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ACTION: Call the White House Today



Dear Marriage Supporter, as you know, last week the Trump administration acted to reverse the dangerous transgender school bathroom policies put forth under President Obama. This is a tremendous victory for common sense and for protecting our young daughters from having their privacy violated in intimate areas like showers and bathrooms.

Many of you have sent a tweet thanking President Trump for taking this action, which is extremely helpful. But we'd like you to telephone the White House to express your appreciation for President Trump reversing this illegal decree from Obama. The phone number is 202-456-1111.

Predictably, the left and LGBT extremists are attempting to portray the Trump administration's action as an attack on "transgender rights." But there is no right for biological males to use intimate facilities that are reserved for girls. No statute or regulation provides for this. The Obama administration invented this decree out of thin air, and rather than seek a law or issue a regulation that would be subject to public debate and input, they instead issued a "guidance letter" to public schools. Such an action was illegal and beyond the scope of Obama's authority. It was perfectly reasonable for President Trump to rescind the illegal decree and return the issue to local schools and states.

President Trump needs to hear from us that we appreciate his action on this issue. Please call 202-456-1111 to thank him.

Also, when you call, please take note of how the operator describes the nature of your call. We've received some troubling reports that some White House operators are categorizing our calls as supporting "reversal of transgender rights." Someone at the switchboard may have created this description as part of a form to keep track of calls. If this is the description that is given to you, please correct the operator that President Trump's action does not reverse transgender rights but instead protects student privacy in showers, restrooms and locker rooms. Please email me if you hear that the switch board continues to use the wrong description so that we can bring it to the attention of administration officials.

Again, please call the White House today at 202-456-1111 to thank President Trump for protecting the privacy and safety of students by ensuring that school districts may continue to segregate intimate areas like showers and restrooms based on biological sex.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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Flimsy Study, Fake News



Marriage Supporter,

A recent study in the journal JAMA Pediatrics has caused a lot of buzz in the press. It's more fake news. The study claims to trace the “Association Between State Same-Sex Marriage Policies and Adolescent Suicide Attempts” among LGBT youth and is predictably being presented by the media as "proof" that gay 'marriage' saves lives.

But like much of the fake news coverage this study has generated, the study itself leads people to a fake conclusion: that somehow the enactment of same-sex 'marriage' results in reduced teen suicide attempts, especially for LGBT teens. In fact, the study proves nothing of the sort. Indeed, some data in the report suggest the opposite may be true in states that have had experience with same-sex marriage the longest.

We published a detailed critique of the study on the NOM blog that goes through some of the many problems with the way the study is being presented by the media. But here are the key things to keep in mind:

  1. The report states conclusions as if they are proven facts, but they are not. The authors admit this in the body of the report with such language as "the analyses... should be interpreted with caution"... "it is unclear what drives greater rates of suicide attempts among adolescents who are sexual minorities"... and "[we] emphasize that these estimates are subject to bias."

  2. There is no evidence whatsoever presented establishing that same-sex 'marriage' causes a reduction in teen suicide attempts. This admission is buried deep in the report, "[O]ur analysis does not allow us to understand the mechanisms through which implementation of same-sex marriage policies reduced adolescent suicide attempts."

  3. Evidence in the report suggests that in some states with the longest experience with same-sex 'marriage,' teen suicide attempts in recent years may be rising, not falling.

The report also contains troubling indications of bias. For example, the authors claim that, "Policies preventing same-sex marriage constitute a form of structural stigma because they label sexual minorities as different and deny them legal, financial, health and other benefits that are associated with marriage." This is obviously a political statement, not a statement of established scientific fact.

Even though this new report presents fake conclusions, it has been widely reported by the media and is another example of fake news. Unfortunately, we can anticipate that this report will become another weapon in the arsenal of LGBT extremists to wield against people who believe in traditional marriage, the truth of gender and the importance of protecting religious liberty.

Please help us continue the fight for truth by making a financial contribution to NOM. Your gift of $25, $35, $50, $100, or $250 or more will help us counter fake studies and fake media like what we're seeing this week.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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President Trump Reverses Unlawful Obama Administration Bathroom Policy


Dear Marriage Supporter,

Late yesterday, the Trump administration acted to reverse the dangerous transgender school bathroom policies put forth under President Obama. This is a huge victory for common sense and for protecting our wives and daughters from predatory activity in intimate spaces like locker rooms and restrooms.

Ryan Anderson explains at The Daily Signal:

Civil rights officers in the Department of Justice and the Department of Education issued a joint letter saying the administration was rescinding the policy, which had required schools to allow students who identify as transgender to use the restrooms, locker rooms and similar facilities of their choice—or face loss of federal funds.

In the letter, they said the Obama mandate did not show “due regard for the primary role of the states and local school districts” in making education policy.

The Trump administration is doing the right thing in correcting Obama’s unlawful overreach, which imposed a one-sided solution on all 50 states. Parents and teachers in local schools now can work to find win-win solutions that protect the dignity, privacy, and safety of all students.

Read the rest of Ryan's report here.

This is a huge victory. If you are on Twitter, click here to send a thank you message to the President for standing in defense of the common sense principle that gender is not an arbitrary choice and that women and girls deserve privacy and security in intimate facilities.

Please also kindly consider making a contribution to NOM today to help us take advantage of the momentum that is developing under this new administration. Click here to make an urgently needed donation so that we can work on advancing pro-family and common sense policies in the weeks and months to come.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Fake News Drawn from a Flimsy Study

A recent study in the journal JAMA Pediatrics has caused a lot of buzz in the press. The study claims to trace the “Association Between State Same-Sex Marriage Policies and Adolescent Suicide Attempts” among LGBT youth and is being presented by the media as "proof" that gay marriage saves lives.

But like much of the fake news coverage this study has generated, the study itself leads people to a  fake conclusion: that somehow the enactment of same-sex marriage results in reduced teen suicide attempts, especially for  LGBT teens. In fact, the study proves nothing of the sort. Indeed, some data in the report suggest the opposite may be true in states that have had experience with same-sex marriage the longest.

The study begins with the presentation of its conclusions as if they were facts proven by the study. The report opens with a tidy summary and easy to swallow conclusion: Same-sex marriage enactment is associated with reduced teen-suicide attempts. The authors' biases don't become evident until the reader dives into the actual report, including the astonishing statement that, "Policies preventing same-sex marriage constitute a form of structural stigma because they label sexual minorities as different and deny them legal, financial, health and other benefits that are associated with marriage." This is a political statement, not a statement of established scientific fact. As we will discuss further down, it is also subject to question because the study authors don't look at things like civil union and domestic partnership laws that were in place in some states and for all intents and purposes treated same-sex unions exactly the same as opposite-sex ones. This is especially true in states like California.

Further, the authors' conclusions neatly presented on Page 1 and upon which all the fake media coverage is based give no hint of the inherent unreliability of the study that the authors themselves acknowledge, but notably only deep in the body of the report: "The analyses on the association between implementation of same-sex marriage policies and adolescent suicide attempts among those identifying as sexual minorities should be interpreted with caution."

This is like burying the lede: the fact is that the entire study should be viewed cautiously.

In a brief and insufficient acknowledgement, also rather buried within the text, the authors admit that while they have traced a correlation between redefining marriage and reduced teen suicides (in some states), they cannot affix a causal relationship between the two: "[O]ur analysis does not allow us to understand the mechanisms through which implementation of same-sex marriage policies reduced adolescent suicide attempts."

The reality is that the conclusions of the study are subject to numerous and significant warnings throughout the text itself that the results may not be reliable. For example, "it is unclear what drives greater rates of suicide attempts among adolescents who are sexual minorities"…"[we] emphasize that these estimates are subject to bias"…"complex survey design"…"The analyses on the association…should be interpreted with caution."

Furthermore, there is data in the study that actually undercuts and shows the opposite of the conclusions reported. For example, in Figure 2, data from some of the states that implemented same-sex "marriage" before 2013, suicide attempts appear to have risen after this implementation. The mean also appears to have risen in recent years, and may be the same or only exceedingly tiny percentage below where it started. In other words, there may be little to no difference, and in some states like New York there seem to be rising rates of teen suicide attempts, since same-sex 'marriage' was enacted.

It is also questionable, as we mentioned earlier ,whether the authors haven't mis-categorized certain states, like California, by putting them in the category of "Wave 2" (i.e., states that implemented same-sex 'marriage' in 2013/14). The authors say, "We defined the exposure as a state-level policy granting same-sex marriage rights as opposite sex couples." If, as the authors state, teen suicide attempts are attributable to "stigma" caused in part by denying them "legal, financial, health and other benefits that are associated with marriage," it would be instructive to look at state data for states like California which for many years have had expansive domestic partner or civil union legislation eradicating any legal distinction between couples. The study's authors say that California courts provided for same-sex 'marriage' in 2013, but fail to mention that California has been a domestic partner state since 2004, with policies benefiting gay couples that are "associated with marriage" that meant there was no legal difference as to how the state treated opposite-sex married couples compared with same-sex couples in a domestic partnership. The same is the case for states that had expansive civil union laws.

It would be interesting to look at the state-by-state data of actual teen attempted suicide numbers by year, so that we could compare states like California that for a long time have provided expansive benefits to gay couples vs those that do not. Unfortunately, the study does not provide that data to examine, leaving us to rely only on the authors' representations.

Most fundamentally, though, the key point is this: that even given all the cautionary notes, biases, etc., there is nothing in the report to show that same-same 'marriage' causes a reduction in suicide attempts among teens. The authors acknowledge this deep in the body of the report, but fail to note it in presenting their now highly-publicized conclusions. There is simply an alleged correlation between two things -- teen suicide attempts and same-sex marriage -- and not any proof that one is impacted by the other.

In the classic logical fallacy -- since "A" happened, followed by "B" happening, "B" was caused by A" -- readers are led to a conclusion that is not established by the evidence. Such is the case with the JAMA report.  What other correlations could be used to advance a similar conclusion, one wonders? Obamacare was passed in 2010. Are changes in attempted teen suicide rates associated with Obamacare? What about the enactment of DACA, which was created in 2012? What about Dodd Frank, which was enacted in 2010? Or the stimulus plan enacted in 2009?

We do not pretend to understand the authors' motivations for presenting their study in the way they did, and we don't intend to impugn them personally or professionally. But the simple truth is that the authors have presented a study that leads people to a fake conclusion that is not established by the facts. There is no evidence whatsoever in this report that passage of same-sex 'marriage' reduces teen suicide attempts. The authors admit this in the report. The fact that the mainstream media has run with this study as "proof" just shows their own bias.

BREAKING: WA Supreme Court Upholds Religious Discrimination Against Christian Florist


Marriage Supporter,

In an expected but nonetheless exceedingly disappointing decision, the Washington state Supreme Court ruled today that the state may punish a Christian florist, Barronelle Stutzman, for declining to violate her religious beliefs and be forced into participating in a gay 'marriage' that is against her religion. This outrageous ruling confirms what we have been saying ever since the US Supreme Court illegitimately redefined marriage in its Obergefell decision — the religious rights of people of faith are being systematically sacrificed on the altar of political correctness and LGBT extremism.

This case is one of many that illustrates why President Trump must act immediately to protect the religious liberty rights of people of faith. Liberal judges simply will not act to protect people with mainstream, traditional views on marriage and sexuality when they conflict with the ever-expansive demands of LGBT extremists. It is up to President Trump and Congress to act.

NOM is working on an emergency communications plan to ramp up public attention on religious liberty and push for a presidential Executive Order and Congressional enactment of the First Amendment Defense Act that will protect people of faith from discrimination by the federal government. Will you help us fight back today against liberal judges and the left with an emergency financial contribution to support religious liberty?

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Barronelle Stuzman is a 72-year-old grandmother and loving Christian. She is not anti-gay and, in fact, for years she happily provided flowers to the gay couple involved in this case. But when she was asked to participate in their "wedding," she had to decline because doing so would violate her deeply-held religious beliefs about marriage. This decision resulted in a hateful reaction by the couple and the state of Washington, who used all their power to punish this Christian for standing true to her beliefs.

Nobody should be forced to participate in something that violates their deeply-held religious beliefs. That's why the pending Executive Order on religious liberty and the proposed First Amendment Defense Act are so important. While these laws apply only to actions by the federal government, their enactment would a powerful momentum for similar measures at the state level as well.

Please make an emergency financial contribution today so that we can launch our communications campaign in support of religious liberty.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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President Trump Needs to Get Moving on Religious Liberty



Marriage Supporter,

The issue of religious liberty is one of the most important for people of faith, who happen to be the key voting block most responsible for electing Donald Trump as president. Evangelicals voted over 80% for Mr. Trump, and Catholics went for him by 52%. Now it's time for the administration to act to protect people of faith from being discriminated against because of their faith.

President Trump's aides have prepared an important Executive Order for the president to sign that will prevent the federal government from discriminating against people of faith. Under former President Obama, people of faith were denied access to government contracts, Christian colleges were threatened with having their accreditation stripped over things like student housing policies, and nonprofit groups were threatened with loss of tax exempt status for failure to endorse the agenda of LGBT extremists, among other forms of discrimination. Presidential spokesman Sean Spicer said the other day that protecting religious liberty is an important priority, which we commend him for saying, but so far President Trump has not acted by signing the pending Executive Order.

NOM is formally calling on President Trump to act in support of religious liberty by signing the pending Executive Order. We are preparing a new communications push aimed at encouraging President Trump to act. But to be successful, we need additional resources to devote to the effort. Will you help?

I'll make a $15 contribution to help support religious liberty

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President Trump promised during his campaign that he would act to support religious liberty and it's time that he delivered on his campaign commitment by signing the pending Executive Order. Please help us ramp up attention to the issue by launching a new communications effort to mobilize Americans to ask that President Trump act in support of religious liberty.

Please act today to make a financial contribution so that NOM can mobilize citizens to urge President Trump to act.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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Sean Spicer Gets Religious Liberty. But Will President Trump Act?



Marriage Supporter,

The other day, presidential spokesman Sean Spicer was asked about protecting religious liberty, and he nailed his answer. Spicer told the media that religious liberty is not just about being able to believe your faith’s teachings, but to live them out in your daily life.

What a breath of fresh air!

Across this country, people have been punished, persecuted and harassed by various levels of government simply for living out their beliefs in their daily lives. The Little Sisters of the Poor have been targeted by the government for not providing coverage for drugs they find morally offensive. The fire chief of Atlanta was fired for writing in a book that he supports marriage as the union of one man and one woman. A florist in Washington state is being sued by the state's Attorney General simply because she did not want to personally participate in a same-sex 'wedding' ceremony.

President Trump can take a major step forward for religious liberty and the principles his press spokesman articulated to the national media by signing an Executive Order that will protect supporters of marriage from being targeted by the federal government. Thousands of people have signed NOM's petition to the Trump Administration and we call on him to sign this order forthwith.

It's time for NOM to ramp up public attention to the religious liberty issue by mobilizing thousands more Americans to contact the President and request that he issue the pending Executive Order on religious liberty. Will you help us reach more citizens by making a much-needed financial contribution today?

I'm making a $15 contribution to help support religious liberty

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President Trump promised during his campaign that he would act to support religious liberty and it's time that he delivered on his campaign commitment by signing the pending Executive Order. Now we must ramp up the pressure by mobilizing even more Americans to contact the President and ask him to act in support of religious liberty.

Please act today to make a financial contribution so that NOM can mobilize citizens to urge President Trump to act.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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URGENT: Take An Urgent Stand for Religious Liberty



Marriage Supporter,

As the Trump administration settles into office, now is the time to encourage them to take action on priority issues, and protecting our religious liberty should be near the top of the agenda. Indeed, President Trump spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast last week where he reiterated that he views religious liberty as a fundamental right of all Americans and pledged, "My administration will do everything in its power to defend and protect religious liberty."

One of the most important things President Trump can do today to support religious liberty is to issue an Executive Order to protect people of faith from discrimination and punishment at the hands of the federal government for living out their beliefs at work and in their daily lives. Under the Obama administration, people of faith, religious groups and faith-based nonprofits have been targeted for persecution simply for remaining true to their beliefs while serving the public. These individuals and groups have been denied federal contracts, lost government funding, been threatened with loss of access to government services and had their tax exempt status threatened. Some individuals have been forced to leave federal employment.

President Trump can reverse Obama's attack on religious liberty by signing an Executive Order immediately. Please sign our petition asking President Trump to act in support of religious liberty by signing the proposed Executive Order that has been prepared for his consideration.

How Mr. Trump acts on the issue of religious liberty will be an important indication as to how he intends to treat the massive block of faith-based voters who are largely responsible for his election in the first instance. Let's do everything we can to encourage President Trump to do the right thing and stand up for religious liberty.

Please sign our petition today.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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URGENT: Tweet For Religious Liberty Today



Marriage Supporter,

Yesterday I wrote to you about an attempt being orchestrated by LGBT extremists and the gay press to manipulate public opinion against a pending Executive Order that will protect the religious liberty of people of faith. The Order was apparently leaked by someone inside the Trump administration with the intention of derailing the Order and currying favor with LGBT groups.

Let's make it clear to President Trump: you were not elected by gay activists, you were elected by people of faith (81% support among evangelicals and 52% among Catholics). Do not throw people of faith under the bus in order to curry favor with LGBT groups and the leftist media.

If you are on Twitter, please click on one of the messages below to send out a Tweet immediately. This is the best way to get your views known and shared, and to bring attention today to this critical issue.

The proposed religious liberty Executive Order would fulfill several specific Trump campaign promises on religious freedom and conscience and make good on his statement made at the National Prayer Breakfast that “my administration will do everything in its power to defend and protect religious liberty.”

President Trump seems to be focused on fixing the so-called Johnson Amendment that prevents pastors from endorsing candidates and preaching about partisan politics. That's fine as far as it goes, but this is a much smaller concern than protecting actual religious liberty and preventing people from being discriminated against by the government simply because they are pro-marriage, pro-life and live out biblical principles in their daily lives. The Johnson Amendment has never been enforced, not even by President Obama who was openly hostile to religious conservatives, and is far less of a priority.

It would be a tremendous lost opportunity and terribly disappointing outcome to see President Trump ignore the real religious liberty needs of people of faith by expecting us to accept scraps from the table while his LGBT opponents are handed a victory.

Please click one of these tweets to send a message immediately asking President Trump to sign the religious liberty Executive Order in full.

Everyone knows very well by now that President Trump uses Twitter, and we believe this will be an effective way of getting the message through to him that there is widespread support for the order on religious liberty. Compose your own tweets as well, and RT other tweets you see with the #ReligiousLiberty hashtag. For maximum impact, tag @POTUS, @realDonaldTrump, @VP, and @Reince in your messages. And, if you have characters to spare, tag @NOMupdate!

Finally, if you are not a Twitter user, please sign our petition that will be emailed to the White House.

This is a critically important issue. Please act today!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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Neil Gorsuch Is A Judicial Star



Marriage Supporter,

To say that Donald Trump has hit a home run with his nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court is an incredible understatement. From every indication, Judge Gorsuch is an intellectual giant and proven pro-family conservative who can help transform the Court. At the age of 49, he has the potential of leading the Supreme Court in a conservative direction for a generation to come.

I hope you have taken action to support Judge Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court by signing our petition urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to move quickly to confirm Judge Gorsuch so that he can begin to transform our highest court from an activist judiciary to one that respects the plain reading of the constitution and faithfully applies our laws.

I want to make sure that you have a good understanding of Judge Gorsuch's qualifications, demeanor and judicial philosophy, and understand what an incredible choice he is for the Supreme Court.

First of all, Judge Gorsuch is a loving husband and devoted father. He and his wife, Louise, were college sweethearts, having met at Oxford University. They have two daughters, both teenagers, and they live in Neil's home town of Boulder, Colorado. He is an outdoorsman, hiker, skier and fisherman. The family has a small homestead and raise horses, chickens and goats.

The judge is a man of deep Christian faith. Gorsuch has served as an usher at his church, while his wife frequently leads the intercessory prayer and reads the weekly scripture. His daughters have both served as acolytes.

While Judge Gorsuch's traditional and conservative faith is certainly important in his life, his judicial philosophy is as a constitutionalist and textualist and he has assiduously avoided allowing his own personal opinions to color his judicial interpretation of what statutes and the constitution actually provide. This is very much in line with Justice Scalia's approach to the law.

Judge Gorsuch has never ruled directly on the question of whether the US constitution compels every state in the nation to license same-sex 'marriages,' but he has spoken out quite critically of liberals using the courts, rather than the democratic process, to advance their agenda, specifically criticizing their push in the courts for gay 'marriage.' This gives me great hope that he would reverse the Obergefell decision redefining marriage if given the opportunity.

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There are other indications that at his core Judge Gorsuch is a true conservative. As a student at Columbia, Gorsuch co- founded a conservative newspaper (The Federalist) and magazine (The Morningside Review) to counter the predominance of liberal political views on campus. He reportedly personally penned an article in defense of conservative political philosophy.

Judge Gorsuch has also established himself as a principled voice in support of life, particularly in the context of opposing assisted suicide and euthanasia, writing that human life is intrinsically valuable and that intentional killing is always wrong. This gives pro-life advocates strong encouragement that Gorsuch would reverse Roe v Wade if given the opportunity.

In 2006, Mr. Gorsuch was appointed by George W. Bush to the Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, and he was unanimously confirmed by the US Senate in a voice vote. While on the Court of Appeals, Mr. Gorsuch distinguished himself as a reliably conservative justice even in the face of withering advocacy by the media and the left. For example, in the area of religious liberty, he ruled in two high-profile cases (Hobby Lobby and Little Sisters of the Poor) that the Obama administration could not force employers with strong religious views to violate their faith beliefs.

Judge Gorsuch has a brilliant mind and is a deep thinker, an intellectual with a flair for the written word to express his impeccable reasoning. He is a graduate of Columbia, Harvard Law School (where he was a classmate with Barack Obama) and Oxford University (which I attended as well, though not while Mr. Gorsuch was a student). While at Oxford, he studied under the legendary natural law legal philosopher John Finnis. The scholarly book he wrote condemning assisted suicide was published by Princeton University Press as part of a book series edited by our great friend and supporter, Professor Robert P. George (himself a student and disciple of Finnis).

Because of his intellectual gravitas and formidable writing skills, Judge Gorsuch will likely play an outsized role on the Supreme Court, again, very much in the mold of Justice Scalia. Like Scalia before him, he also can be expected to inspire a whole new generation of conservative scholars and lawyers to understand the importance of upholding the plain meaning of the constitution and our statutes, rejecting the incessant invitation of liberals to "interpret" them so as to advance a particular agenda.

In sum, Judge Neil Gorsuch is an extraordinary nominee to the US Supreme Court. We have confidence that he will be a proud and effective heir of Justice Scalia's enormous legacy, someone deeply committed to applying the text and original meaning of the constitution to the questions at hand. This gives us great hope that he will vote to reverse the anti-constitutional, illegitimate ruling of the Court imposing gay 'marriage' on the nation, and restore marriage to our nation's laws.

Please act today to support the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


PS — It's important that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hear from every NOM member that we stand in support of Judge Gorsuch and call on the US Senate to expeditiously confirm his nomination to the US Supreme Court. Please sign our petition today.

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URGENT: Take Immediate Action To Support Religious Liberty



Marriage Supporter,

Earlier today, President Trump spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast where he appropriately noted that religious liberty is a fundamental right of all Americans. "Freedom of religion is a sacred right, but it is also a right that is under threat all around us..." President Trump said. "My administration will do everything in its power to defend and protect religious liberty."

Christians and supporters of marriage know the real and ever-present threat to their religious liberty all too well. For the past several years, we have seen people punished by the government simply for refusing to participate in a gay 'marriage' ceremony that violates their religious beliefs. People have been sued, fined, had their businesses ruined and even been jailed for not sacrificing their beliefs about marriage.

President Trump has been considering an Executive Order to protect religious liberty, but someone intentionally leaked it to the gay media in an attempt to derail it, allowing LGBT activists to orchestrate a false campaign claiming that protecting religious liberty is discrimination against gays and lesbians. The LGBT extremists are orchestrating a fearmongering campaign, getting their allies to contact the White House to oppose the prospective order.

We urge President Trump to follow through on his important acknowledgement that religious liberty is a sacred right by issuing the Executive Order under consideration protecting Americans from discrimination because of their religious beliefs.

I am asking you to do two critical things right away:

  1. Sign our petition which will be emailed to the White House so that President Trump knows of your position.
  2. Contact the White House to express your support for President Trump to support religious liberty.

Sign Our Petition

Contact the White House

Our opponents are working overtime to manipulate the media and their members into believing that protecting religious liberty is tantamount to LGBT discrimination, a false and despicable charge. They are inundating the White House with cotacts. Sadly, the Trump administration is not immune to this type of pressure, which makes it imperative that every NOM member act today to fight back.

President Trump clearly has an aversion to getting into a policy dispute with LGBT activists. A few months ago he wrongly said that the Supreme Court's illegitimate ruling redefining marriage was "settled law." The other day he announced that he was keeping an Obama administration executive order that gives special legal protections on "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to LGBT citizens, subjecting people of faith to unjust claims of "discrimination." We agree with the US Conference of Catholic Bishops which has called the decision "troubling and disappointing" because the Obama policy creates new forms of discrimination against people of faith.

NOM will praise President Trump when warranted, such as in his nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court, and will criticize him when warranted. We call on him to keep his campaign pledge to protect people of faith by signing the leaked Executive Order on religious liberty, and to rescind the flawed Obama-era order that gives special rights to the LGBT community.

Please act immediately so the Trump administration hears from NOM's members and is encouraged to make the right decision. Sign our petition and Contact the White House.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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New Executive Order Will Keep Key Campaign Promises, and Protect Religion on Many Fronts

Writing at The Daily Signal, our good friend Ryan Anderson comments on a leaked draft of a forthcoming executive order from President Trump's administration that protects religious liberty on several fronts. The leak itself, and the ensuing coverage in the media, may exert pressure on the administration not to issue the order, but Ryan explains why we should all hope that that doesn't happen. This order is "good policy and entirely lawful."

Ryan summarizes the chief tenets of the order as follows:

  • It tells the entire federal government to respect federal statutes and Supreme Court decisions that make clear the free exercise of religion applies to all people, of all faiths, in all places, and at all times—that it is not merely the freedom to worship.
  • It notes that religious organizations include all organizations operated by religious principles, not just houses of worship or charities. And it follows the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in saying that religious exercise “includes all aspects of religious observance and practice,” not just those absolutely required by a faith.
  • It instructs all agencies of the federal government, “to the greatest extent practicable and permitted by law,” to reasonably accommodate the religion of federal employees, as required by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
  • It instructs the secretaries of health and human services, labor, and treasury to finally grant relief to the Little Sisters of the Poor and others who weren’t exempted from the Obamacare abortifacient and contraception mandate.
  • It instructs the secretary of health and human services to ensure that all citizens have the ability to purchase health care plans through Obamacare that do not cover abortion or subsidize plans that do.
  • It instructs the secretary of health and human services to ensure that the federal government does not discriminate against child welfare providers, such as foster care and adoption services, based on the organization’s religious beliefs.
  • It adopts the Russell Amendment and instructs all agencies of the federal government to provide protections and exemptions consistent with the Civil Rights Act and Americans with Disabilities Act to all religious organizations that contract with the federal government or receive grants.
  • It instructs the secretary of the treasury to ensure that it does not revoke nonprofit tax status because a religious organization’s ordinary religious speech deals with politics, or because it speaks or acts on the belief that marriage is the union of husband and wife, that a person’s sex is based on immutable biology, or that life begins at conception.
  • It instructs all agencies of the federal government to refuse to recognize any decision by a federally recognized accrediting body that revokes or denies accreditation to an organization because of such beliefs.
  • It instructs all agencies that they may not take adverse action against federal employees, contractors, or grantees because of their speech about marriage outside of their employment, contract, or grant, and that agencies shall reasonably accommodate such beliefs inside of employment, contract, or grant.

Read the whole summary and commentary over at The Daily Signal.

Help Put a Solid Constitutionalist on the Supreme Court!



Marriage Supporter,

President Trump has announced that he is nominating Justice Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court. NOM is in full support of Justice Gorsuch's nomination to our highest Court. He will serve the nation with distinction and will be a strong constitutionalist on the Supreme Court in the mold of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, whom he will replace.

Please sign our petition to Senate Leader Mitch McConnell urging him to move forward aggressively to confirm Justice Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court. It's imperative that Senator McConnell hear from NOM's members right away so that he knows there is strong grassroots support for Justice Gorsuch.

We will be sending a detailed analysis of Justice Gorsuch's record in the next few days, but the very fact that he was a prominent member on the list of potential judges Mr. Trump pledged to consider speaks volumes already. NOM's Chairman, Dr. John Eastman, was involved with other leading conservative lawyers, in suggesting names that Mr. Trump should consider. The list from which Justice Gorsuch was chosen is an extraordinary group of individuals with conservative, originalist judicial philosophies, individuals committed to assessing cases based on what the constitution actually says, rather than legislate from the bench and "interpret" the constitution to mean something the judge wishes it said. Such judicial activism is at the root of both the Obergefell decision redefining marriage, and Roe v Wade inventing a constitutional "right" to abortion.

Judge Gorsuch recognizes these things, as attested in a piece he wrote for National Review Online in February, 2005 entitled "Liberals & Lawsuits," which reads in part:

But rather than use the judiciary for extraordinary cases [...], American liberals have become addicted to the courtroom, relying on judges and lawyers rather than elected leaders and the ballot box, as the primary means of effecting their social agenda on everything from gay marriage to assisted suicide to the use of vouchers for private-school education.

Let's make an all-out push to confirm Justice Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court, starting with signing our petition today. Once Justice Gorsuch is confirmed, we will be just one more appointment away from having a majority of constitutionalists on the Court, just one case away from restoring marriage to our nation's laws.

Please act today to help reclaim the US Supreme Court by signing our petition.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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