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NOM Endorses Colm Willis in Oregon 5th Congressional District

Dear Marriage Supporter,

I'm pleased to let you know that the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has endorsed Colm Willis in his race for the 5th Congressional District in Oregon. Colm is a proven champion for life, religious liberty and marriage, and will be a fantastic member of the US House of Representatives fighting for issues we care deeply about.

Colm faces two challengers in the Republican primary election on May 17th, one of whom is Ben West, a gay 'marriage' activist who sued the people of Oregon to invalidate the state's marriage amendment adopted by 57% of voters. Because of West, the people of Oregon had their votes stolen from them by unaccountable judges.

It's outrageous that someone like Ben West, a nursing student, thinks he can steal the votes of the 57% of Oregonians who voted for marriage and then turn around and ask those same people to give him their votes for Congress. How hypocritical!

This race presents a stark choice — Colm Willis is a champion on our issues, while Ben West is a gutless turncoat who abandoned Republican and constitutional principles. West didn't have the courage to take his gay 'marriage' position to the people of Oregon; rather, he went to judicial elites to impose his radical views on the citizens of the state despite their overwhelming votes to the contrary.

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Colm Willis has a distinguished background and has been a leader on critical issues. A husband, father and small business attorney in private practice in Stayton, Oregon, Colm is an Oregon native who served for many years as the chief advocate for Oregon Right to Life. He has experience as a staff member in the US Senate, and has applied his expertise on a host of economic issues. To his tremendous credit, Colm left his congressional staff position because of his opposition to the decision by Congress to spend taxpayer money bailing out big banks and other corporations rather than return the money to taxpayers.

In the past several years, we've seen attempts by GOP elites to move the Republican Party away from its position in support of life, marriage and religious liberty and make it "Democrat lite." This move is nothing but political correctness run amok. The fact is that supporting marriage as the union of on man and one woman is not only the right policy for the country, and especially for children, it is immensely popular with voters, over 50 million of whom have cast ballots for traditional marriage. In fact, voter support for marriage has run far stronger than support for the Republican ticket.

NOM worked hard during the 2014 election cycle to defeat Republican US Senate candidate Monica Wehby, another GOP turncoat who abandoned marriage, and the Republican platform. Not surprisingly, Ben West endorsed Wehby and campaigned on her behalf. Now we will work hard to ensure that West himself is defeated and a strong champion for marriage, religious liberty and life — Colm Willis — is elected.

Please join us in supporting Colm Willis for Congress. You can learn more about his candidacy here. We urge you to make a donation directly to his campaign via his website.

In 2014, NOM played a critical role in electing pro-marriage champions to Congress in numerous states, and defeating those GOP candidates, such as Carl DeMaio in California and Monica Wehby in Oregon, who had abandoned marriage. We had a 100% track record in 2014 and are pledged to repeat that in 2016, starting with the election of Colm Willis.

I hope you will act today to support Colm Willis for Congress.


Brian S Brown

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Fight Back Immediately Against Intolerant Religious Bigots

Dear Marriage Supporter,

I'm writing to ask you to act immediately to fight back against intolerant religious bigots who are intent on forcing a radical view of human nature on society even when common sense flies in the face of their dangerous agenda. Please act immediately to thank North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory for standing strong and resisting the push to allow men in intimate facilities like showers, locker rooms and restrooms that are reserved for girls and women.

All across the country, radical LGBT extremists are demanding that men be treated as if they were women if the men decide they "identify" as a woman at a particular moment. This has led to girls and women being confronted by biological males in the most intimate of facilities — showers, locker rooms and restrooms. Needless to say, such a situation is a grave violation of privacy and raises very serious security and safety concerns.

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When given the opportunity, voters have soundly rejected these "transgender bathroom bill" policies but the LGBT extremists have used their power to get gutless politicians to cave in to their demands. That is what happened in Charlotte, NC when the City Council voted to risk the privacy and security of girls and women to placate the political demands of the LGBT extremists.

Fortunately, the North Carolina General Assembly and Governor Pat McCrory put their feet down and said "enough is enough" to these dangerous policies and they banned men from being in intimate facilities reserved for females. For standing up for common sense and the safety and privacy of girls and women, Governor McCrory is now being targeted by intolerant religious bigots and leftist politicians who do the bidding of these bigots. And sadly, the extremists are being aided by powerful corporate, entertainment and sports figures who are threatening the state with economic punishment if they don't cave in to political correctness and worship at the altar of the LGBT extremists.

Please sign our petition to Governor McCrory letting him know that you appreciate his leadership and courage to take a common sense position that men should not be allowed in intimate facilities like showers and restrooms that are reserved for girls and women. It is imperative that you act immediately because the left is in the process of manufacturing outrage in order to pressure this Republican governor to cave into their demands, just as they were successful in pressuring others to cave, like Indiana Governor Mike Pence, South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard and Georgia Governor Nathan Deal.

This petition can be a vehicle for the grassroots to get mobilized and send our own message that the PC, bigoted agenda of LGBT extremists will not be accepted by mainstream Americans. The message is simple — it is not discrimination to keep men out of women's showers, restrooms and locker rooms.

Please act immediately to fight back against LGBT extremists and support Governor Pat McCrory by signing our petition.

And remember to share this email and petition by forwarding it or using the social media buttons below.


Brian S Brown

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Victory, Betrayal and Backlash

Dear Marriage Supporter,

The events of the past 72 hours provide a microcosm of the importance of maintaining the fight for marriage and religious liberty and reveal the toxic nature of the environment in which we battle and the gutless betrayal of the Republican elite and their donors in big business that must be overcome for us to be successful.

If you are sick and tired of mega-wealthy corporations and special interests exercising control over gutless politicians who tell us they are with us when they run for office but then abandon us in the face of pressure, please show your support for NOM today. Your contribution of $25, $35, $50, $100 or $250 or more will help us fight the wealthy special interests and hold the politicians accountable to the people who elected them.

Here's the situation we face:

Victory: In North Carolina we won a great victory as the state legislature went into special session to pass legislation repealing a "bathroom bill" imposed on the people of Charlotte by their City Council. The state General Assembly repealed the ordinance by statewide statute and prevented any other municipality from passing something similar. Governor Pat McCrory immediately signed the legislation into law, protecting girls and women from being confronted by biologic males in the most intimate of facilities including restrooms and showers. The victory came only after sustained public pressure from the grassroots, including many rallies and public demonstrations.

Betrayal: In Georgia, turncoat Republican Governor Nathan Deal just vetoed an extremely modest bill to protect pastors and churches from having to participate in same-sex 'weddings' and give some minor protection to religious schools from having to hire someone who openly opposes their religious beliefs. Deal ignored dozens of examples of discrimination against people of faith that have occurred across the country and instead adopted the approach advocated by LGBT extremists that any accommodation of religious objections to gay 'marriage' amounts to "discrimination" against gays and lesbians. Deal and the extremists demand that every single person, religious organization and small business in Georgia agree to personally participate in a same-sex 'wedding' ceremony if asked, regardless of their deeply-held religious views.

Backlash: It is now clear that LGBT extremists and the left will accept absolutely no dissent from the orthodoxy they wish to impose on the country and they are prepared to utilize cultural and economic threats to get their way. In Georgia, the head of the grossly-misnamed Human Right Campaign demanded that Hollywood studios and production companies threaten to withdraw all television and movie productions from Georgia if Governor Deal signed the legislation protecting pastors and churches from participating in same-sex ceremonies. Within days a who's who of Hollywood weighed in with statements against the legislation including Walt Disney Co., MGM, Sony, Lionsgate, 21st Century Fox, Discovery, Time Warner, CBS, and NBC, among others. Corporate America had already been working against the legislation for weeks and a group of giant businesses under the name Georgia Prospers was successful in stripping the legislation of most of the most important legal protections that are needed to help small businesses and other people of faith. Nonetheless, the NCAA expressed their concerns about "discrimination" and the National Football League went so far as to suggest that the legislation would damage the ability of the state to again host a Super Bowl. Activists suggested that this legislation could cost Georgia billions of dollars in revenues as companies and events withdrew from the state.

Remember, all of this manufactured outrage was over not forcing pastors and churches to participate in same-sex "weddings" that violate their religious beliefs.

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Meanwhile the situation in North Carolina has sparked similar manufactured outrage from the wealthy and the connected. LGBT groups have labeled it "blatantly discriminatory" and "the most extreme bill of its kind in the nation." Just as predictably, corporate America and the sports industry immediately followed suit with American Airlines and Wells Fargo speaking out against the legislation, and the National Basketball Association hinting it might move the 2017 All Star game out of Charlotte. Plans for public protests and boycotts are in the works.

All this because lawmakers in North Carolina do not think it is appropriate to subject girls and women to being confronted by biologic males in intimate facilities like bathrooms, locker rooms and showers.

The situation we are facing is a clarion call for us to rise up and fight back like we've never fought before. We cannot allow corporate bullies and the cultural elite to destroy to social fabric of this nation, stripping it of common sense and essential principles guaranteed by our constitution.

NOM is on the front lines fighting for marriage and religious liberty, but we can be successful only to the extent that you supply us with the resources needed to carry out the fight. That's why it is so important that you rise up and help us fight by making a generous contribution today of $35, $50, $100, $250 or even $500 or more so that we can challenge the powerful and the connected in this critical cultural battle.

Unless we rise and fight together, the victories we've experienced — as in North Carolina, Arkansas and the great victory at the polls last fall in Houston– will be increasingly harder to come by.

Unless we rise and fight together, gutless Republican officials will continue to cave into pressure and abandon us, as Governor Mike Pence did in Indiana, Governor Dennis Daugaard did in South Carolina and now Governor Nathan Deal has done in Georgia.

And unless we rise and fight together, the corporate interests and cultural cronies on the left will have carte blanch to manufacture outrage anytime any common sense idea emerges from a state legislature or Congress to support a traditional view of human sexuality and biblical morality.

Make no mistake about it — what we are seeing develop in this alliance of LGBT extremists, corporate titans and sports billionaires is not going to stop at simply preventing the advance of legislation designed to protect people of faith. Emboldened by their successes and the retreat of those who had pledged to support people of faith, the activists will mount an all-out assault through the courts and legislatures to proactively force every American to salute their agenda at risk of massive civil fines, loss of livelihood and even imprisonment.

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Indeed, this push is already well underway, with victims of LGBT intolerance growing every day. Unless it is confronted, it is not going to end anytime soon.

The persecution merely started with the photographers, bakers and florists who have been fined and lost everything they owned simply because they personally did not want to participate in a same-sex 'wedding.' It won't be long before religious groups are forced to lend their facilities for the conduct of something they consider sinful (same-sex 'marriage') or risk losing their property leases, government contracts and grants. Religious schools will be forced to hire those who openly mock their religious beliefs or risk their accreditation and access to student grants and loans. Individuals will be fired and face huge fines for saying anything that offends a member of the LGBT community. And people who openly defy their obligations under the new orthodoxy may well face imprisonment.

Bullies must be confronted and defeated or they will wreak havoc on those they confront. NOM is fighting the LGBT bullies and extremists, including challenging their corporate allies and the gutless politicians who succumb to their pressure. Please rise up and stand with us in this fight by making a generous contribution to NOM today. Your gift of $35, $50, $100, $250 or even $500 or more will be much appreciated and help us fight while there is still every opportunity to prevail.

Thank you for your support.


Brian S Brown

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We Wish You A Blessed Easter

Dear Marriage Supporter,

All of us at NOM wish you and your family a Blessed Easter. This is one of the holiest times of year as Christians recall the passion, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The resurrection of Christ on Easter is the most consequential day in human history. It is the single most important event that has ever occurred, giving proof to God's promise of everlasting life in heaven for those who believe in Jesus, our Savior and Lord. In Him, our sins are forgiven and we have the promise of eternity.

Our secular society has been working hard for many decades to take the spirituality out of Easter, and Christmas as well. A reverential appreciation of Christ's sacrifice on the cross where he paid the ultimate price for our sins has been replaced with marshmallow candies, jelly beans and the Easter Bunny. It's the same approach secular elites have taken with marriage — transforming it from an institution designed by God for the benefit of men and women and their children, into something that affirms adult sexual desires whatever they may happen to be.

The good news is found in the Good News. Christ is not a fictional fairy tale but the son of the living God who rules over heaven and earth. And marriage is what God created and no man can change, even when wearing a judicial robe. Both are eternal truths.

We have a lot to do in our fight to restore marriage to our laws and culture, and we are determined to undertake the hard work the cause demands, with you by our side. But for the next few days we pause to put causes and candidates aside to focus our mind and heart on the great blessing of Christ on the Cross.

May God richly bless you and yours during this beautiful Easter season.


Brian S Brown

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Take These Actions Today To Enact Critical Legislation

Dear Marriage Supporter,

As you know, NOM has been working hard in Congress and at the state level to pass critical legislation needed to protect supporters of marriage from discrimination and stop local governments from pursuing a dangerous gender ideology that treats men as if they are women, jeopardizing the privacy and safety of girls and women in intimate facilities like restrooms. Three states have moved critical legislation forward, and I'm asking you to take action to register your support:

The North Carolina General Assembly has gone into special session today to pass legislation overriding the dangerous decision of the Charlotte City Council which enacted an ordinance jeopardizing the safety of girls and women by allowing biologic men to use intimate facilities such as restrooms that are reserved for women and girls. The legislation is expected to pass overwhelmingly but we need your help to urge Governor Pat McCrory to sign it into law. McCrory has issued some supportive statements but we don't want to take any chances that he might buckle once the left gangs up on him. Please sign our petition to Governor Pat McCrory today. If you are active on Twitter, please speak out using the hashtag #PatPromised

The Commonwealth of Virginia has passed legislation protecting pastors, ministers and religious organizations from having to participate in same-sex 'wedding' ceremonies that violate their deeply held religious beliefs. This is an extremely modest bill and much more needs to be done in Virginia. Still, it is an important first step and we urge you to sign our petition to Governor Terry McAuliffe urging him to sign the legislation into law.

As you may recall, Georgia has passed an extremely modest bill to provide protection to pastors, churches and religious groups from having to participate in a same-sex 'wedding.' Radical LGBT activists are whipping up a firestorm of protest, stripping bare their previous claims that nobody would ever be forced to support gay 'marriage' against their wishes. The NFL has tragically issued a threat that the state might not be given a future Super Bowl if Governor Nathan Deal signs the legislation into law. This type of blackmail from one of the wealthiest organizations in the country cannot be tolerated. Why should pastors and churches be forced to surrender their rights and engage in activity they consider to be wrong just to placate the demands of billionaire sports team owners? The answer is, they shouldn't. Please sign our petition to Governor Nathan Deal asking him to sign the legislation into law.

You may think that my requests do not apply to you if you do not live in North Carolina, Virginia or Georgia, but it's important that all NOM members band together at this critical time. The radicals who run the LGBT lobbying groups are pulling out all the stops — getting the NFL to oppose religious liberty is an example of that — to "nationalize" the issue and prevent legislation protecting religious freedom and the safety of girls and women from spreading. We must counter them by mobilizing every supporter of true marriage we can reach to take action.

Please, sign these petitions today and urge anyone you know who agrees with us to do the same. Thank you.


Brian S Brown

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Vote Cruz In Arizona and Utah

Dear Marriage Supporter,

Voters go to the polls today in Arizona and Utah to make their selection in the GOP primary race for president. It's the first balloting since Sen. Marco Rubio left the race. If you live in either Arizona or Utah, please cast your ballot for Sen. Ted Cruz, a man you can trust on all the issues, and especially in the fight to restore marriage to our laws. And if you have family or friends in one of these states, please urge them to vote for Senator Cruz.

The polls show Senator Cruz with a huge lead in Utah and Donald Trump leading in Arizona but Cruz within striking distance. The lone remaining establishment candidate, Ohio Governor John Kasich, has no chance to win either state but his presence is taking votes from Cruz in Arizona. A vote for Kasich in Arizona is a vote for Donald Trump, the one candidate most likely to lose to Hilary Clinton and someone who abandoned the fight for marriage at the moment we needed leadership the most.

In addition to working hard to promote candidates who will champion the cause of marriage, NOM is fighting hard to win legal protections so that people who believe in marriage are not punished by government for living out their beliefs in their daily lives. We've all seen countless individuals and small businesses be targeted — bakers, florists, innkeepers, photographers, etc. — and threatened with financial ruin simply because they did not want to personally participate in a same-sex ceremony in violation of their deeply-held beliefs.

In order for us to continue to fight discrimination against marriage supporters, we must count on our members to renew their membership with a minimum gift of $35. If our members continue to stand with us, we will be able to continue to fight for you and every other American who knows the truth of marriage is a gift from God, one that blesses children and families, and society as a whole.

Your membership in NOM is our lifeblood. It's what allows us to fight in Congress, state legislatures, in court and in the court of public opinion. Please act today to renew your membership with a minimum $35 contribution. If you can give more than $35, I ask you to do so. Right now we are battling on your behalf in Congress and in numerous state legislatures and we need your financial support today.

Thank you for all you are doing to restore true marriage to our law and culture.


Brian S Brown

PS — Please keep in your prayers all those people who were killed or injured today in the terrorist attack in Brussels. This tragedy serves as an important reminder that the selection of the next US president is a critical choice. We need a serious candidate who will protect our nation from the scourge of Islamic extremism.

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Dear Marriage Supporter,

The presidential race has come down to two viable candidates — Sen. Ted Cruz and businessman Donald J. Trump. With his poor showing in Florida, Sen. Marco Rubio — a good and decent man and someone we hope will continue to be involved in public life — has wisely suspended his campaign.

Unfortunately, Ohio Governor John Kasich, who won his home state of Ohio last week (his first victory of the entire race) refuses to leave the race and has pledged to stay in all the way to the convention in Cleveland.

Here's what you may not know about John Kasich — he has already been mathematically eliminated from winning! Even if Kasich won every single race from now until the end, he still could not amass the delegates needed to secure the nomination on the first ballot.

Since he cannot win the race outright, what is Kasich trying to accomplish? Well, he apparently thinks that by finishing fourth (he trails Rubio in delegates) the GOP power brokers will hand him the Republican nomination if either Trump or Cruz themselves do not have a majority of delegates. Imagine that — the fourth place candidate thinks he is entitled to the Republican nomination!

Failing that, Kasich also presumably figures that his delegates give him bargaining power to cut a deal with either Cruz or Trump in exchange for something for himself. Whether he's angling to be the vice presidential pick or play some other role in a GOP administration is not known.

But what is known is this: Kasich is a liberal Republican who has abandoned the fight for marriage, is extremely weak on religious liberty and who cannot be trusted to appoint strong, conservative constitutionalist judges to the US Supreme Court who would reverse the Court's illegitimate marriage ruling.

I'm asking for your immediate financial help so that we can get the truth about John Kasich out to voters and the media and stop any consideration of him as the GOP nominee, or even the vice presidential selection. Your membership contribution of at least $35 will go a long way toward helping us shine the light of truth on the Kasich record.

Kasich is the last of the so-called establishment candidates left in the presidential race. His weakness on social issues and lack of commitment to fighting for important principles is exactly representative of what's gone wrong with Republican leadership in Washington. If you liked John Boehner, you'll like John Kasich — lot's of talk but no guts to actually fight for conservative principles like preserving marriage.

Here's a classic example of what we'd get with John Kasich: he says that he personally believes in traditional marriage and that he didn't agree with the Supreme Court's decision to redefine marriage, but since then he says "he's moved on," that it's time to for the nation to accept it and that he had a great time attending a gay 'wedding' himself. And Kasich believes that someone who does not want to be involved in providing services to a same-sex 'wedding' should be forced to do so against their religious beliefs if they want to be in business. "We're not going to allow discrimination," he promised.

What Governor Kasich apparently doesn't realize is that it is people of faith who are being discriminated against by LGBT activists, forced to participate in something they consider deeply wrong. All across America, bakers, florists, photographers, inn keepers and others are being targeted and punished simply because they do not want to personally be involved in supporting a same-sex ceremony that violates their beliefs. Meanwhile, there has not been a single situation where a gay couple has not been able to obtain the services they desire associated with their 'wedding.'

NOM is one of the few groups willing to take on the politically-correct yet powerfully wrong elite in America, which is what John Kasich represents. But to be effective, we need to increase our membership dues from grassroots supporters like you. Please act today to make a membership contribution of at least $35 which will allow us to take the fight to Kasich and others who disrespect the importance of marriage and refuse to protect the rights of average Americans to live out their beliefs about marriage in their daily lives.

People like Aaron and Melissa Klein are not advocates or revolutionaries; they are simple small business people and faithful Christians. They did not go looking for any trouble with anyone, but trouble came looking for them. When a gay couple in Oregon demanded they bake a cake to celebrate their 'wedding' the Klein's politely explained that they couldn't do so because of their Christian faith. There are plenty of others with no religious objections who would happily bake their cake, but the LGBT extremists want to force everyone to do so, especially faithful Christians. So these activists used their power to get the state to fine the Klein's $135,000 and demand that they go through "reeducation" training. The young couple's business has been destroyed.

John Kasich would do nothing to help the Klein's or anyone else who is forced to give up their constitutional rights when it comes to gay 'marriage,' and he could very well make things worse. That is why NOM is committed to ensuring that the American people learn the truth about Kasich and make him toxic as a potential vice presidential pick.

Please make your membership contribution of at least $35 today so that we can ramp up our efforts to derail Kasich, the last remaining establishment Republican who has abandoned us when we needed him most. If you can afford to give more than the minimum $35, please do so.

Thank you for standing strong for God's design for marriage, and for helping us fight the PC crowd that refuses to stand with us for the truth of marriage and religious liberty.


Brian S Brown

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Georgia Passes Weakened Religious Liberty Bill

Dear Marriage Supporter,

The Georgia legislature succumbed to pressure from the Human Rights Campaign and other LGBT extremists and significantly watered down religious liberty protections before sending the legislation (HB 757) to Governor Nathan Deal for his signature. Incredibly, it's possible that Governor Deal will not sign even the modest protections in the bill, which are designed to protect pastors and religious groups from having to perform same-sex 'weddings' or forcing them to be hosted at their facilities.

NOM asks you to urge Governor Deal to sign HB 757 into law even though it is far from the robust legal protections that people of faith deserve. Please sign our petition to Governor Deal today.

Opponents of the bill like to talk about “discrimination” but the fact of the matter is that the only people who've been discriminated against when it comes to gay 'marriage' are people of faith. Individuals, small businesses and religious organizations have been sued, fined, punished and threatened with jail simply for standing up for the truth of marriage in their daily lives.

Please sign our petition to Governor Nathan Deal asking him to support the modest religious freedoms protected by HB 757.

Over fifty million people in nearly three dozen states across our great nation went to the polls to cast their ballots in favor of defining marriage as one man and one woman. Countless legislators in numerous additional states represented the wishes of their constituents in a similar fashion by passing legislation to preserve traditional marriage. Yet, tragically, these votes were stolen by five unelected lawyers on the US Supreme Court when they issued their illegitimate, anti-constitutional ruling redefining marriage last year.

It's because of the illegitimate ruling of the US Supreme Court that legislatures and citizens must act now to protect the common-sense rights of Americans when it comes to gay 'marriage,' rights which previously were taken for granted. It should be patently obvious that no American should be forced to participate in a same-sex 'wedding' ceremony against their will, but since the LGBT extremists won't accept such common-sense, it's essential that statues be enacted providing people of faith with legal protections.

Governor Nathan Deal has an opportunity to take a modest but good step toward supporting the rights of all Georgians to live out their faith without fear of retaliation by government officials reacting to intense pressure by LGBT activists. Please urge him to do so by signing our petition today.

And please remember to use the social media buttons below to share this important email with family and friends.


Brian S Brown

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Your Membership Makes All The Difference

Dear Marriage Supporter,

This week has NOM fighting hard for marriage and religious liberty at the national level and in states across the country. I've been on emergency conference calls all week where we're strategizing how we can help local allies in Missouri, Georgia and North Carolina advance critical legislation to protect people who believe in the sanctity of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

We're doing everything we can to help in these fights, but we are limited in what we can do because our resources are stretched thin. That is why I am asking you to step up today to renew your membership in NOM with a minimum contribution of $35. If you can afford a more generous gift, I ask you to prayerfully consider it.

Pastors, churches, religious groups and Christian small business owners are all counting on NOM being able to weigh in with both financial and grassroots assistance. Not only are we battling the forces of the left, but increasingly we're having to take on big businesses and powerful interest groups. In some cases we even have to fight incumbent Republican leaders who lack the courage to stand up for people who hold true to the historic, God-given definition of marriage and rights of religious liberty.

But we have two powerful things working in our favor: the truth, and you.

No matter what five unelected lawyers on the US Supreme Court have to say, marriage is and always will be the union of one man and one woman. The truth of marriage is not subject to judicial decree. It is completely illegitimate and anti-constitutional to declare that somewhere buried deep in the constitution is a previously unknown right to same-sex "marriage."

But now that extremist LGBT organizations have succeeded in getting a bare majority of the Supreme Court to shred the marriage laws adopted by over 50 million voters, they now want to use the law to force everyone in America to participate in this illegitimate charade they call "marriage." That is why we see countless people of faith being jailed, fined, punished and marginalized because they personally do not want to be involved in something they cannot support — same-sex 'marriage.'

Aside from having the truth of marriage on our side, our biggest weapon to counter the intolerance of our opponents is you. As a member of NOM, your prayers and financial assistance give us the ammunition we need to stand for marriage and religious liberty in these very difficult battles.

This is a critical time for you to renew your membership in NOM. We don't have billionaires contributing to us as our opponents enjoy. We are counting on you. Your contribution of a minimum of $35 is what sustains us and allows us to answer the call to fight for marriage and religious liberty whenever and wherever it is required.

Let me give you just one short example. In Missouri, Senators were considering a proposed constitutional amendment to protect churches, pastors, religious groups and individuals from having to participate in a same-sex 'wedding' or ceremony in violation of their religious beliefs. We mounted an intense grassroots mobilization to help it get out of the Senate, and now we need to focus on its passage in the House. Once it does pass, the voters of Missouri will have the opportunity to protect the rights of people to believe in the sanctity of true marriage.

I am hoping to tell all our allies around the country that a wave of membership renewals has replenished our coffers and strengthened our ability to fight alongside them. But to do that, I need to hear from you today.

Please, act right now to renew your membership in NOM with a minimum contribution of $35. We urgently need your help, and would be very grateful for it.


Brian S Brown

PS — You can join us in expressing your support for legislation to protect marriage supporters in Missouri here and in Georgia here. (An effort in the North Carolina legislature is coming soon.) Please also act today to renew your membership contribution with a minimum gift of $35 — more if you are able. Thank you.

PPS — If you have friends, neighbors, church members or family members who might also be willing to help NOM continue to fight for marriage and religious liberty, please forward this email to them and ask that they join the cause. And don't forget to share your support of NOM on your social media accounts.

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BREAKING: Big Victory for our First Freedom in Missouri

Dear Marriage Supporter,

The Missouri State Senate has passed Senate Joint Resolution (SJR39) that will put to the voters a Constitutional amendment protecting those of us who want to live out the truth that marriage is the union of one man and one woman in Missouri.

I don't need to tell you that our First Freedom is under attack.

As we've seen across the country Christians who stand for marriage have been under attack, even being sued for not using their talents to support same-sex "marriage".

A great first step has been taken in Missouri. The Senate will vote once more and is expected to again pass the legislation so we need you to ACT NOW to make sure that the House passes this bill so that it can go to the voters this year!


Brian S Brown

P.S. The far-left media is losing it over this bill. Here's the NY Times article. The other side will be aggressively lobbying to stop this bill. Please act now!

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Compare Cruz and Trump on Marriage

Dear Marriage Supporter,

As you know, NOM has endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz in the race for president. NOM has a large and diverse membership and some of our members support Donald Trump, although the vast majority of people agree with us that Sen. Cruz is the best candidate for marriage. Developments over this past weekend help to help illustrate why Cruz is the preferable candidate:

At a press conference on Saturday night, a reporter asked Donald Trump whether he favors 'marriage' rights for same-sex couples and whether his appointees to the US Supreme Court would be expected to overturn the US Supreme Court's Obergefell ruling imposing gay 'marriage' on the nation. Trump refused to answer the question despite being pressed, claiming that his position is "well known" and he's explained it "150 times." However, as the Daily Mail reporter noted, Trump has never answered this direct question and said unequivocally whether he favors or opposes marriage rights for same-sex couples. Rather, Trump has "taken both sides in the battle over the Supreme Court's landmark decision legalizing gay unions." The article suggested that Trump may be seeking to maintain flexibility on the issue in order to "stake out a more centrist position in a general election..."

This exchange represents our concerns about Donald Trump. He has refused to sign NOM's Presidential Marriage Pledge, he called the Supreme Court ruling "the law of the land," said "you have to go with it" and flatly refuses to tell Americans whether he would work to overturn the ruling including by appointing justices expect to reverse the ruling.

In contrast to Mr. Trump, Ted Cruz wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on Sunday where he decried the Supreme Court ruling on gay 'marriage' and used it as an example of why the Senate should wait until the people vote for president to consider any nominee to the Court. Cruz has signed NOM's marriage pledge, and he's the author of a proposed constitutional amendment to restore the power to states to define marriage as one man and one woman. Mr. Trump has refused to support this proposed amendment.

Contested elections force people to make choices, and the choice for president if you believe in the truth of marriage and the importance of religious liberty could not be starker: Ted Cruz is a proven marriage champion while Donald Trump has failed the test of leadership.

NOM is working hard to advance marriage as a critical issue during the presidential contest because this is the quickest way to reverse the anti-constitutional ruling of the Supreme Court. Our ability to keep pressing this issue with the candidates and in the court of public opinion, however, depends entirely on the support we receive from you, our members.

Regardless of which candidate you are supporting, I hope you will agree that continuing to advocate for the truth of marriage is important. I ask you to renew your membership in NOM with a contribution of $35 or more.

We do not enjoy the support of billionaires and Wall Street titans. We depend on small contributions from average Americans. Renewing your membership is critical if we are to be an effective advocate for marriage. Please act today with a minimum contribution of $35. If you can afford to give more, please do so.

If Ted Cruz emerges as the Republican nominee (he is now fewer than 100 delegates behind Donald Trump) we will have a proven champion to whom we can give full-throated support. If Donald Trump secures the nomination, then we have a challenge to educate him about the importance of restoring marriage to our nation's laws. Either way, our work is critical, and we are counting on your continued support to conduct.

If you have already renewed your membership with a minimum $35 gift, thank you! But if you haven't yet renewed, I ask you to do so today so that we can continue to be an effective and tireless advocate for the truth of marriage.

Thank you for your support!


Brian S Brown

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Sen. Ted Cruz Writes: No Obama Nominee To Court Will Be Considered By Senate

In a strong op-ed to the Wall Street Journal, Sen. Ted Cruz has laid out a powerful case why President Obama's expected nominee to the Supreme Court should not be confirmed by the US Senate. Instead, the nomination  of the next Justice should wait until the People have a say through the election of the next president.

In the op-ed, Cruz points out what is at stake with the appointment of the next Supreme Court Justice. He predicts that an Obama nominee will subscribe to the president's view that the constitution is a "living document" and should evolve with the times. As such the Second Amendment could be eviscerated in terms of individual gun rights, as would key elements of the First Amendment, and we will have a series of illegitimate decisions that invent "constitutional rights" such as those that redefined marriage and created a right to abortion.

Senator Cruz lays out a compelling historical case against the Senate moving a nominee forward in the final year of a lame-duck president. Cruz noted that you have to go back to 1888 to find a circumstance where the Senate controlled by the party opposite the president confirmed a Supreme Court nominee this late in a presidential term. He notes that then-Senator Obama held a similar view that a justice should not be confirmed under these circumstances, as did Joe Biden when he chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee, as did Harry Reid the current Democratic leader in the Senate and Chuck Schumer the incoming Democratic leader.

NOM has endorsed Senator Cruz for president because he is a champion for marriage and because he, better than any other candidate, knows the importance of making Supreme Court appointees. Not only did Cruz serve as Solicitor General of Texas and personally argue numerous cases before the US Supreme Court, but he was once a clerk to then-Chief Justice William Rehnquist and knows the workings of the Supreme Court intimately.

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Dear Marriage Supporter,

As you've seen, NOM has been hard at work fighting to restore marriage to our laws and protect the right of Americans to live out the truth of marriage in their daily lives at work, at home and at church. We've been fighting for religious liberty legislation in Congress and in states across the country; we've helped lead the opposition to "bathroom bills" pressed by the LGBT lobby that jeopardize the privacy and safety of girls and women; we've mobilized thousands of Americans at the grassroots to get involved to support marriage; and we are playing a leading role in advancing marriage in the presidential contest.

All of our work is made possible because of the support of you and other members of NOM. We are a diverse grassroots organization, made up of individuals of all faiths, men and women, with incredible ethnic diversity across 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 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 asking you to renew your support of NOM with a minimum membership contribution of $35. If you can renew your support at a higher level, I ask you to consider doing so.

As you know, 2016 is a pivotal year for the cause of marriage. We will be electing a new president who will have the opportunity to nominate as many as three or four 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 as president 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 their daily lives and at work without fear of punishment or reprisal. We will soon announce details of a major national grassroots mobilization to increase pressure on GOP leaders to bring this critical legislation to a vote.

We are also in need of investing in reinvigorating the grassroots with meaningful education and training. That's why we 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 none of these efforts will be successful unless people like you renew 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.

You have been generous in the past with your support of NOM and I am counting 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

PS — As a voluntary membership organization, the National Organization for Marriage depends on the donations of grassroots Americans like you. Unlike groups trying to redefine morality and our society, we don't receive contributions from big corporations or billionaire donors. Your membership contribution of $35 or more is what sustains us, so please act today to renew your support. Thank you.

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University Student Expelled For Opposing Gay 'Marriage'

In a shocking story out of the UK, a university postgraduate student on a path to become a social worker was expelled for posting on his personal Facebook page his opposition to gay 'marriage.' The "fitness to practise" panel at Sheffield University told student Felix Ngole, a committed Christian, that his post, "may have caused offense to some individuals" and that his publicly stated views would jeopardize his ability to operate as a social worker. They promptly demanded he turn in his student ID card.

Triggered by a single complaint, Sheffield University's action effectively closes Christian students out of the social work profession and is the latest in an ongoing effort to marginalize supporters of traditional marriage. Apparently realizing the totalitarian nature of their action and the fact that it is illegal, the university went to length to explain that it's position was not based on Ngole's views per se, but the fact that he expressed them! This is little comfort to the hundreds of millions of Christians across the globe who fervently believe that marriage is what God said it was - the union of one man and one woman.

If stating views that cause "offense to some individuals" is the standard for fitness to enter the social worker profession, then presumably those who support same-sex 'marriage' are not eligible to be social worker either since there are so many people, likely a majority, who believe in traditional marriage. Of course no action has ever been taken by Sheffield University or anyone else against anyone for expressing support for redefining marriage, showing the university's position to be nothing but a smokescreen to punish a view of marriage that is not politically correct.

Ngole promises that litigation will follow. Please keep him in your prayers.

URGENT: Contact Gov. Daugaard Today

Dear Marriage Supporter,

The state of South Dakota is on the verge of leading the nation in a very good way to protect the privacy and safety of boys and girls in their bathrooms and locker rooms.

But your voice to the governor is urgently needed right now, as he has still not decided if he will sign or veto this important bill.

All over the country, the transgender movement has been pushing to open up any bathroom or locker room to anyone, regardless of their biological gender. Now, this liberal ideology has reached schools risking the privacy and safety of our children. Imagine if your daughter or granddaughter was confronted in the showers or lockers with a biological male showering or undressing next to her. According to transgender ideology, if she expressed being uncomfortable she would be guilty of discrimination and could be punished!

In response, the South Dakota state legislature has passed a common-sense bill (HB 1008) that requires schools to protect the privacy of students while also providing accommodation for any transgender student.

As you've probably heard, the Left has stirred up a media firestorm and are pouring calls into the governor's office urging him to veto this bill.

Here's what you can do:

Thank you for taking action today! Together we can make a difference to protect the privacy and safety of our children and grandchildren in intimate facilities including locker rooms and bathrooms.


Brian S Brown

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