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Renew your membership today!

Dear Marriage Supporter,

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is a diverse grassroots organization, made up of individuals of all faiths, and no faith, men and women, ethnically diverse from every corner of America. The financial support of our members is the lifeblood of our organization. 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.

This is why I am writing to urge you to renew your membership in NOM today.

I am asking you to consider a minimum membership contribution of $35. If you can renew your support at a higher level, I ask you to consider doing so.

2016 will be a pivotal year for the cause of marriage. We will be electing a new president who very likely will have the opportunity to appoint several new justices to the US Supreme Court, creating the possibility that the anti-constitutional, illegitimate decision redefining marriage could soon be reexamined by a newly-configured Supreme Court. It’s therefore imperative that we elect a pro-marriage champion this year.

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 need to invest in reinvigorating the grassroots with meaningful education and training. We are hard at work developing educational materials that will help grassroots supporters to 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.

Fundraising during this time of year is difficult for all nonprofit organizations, and NOM is no exception. Unfortunately, while we did very well during the 2015 year-end matching gift challenge, we did not hit our goal of raising $200,000. That means that we have less of a financial cushion going into this year than we had hoped, making it all the more important that every member step up to renew their membership.

I know that I can count on you to continue to stand with us in support of God’s design for marriage. Please act today to renew your membership for a minimum contribution of $35.


Brian S Brown

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Why Cruz is Far Better than Trump

Dear Marriage Supporter,

All the polling in Iowa and nationally points to the inescapable conclusion that the Republican presidential field is shaping up to be between two prominent outsiders — Sen. Ted Cruz and businessman Donald Trump.

As you know, NOM has endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz for president. I've heard from some folks, including NOM supporters, that they like what Donald Trump is saying and want to know why we have picked Cruz over Trump. Here's the answer:

The incontrovertible record demonstrates that Ted Cruz will be a champion for marriage while Donald Trump has abandoned the fight to preserve marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

It's just as simple as that.

It's very easy for skilled politicians to create an impression on the stump that they are with you and agree with your values and position on key issues. For example, pretty much every Republican candidate for president will say that they believe marriage is the union of one man and one woman. But that is a meaningless statement given where we are in the wake of the US Supreme Court's decree imposing same-sex 'marriage' on the nation. Saying is one thing; doing is another.

The real question is what will the various candidates actually do to fight to restore marriage to our laws and protect the right of people to continue to act in concert with their belief that marriage is only one man and one woman? That is why NOM developed our Presidential Marriage Pledge and fashioned it along the lines of specific actions a candidate will take if elected president.

And in the "doing" department, Ted Cruz is light years better for us than is Donald Trump.

Ted Cruz signed NOM's Presidential Marriage Pledge while Donald Trump did not.

In fact, Ted Cruz has already proven himself to be a champion for marriage by authorizing a proposed constitutional amendment preserving the right of states to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. He also has co-sponsored federal legislation, the First Amendment Defense Act, to protect people who believe in traditional marriage from being punished by government for living out their beliefs concerning marriage in their daily lives and at work.

Donald Trump does not support a constitutional amendment to restore marriage to our laws. Worse, he has publicly abandoned the fight for marriage. When the US Supreme Court issued their illegitimate ruling redefining marriage, Trump promptly threw in the towel with these comments on MSNBC:

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

Think about the implications of Donald Trump's comments. By his reasoning, the nation would "have to go with" slavery as "the law of the land" once the Supreme Court issued their illegitimate Dred Scott decision.

But the nation didn't go along with this manifestly immoral, anti-constitutional ruling on slavery. Fortunately, we had a political leader, Abraham Lincoln, who was willing to lead a principled fight for the dignity of every human being, and slavery was eventually repudiated.

That in a nutshell is the difference between Ted Cruz and Donald Trump when it comes to marriage. Ted Cruz will be a champion for marriage while Donald Trump has abandoned the fight.

You know, Mr. Trump dismisses a lot of his liberal policies and actions by pointing to the fact that for most of his life he's been a businessman and he just played the political game to advance his own business objectives.

And while some of Trump's business success may be impressive, other business decisions reveal some highly questionable activity from a moral perspective.

For example, did you know that a casino owned by Mr. Trump became the first in New Jersey to include a strip club as part of its offering to customers? I don't know what you think, but to me a businessman with a solid moral compass would not become the first businessman to put a strip club in his casino.

The 2016 presidential election is the most important one our nation has ever faced. We are at the precipice of national decline on a whole host of issues — the strength of our economy, threats of terrorism, our standing in the world, and the resonance of American values. The cause of marriage, and perhaps the pro-life cause as well, are among those that hang in the balance.

If we elect the right candidate — a principled champion — then we can rebuild our economy, begin to reduce our crippling national debt, make America safer and stronger, and take steps to reinvigorate American values like marriage and life. But if the wrong candidate is elected, we risk losing the very essence of our nation.

The people of Iowa have an enormous responsibility this coming Monday when the first in the nation presidential caucuses are held. I urge every NOM supporter in Iowa to attend their caucus on February 1st and to stand up for Sen. Ted Cruz for president. Please reach out to every other Iowan you can influence and urge them to caucus for Sen. Cruz. And if you are supporting a candidate other than Sen. Cruz, I ask you to consider whether it is time to switch to Cruz to ensure that a principled candidate who will be a champion for marriage emerges from the Iowa contest.

There are a number of fine candidates running in the Republican race, but we're at a point where only two have a realistic chance of coming out of Iowa as the winner — Ted Cruz and Donald Trump. Please do everything in your power to ensure that Sen. Cruz, a proven champion for the cause of marriage, emerges victorious.


Brian S Brown

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Is the Trump Campaign Anti-Christian?

While presidential candidate Donald Trump has made a major push to attract the support of Christians, including speaking at Liberty University where he picked up the endorsement of its president, Jerry Falwell, Jr, Trump’s press spokesperson has been engaging in virulent anti-Christian, anti-Catholic rhetoric.

Trump spokesperson Katrina Piersen recently tweeted an insult to Catholics, mocking the Catholic Church’s theology that the church was founded by Jesus Christ. “I bet they believe that too. #sad.”

Her anti-Catholic rant drew a rebuke from The Catholic League, the nation’s largest Catholic civil rights organization, which demanded an apology from Piersen and a clarification from candidate Trump that he will not tolerate anti-Catholic rhetoric in his campaign.

This is not the first time that Piersen has gone after Christians. Even as her boss worked to curry favor with Christian leaders and groups as part of his efforts to win in Iowa and nationally, Trump’s spokesperson has made her disdain for Christians plain. The Daily Caller news organization has uncovered a string of anti-Christian tweets from Piersen. In one, she said “There are no such things as Christians. Just people who call themselves Christians.” She also claimed that Christians are, “First to name call and First to judge.” Later, she criticized all people of faith, not just Christians, as “religious types” who are “unable to handle the truth.” She also criticized “most religious people” as hypocrites who follow a practice of “Do as I say not what I do” and condemned Christians saying that it’s, “always the Christians that are married or too old to party that tell how [you]should be living your life. As if they were [saints].”

As of this writing, Donald Trump has not commented on whether he agrees with Katrina Piersen’s characterizations of Christians and Catholics, nor has he apologized to people of faith for her comments. Piersen remains his official campaign spokesperson.

Didn't Make It

Dear Marriage Supporter,

All the receipts have been tallied on the matching gift challenge from late last year and, unfortunately, we did not reach our $200,000 fundraising goal. We came very close, raising $182,150, but did not quite get to where we wanted to be.

I am very proud of all those people who gave of their time and resources to support NOM throughout the holiday season. Because of this support we received a matching contribution from a generous donor of $182,150. These resources allow us to hit the ground running and continue the fight for marriage into 2016.

I have to admit that missing the challenge by $17,850 is tough, because we have lost out on that money and an equal amount from the match. So much good could have come from the more than $35,000 that we will not receive.

That said, pursuing a $200,000 fundraising challenge at the end of the year during the busy holiday season is a daunting challenge, one of the biggest that NOM has ever undertaken. It's a testament to the strength of support we enjoy that so many people contributed so much during this busy period. Raising over $182,000 during the holidays is an awesome accomplishment, and I am very grateful to all our supporters.

Thank you for your support, and for your encouragement. If you'd like to make a gift to help us start 2016 strong, we would appreciate that support.


Brian S Brown

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Episcopal Church of the US Suspended from Anglican Communion

After several years of openly embracing same-sex 'marriage,' including a vote last year to allow clergy to perform gay 'weddings,' the Episcopal Church of the United States has been suspended from the world-wide Anglican Communion. The Church has been stripped of any role in leadership or decision-making for at least three years.

The full-on embrace of homosexual conduct by the Episcopal Church has been a source of deep controversy for many years. A flash point occurred when the church installed Gene Robinson, an open homosexual involved in a sexual relationship with a younger man. Robinson's "marriage" to his partner eventually ended in divorce.

Because of its abandonment of biblical values, membership in the Episcopal Church in the US has been in free fall for many years.

Christianity Today has the story about the church's suspension.

Governor Pence Declares He Will Not Support Any Bill That Threatens Religious Liberty

Dear Marriage Supporter,

We've won a big victory! After thousands of NOM supporters contacted Governor Mike Pence through our petition, the Indiana governor said forcefully in his state of the state address, "I will not support any bill that diminishes the religious freedom of Hoosiers or that interferes with the Constitutional rights of our citizens to live out their beliefs in worship, service or work."

This is a tremendous victory, because before our petition was launched, the governor was reported to be considering so-called "sexual orientation/gender identity" legislation that creates special legal rights for gays, lesbians and the 'transgendered.' Among other things, legislation like this allows men to force themselves into intimate facilities reserved for girls and women, such as locker rooms and restrooms, based on a claim that they "feel" as if they are really a woman. This type of legislation has also been used to target supporters of true marriage with massive fines and other punishment simply because they do not wish to be personally involved in celebrating a homosexual 'wedding.'

NOM commends Governor Pence for his strong commitment in support of the religious liberty rights of people of faith. Please add your name to this "Thank You" petition to Governor Pence letting him know you appreciate him standing strong.

After you've signed the petition, please forward it to others who might also like to let Governor Pence know that they appreciate his strong support of religious liberty.


Brian S Brown

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NOM Rips President Obama For Honoring Plaintiff Whose Case Redefined Marriage; Demands Empty Seat In Audience Honoring 50 Million Voters Whose Votes Were Stolen By US Supreme Court Ruling

Contact: Paul Bothwell (202) 457-8060 x-105 [email protected]


Washington, DC — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today sharply condemned President Obama for inviting Jim Obergefell, one of the plaintiffs whose case was used by the US Supreme Court to impose same-sex 'marriage' on the nation, to attend the State of the Union speech and called for the Republican leadership to set aside a vacant seat in the front of the chamber in honor of the missing 50 million voters whose votes were stolen by the Supreme Court ruling in the Obergefell v Hodges case.

"It's an outrage that President Obama is honoring the extermination of true marriage in our nation's laws as a result of an anti-constitutional, illegitimate ruling of the US Supreme Court," said Brian Brown, NOM's president. "President Obama is trying to honor something that is completely dishonorable because it strips from the law the truth of marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and substitutes a fiction from the left that marriage can be anything you want it to be."

NOM reminded the nation that voters in thirty-one states cast over 50 million ballots defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The Supreme Court ruling obliterated those votes.

"The Republican leadership ought to set aside an empty chair in the front of the chamber to represent the more than fifty million Americans whose votes in support of traditional marriage were stolen by the US Supreme Court," Brown said. "It's a national insult that President Obama would celebrate such an affront to democracy."

Brown also pointed out that since the Obergefell ruling imposing gay 'marriage', countless Christian small business owners have been subjected to extreme punishment by the government for refusing to abandon the truth of marriage.

"If the President wanted to do justice concerning this ruling, he would have invited all the people of faith who have been victimized by it — bakers, florists, photographers, nonprofit groups, etc. — and apologized to them and the American people for the supreme lie that is same-sex 'marriage.' The Obergefell ruling has exposed the falsehood that there would never be consequences for redefining marriage, our most fundamental and important social institution."

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✉ Petition Pence

Dear Marriage Supporter,

Unbelievably, Republican Governor Mike Pence of Indiana is considering endorsing a Bathroom Bill in Indiana that would ignore the reality of being male and female and allow men to use intimate facilities reserved for women and girls (bathrooms, showers, locker rooms, etc.) He's considering kowtowing to the radical left despite the overwhelming voter rejection of a similar proposal in Houston just a few weeks ago.

Once seen as a conservative rising star among Republican elected officials, Pence badly mishandled the religious liberty issue last year in Indiana and signed into law legislation that seriously damages the ability of Hoosiers to live out their faith in their everyday lives. Now he is considering going even farther — letting men into intimate facilities reserved for girls and women.

Please act immediately to sign our petition to Governor Pence urging him to reject any Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) legislation in Indiana. These SOGI bills always strip people of their religious liberty rights. And they endanger women and children and strip them of their privacy rights not to be confronted by a man in women's clothing in a restroom.

Once you've signed the petition, please forward it to at least five others and ask them to sign. We need a massive national uprising to show Governor Pence that we are watching and that we demand he not succumb to pressure from the radical left.


Brian S Brown

PS — Governor Pence could announce his decision any day. Please act immediately by signing our petition. Then forward it to at least five others who might sign.

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Stand with Chief Justice Roy Moore in Support of Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has issued an order directing state judges to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples until the full state Supreme Court can determine the scope of the US Supreme Court ruling in the Obergefell case redefining marriage and assess how it impacts their state constitutional provision defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Please stand with Chief Justice Moore in support of marriage, state rights, and the constitution by signing this petition.


Brian S Brown

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NOM Hits the Airwaves in Response to Alabama Decision

Dear Marriage Supporter,

Late yesterday Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore issued an order preventing state judges from granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples until the full state Supreme Court can consider the implications of the US Supreme Court's decision in the Obergefell case purportedly redefining marriage.

I went on Megyn Kelly's "The Kelly File" show last night on Fox to defend Alabama's action and fought hard against the illegitimate and anti-constitutional ruling of the Supreme Court in Obergefell. I compared it to the Dred Scott decision upholding slavery, and the Buck v Bell ruling allowing forced sterilization of the mentally ill. And I pointed out that if we surrender important principles and values to five unelected judges on the Supreme Court, then we will have surrendered democracy itself.

Here's a link to the interview.

While I respect Megyn Kelly, she unfortunately articulated the pervasive, but wrong-headed, legal concept of judicial supremacy — that a decision of the US Supreme Court "settles" an issue and that everyone must act accordingly. There is no constitutional basis for this approach.

The US Supreme Court decision in Obergefell was anti-constitutional and illegitimate. They invented a right to same-sex 'marriage' out of thin air. There is nothing in our nation's laws, history or constitution that requires states to redefine marriage. The Supreme Court does not have the power to force the other branches of government to act, nor do they have the power to create positive law.

Under normal circumstances, the other branches of government, other federal courts, and the states will move to adjust their laws and practices to conform with a ruling of the US Supreme Court. However, when the Court issues an obviously erroneous ruling — as they did in Dred Scott, Buck and now in Obergefell — the other branches of government and the states must determine how to respond.

Over 70 prominent legal scholars have examined the issues in the Obergefell ruling and they have advised states to continue to uphold their state laws and state constitutional provisions regarding marriage.

Alabama, and other states, must review the decision to determine how it impacts their state constitutional definition of marriage. The litigants to the Obergefell case do not live in Alabama and the case that the Supreme Court considered did not arise from Alabama. Chief Justice Moore has suspended the issuing of same-sex marriage licenses in order for the state Supreme Court to decide for itself how to react to the Obergefell ruling.

I've been encouraged by some of the positive emails I received from NOM members right after I appeared on Megyn Kelly's show. One person wrote, "I wanted to compliment Mr. Brown regarding his appearance last night on the 'Kelly File'. What a strong commanding performance. Not an easy thing to accomplish as he was facing such a formidable presence in Megyn. He poignantly addressed her opposition with such skill & panache."

The US Supreme Court did not settle the issue of marriage. This decision remains up to the people of America, acting through their elected officials.


Brian S Brown

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BREAKING: Alabama Chief Justice Orders State Judges To Refrain From Issuing Same-Sex 'Marriage' Licenses

BREAKING NEWS: Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has ordered state probate judges to continue to enforce a previous ruling of the state Supreme Court barring the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples, despite the ruling of the US Supreme Court purportedly imposing same-sex marriage on the nation. Justice Moore's ruling will remain in place until the full state Supreme Court considers whether state judges are bound to continue to uphold the state's constitution, which provides that marriage can only be between one man and one woman.

While a narrow majority of the US Supreme Court purported to redefine marriage for the country in the Obergefell ruling, the case they considered only involved four states in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Since the Obergefell ruling, several developments have called into question the SCOTUS majority's claimed scope of their ruling.

A compelling statement issued by over seventy legal scholars made the case that the Obergefell ruling utterly lacked any constitutional basis, was anti-constitutional and illegitimate. They declared that state officials should consider the Obergefell ruling to be binding only on the specific parties to that case.

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that that the Obergefell ruling did not directly invalidate the marriage laws of states under its jurisdiction.

And a District Court judge in Kansas was even more direct, ruling that Obergefell did not directly strike down Kansas law limiting marriage to one man and one woman.

These legal developments are consistent with the developing resistance in America to the Supreme Court's attempt to legislate from the bench when it comes to marriage, ignoring the federal constitution in the process and inventing out of thin air a "right" to same-sex 'marriage.'

The American people reject judicial activism of the US Supreme Court and their attempt to redefine marriage. They continue to support marriage as it has existed throughout our nation's history, the union of one man and one woman.


The Left's View Of "Balance" is Badly Imbalanced

The Los Angeles Times, a bastion of liberal ideology and a longtime supporter of redefining marriage, ended 2015 with an editorial that shows how badly skewed the mainstream media has become on marriage and the homosexual agenda.

The Times writes about a disturbing court case out of Massachusetts where a judge ruled that a Catholic high school (Fontbonne Academy) acted illegally when it withdrew an employment offer to a man who was in a homosexual 'marriage' because he could not properly represent Catholic identity and teaching. Prior to offering the man a position as a food director, the high school explained to the applicant that it expected all employees to be "ministers of the mission" and the man assured the school officials he agreed. After receiving the job offer, later that day he completed an employment form disclosing for the first time that he had entered a homosexual 'marriage.' Upon learning of this, the school promptly withdrew the offer because his 'marriage' was incompatible with the teachings of the Catholic Church. The man sued and shortly before Christmas, Judge Douglas Wilkins ruled that the school must comply with "sexual orientation discrimination" laws notwithstanding its religious mission.

The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts rightly condemned this court decision as a "full frontal assault on religious liberty," one that would "compel Catholic institutions to hire those who reject and despise Catholic teaching, fatally impairing the constitutionally protected right of those institutions to carry on their mission."

How did the LA Times react to the ruling? They said it was "balanced" and a "model for the nation." In the Times' skewed vision of the new world order, church-run schools should be able to hire clergy and religion teachers that uphold their religious beliefs - but that's it. Other staff, presumably including administrators and teachers, should not be required to model the church's religious beliefs. They went on to call on Congress to enact employment protections for homosexuals that embodied this "balanced approach."

The extreme position taken by Judge Wilkins and praised by the LA Times is representative of the endemic efforts of the media and elite to force an embrace of same-sex 'marriage' on every individual and group in the nation regardless of their deeply-held, often religious, views. In this new orthodoxy, it's not enough that same-sex couples can get 'married.' Every single person and group is expected to salute and endorse the act. Every baker, florist, photographer and similar professional must participate if asked. And every religion must accept it except in very narrow circumstances.

Of course, this new orthodoxy does not comport with the constitution, nor is it representative of the views of the American people.

This case serves as an important reminder why it is essential that states and Congress pass the First Amendment Defense Act to protect individuals, organizations and churches from discrimination for living out their views of marriage in the public square.

LifeSiteNews has the story. Here's the press release from the Catholic Action League, and the LA Times' editorial is here.

Thank you and Happy New Year!

Dear Marriage Supporter,

I'm writing to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your prayers and support throughout this past year, and to wish you a very happy New Year!

I am especially grateful to all of you who made a financial contribution during the year-end $200,000 challenge match. We are tallying all the receipts, including contributions that were mailed, and we'll have a final count in a few days.

We've accomplished a lot over the past year, and I am very excited about our opportunities in 2016. I couldn't be more proud to be in this battle with you. Fighting for God's design for marriage and the religious liberty rights of those who continue to revere marriage is an honorable and just cause. We are on the right side of history, and eternity!

May God richly bless you and your family throughout this coming year.


Brian S Brown

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