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Phil's Story is Just One of Many

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

We did it!

I'm sure you've heard the news by now: after witnessing an unprecedented outpouring of support for Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson, the A&E television network has reinstated Phil to the show, and he'll be filming new episodes this coming spring with the rest of his family.

You and tens of thousands of others lent your support to Phil through NOM's petition which ended up garnering well over 60,000 signatures in record time!

Your voice, combined with countless other voices pouring in from across the nation, was heard loud and clear by A&E executives, and it sent an unmistakable message: people of faith in America will not be bullied and made into second class citizens whose views have no place in the public square.

Thank you for your quick action and for your help in spreading the word.

But the sad fact, as we are all aware, is that the network executives at A&E, GLAAD, and its Holywood allies are just the tip of the iceberg

Other even more ominous threats crop up every day in our country: powerful forces at the beck and call of the radical homosexual lobby, all with the same goal. They seek to push people of faith and those with traditional values regarding sex and marriage out of the public square altogether — to silence, to shame, and even to punish them for their beliefs.

As you know, part of NOM's mission is to call attention to the myriad ways that Americans just like you and me, who believe in marriage as the union of one man and one woman, are facing attacks to our most basic rights: to speak, donate, organize, and vote in support of the common sense principle that kids deserve both a mother and a father!

One of the chief ways we do that is through the Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance (MADA). I'd like to share with you again today one of my favorite MADA videos, "Military Chaplains Under Fire." Take a look:

The attacks against religious liberties and other first amendment rights don't end with our chaplains. In recent months, we've seen ordinary citizens in the crosshairs of the radical same-sex marriage agenda: from bakers to photographers to florists to bed-and-breakfast owners. The same-sex 'marriage' radicals pinpoint anyone who dares speak or act in the public square about their belief in marriage as the union of one man and one woman — demanding every citizen accept and affirm this radical social experiment. Phil Robertson is just the latest target of these bullies.

In the coming year, this debate is only going to heat up in our nation, and these kinds of stories need broader exposure so that people can see behind the mask of those who claim "tolerance" and "equality" are their greatest values even as they work to relegate anyone who disagrees to second-class citizenship.

That's why we need your help.

Sadly, most victims of the intolerance of the radical homosexual movement aren't famous like Phil Robertson and have no opportunity to rally millions of supporters to their cause. We need to help give them a voice and get their story out there so that they know they're not alone when the wolves begin circling.

So please consider joining NOM in the New Year as a monthly Sustaining Partner and help fund our efforts to tell the untold stories of intolerance and persecution waged by the rabid same-sex marriage movement. Or at least make a one-time donation today to help give us a strong start in 2014 as this battle for the soul of our nation wages in ever more states.

%%FIRST%%, I was heartened to see how quickly and decisively our supporters acted to stand up in support of Phil Robertson. I know I can count on you today to reaffirm your willingness to stand up for others of your fellow Americans who need their stories brought to light and for justice to be awarded them as well.

Please don't hesitate: help NOM today in this important mission.

With blessings and best wishes for the New Year,

Brian S. Brown

"Just as Justice Scalia predicted..."

From Sunday, a piece by Robert Barnes at The Washington Post's Politics page is worth noting.

Barnes explains how "Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s DOMA decision practically provided a blueprint for how [recent legal challenged to state marriage laws] might be successful," and he observes that Justice Antonin Scalia predicted this fact with stunning accuracy:

Justice ScaliaWhen the court last June struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act [sic] and said the federal government must recognize same-sex marriages performed in those states where it was legal, Scalia sounded a loud warning.

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Scalia’s words have been highlighted in the two recent decisions about same-sex marriage that will return the issue to the Supreme Court.

Barnes himself seems a more intelligent reader of Scalia's remarkable dissent in the Windsor case than the judges in the recent Utah and Ohio cases. While these judges actually cite Scalia and claim that they are simply "applying" the DOMA decision at the state level, Barnes points out that the full logic of Scalia's written opinion from June is much more complex and nuanced [emphasis added]:

Of course, Scalia did not say in his Windsor dissent that lower courts must adopt such an interpretation.

“Lower federal courts and state courts can distinguish today’s case when the issue before them is state denial of marital status to same-sex couples,” [Scalia] wrote, adding: “Lord, an opinion with such scatter-shot rationales as this one . . . can be distinguished in many ways.”

Still, as Scalia pointed out, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s DOMA decision practically provided a blueprint for how such challenges might be successful.

Read the entire article here.

Voters and Executives Must Prepare for More Illegitimate Rulings

The fallout from Judge Shelby’s ‘ruling’ overturning Utah’s Marriage Amendment is only just beginning.

Yesterday, Bruce Parker of The Daily Caller penned an important piece, “Utah’s lesson for the other 33 pro-marriage states.”  In it he wrote:

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In a 53-page ruling, which could best be described as a work of judicial fiction, District Court Judge Robert J. Shelby began by conceding that marriage law is “the province of the states,” but he proceeded to void Utah’s marriage law in a naked power grab that he admitted was not within his purview to do.

By the end of the ruling, Judge Shelby had overturned Utah’s definition of marriage by judicial fiat and replaced it with the one provided by LGBT activists.

The event was not an isolated incident. Within days, a federal district court judge in Ohio issued a similarly contrived judgment against that state’s constitutional marriage amendment. Moreover, according to the ACLU’s web site, copycat acts of judicial legislating are underway in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Virginia, and a dozen other red states, as part of the group’s national “Out for Freedom” campaign against state sovereignty [emphasis added].

What does this brazen usurpation of power and rejection of the democratic process mean for the other 30-plus states with amendments or laws defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman?

UtahFirst and foremost, state Governors and Attorneys General must reject these illegitimate rulings, and the people of these states must hold their elected officials accountable to do so.  Parker writes, “Indeed, when the two-thirds of Utahns who supported the state’s marriage law awaken from their holiday festivities and realize their constitutional sovereignty has been stolen, the phones at the offices of the governor and attorney general should ring off the hook” [emphasis added].

Parker concludes by quoting NOM president Brian Brown saying, “Our country has seen illegitimate decisions before, going back to Dred Scott. And in the past, when a court has fallen so far afoul of the Constitution itself, executives have had to stand up and say no.”

The people of Utah are up-in-arms and demanding action, to their credit. The sad reality is that, if the ACLU is to be taken at their word, it looks like the voters in 30 other states should start preparing their own plans to fight back in the near future as well.

Only Hours Remaining to Reach Our Goal!

Dear Marriage Supporter,

Today is the last day to take advantage of our year-end, million dollar matching gift challenge.

Please make a year-end donation TODAY to help us reach our goal and enter the New Year with the resources we need to counter the assault on marriage that is being organized RIGHT NOW by same-sex 'marriage' radicals.

Remember, your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar by a generous supporter, doubling the impact of your gift!

Your support is more critical than ever. Radical same-sex 'marriage' groups are advancing court cases in districts represented by Obama-appointed judges and pouring millions of dollars into election campaigns targeting legislators who are willing to sell out their constituents.

We must be able to respond forcefully, ensuring that the voices and values of the millions of Americans who support marriage are heard and felt in this coming election year. But we need the resources to do so.

Last November, we were outspent in four major state ballot initiatives by almost $23 million. We cannot let that happen again!

Your immediate contribution will help us mobilize defenders of marriage at the grassroots level to send a message to legislators around the country: your constituents are watching, and they will remember how you vote on marriage come election time!

We are within striking distance of our $1,000,000 goal, and can make it there today - but only with your generous help!

Follow this link to make an urgent donation of $50, $100, $500, $1,000 or more — and every dollar you give for marriage will be doubled to fund our grassroots campaign.

Can I count on your help in this critical hour?

Faithfully,

Brian S. Brown

P.S. Today is the last chance for you to contribute to our year-end matching campaign. If you donate right now, your contribution will automatically be doubled, ensuring that NOM has the resources necessary to mobilize pro-marriage activists on the ground in every state where legislation to redefine marriage is being considered. With your generous help, we'll hold our legislators accountable for their actions! Thank you in advance for your support!

National Organization for Marriage Decries “In Your Face” Gay ‘Marriage’ Event at Rose Parade

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 30, 2013
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)


“The decision to allow two gay couples to ‘marry’ on a float during the Rose Parade denigrates this once family-friendly event.” — Brian Brown, NOM president —

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Washington, D.C. — The following statement may be attributed to Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM):

“Former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsome once famously said of gay ‘marriage,’ ‘This door’s wide open now; it’s going to happen whether you like it or not.’

“Unfortunately, his words have proven to be all too true. The decision to allow two gay couples to ‘marry’ on a float during the Rose Parade denigrates this once family-friendly event. It’s another ‘in your face’ example that should serve as a teachable moment for the American people. Once marriage is redefined to make it genderless, this perverse construct of ‘marriage’ is forced on everyone. Just as unsuspecting children watching the Rose Parade will be exposed to the spectacle of men ‘marrying’ men with the attendant public hugging and kissing, so too will American children be told in school that marriage as the union of one man and one woman is bigoted and discriminatory. Those who think that the ongoing marriage debate doesn’t affect them should rethink their position. Once marriage is redefined to make it genderless, it’s going to be foisted on every American no matter the historic truth of marriage. The record is replete with examples of people who have been punished for refusing to support genderless marriage. At least with the Rose Parade, parents watching on television are forewarned and can simply change the channel – although families who long ago made plans to travel to the event will have to either abandon their plans or be forced to endure this political spectacle. We urge Americans to demand that their political leaders change the legal channel to make sure true marriage is protected and preserved.”

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To schedule an interview with Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage, please contact Elizabeth Ray (x130), [email protected], or Matille Thebolt (x143), [email protected], at 703-683-5004.

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"A nation that forces conformity while calling it tolerance"

Here's another article on the recent Duck Dynasty media firestorm which it still relevant and timely even after Phil Robertson's reinstatement by A&E: a piece at TheAtlantic.com penned by Larry Alex Taunton that raises a point that has been missed in much of the media narrative:

Tolerance is not the same thing as acceptance, and acceptance is not the same thing as an endorsement. The message A&E’s decision sends is that the network will not tolerate someone who conscientiously objects to homosexuality on religious grounds. The implication of that message is that 45 percent of Americans should, in principle, be prepared either to sacrifice their jobs or  recant their beliefs and endorse a lifestyle to which they are opposed, conscience be damned. To the extent that we embrace that implication, in television and in other American industries, we're also embracing an identity as a nation that forces conformity while calling it tolerance.

You can read the entire piece here.

Hollywood's "New Blacklist"

HollywoodIn case you missed it, at National Review Online on December 23rd, John O'Sullivan wrote of "The New Blacklist" in Hollywood, giving a name to the elephant in the room to which the Duck Dynasty dust-up has called attention.

O'Sullivan explains:

[W]hat GLAAD has been operating is a classic blacklist operation.

Its object is not to persuade those who disagree with it over the morality of same-sex relationships to change their minds. Nor is it principally intended to prevent such views being expressed publicly (though that is one of its purposes). Its main purpose is to drive those who hold such views out of their professions and to deprive them of their livelihoods unless they recant, promise not to offend in future, and remain within the boundaries of acceptable opinion laid down by the blacklist operators. And if that is done, it should make anyone think twice or three times before using his freedom of speech to express similar views.

Read the rest here.

Less Than Two Days Left

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

Our end-of-the-year million dollar matching gift challenge has only two more days to go. As of today, we have raised almost $915,000 toward our goal! Right now, I need your help to raise the remaining $85,000 before we ring in the New Year.

Won't you please click here to make a critically needed and time-sensitive donation to NOM to help us reach our $1,000,000 goal and the full amount of the matching funds while the opportunity lasts?

With activist federal judges issuing sweeping rulings without precedent or respect for the law...

With legislators believing the lies of the same-sex 'marriage' lobby that there will be no consequences — for society or for them, personally — for redefining marriage...

With an increasingly complicit and biased media parroting talking points and propaganda from same-sex 'marriage' activists...

And with a President intent on imposing same-sex 'marriage' on every citizen of America and the world...

... your support is needed more urgently than ever!

We must garner the resources to ensure that our message can get out to the millions of Americans who support marriage... organizing and rallying them into a grassroots political force that will send an unequivocal message to the media, cultural, intellectual, and political elites across the country: marriage is the union of a man and a woman because children deserve a mother and a father!

We can fight back and win back marriage in 2014... but only if we raise the needed resources now to afford us a strong start in the New Year!

And it all starts with your generosity and your willingness to rally others to our cause. Please give today, and please ask your friends and family to do the same.

Click here to provide NOM with a generous gift today and help us establish the momentum we need to defend your values and magnify your voice right from the start in the coming election year!

Faithfully,

Brian S. Brown

PS: There are only two days left in our year-end, million dollar matching gift challenge... only two days for your gift to NOM — of any amount — to be matched, dollar-for-dollar by one of our most generous supporters and have DOUBLE the impact! Please help us take FULL advantage of this tremendous opportunity and secure the entire $1,000,000 in matching funds pledged — give a generous gift to NOM right away.

2014 will be an incredibly important year for marriage in America, and we cannot let the opportunities before us slip away for lack of the funds necessary to give marriage the defense it deserves. So, please help us out today — let's not leave any money on the table or miss out on one cent of this momentous million-dollar pledge.

Why allow the state’s top lawyer – the Attorney General – defend the state’s law? It’s too complicated, contend SSM activists

It would seem to be a no-brainer. When a state law – such as Idaho’s Marriage Amendment – is challenged in court the state’s top lawyer, the Attorney General, should be the one to defend it.  But not according to gay-marriage activist lawyers there.

Dome of Idaho State CapitolNo, they would rather ram their case and agenda through the courts – due process be damned.

According to the Idaho Statesman,

Deborah Ferguson, the [same-sex] couples' Boise-based lawyer, contends allowing Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden to intervene on behalf of the state isn't necessary, since [Governor] Otter is already an adequate representative of the state's interests.  She argues such a move would unnecessarily add to their workload and complicate the case.

But Attorney General Wasden knows his job and intends to carry out his sworn duty to defend the laws of the state.

"I have an obligation to defend the Constitution and the statutes of Idaho, and that's what we intend to do," he said Thursday. "The position of the governor and the attorney general will be very similar. I don't see how it's going to complicate the process."

Read more here.

Activist Judges...

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

As I mentioned right before Christmas, a federal judge (an Obama appointee) in Utah has issued a ruling invalidating their state constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

This ruling (although absurd) is an extremely serious threat as it puts at risk the constitutional amendments in every state that has protected marriage.

We have to stand up and fight back to stop this egregious abuse of judicial power!

Please click here to make an end-of-the-year donation to the National Organization for Marriage right away and help us defend marriage from radical judges seeking to overturn the will of We the People and to impose their radical social agenda on ordinary Americans!

Remember, every donation you make before the end of the year will be matched dollar-for-dollar by a generous donor, DOUBLING the impact your hard-earned money will make in the fight to defend marriage!

This ruling just underscores the importance of the work that NOM is already planning for 2014. I wrote to you earlier this month about the critical importance of retaking the United States Senate in the coming election year. Securing a majority of pro-marriage Senators would allow us to block President Obama's appointments of extremist, activist judges and ensure that he doesn't continue to stack the courts all across the country with activists who want to impose same-sex marriage on every one of us.

In addition, NOM is working with pro-marriage governors in states like Utah, to ensure that they do everything in their power to defend their states' laws and the express will of the voters who enacted their constitutional amendments. We launched a petition to Utah Governor Gary Herbert a few days ago to make sure he knew the American people would back him when he stands up for marriage!

As I've said before, 2014 is going to be a year of tremendous opportunity to seize back the momentum in the fight to defend marriage. Won't you please stand with us by making a year-end gift in support of NOM and help us reach our $1,000,000 goal right away?

Faithfully,

Brian S. Brown

PS: We cannot let unaccountable, Obama-appointed federal judges impose their will on the pro-marriage majority. Please help us fight back! Click here to make an immediate gift to NOM to help us in our work defending marriage and the faith communities that sustain it! Your gift — of whatever amount — will be matched dollar-for-dollar if you give before the end of the year. Thank you for your generosity!

Hope: Virtue of the Victorious, NOM Marriage News

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

I've been reflecting on the virtue of Hope this Christmas Season, often referred to as a "season of hope" — especially as I was reading, hearing and watching some of the news in the days leading up to the celebration of Our Lord's birth. It was less than hopeful.

Of course, the days surrounding the historical birth of Christ probably didn't look hopeful to the people living at that time. Then, as now, required looking at things a bit differently: looking at the events of this world with the clarity provided by the eyes of Faith.

We had a recent and powerful manifestation of Faith and Hope in the case of Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson. The reaction of his fans and supporters, not to mention his family, to the way Phil and his Faith was viciously targeted by the homosexual lobby were beacons of Hope.

The outpouring of support for Phil has been stupendous, and signatures to our petition for A&E to apologize and reinstate Phil continue to pour in — currently at more than 60,000!

If you haven't yet signed our petition, please do so today... and share this message with your family and friends.

Hope Must Be Shared

Hope necessarily drew the Wise Men from the East to glorify the newly born Savior... but the people of Bethlehem didn't see that — they only saw the vindictive and brutal retaliation of King Herod.

You and I are often very much like those poor townsfolk, who see only the brutality without seeing the underlying magnificence of God's blessings.

These days, to watch the news you might wonder if there's any decency or morality left in America. But you and I both know that's because the news presents a distorted and unbalanced picture of things.

We've seen first-hand these past couple weeks that an enormous but too-often silent majority of Americans still stand for the same values and beliefs you and I hold so dear. And when they finally speak up, their voice is so loud that even the biased media must take notice.

But what about those other stories that came out several days before Christmas? Where is the hope to be found in them?

In Utah, of course, last Friday an activist judge — appointed to the federal bench by President Obama — brazenly and unilaterally struck down the state's constitutional amendment defending marriage. Then on Tuesday of this week, compounding the problem, the 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals denied the state of Utah's request for an injunction against that ruling.

The state had asked for such an injunction until Utah has its day in court to defend the perfectly constitutional and common-sense law that the District Judge Robert Shelby had absurdly ruled against.

But the leaders of Utah remain resolute... and this is our signal of hope. The Governor and other public officials have condemned the district judge's ruling that creates a constitutional crisis and overrides the will of both Utah's citizens and legislature.

We're encouraging Governor Gary Herbert to continue standing strong, thanking him for his critical leadership and asking that he continue doing all he can to defend marriage from this latest attack by a federal judge. Please sign the letter of support and encouragement to Governor Herbert today, and share this second message of Hope with your friends and family as well.

Utah wasn't the last place we got bad news from over the past few days. Just days before Christmas, in Ohio, another federal judge named Timothy Black issued a narrow ruling on Ohio's law defending marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

While the narrow ruling only immediately applied to situations involving the listing of a spouse on a death certificate and orders state officials to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriage licenses for that purpose, it still undermines Ohio's marriage law in a dangerous and irresponsible way. Particularly egregious is the reasoning outlined in the written decision from Judge Black which is far from narrow and completely misreads and manipulates the Supreme Court's decision on DOMA last summer which affirmed the right of states to determine their own marriage laws.

So what about this other case of 'vetoing the voters' from the bench? Where can we possibly look there to find another message of Hope this Christmas season?

Well, that brings me back to what I said at the outset: sometimes finding Hope requires looking with eyes of Faith.

The Hope I hold onto in the case of Ohio is the same Hope I have for our whole country and indeed our whole world. It is, in fact, the very Hope of Christmas itself. And that's the true and profound message of Hope I want to share today.

I was struck by the narrative of Christmas in the Gospel this year by one phrase, in fact one word: "... suddenly there was a great multitude of the heavenly host, glorifying God." Suddenly.

Those shepherds weren't even expecting one angel: can you imagine their surprise when a host of them appeared?

But even that pales in comparison with the surprise of the Babe in the manger itself: when suddenly, with the miraculous birth of Jesus, "the light shone in the darkness," like a bolt of lightning when He entered our world.

The point is... it has happened before. Hope can come suddenly in the most unlooked for and unlikely event. It has happened in the great events of history, but we've all known it to happen in our own lives at various times. Christmas reminds us of this: that hope springs eternal.

So, there's a message of Hope this Christmas. It's a paradox, really. We see and recognize darkness: but we see it, through eyes of Faith, as a place where light might suddenly shine. May we do everything in our power to help, and never to hinder, that light.

Merry Christmas!

Faithfully, and hopefully,

Brian S. Brown

P.S.: I mentioned in closing that there's a part we have to play in bringing His light to the darkness. With that in mind, here is something you can do to help us extend this hope to everyone in America: make a generous, year-end gift of any amount, knowing that your donation will be matched, dollar-for-dollar by a generous supporter.

Another Polygamy Reality Show? Just What We Need...

From articles praising polygamous unions in the media to teaching elementary school children about "happy triples," it's become clear that new, more extreme steps are being taken to normalize the practice of polygamy and further promote the redefinition of marriage.

The latest example is a new reality show that's been picked up by TLC detailing the lives of a Utah polygamist with five wives and twenty-four children.

In addition to the Browns and now the Williams family, TLC also has done a special featuring the Darger family of Utah. HBO's fictional show about a polygamous family, 'Big Love,' ran for five seasons.

Following the recent court ruling, Williams said now is the time for polygamists to show they are deserving of the recognition by putting an end to the misogyny rampant among the culture and putting women on equal footing as men.

'Women are not a commodity and they shouldn't be treated as such,' said Williams, 43, a project manager in his brother's construction business. 'There needs to be complete symmetry within a marriage.' -Mail Online

Merry Christmas

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National Organization for Marriage Condemns Ohio Court Ruling Ignoring State's Definition of Marriage

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 23, 2013
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)


"Though seemingly confined to how Ohio's death certificates treat so-called same-sex 'marriages' performed elsewhere, the ruling is utterly unlawful and violates the sovereignty of the people of Ohio. We call on the state to appeal the ruling of this activist judge." — Brian Brown, NOM president —

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Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today condemned a federal court ruling in Ohio that purports to force the state to list same-sex couples as 'married' on state death certificates in violation of the state constitution that defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman, a provision overwhelmingly adopted by voters in 2004.

"Though seemingly confined to how Ohio's death certificates treat so-called same-sex 'marriages' performed elsewhere, the ruling is utterly unlawful and violates the sovereignty of the people of Ohio. We call on the state to appeal the ruling of this activist judge," said Brian S. Brown, NOM's president.

NOM particularly condemned the statement by Judge Timothy Black that it is the responsibility of judges like him to implement the decision of the United States Supreme Court in the Windsor vs. United States case that struck down one section of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Black was appointed to the federal bench by President Obama, who supports redefining marriage.

"In the DOMA case, the US Supreme Court specifically ruled that it is the right of the states to define marriage," Brown said. "This activist judge is grossly twisting the Court's ruling in the DOMA case in order to justify a ruling that is completely at odds with the law. In the process, he has issued an open invitation for gay marriage activists to bring a wider lawsuit to redefine marriage entirely. This cannot be allowed to stand."

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To schedule an interview with Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage, please contact Elizabeth Ray (x130), [email protected], or Matille Thebolt (x143), [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 Calls on Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals to Issue Emergency Stay Halting Utah Same-sex Marriage Decision

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 23, 2013
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)


"It is patently wrong and unjust that the people of Utah should lose their right to define marriage because of the ruling of a single Obama appointee to the federal bench. We call on the Tenth Circuit to grant an immediate stay." — Brian Brown, NOM president —

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Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today called on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals to issue an immediate stay of the decision issued late Friday by circuit Judge Robert Shelby invalidating Utah's constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman, adopted by nearly two-thirds of state voters, and imposing same-sex marriage on the state. This morning Shelby, an appointee of President Obama, denied the state's request to stay his decision.

"It is patently wrong and unjust that the people of Utah should lose their right to define marriage because of the ruling of a single Obama appointee to the federal bench," said Brian S. Brown, NOM's president. "This decision provokes a constitutional crisis. Not only is it unlawful, it roils the body politic and does great damage to the people's confidence in the judicial system itself as a lone federal judge attempts to usurp the sovereignty of the state. We call on the Tenth Circuit to grant an immediate stay so that our higher courts can carefully and thoughtfully consider the profoundly important issues raised by this case."

Judge Shelby justified his decision issued late on Friday in part by speculating that a majority of the US Supreme Court would agree to redefine marriage, something they specifically declined to do in 2013 when they considered two cases before them on the issue. Instead, the majority in the Supreme Court ruled that states do in fact have the power to define marriage.

"It's outrageous that this judge is ignoring what the US Supreme Court has actually ruled, and instead speculates that they will eventually agree with him that marriage should be redefined to make it genderless and reorient it away from the interests of children and instead make it about providing official recognition of adult sexual relationships," Brown said. "This judicial activism must be stopped."

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To schedule an interview with Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage, please contact Elizabeth Ray (x130), [email protected], or Matille Thebolt (x143), [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).

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