage Defeats Every Republican It Targeted Who Embraced Same-Sex 'Marriage'; Group will Target Sen. Rob Portman for defeat in 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 10, 2014
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)

"When candidates speak out in support of marriage, voters will reward them; when candidates ignore marriage or actually want to redefine it, they are rejected." — Brian Brown, NOM president —


Washington, DC — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) claimed victory in their efforts to defeat three prominent Republican candidates for the US House and US Senate, and announced they will set their sights on defeating Sen. Rob Portman for reelection in 2016, or if he decides to run for president. Through their Super PAC, the NOM Victory Fund, the nation's largest organization supporting natural marriage opposed the election of Republican US House candidates Carl DeMaio (CA52) and Richard Tisei (MA6) as well as Republican US Senate candidate Monica Wehby of Oregon. Tisei and Wehby were defeated on Election Day while DeMaio conceded defeat yesterday.

"I hope that our success in defeating these three Republican candidates sends a message to the Republican leadership in Washington that the GOP faithful demands candidates who are committed to defending marriage, which is a critical element of the Republican platform," said Brian Brown, NOM's president. "Together with our success with independent expenditure and grassroots campaigns to help elect pro-marriage Republicans like Thom Tillis, Tom Cotton, Joni Ernst and Ben Sasse, we've proven that speaking out in support of traditional marriage is a winning issue for Republican candidates."

NOM spent over $200,000 in independent expenditures on television ads and mailers in the Tillis and Cotton races, and mounted substantial grassroots efforts including co-sponsoring a bus tour and turning out conservatives to help Joni Ernst (IA), Ben Sasse (NE), and Pat Roberts (KS), along with supporting Governor Sam Brownback (KS).

"Republicans want to support candidates who stand with them to advance policies that promote liberty, prosperity, national security and the natural family," said Brown. "Marriage is the most pro-family, pro-child institution ever devised, one that brings men and women together and forms the ideal environment for any children born of their union. When candidates speak out in support of marriage, voters will reward them; when candidates ignore marriage or actually want to redefine it, they are rejected."

US Senator Rob Portman announced his support for redefining marriage in 2013 after his son told him he was gay. Portman faces voters in Ohio in a 2016 reelection race, but has also been mentioned as a possible Republican candidate for president.

"Rob Portman can forget about getting elected President of the United States," said Brown. "If he runs we will make sure that GOP primary voters are aware of his desire to redefine marriage and his willingness to see federal judges set aside the votes of 50 million Americans who enacted marriage amendments across the country because his son is gay. Rob Portman's son has a right to live as he chooses, but that does not give his father the right to redefine marriage. The same voters who just elected pro-marriage candidates like Joni Ernst, Tim Scott, Tom Cotton, Pat Roberts and Thom Tillis are not going to support someone like Rob Portman."

Brown said that if Portman runs for reelection, they will oppose him in Ohio. "The people of Ohio deserve a US Senator who respects their votes for marriage. We hope that Portman faces a stiff challenge in the Republican primary from a candidate who will proudly stand for marriage. We intend to oppose Sen. Portman for reelection, and if he survives a primary challenge we will urge Republicans and Independents to refuse to vote for him in the General Election, just as we successfully did with DeMaio, Tisei and Wehby."

In addition to its work in federal races, NOM also noted the defeat of Republican state Senator Mark Grisanti in New York. Grisanti was one of four GOP Senators who switched their votes and redefined marriage in that state.

"When these Republican Senators betrayed us, we vowed that we would defeat them all," Brown said. "We previously had defeated three of the turncoat Senators, and now we have kept our word that all would be defeated with the ouster of Grisanti. This should also serve notice to Republican leaders that it is political suicide to back Republican candidates who do not fight for traditional marriage."


To schedule an interview with Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, please contact Elizabeth Ray, [email protected], or Matille Thebolt, [email protected], at 703-683-5004.

Paid for by The National Organization for Marriage, Brian Brown, president. 2029 K Street NW, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20006, not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee. New § 68A.405(1)(f) & (h).

National Organization for Marriage: Traditional Marriage Achieves Overwhelming Victory Across United States

Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)

"In red states and blue, candidates who supported marriage as the union of one man and one woman won election and those who didn't were rejected by voters. The Republican Party should take note that their nominees who favored gay 'marriage' were opposed by NOM and they were resoundingly defeated." —Brian Brown, President, NOM—


Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today said that their efforts to support candidates who supported traditional marriage and oppose those who favored gay 'marriage' were overwhelmingly effective and played a pivotal role in the Republicans capturing control of the United States Senate. NOM won all the races in which they were engaged.

"Marriage won an overwhelming victory last night," said Brian Brown, president of NOM. "In red states and blue, candidates who supported marriage as the union of one man and one woman won election and those who didn't were rejected by voters. The Republican Party should take note that their nominees who favored gay 'marriage' were opposed by NOM and they were resoundingly defeated."

The NOM Victory Fund spent more than $200,000 on television advertisements and mailers supporting successful US Senate candidates Thom Tillis (NC) and Tom Cotton (AR). NOM also mounted extensive grassroots efforts in support of newly-elected Senators Joni Ernst (IA) and Ben Sasse (NE), in addition to Governor Sam Brownback (KS) and Senator Pat Roberts (KS).

A major storyline emerging from the election was the rejection of Republican candidates who abandoned marriage and instead supported redefining marriage. NOM actively opposed Richard Tisei (MA6), Carl DeMaio (CA52) and Monica Wehby, the GOP candidate for US Senate in Oregon. Tisei and Wehby were defeated, and the outcome of the CA52 contest was too close to call on election night.

"It's time for the GOP elite and consultant class to wake up and realize that marriage is a winning issue, in red states and blue," Brown said. "Traditional marriage amendments have received 50 million votes across America, and candidates who embraced marriage this election won, while Republicans who rejected marriage were themselves rejected. The election results tonight were a stunning rebuke of those who wish to redefine marriage. We look forward to working with Congress to advance the cause of marriage."


To schedule an interview with Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, please contact Elizabeth Ray, [email protected], or Matille Thebolt, [email protected], at 703-683-5004.

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PHOTOS: 'Standing for the American Family' Whistle Stop Tour of Iowa

NOM is proud to be on-site with FRC Action's Faith Family Freedom Fund, The Family Leader, and everyday marriage champions in Iowa today! The "Standing for the American Family" whistle stop bus tour (Oct. 13-16) encourages value voters of Iowa to get out and make their voices heard.

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Iowans: join us to hear from local and national conservative leaders about the importance of marriage and the impact our votes will have in November. Check out the full schedule here.

UPDATE 10/17/14 1:37pm: The tour continues into Nebraska today!


UPDATE 10/18/14 10:32am: Crowds gather at Summit Church in Wichita, Kansas:


Suing to Prove Your Innocence

Turning the tables on the national narrative, Mennonite art gallery owners Betty and Richard Odgaard have filed suit against the Iowa Civil Rights Commission asking the Commission to rule that their refusal to participate in a religious ceremony by allowing their gallery to be used for a same-sex wedding ceremony is not a violation of the Iowa Civil Rights Act.  From the Quad City Times

Religion and LawDES MOINES — A nationally known religious rights group is suing the Iowa Civil Rights Commission on behalf of a Grimes couple who refused to host a same-sex couple’s wedding…

“Just as the Odgaards cannot be forced to display art that violates their religious convictions, they should not be forced to host religious ceremonies that violate their religious convictions,” Hardman wrote. “To our knowledge, no Iowa or Federal court has ever forced anyone to participate in a religious activity against their will. Doing so now would abandon Iowa’s history of being the vanguard of protecting individual freedom, and out of line with state and federal law.” (Read More)

It is a sad day in America when people of faith have to sue to prove their innocence.

Iowa Ethics and Campaign Finance Board Confirms No Facts Point to a Violation of Law

Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Jen Campbell (703-683-5004)

National Organization for Marriage

Washington, D.C. — The following should be attributed to Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM).

"The National Organization for Marriage made known to the Board its serious concerns about the possible prejudice against NOM by the Executive Director and Legal Counsel. The Board made a decision which dismissed NOM's concerns, but at the same time, the Board reaffirmed to NOM that it has not made a determination in any manner whatsoever that NOM has violated Iowa law, contrary to previous press reports. The Board has confirmed that it has no facts to support such a finding and that it is incumbent upon the Board to now gather the facts that will inform the Board whether a violation has occurred. NOM will continue to fully cooperate with the Board to furnish the evidence which will clearly demonstrate that no violation of the law occurred. NOM takes very seriously its legal compliance obligations and NOM is confident that once the Board reviews the facts and the evidence, this frivolous complaint will be dismissed."


To schedule an interview with Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage, please contact Elizabeth Ray (x130), [email protected], or Jen Campbell (x145), [email protected], at 703-683-5004.

Paid for by The National Organization for Marriage, Brian Brown, president. 2029 K Street NW, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20006, not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee. New § 68A.405(1)(f) & (h).

Don't Let Iowa be the Next California

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

Last Friday I told you about the witch hunt in Iowa initiated by a homosexual activist whose sole goal is to silence NOM and people like yourself from standing up in public for the truth of God's design for marriage. If you have not been able to give an emergency donation to help us fight this frivolous complaint, please do so today because the story is even more outrageous than even we realized.

Get this: Megan Tooker, Chief Executive and General Counsel for the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board — the very person charged with conducting a fair and impartial investigation into the complaint — worked for Supreme Court Justice Michael Streit, one of the judges we helped remove from office during the 2010 judicial retention campaign! Talk about an apparent conflict of interest. It's no wonder that Ms. Tooker has in effect already publicly "convicted" NOM in absentia through the press. Instead of giving the good people of Iowa ethical and impartial service, Ms. Tooker has revealed her deep bias and animosity by declaring, without seeing any evidence in the case, that NOM is "absolutely false" and "absolutely wrong" in its position. Worse, she has blatantly lied to the public and media by misrepresenting our views on what must be disclosed under Iowa campaign finance laws. Her impertinent behavior is an attempt to poison the well of public opinion against NOM before anyone reviews the actual evidence.

We are not going to accept such outrageous and unprofessional behavior. Yesterday we demanded that Ms. Tooker be removed from any involvement with NOM's case. The people of Iowa are entitled to the highest standards of ethical conduct and independence from the state's top ethics officer, not conflicts of interest and misleading comments.

Sadly, we've seen this type of thing before. Ms. Tooker's behavior is frighteningly reminiscent to Judge Vaughn Walker in San Francisco, who outrageously declared Proposition 8 to be unconstitutional, thus invalidating the votes of over 7 million Californians. Walker refused to disclose that he is homosexual and engaged in a long-term gay relationship despite rules that require federal judges to make such disclosure if a reasonable person would believe him to have a conflict of interest. Just as Walker could never be expected to rule fairly on homosexual marriage, how can Megan Tooker be counted on to fairly handle a complaint that involves a campaign that helped remove her former boss from office?

Whether or not our demand of the Ethics Board that Ms. Tooker be removed from being involved in the complaint against NOM is granted or denied, we still have to defend ourselves from the blatantly false accusations that have been leveled by the homosexual activist who filed the complaint. This defense will cost money, time, and manpower, and distracts us from the critical job of fighting to preserve marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

We prayerfully ask you to stand with us against these forces of animosity and prejudice by making a sacrificial donation today. NOM will not be cowed or intimidated by bullies in the gay marriage movement, and we know the good people of Iowa will stand with us for the truth. Please join us today through an emergency gift so the truth can prevail and NOM can continue to work in Iowa and many other states to restore the true and blessed definition of marriage there.

Public officials and judges with conflicts of interest, frivolous complaints, and misrepresentations and lies to the public and media are all tools of our opponents to silence NOM and people like you who stand for God's truth and design for marriage. Don't let them win! Stand with us today with your generous donation.


Brian S. Brown

"I Hope You Rot in Hell": Vicious Attacks from Human Rights Commissioner Exposed

Even after 49-year old Scott Raasch was found to have sent a series of explosive, threatening emails to Rev. Cary Gordon over Gordon's support of natural marriage, he still thinks he should keep his role on the Human Rights Commission, claiming he can act impartially.

Does this sound 'impartial' to you?

Iowa Human Rights Commissioner Scott Raasch EmailIn angry emails, Raasch wrote, “You will get what’s coming to you sooner or later. I hope you rot in hell," adding, “I think there are many people that deserve to burn in hell … including you and your entire family.”

Raasch also wrote, “Now be a good little bigot and go break some more laws.”

Raasch has since apologized to Gordon and insists he would hold no bias against people of faith in his role at the Human Rights Commission.

Gordon, of Cornerstone World Outreach Church, has accepted the apology but still thinks Raasch should step down from his role on the Commission.

“As a commissioner, you are expected to defend me against anti-religious discrimination,” Gordon said. “Why not do the honorable thing,” he added, “and tender your resignation to the council so that no one in our community has to worry about whether or not you are out to get them with power?” -Charisma News

Witch Hunt in Iowa, We Will Not Be Bowed

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

Our opponents are at it again, this time in Iowa. Those who seek to redefine God's design for marriage and eliminate our freedoms of speech and religion have filed another frivolous campaign finance complaint against NOM in an effort to distract us from the defense of marriage and to cost us precious resources in time and money as we are forced to defend these baseless charges.

The reason that our opponents file these baseless charges is that they want access to our internal list of financial supporters so they can then harass people who support true marriage. They've been demanding this confidential information for years, but nonprofit groups don't have to provide donor information to the public. The ACLU doesn't, nor does the Human Rights Campaign, yet many gay marriage activists want to subject NOM to a different set of rules.

We will not give in, and we need you to stand with us as strongly as you ever have. Please make an emergency contribution to NOM today so that we can continue to stand with you in the public square protecting marriage and our religious liberties.

You may remember, in Iowa 2010 NOM and several of our allies campaigned tirelessly against three renegade State Supreme Court Justices who had voted to redefine marriage for the entire state. With your help, our campaign to see these justices removed was a huge success — all three judges were voted out by the people, by double-digit margins.

Now a delusional gay activist who fancies himself becoming president of the United States (really!), has filed a spurious complaint against NOM in Iowa. This same activist has filed complaints in two other states — but no state has ever found that NOM was engaged in wrong-doing.

This is eerily similar to the IRS scandal in Washington, DC where the IRS illegally gave NOM's tax return with confidential donor information to homosexual marriage activists in an attempt to harass our donors and hamper our work.

NOM has violated no campaign finance rules in Iowa. Our 2010 campaign to oust the renegade justices was done within the law. So was our work in 2012 in the campaign seeking to remove an additional justice. This witch hunt is nothing more than an attempt to shut down opposition to activist judges and politicians who wish to redefine marriage, and to intimidate you and our many other supporters. In other words, this harassment is a blatant attempt to restrict the freedom of speech and religion of those who believe marriage is one man and one woman in Iowa.

Like the IRS scandal, the frivolous filing in Iowa will cost a great deal of money, time, and manpower, resources that should be dedicated to upholding God's design for marriage and family.

We cannot give in, but it will take your financial sacrifice today. The battle for marriage is on a knife's edge. NOM is working with its allies across the country in a variety of states where marriage is under attack, and we can't be distracted from these fights. We continue to work hard in Iowa so that the people have the opportunity to vote on the definition of marriage. We have no doubt that if voters are given a say, they will repeal gay 'marriage' and restore marriage to its proper formation. Please make a generous donation today so that our work can continue.

These witch hunts and scandals are weapons of our opponents. NOM has done nothing wrong in Iowa, and has been the victim of a felony crime in the IRS scandal. But we will not be bowed.

And we trust that you will not be bowed either. Please stand with NOM today in the defense of marriage by making a sacrificial gift so that we can carry on the fight despite the despicable efforts of our opponents.


Brian S. Brown

National Organization for Marriage Decries Gay Activist Witch Hunt in Iowa

Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Jen Campbell (703-683-5004)

"This is another attempt to shut down criticism of activist judges and politicians who wish to redefine marriage." — Brian Brown, NOM president —

National Organization for Marriage

Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today decried the decision of the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board to open a campaign finance inquiry concerning NOM's participation in the 2010 and 2012 campaigns to oust several state Supreme Court justices, calling the inquiry a witch hunt spawned by a gay activist who has filed serial frivolous complaints elsewhere. The group said the complaint was an attempt to shut down opposition to activist judges and politicians who wish to redefine marriage, and equated it with the Internal Revenue Service's illegal release of NOM's confidential tax return to homosexual marriage activists.

"The National Organization for Marriage has violated no campaign finance rules in Iowa, and we decry the decision by the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board to open an investigation," said Brian Brown, NOM's president. "This inquiry is a witch hunt spawned by a delusional homosexual activist who fancies himself becoming the president of the United States and who is a serial filer of frivolous allegations against us whenever we stand up for traditional marriage. The complaint is another attempt to shut down criticism of activist judges and politicians who wish to redefine marriage."

NOM was a major contributor to the 2010 campaign in which voters successfully removed three sitting justices of the Iowa Supreme Court, including the Chief Justice, after the Court voted to redefine marriage in the state. The campaign finance complaint was filed by Fred Karger, a homosexual activist who ran for president of the United States in 2012. Karger has filed complaints against NOM in Maine and California, but no state has ever ruled that NOM violated state campaign rules.

"All that the decision today means is that Karger has alleged actions that, if proven true, would possibly constitute violations of campaign finance rules. But the allegations are dead wrong and the Board action today in no way means that the Board agrees with Karger's frivolous allegations," Brown said. "We are concerned about the continual use of the legal system by Karger and other homosexual marriage advocates who are intent on denying us and the people of Iowa their civil rights to defend marriage as God created it."

For several years, homosexual activists have demanded that NOM publicly disclose donors to the nonprofit group which are not required by law. They desire this information in order to harass NOM's supporters. (For example, the Human Rights Campaign operates the website .) After the HRC's president was named a co-chair of President Obama's reelection committee, the Internal Revenue Service illegally leaked this information to the HRC, which subsequently published it, exposing NOM's donors to the threat of harassment.

"We are concerned about media reports quoting officials with the Ethics Board speculating about the allegations against us," said Brown. "This is reminiscent of the IRS scandal where the government illegally leaked confidential information to our political opponents. We will vigorously contest any suggestion that NOM has violated the law, and we will aggressively demand that our civil rights, including a presumption of innocence, be honored by Iowa government officials."


To schedule an interview with Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage, please contact Elizabeth Ray (x130), [email protected], or Jen Campbell (x145), [email protected], at 703-683-5004.

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Iowa Gay Marriage Fraud Prevents At Least One Man From Taking a Bride

The Associated Press:

Marriage LicenseA former rural Iowa court official pleaded guilty Monday to forgery for filing false documents to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple from central Florida, in the first case of its kind in Iowa.

... The resolution drew criticism from Joab Penney of Williston, Fla., who says Van Nice's actions duped him out of $150 and gave him an unending legal headache. Penney said he was outraged when court officials advised him Monday he should hire an attorney to petition to void his marriage license - which he said should have never been issued in the first place.

...The Florida men discovered the fraud months later, when Penney contacted an attorney to seek a divorce. The attorney was suspicious because the men had never been to Iowa and Van Nice mailed the application materials from her home, not the courthouse. The attorney contacted authorities asking for an investigation.Penney said he now wants to marry a woman in Florida, but officials there say that he's legally married to Parker and needs to obtain a divorce first.

...Penney said he has been frustrated by the lack of answers from officials in Iowa and the legal limbo he's in.

"I want to get married here to a woman, and I can't," he said. "It's a major headache. I've changed my lifestyle because of all of this. It has offended me that much."

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