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Stand with Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant Who has Stood with Us



Dear Marriage Supporter,

As you know, we secured a tremendous victory for the rights of Christians and other people of faith to be able to live out the truth of marriage without fear of being targeted or punished by the government for doing so. When Governor Phil Bryant signed this critical religious liberty legislation (HB 1523) into law, he took a courageous step in defiance of threats from LGBT extremists and their allies in Hollywood, corporate America and big-time sports leagues. Now we must stand up for Governor Bryant to confront the cultural bullies who, right on cue, are threatening boycotts, economic punishment and reputational ruin.

Please sign our petition to Governor Bryant thanking him for protecting the rights of all his state's residents who will be able to live out the truth of marriage in their daily lives.

Because of his leadership, no pastor, church or religious group will be forced to participate in a gay ‘wedding.' No florist, baker, photographer or other professional will have to be involved in a gay ‘wedding' in violation of their religious beliefs. Religious schools, universities and social service groups can continue to maintain personnel and housing policies that reflect their beliefs. Adoption agencies have been protected and won't be forced to adopt out children to same-sex couples if doing so violates their beliefs that children are entitled to both a mother and a father. Nobody in the state will be punished or imprisoned for refusing to personally issue a marriage license that violates their beliefs. And no men will be able to force their way into intimate facilities reserved for girls and women, such as showers and restrooms, simply by claiming that he "identifies" as a woman.

Thank Governor Phil Bryant Today!

As you can see, HB 1523 enacts very comprehensive protections for citizens and is a model for the nation. That's why we must let Governor Phil Bryant know that we appreciate and applaud his leadership by signing our petition today.

Following the demands of the grossly-misnamed Human Rights Campaign, the leading LGBT puppeteer, executives with major companies like Dow Chemical, General Electric, Pepsi, Hyatt, and Hewlett Packard have already demanded that the law be immediately repealed. Governors from uber-liberal states like New York, Vermont and Washington issued a ban on state employee travel to Mississippi. The manufactured outrage over this legislation is expected to continue, and you can anticipate sports executives weighing in with threats to withdraw championship games from the state.

All of this is manufactured and has become the standard fare for LGBT radicals and their allies. They do not want to actually debate the merits of the issues so they declare anything they oppose to be "discrimination" and "anti-gay" and attempt to demonize all those who oppose their agenda.

Governor Bryant in Mississippi is standing strong and now it's our turn to stand with him. Please act immediately to express your thanks to this courageous defender of the rights of Christians and people of faith and let him know that you salute his leadership.

Together we can fend off the cultural bullies, but we must act proactively to do so. We cannot be silent while the radicals wail mindlessly about this critical legislation. Please act today to sign our petition to Governor Phil Bryant.

Thank you for all you are doing in support of marriage as God designed it.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


PS — After you've signed our petition thanking Governor Bryant for his leadership in Mississippi, please forward it to others and use the share buttons below to promote it on social media. That's one of the best ways to spread the word about this important petition.


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Huge Victory in Mississippi



Dear Marriage Supporter,

I have some fantastic news! Thanks to thousands of you who responded to our urgent request yesterday and sent emails to key legislators and Governor Phil Bryant in Mississippi, the state House of Representatives passed robust, critically needed religious liberty legislation (House Bill 1523) with a strong margin!

And today Governor Bryant signed the legislation into law!

Thank you all who helped us and our allies secure this tremendous victory against LGBT extremists who want to marginalize and punish Christians and other people of faith simply for professing the truth of marriage as God designed it, one man and one woman.

House Bill 1523 protects pastors, churches and individuals from having to solemnize a gay 'wedding' and protects individuals and small businesses like florists, bakers and photographers from being forced to perform services at a gay 'wedding' ceremony that violates their deeply held religious beliefs. The legislation also prevents LGBT extremists from forcing their gender ideology on Mississippi which would allow men to force their way into intimate facilities reserved for girls and women, including showers and restrooms, simply by claiming they "identify" as women.

This huge win is on top of the tremendous victory we helped our allies achieve the other day in North Carolina, which repealed a dangerous bathroom ordinance in Charlotte and prohibited any other local government entity from instituting a "gender identity" policy that jeopardizes the privacy and safety of girls and women.

See how much we can accomplish together to protect religious liberty and safeguard the rights of people who believe in the truth of marriage?

Make a Special Victory Fund Contribution Today!

While we've achieved these tremendous victories together, much more needs to be done. That's why I am asking you to make a special Victory Fund contribution to fund our ongoing efforts across the country and at the federal level to extend the protections we enacted in Mississippi and North Carolina to every state in the country.

Your contribution of $35, $50, $100, $250 or even $500 or more will be put to immediate use helping allies in a number of states that are facing the same type of threats and intimidation from LGBT extremists that we confronted in Mississippi and North Carolina. Some of you receiving this email can afford to give $1,000, $2,500 or even more, which we urgently need. I hope these great victories will encourage you that we can win these critical fights! Whatever you can afford, please act today with your most generous contribution.

These two victories could prove pivotal in the fight against radical extremists who are pushing a dangerous gender ideology and who wish to punish people who honor God's definition of marriage. Sadly, these radical gay activists and their allies in big business, Hollywood and big-time sports like the NFL and NBA won some early victories when three gutless Republican governors succumbed to their threats of economic boycotts and reputational ruin. But now with us having prevailed in North Carolina and today in Mississippi, we may have turned the corner and be on our way to enacting robust protections for Christians and people of faith in a number of additional states, and at the federal level as well.

But our victories will be short-lived unless we can raise the resources needed to capitalize on our momentum. We're being asked by allies in Congress and in a number of key states to help them with funding, expertise and grassroots support, but our ability to respond to those opportunities is directly related to how generously you and other NOM members respond to my request for your financial support.

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Your Most Generous Contribution

Please act today with your most generous contribution — whether that be $25, $50, $250, $500, $1,000 or even $2,500 or more — so that we can secure ever more victories in states and in Congress.

This huge win today in Mississippi would not have been possible without your help. Be encouraged and emboldened by this victory, and please redouble your efforts to stand with us as we fight in numerous other states, and in Congress, for the rights of Christians and other people of faith.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


PS — You can fully expect the LGBT extremists and their allies to go berserk over Mississippi's passage of this robust protection for people of faith, just as they are doing in North Carolina. Your generous financial contribution will allow us to counter their protests and push other states to enact these critical legal protections.


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Act Today To Protect Christians Against LGBT Extremists

Dear Marriage Supporter,

All across America, LGBT extremists are working overtime to force devout Christians and other people of faith to personally participate in celebrating a same-sex 'marriage' even when doing so violates their deeply held religious beliefs. Those who have refused to abandon God's commands when it comes to marriage have been hit with lawsuits and huge fines, lost their jobs and even been put in jail. This must stop, and it will stop in Mississippi if you act today.

Please sign our petition to Governor Phil Bryant demanding that he sign into law critical religious liberty legislation (House Bill 1523) that will protect Christians and other people of faith from having to abandon their beliefs about marriage.

For years, LGBT activists lied to Americans about gay 'marriage,' claiming that redefining marriage to suit their demands would not hurt anyone. Instead, people's lives have been ruined and the sexual extremists are intent on forcing every person in America to genuflect at the altar of gay "rights."

It is outrageous that gay and lesbian extremists have been allowed to discriminate against, harass and punish Christians and others when it comes to marriage. Fortunately, the Mississippi legislature just acted to prevent this type of discrimination and passed legislation that will protect the rights of Christians and people of faith, and shield them from being punished for refusing to abandon their beliefs about marriage. Now it is up to Governor Phil Bryant to sign the legislation into law.

House Bill 1523 protects pastors, churches and individuals from having to solemnize a gay 'wedding' and protects individuals and small businesses like florists, bakers and photographers from being forced to perform services at a gay 'wedding' ceremony that violates their deeply held religious beliefs. The legislation also prevents LGBT extremists from forcing their gender ideology on Mississippi which would allow men to force their way into intimate facilities reserved for girls and women, including showers and restrooms, simply by claiming they "identify" as women. Biology determines gender, not "feelings!"

Act Today to Help Protect Religious Liberty

It is imperative that Gov. Bryant hear from you today now that the Legislature has enacted HB 1523. In other states, LGBT extremists have orchestrated a campaign of "manufactured outrage" utilizing Hollywood celebrities, corporate giants and billionaire sports owners who wish to curry favor with gay activists. Their well-orchestrated play book threatens boycotts, companies threatening to leave the state and sports leagues hinting a state may be denied high-profile events like a Super Bowl or college bowl game. Sadly, these actions of intimidation have worked on a few gutless Republican governors like Mike Pence in Indiana, Dennis Daugaard in South Dakota and Nathan Deal in Georgia.

To combat the expected media firestorm and false claims of "discrimination," Governor Bryant must hear from grassroots citizens that you expect him to support the rights of Christians and people of faith in Mississippi and not allow them to be targeted by LBGT extremists and their fat-cat supporters in corporate America and entertainment.

Please sign our petition to Gov. Bryant immediately so that he hears from people like you who live and work in Mississippi and who want you and your neighbors to be protected from adverse actions simply because you believe that marriage is what God designed it to be — one man and one woman.

Thank you for standing strong for true marriage and the rights of Christians and people of faith to be free from recrimination and harassment from extremists who believe that religious liberty must be eliminated when it comes to the gay agenda.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

PS — After you sign our petition please use the share buttons below to share it with all your friends and family on social media so they also have the opportunity to express their support for religious liberty on behalf of Christians and people of faith. If you are not on social media please forward this email to your friends and family. Thank you.

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Conservative Panel Appointed to Hear Gay Marriage Cases in 5th Circuit

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals today announced on their website the justices selected to hear the appeals of lower court rulings on gay marriage cases from Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana. The panel consists of Judges Patrick Higginbotham of Dallas, Jerry Smith of Houston and James Graves Jr. of Jackson, Miss. Higginbotham and Smith are conservative judges appointed to the bench by President Reagan, while Graves is an Obama appointee. Marriage supporters tell NOM they are encouraged by the panel.

GavelThe panel will hear an appeal next week from state officials in Texas and Mississippi where lower federal court judges overturned state marriage amendments defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The same panel will hear an appeal from gay couples in Louisiana who were rebuffed by a federal judge in their attempt to redefine marriage in that state.

The 5th Circuit is one of the most conservative in the country. If they vote to uphold traditional marriage laws, as many observers expect, they will join the 6th Circuit which issued a similar ruling this past October. The US Supreme Court is now considering taking the 6th Circuit case, something that NOM has called upon them to do. The first opportunity for the SCOTUS justices to take the case will be in their conference scheduled for January 9th.

"Following State Law"

When officers and enlisted swear their oath in joining the Army or Air National Guard, they vow to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States and of the State/Commonwealth/District/Territory" where they are serving.

National GuardToday, Talking Points Memo reports on three State National Guards that are doing just that by refusing to break the laws of their States in order to provide same-sex 'marriage' benefits:

The Obama administration determined this month that married same-sex couples are entitled to spousal military benefits, but three GOP-controlled states - Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi - have refused to grant them to members of their National Guards. Now advocates are urging the federal government to push back. [...]

A Mississippi National Guard spokesman told the news outlet that the unit was "following state law," which, like laws in 30-plus other states, bans same-sex marriage.

You can read more here from the Associated Press.

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