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NOM's Brian Brown on C-Span Over the Weekend

Over the weekend, Brian Brown debated and dismantled the arguments of HRC's Sarah Warbelow in a discussion of all that has happened in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions in cases over the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8 a year ago. Specifically, they spoke about what has been happening nationally in lower courts and whether the issue could return to the court’s docket. 

This is a great video that you don't want to miss!

Bravo, Brian!

The IRS, Truth, and You

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

I've been receiving calls and emails all weekend congratulating NOM on our victory against the IRS. It's great that the word is now out and that the IRS will pay $50,000.00 in damages. But the truth is, this victory over this IRS is just the tip of the iceberg of what we can do together.

What do I mean?

Well, think back to when we filed our suit. Pundits mocked us, gay marriage activists derided us, and almost no one thought we could win. But NOM stood resolute that in this country, the truth matters — that we don't allow the government to target organizations and individuals for their political beliefs. That's why we sued the IRS: it was the right thing to do, and we trusted that you would help us do it.

And you did. With last week's victory, we stunned the establishment by proving that the IRS did indeed release our confidential tax information, that we were right to stand alone against the establishment and the government for the right to speak freely.

But there's much more to the story that we still don't know.

Matthew Miesel, the same-sex marriage activist who received our confidential information from (in his words) a "conduit" within the IRS, claimed the protection of Fifth Amendment, refusing to incriminate himself. Tell me this, why would Matthew Meisel claim the Fifth if the IRS story, that this was just some mistake, was true? Why did Meisel feel that by testifying he would open himself up to criminal prosecution?

I don't believe for a second that the story ends here. And I know you don't either.

The problem is that Eric Holder and the Justice Department don't seem to want to get to the truth. They have simply refused to investigate.

So it's again up to us.

Luckily we've got allies in heroes like Senator Ted Cruz and Congressmen David Camp and Darrell Issa, who are demanding answers.

Last Thursday, after introducing a resolution on the Senate floor, Senator Cruz said, "Americans need a guarantee that the IRS will never be used again to target an Administration's political enemies...We need a special prosecutor with meaningful independence to make sure justice is served and our constitutional rights to free speech, assembly, and privacy are protected."

We're ready to do more to get to the truth, with the help of Patriots and heroes like you.

Will you help us fund the next steps in our fight?

Your $50, $100, $500, or $1000 will help us to get to the bottom of this scandal. Stand with us again as we take this fight forward.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown

P.S. Senator Ted Cruz's speech on the floor demanding a special prosecutor was amazing. Please take a moment to watch and after you do consider making a generous donation to NOM so we can continue to lead the fight in the defense of marriage and truth.

Mirror of Justice: Brendan Eich was only the beginning . . .

From our friend Professor Robbie George:

Anyone interested in understanding the most effective techniques for policing people's thinking and enforcing approved beliefs might learn a thing or two from the experience of a friend of mine who works at one of the nation's largest banks. Here is his recent message to me:

I've worked at Chase for the past 11 years. Yearly (sometimes skipping a year though) the bank will send out an Employee Survey to gauge how the employees feel about the bank and the management team they report up to. Every year that's all the questions ever related to: the bank in general and management. But this year there was a question that had many of us scratching our heads. This is a company wide survey. All lines of business have the same survey. There was a question where it said to check the boxes that were applicable to you. You could select one, more than one, or none. Here it is: Are you: 1) A person with disabilities; 2) A person with children with disabilities; 3) A person with a spouse/domestic partner with disabilities; 4) A member of the LGBT community.

I thought 4 was a little oddly placed, but oh well. It was the next option that pulled the needle off the record: 5) An ally of the LGBT community, but not personally identifying as LGBT.

What?! What kind of question was that? An "ally" of that community? What's the alternative if you don't select that option? You're not a ally of the LGBT community?

This survey wasn't anonymous. You had to enter your employee ID. With the way things are going and the fact that LGBT rights are being viewed as pretty much tantamount to the civil rights movement of the mid 50s to late 60s, not selecting that option is essentially saying "I'm not an ally of civil rights"; which is a vague way to say "I'm a bigot." The worry among many of us is that those who didn't select that poorly placed, irrelevant option will be placed on the "you can fire these people first" list.

The message to all employees is perfectly clear:  You are expected to fall into line with the approved and required thinking.  Nothing short of assent is acceptable. Silent dissent will no longer be permitted.

Marriage and the ‘wrong side of history’

On the eve of the March for Marriage, Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby penned an insightful piece about the marriage debate and being on "the wrong side of history."  It's common, Jacoby wrote, for marriage redefiners to claim that their opponents are "bigots" who are "on the wrong side of history."  Jacoby tackled these false claims against marriage defenders:

These days, of course, anyone who publicly opposes same-sex marriage can expect to be scorned in many quarters as a bigot or reviled as an ignoramus...

Yet until about 10 minutes ago, in historical terms, the traditional understanding of marriage as the complementary union of male and female was anything but controversial...

“Marriage has got historic, religious, and moral content that goes back to the beginning of time,” said Hillary Clinton in 2000, “and I think a marriage is, as a marriage has always been, between a man and a woman.”

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Gay activists see their crusade for same-sex marriage as another civil-rights battle. It’s a false analogy. Jim Crow deprived black Americans of rights they were already entitled to — rights enshrined in the 14th and 15th Amendments, then stolen away after Reconstruction. But gay marriage does not restore lost rights; it redefines “marriage” to mean something wholly unprecedented in human society.

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Or maybe a great national debate about the meaning of marriage is not winding down, but just gearing up. And maybe those marchers in Washington, with their “simple and beautiful message,” will prove to be not bitter-enders who didn’t know when to quit, but defenders of a principle that history, eventually, will vindicate.

Read the rest here.

Dave Camp Calls Out Justice Department on IRS Abuse

Dave_CampIn a week full of news about the IRS scandal, Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), Chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, issued the following statement on the refusal of the Department of Justice (DOJ) to pursue the theft and illegal disclosure of NOM's confidential tax information:

“Through our investigation, we were able to discover that the IRS gave NOM’s confidential information to an individual who then intentionally leaked the information to the media. The DOJ's refusal to take any action to protect taxpayers demonstrates why this Committee, and the American people, cannot trust their supposed investigation into the IRS targeting, let alone the protection of the constitutional rights of conservatives.  While the Administration prefers to sweep this under the rug, it is time that the American people have a special prosecutor into this matter so the full truth can come out.”

Call Rep. Camp today at (202) 225-3625 to thank him for standing up for NOM's basic legal rights!  Tell him you support his call for a special prosecutor to look into the IRS abuse.  Thank you for supporting Rep. Camp and justice for NOM!

Plenty to Watch this Weekend

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

We've all been there: turning on the TV and flipping through the channels before declaring in exasperation, "There's nothing on!" Of course, there's plenty "on" but nothing worthwhile seeing.

This weekend, then, instead of turning on the TV to search in frustration for the ever-dwindling selection of decent programming, why not check out some of these great videos that NOM is featuring this week online?

Highlights from the NOM Gala

At the first ever NOM Gala last Thursday, NOM's first Chairman and co-founder, Professor Robby George, presented two awards, first to our great ally and friend Ryan T. Anderson, and second to our wonderful keynote speaker, Dr. Ben Carson.

Take some time to watch these presentations, and the remarks given by the recipients—I promise you won't be disappointed!

Highlights from the March for Marriage

If you were unable to come to the March for Marriage last Thursday, or unable to tune in to the livestream, you can now view the entire event online!

We have set up a playlist of all of the speakers' remarks here.

You can also view a video of the entire rally here. If you don't have time now, thought, check out this highlight video from the March and bookmark our YouTube channel so you can return to it later and catch up on all the great speeches!

Finally, the Media Research Center put together some nice pieces about the March for Marriage "without the media filter." Check those out today, too, if you have a chance!

NOM in the News

Finally, NOM has been in the news this week, and we have some great video to share with you from our various media appearances.

If you didn't catch me on Fox & Friends this morning, you definitely want to watch a replay of that here, as I discussed this week's major news of the settlement in NOM's case against the IRS:

Also, NOM's Director of Development, Diego von Stauffenberg, joined Brian Patrick on EWTN News Nightly last night to discuss the IRS case and some other recent developments in marriage news:

And it wasn't just us talking about the IRS case. Our good friend Erick Erickson, of RedState.com, joined Bill O'Reilly last night and laid out the whole matter in a really great and comprehensive way. Check it out!

So, this weekend, when the programming schedule fails you, know that we at NOM have your back. Put the clicker down and queue up some good and encouraging pro-marriage news.

Happy viewing!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown

This is Smashing - Lays All the NOM Case Out

Erick Erickson, of RedState.com, lays out NOM's case against the IRS on Fox's "O'Reilly Factor," explaining the pattern of behavior and the lack of true investigation on the part of the Attorney General.


Fox and Friends: Brian Brown, NOM, and the IRS

Did you catch NOM president Brian Brown on Fox and Friends this morning?

Here's his interview regarding NOM's successful suit against the IRS for their illegal release of our confidential tax return and donor information:

Please share with your friends!

Stop and Listen

Kathryn Jean Lopez, the editor-at-large of National Review, wrote a wonderful piece about the March for Marriage.

At the March for Marriage, Archbishop Cordileone quoted Eusebius, the fourth-century historian chronicling pagan Rome, on the early Christians, who took care of the weak, sick, and forgotten, regardless of their faith.  Lopez wrote that this quote reminded her of activists in the 1980s protesting against the Catholic Church for "hate," and Catholic leaders continuing to minister to the sick and dying.

It has become easy for us, Lopez wrote, to only hear about people's "caricature":

But as we jump from headline to headline and from celebration to outrage, human stories often get lost unless used for propaganda. This is a predominant reality of our current culture. What we hear about people is often caricature. We opine about their decisions or activities without bothering to learn the facts. This is who we are as a tweeting, blogging, status-updating people.

And so, on the topic of what has become an annual March for Marriage in Washington, D.C., Cordileone made the plea: “Please do not make judgments based on stereotypes, media images, and comments taken out of context. Rather, get to know us first as fellow human beings.” Or, perhaps, as Pope Francis put it in another not entirely unrelated context, “Who Am I to Judge?”

Lopez quoted Archbishop Cordileone's remarks about society's need for marriage.  Archbishop Cordielone explained that the institution that unites children to the mothers and fathers who bring them into the world is foundation to society.  Lopez wrote:

That’s not hate speech. That’s taking a moment to pause and consider why government would ever need to have anything to do with marriage in the first place.

There’s a lot of talk about love, obviously, in the marriage debate. But rather than talking about and politicizing love while adopting a tyrannical impulse as a substitute for democratic debate, Cordileone suggests that we conduct ourselves in charity in politics and in our daily lives, as we interact with people for whom the cultural changes that have swept through our society in recent decades have real-life, multigenerational implications.

Lopez's defense of civility and charity in the marriage debate is worth a read.  Echoing the words of Archbishop Cordileone, Lopez wrote that it can be valuable for both sides of the marriage debate to stop and listen.

The rest of Lopez's article is here.

National Organization for Marriage Condemns Federal Court Decisions Invalidating Marriage in Utah and Indiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 25, 2014
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)


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

"Today's split decision of a panel of judges in the 10th Circuit is not surprising given that this Circuit refused to even order a stay of the district court decision when it came down during the Christmas holidays. While we strongly disagree with the two judges in the majority, we are encouraged by the strong defense of marriage articulated by Justice Paul Kelly in his dissent, and especially his defense of the sovereign right of the people of Utah to decide this issue for themselves. This principled recognition by a federal judge considering the marriage issue underscores that the people of a state are entitled to respect and deference in their desire to promote marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Indeed, the US Supreme Court decided in the Windsor case that the federal government must respect the right of states to define marriage. The majority in the Utah case engage in sophistry to attempt to argue their way around the Supreme Court's ruling that it is up to the states to define marriage. As Justice Kelly noted in his dissent, ‘If the States are the laboratories of democracy, requiring every state to recognize same-gender unions—contrary to the views of its electorate and representatives—turns the notion of a limited national government on its head.'"

Mr. Brown also commented on the decision of a federal judge in Indiana to strike down that state's laws defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

"The elected representatives of the people of Indiana have decided, for good and proper reasons, to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. It is judicial activism for a single judge to substitute his own views on marriage for the considered opinion of the people’s representatives. This is just the latest example of activism from the federal bench, but we fully expect this decision to eventually be reversed when the US Supreme Court upholds the right of states to define marriage as a man and a woman. We call on Governor Mike Pence to immediately appeal this decision and to seek a stay of the ruling. In the meantime, it is also imperative that the state legislature move forward a state constitutional amendment preserving marriage so that the people always remain in control of the definition of marriage in Indiana."

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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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Without the Media Filter: Marriage Marchers Speak Out

The liberal media and advocates of redefining marriage are desperate to paint supporters of marriage as "hateful" or "bigots."  The media barely makes an effort anymore to veil its support of redefining marriage.

When it comes to the definition of marriage that has been the foundation of civilizations throughout time, the media's strategy is typically:

a.) ignore support for marriage,

b.) promote the redefinition of marriage,

c.) lazily distort and misrepresent the debate surrounding the nature of marriage, or

d.) all of the above.

Media coverage of the March for Marriage was no exception.

But, in their own words, marriage marchers explained why they support marriage--and their reasons aren't ones that the liberal media typically shows.  They emphasized that they are for love and don't hate anyone, and that support for marriage does not mean hatred for certain people:

The marchers also challenged the media's bias against marriage and its supporters:

An Example for Us All

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

One of the biggest pieces of news about the March for Marriage last Thursday is something that you probably won't read about in most of the major outlets. The March was honored by the presence of a very special guest: the official representative of Pope Francis himself, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, His Excellency Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò.

I am extremely grateful to Archbishop Viganò for his attendance of the March, and I cannot express what a great honor it was to have him in our midst. This is a sign of great encouragement and hope for the marriage movement in America.

Archbishop Viganò's demonstration of solidarity with our movement is an exciting and edifying piece of news. The Archbishop has been a vocal defender of the family on the world stage, and his leadership and witness in this matter are exemplary.

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, the Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, remarked at the March that that Archbishop Viganò's presence "signifies the presence and support of Pope Francis."

I hope that the Catholic faithful in America, and all Christians and people of faith, will take courage from the example of leadership shown by Archbishop Viganò and Archbishop Cordileone. The witness of these pastors, who put the service of the truth first and foremost, should embolden all of us to stand up and speak out on behalf of what we know and believe to be true about marriage.

Most importantly, the example of these great men should help all Americans understand that defending the truth of marriage is not something opposed to the love of neighbor—on the contrary, it is precisely what true love demands from each of us.

Please join me in thanking Archbishop Viganò for his generous and outstanding witness on behalf of the truth of marriage and the value of the marriage-based family. Lift him up in prayer today in a special way as we continue to pray for one another and for the future of our movement. The cause of defending marriage in America is far from over: indeed, it has only just begun.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown

IRS Admits Wrongdoing in Release of the National Organization for Marriage's Confidential Tax Return and Donor List; Agrees to Pay $50,000 in Settlement of Lawsuit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 24, 2014
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)


"Thanks to a lot of hard work, we've forced the IRS to admit that they in fact were the ones to break the law and wrongfully released this confidential information." — John Eastman, NOM chairman —

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Washington, D.C. — In response to a lawsuit brought by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has admitted wrongdoing in releasing the organization's confidential tax return and donor list which was obtained by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), NOM's chief political rival. The IRS has agreed to pay NOM $50,000 to settle the lawsuit.

"It has been a long and arduous process to hold the IRS accountable for their illegal release of our confidential tax return and donor list, which was ultimately given to our chief political rival by the recipient," said John Eastman, NOM's chairman and a member of the ActRight legal Foundation team that brought the lawsuit against the IRS on NOM's behalf in October, 2013. "In the beginning, the government claimed that the IRS had done nothing wrong and that NOM itself must have released our confidential information. Thanks to a lot of hard work, we've forced the IRS to admit that they in fact were the ones to break the law and wrongfully released this confidential information."

NOM said that an investigation revealed that its 2008 tax return and list of major donors was released to Matthew Meisel, a gay activist in Boston, MA. Email correspondence from Meisel revealed that he told a colleague that he had "a conduit" to obtain NOM's confidential information. While testifying under oath in a deposition in the litigation, Meisel invoked the 5th Amendment against self-incrimination and refused to disclose the identity of his conduit. Documents obtained during the litigation prove that Meisel then provided NOM's tax data to the Human Rights Campaign (whose president was a national Co-Chair of the Obama Reelection Campaign). The information was also published by the Huffington Post.

"While we are very pleased that the IRS has been exposed as being responsible for this leak of our confidential information to our political opponents, we believe the IRS may still be hiding information from the American people," Eastman said. "We have called on the Attorney General to grant Matthew Meisel immunity from prosecution so that we can force him to disclose the identity of his conduit . We urge the Congress to explore this issue with the appropriate government officials. It's imperative that all those who have engaged in corrupt practices and illegal acts in the IRS be identified and held accountable."

NOM will also be seeking an additional award of attorney fees to offset some of the cost of bringing the case, but the briefing schedule for that has not yet been set.

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To schedule an interview with John Eastman, chairman 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).

Highlights from the March for Marriage

You Could Be the Difference

National Organization for Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

There's only one person on tomorrow's ballot for Congress in the 22nd District who is a true conservative — Claudia Tenney — and I urge you to make sure you vote for her in tomorrow's primary. She is running against the shockingly liberal, pro-abortion and pro-gay marriage incumbent Richard Hanna. It's critical that Hanna be defeated and that a principled conservative like Claudia Tenney be elected.

And be sure to forward this email to all your friends and family in New York who may live in the district, asking them to join you in support of Claudia Tenney for Congress. (The district includes all of Chenango, Cortland, Madison, and Oneida counties, and parts of Broome, Herkimer, Oswego, and Tioga counties.)

Assemblywoman Tenney has received the endorsement of the Conservative Party of the 22nd Congressional District, the Susan B. Anthony List, the National Pro-Life Alliance, New Yorkers For Constitutional Freedoms, and many others including nationally known conservative political analysts like Sean Hannity and Michelle Malkin.

She is New York's top-rated conservative legislator and will take her integrity and leadership to Congress.

In contrast, Rep. Richard Hanna is rated the 3rd most liberal politician in Washington by the National Journal and in 2013 he endorsed same-sex marriage — only the second sitting Republican member of Congress to do so.

NOM has endorsed Claudia Tenney and is funding an independent expenditure effort to help her unseat Congressman Hanna. Above is an image from a mailer we have sent. We are also calling thousands of voters in the district to share our position with them.

Please vote for Assemblywoman Tenney in tomorrow's Republican primary for Congress. In order to move pro-marriage, pro-life, and pro-family legislation through Congress we need leaders like her in Washington.

Fiathfully,

Brian S Brown

Brian S. Brown
President
National Organization for Marriage

Brian Brown

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