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Let Jack Know We've Got His Back


Dear Marriage Supporter — Next Tuesday, a courageous and faithful Christian, Jack Phillips, will finally have his day in court to fight for his right to uphold his beliefs about God, about marriage and about fairness.

Jack is a Christian baker and artist who has served his community in Colorado for over two decades, using his work to highlight his belief in God and the goodness of Jesus Christ. When asked by a gay couple to design a cake to celebrate their same-sex 'wedding,' Jack politely declined due to his religious beliefs, but offered to help the couple find another baker to assist them. Instead, the couple filed a complaint with the state of Colorado, which ruled he was guilty of "discrimination" and ordered him to start celebrating gay weddings, undergo a reeducation program and file quarterly compliance reports!

We’ve produced an important new video that explains the critical nature of Jack's case, which is now before the US Supreme Court. Please watch it and then share it with everyone you know.

I'm also asking you to sign our petition to let Jack know that you have his back. We will make sure that he knows that we are on his side, are holding him and his family up in our prayers, and praying for his success in Court. If Jack wins, we all win.

Next Tuesday, a group of supporters will gather at the US Supreme Court to rally for Jack before the Justices hear oral argument in the case. If you can be in Washington DC to join us, we welcome you. Here are the details. If you can't make it in person, please try to pray on Tuesday morning for Jack, his attorneys and the Justices that they will have the wisdom to embrace the truth that nobody in America should be forced to violate their religious beliefs in order to be in business, hold a job or participate in civil society.

This is one of the most important legal cases of our lifetimes. Its outcome will not only impact people in the wedding business, it will help determine whether Americans will continue to enjoy the religious liberty guaranteed by the US constitution, or if we will be sacrificed to political correctness and subjected to governmental persecution for our biblically-based beliefs.

Between now and Tuesday, let's do everything we can to rally people of faith across our land to support a courageous Christian and supporter of true marriage, Jack Phillips, and stand up for the rights of all Americans to live out their beliefs at work and in their daily lives.

Please watch and share our video, sign the petition to let Jack know we have his back, and pray for a successful outcome in this critical case.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

PS — The more people we can reach to let them know about this case and ask for their help, the more successful we are likely to be. Please consider making an urgently-needed financial contribution to help us spread the word to more people, and rally people of faith to support Jack. Your donation will be matched dollar for dollar by a generous supporter. Thank you.

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Pay it Forward


Dear Marriage Supporter,

Today is #GivingTuesday, a day when we as Americans pause amidst the rush of sales on Black Friday and Cyber Monday to consider whether simply buying more stuff or getting good deals on Christmas gifts is the investment we need to make.

Today I invite you to think about the best gifts your parents and grandparents and all of their generations gave you. Was it a particular toy or gadget? Or was it something of greater worth that doesn’t have a price: a real “value” — such as faith, or family, or commitments in conscience to doing the right thing and speaking the truth in and out of season?

On this #GivingTuesday, I ask you to kindly consider paying that gift forward. Make an investment today in future generations, and help ensure that religious freedom and the value of true marriage can be celebrated by our own kids and grandkids. What better thanks can we give to those who passed on these things to us than doing our best to ensure they’re still around to be passed down a few generations hence?

Whether you can afford $25, $50, or even $100 or more today, please consider, in the spirit of giving that today celebrates, making a generous donation to NOM and supporting the work we do for the generations of Americans that will come after us.

And here’s an added incentive: every gift we receive between now and the end of the year is being generously matched by a donor, so your contribution today will be doubled!

One of the best gifts we can give is thanks. In thanks to the generosity of those who fought so long to preserve and pass down their values to us, I hope you’ll find a similar generosity today in response to this appeal. Know that for whatever you’re able to give, you’ll have my deepest thanks, and I will remember you and all of those to whom you are thankful in my prayers.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

PS: If you didn’t already see our video we released yesterday, please take a look, and take some time as well to sign our petition in support of Jack Phillips and Masterpiece Cakeshop as that case heads to the Supreme Court!

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We Are Jack


Dear Marriage Supporter — On December 5th, one of the most important legal cases of our lifetimes will be argued before the US Supreme Court — Masterpiece Cakeshop v Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

Today, we are launching a nationwide educational campaign to alert Americans to the importance of this case. Please watch our video now, and then share it with everyone you know via social media and email.

This case involves a Christian baker, Jack Phillips, who declined to devote his creative talents to celebrate a gay 'wedding' because doing so violates his deeply-held religious beliefs. But the implications of the case go far beyond forcing Christian bakers to violate their beliefs. It involves the rights of every American to live out their faith in their daily lives and could determine if the constitutional guarantee of the free exercise of religion still exists, or if it will be trumped by political correctness.

Jack Phillips represents us, every one of us. He's put his faith on the line to stand for the truth of marriage as the bible teaches it from the Creator — one man and one woman. If Jack wins, we all win.

In a very real sense, we are Jack.

Our nationwide education campaign is possible because of the generosity of hundreds of donors who contributed toward our new video. While we've raised what was needed to finish the production, we're still short of the funds we're seeking to distribute the video to more people.

Will you help?

In addition to making a financial contribution to help us spread the video to more people, there are two other things you can do to help us in this incredibly important undertaking.

  1. Sign our petition to let Jack Phillips know that you appreciate his courage and thank him for standing up for the rights of people of faith.

  2. If at all possible, please come to Washington to join us for a rally before the Supreme Court on Tuesday, December 5th. More information is available here.

NOM is working hard to fight for the religious freedom of people of faith and to defend the constitutional right of Americans to the free exercise of religion. Our legal team filed an important brief with the Supreme Court to support Jack, and all people of faith. And we're working very hard to alert Americans to the importance of this fight.

But we cannot lose sight of the fact that it's Jack Phillips who is putting everything on the line. The Colorado Civil Rights Commission ruled that he was guilty of "discrimination." They imposed a fine, ordered him to start celebrating gay 'weddings' or stop celebrating any wedding, and ordered him to undergo a reeducation program, including filing quarterly compliance reports.

His business is down 40% since this case began.

Jack has done what he can, and now it is up to us to support him.

Please share our video with everyone you know so that more Americans come to learn the importance of this case. Sign our petition to let Jack know that you appreciate his courage. Pray for Jack, and for his family, and for a successful outcome in this case. And if at all possible, please join us for a rally at the Supreme Court on December 5th.

Thank you for stepping up to help at this critical time.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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Happy Thanksgiving! We’re thankful for you


Dear Marriage Supporter — I hope that you are enjoying an opportunity to spend time with your family this Thanksgiving. I am delighted to be at home this year with my lovely wife and our nine children.

I just want to tell you how thankful I am to have you as a friend and supporter of the National Organization for Marriage. I'm grateful for your prayers, encouragement and financial support. And I am honored to stand beside you in the great cause of marriage, the most important cultural battle of our lifetimes.

May God richly bless you and yours. From the Brown Family to your family, Happy Thanksgiving.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Six Days From Today


Dear Marriage Supporter — In six days, we will launch a major nationwide educational campaign concerning one of the most important cases ever involving the religious liberty rights of people of faith. This case, Masterpiece Cakeshop v Colorado Civil Rights Commission is currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. Briefing in the case is complete and NOM filed an important legal brief in support of the right of Christian bakers like Jack Phillips to refuse to participate in celebrating a gay 'wedding' if doing so violates his religious beliefs. Oral argument is set for December 5th.

We are still about $875 short of the bare minimum we need to put the final touches on our effort to educate Americans about the importance of this legal case.

Will you help?

Our team is hard at work finalizing a critical video to explain what is at stake with the case, and to launch a new petition to rally the American people behind Jack Phillips, who has shown such courage to stand up for what God taught us in the bible about marriage – that it is the union on one man and one woman.

Will you please act today with a generous gift so that we can wrap up this phase of our work? As an incentive for you to contribute today, I'm happy to let you know that a generous supporter will match what you give, dollar for dollar, as part of a year-end matching campaign.

At a minimum, we must raise $875 in the next 24 hours, but I don't want to settle for just the minimum. I want to raise enough to finish the production work ($875), and then have more funds available to run targeted advertising to reach millions of people about the importance of this legal case.

I realize that most people are focused this week on spending time with their family over Thanksgiving, something I am looking forward to as well. But we cannot ignore the enormous implications of the Masterpiece Cakeshop case. Let me tell you just a little bit about this case.

Jack Phillips owns Masterpiece Cakeshop. He's a devout Christian who believes that marriage is the union of one man and one woman as the bible teaches. When he was asked to design and produce a custom cake for a gay 'wedding,' Jack politely declined, citing his Christian faith. The gay couple then filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which ruled that he was guilty of "discrimination." They imposed a fine, ordered him to start celebrating gay 'weddings' or stop celebrating any wedding, and ordered him to undergo a reeducation program, including filing quarterly compliance reports.

Now get this: a Christian man went to a gay baker in Colorado and asked him to create a cake with a message that expressed opposition to gay 'marriage.' The gay baker refused to create such a cake, citing his beliefs. A complaint was filed with this same Colorado Civil Rights Commission, but this time the Commission ruled that the gay baker did not have to create a cake that violated his beliefs!

Have you ever seen such politically-correct hypocrisy? This must be stopped, and that's what the US Supreme Court can do with the proper ruling in support of Jack Phillips.

We're $875 short of being able to launch a major push to educate the public about the importance of the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, and we need your help. Whatever you decide to donate, your gift will be matched dollar for dollar. Everything we can raise above the $875 minimum we need will go toward expanding the scope of this educational campaign, which we hope will reach millions of people.

Please act today so that we have the funds we need. Thank you for your support.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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Help Needed to Support Critical Religious Liberty Case


Dear Marriage Supporter — One of the most important cases ever involving the religious liberty rights of people of faith is now pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. Briefing in the case is complete. NOM has filed an important legal brief in support of the right of Christian bakers like Jack Phillips to refuse to participate in celebrating a gay 'wedding' if doing so violates their religious beliefs. Our brief has generated favorable national media coverage from newspapers across the country, including in publications like USA Today.

Next week we plan to begin a major push to rally support for Jack Phillips and the cause of religious freedom, but we need to raise $4,000 in additional funds to be ready to launch our nationwide push. Please act today with a generous gift.

The stakes are enormously high in this case, officially known as Masterpiece Cakeshop v Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Jack Phillips owns Masterpiece Cakeshop. He's a devout Christian who believes that marriage is the union of one man and one woman as the bible teaches. When he was asked to design and produce a custom cake for a gay 'wedding,' Jack politely refused, citing his Christian faith. For this, the state of Colorado imposed a fine, ordered him to start celebrating gay 'weddings' or stop celebrating any wedding, and ordered him to undergo a reeducation program, including filing quarterly compliance reports.

This totalitarian response from the state of Colorado is akin to something we might expect to see from strongman dictators in oppressive countries. It's certainly not something we should accept in America, a nation founded on the very principle of religious liberty.

Religious liberty is a guaranteed right in the U.S. Constitution. Gay 'marriage' is nowhere to be found in our constitution. It is an invention of elite judges, acting at the behest of LGBT extremists and their powerful allies in the culture, who imposed their own views on the country despite the action of over 50 million voters who decided to protect marriage in their state constitutions.

If Jack Phillips wins his case, we will have helped contain some of the worst damage done to people of faith as a result of the Supreme Court's Obergefell decision redefining marriage.

But if Jack loses his case, it will be open season on every person in America who simply does not want to personally be complicit in the lie of same-sex 'marriage.' We will have a huge political fight on our hands to reverse such a legal ruling.

It's critical that the American people know what is at stake in this case, which is why we are getting ready to launch a major educational and engagement campaign.

But we need to raise $4,000 in the next 48 hours to be successful. Can you help us?

Thanks to a generous donor, every gift we receive will be matched dollar for dollar, doubling the effectiveness of your donation. So please act today.

People often ask me what is the best way to help ensure that NOM is in a good position to carry on the fight no matter what happens in the courts or in Congress. The answer is simple: become a Sustaining Member of our organization.

As a Sustaining Member, you to make a monthly donation to support our work of any amount that is right for you, with a minimum donation of $7 per month. Some supporters contribute the minimum of $7, while others are able to give more. Whether you can contribute $7, $10, $15, $25, $50 or even $100 or more per month, please act today .

A huge reason to act today is that by becoming a Sustaining Member now your monthly pledge amount will be matched dollar for dollar for an entire year! Your pledge $10 per month, will result in NOM receiving $120 in matching funds thanks to this incredible offer!

Whether you can step up and become a Sustaining Member or prefer to make a generous one-time donation, please act today. We're $4,000 short of being able to launch a major push to educate the public about the importance of the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, and we need your help. Whatever you decide to donate, your gift will be matched dollar for dollar.

Please act today so that we have the funds to launch our planned educational and activation campaign next week. Thank you for your support.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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NOM v Lambda Legal


Dear Marriage Supporter — The other day, USA Today wrote about NOM's legal brief in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, one of the most important religious liberty cases to ever come before the US Supreme Court. USA Today quoted our position accurately – that as a matter of constitutional law, the Supreme Court has declined to force many types of people to engage in particular conduct and it should not force a Christian baker like Jack Phillips to participate in a gay 'wedding' that violates his deeply held religious beliefs.

Our ability to fight for marriage supporters is made possible because of the financial support of our members. Please help us continue to be able to fight for the truth of marriage and the rights of those who believe in traditional marriage.

Interestingly, USA Today contrasted our legal argument, which is based on solid constitutional principles and precedent, with the position of Lambda Legal, a prominent LGBT legal advocacy organization. In their brief, Lambda Legal argues that allowing people of faith to refuse to participate in a same-sex ceremony would hurt the feelings of gays and lesbians. Seriously…that is their position. They couch it in the context of causing humiliation and "dignitary harm," and use other high-minded language, but the core of their argument is that it hurts the feelings of gays and lesbians when someone doesn’t wish to be part of their 'wedding' ceremony.

It wasn't long ago that a legal organization wouldn't dare dream of basing an argument in a case this important on its impact on people's emotions and feelings. But these are the times we live in. In the Obergefell case redefining marriage, Justice Kennedy's majority opinion was devoid of constitutional authority and instead relied on this exact type of emotional appeal. Moreover, we live in a time where feelings trump science – despite all scientific evidence to the contrary (including biological, physiological, chromosomal and cellular) a man can claim to be a woman if he feels like it, and vice versa.

We think we've made a very solid case in support of Jack Phillips. What Colorado has done to Jack is outrageous -- forcing him to abandon his religious principles about marriage, fining him, ordering him to undergo a reeducation program and directing him to file quarterly compliance reports. It's as if George Orwell has taken charge of the legal system.

So NOM battles Lambda Legal over whether people of faith should be forced to participate in same-sex ceremonies against their wishes. And here's another sign of the times: Lambda Legal has an annual budget of nearly $20 million and has assets on hand valued at over $22 million. And they are but one of many similar exorbitantly-funded LGBT groups fighting against us. We are dwarfed by their wealth, and yet we are able to present a strong and compelling position in the courts.

Our ability to win against groups like Lambda Legal is dependent on receiving ongoing support from you and other friends. This is why I am asking you to consider becoming a Sustaining Member of NOM.

As a Sustaining Member, we ask you to make a monthly donation to support our work such as our efforts to protect people of faith from punishment for refusing to participate in a same-sex ceremony or event that violates their religious beliefs. You decide what amount is right for you, with a minimum donation of $7 per month. Some supporters contribute the minimum of $7, while others are able to give more. Whether you can contribute $7, $10, $15, $25, $50 or $100 or more per month, please act today.

As an added incentive, if you become a Sustaining Member now your monthly pledge amount will be matched dollar for dollar for an entire year thanks to a generous offer from a top supporter (up to a total match of $250,000). That means if you pledge $10 per month, NOM will receive $120 in matching funds thanks to this incredible offer!

Having a strong base of Sustaining Members is a critical element for our organization because it gives us a stable base of funding that we can rely upon month in and month out, allowing us to fully participate in critical legal cases against wealthy LGBT adversaries.

If you'd like to help us but can't commit to making a monthly pledge, even as little as $7 per month, then please make a generous one-time gift, which will also be matched dollar for dollar through this $250,000 matching gift offer.

Whatever you can do to help us, please act today so that it is doubled through this matching campaign.

Thank you for your support.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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USA Today Cites NOM Brief


Dear Marriage Supporter — One of the most important religious liberty cases of modern times is presently before the U.S. Supreme Court, and NOM is right in the thick of it. In fact, our legal brief in the Masterpiece Cakeshop v Colorado case was recently covered by USA Today, which quoted directly from our submission to the Supreme Court:

"The National Organization for Marriage...cites other instances in which the high court has protected the right to exclude speech. 'Newspapers cannot be forced to print messages from those they criticize,' the group says. 'Car owners cannot be forced to display political messages, children cannot be forced to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, parades cannot be forced to include other viewpoints, utilities cannot be forced to include brochures for consumer advocates in the utility's billing envelope, and government workers cannot be forced to even pay for the political speech of labor unions.'"

This is the legal case where Jack Phillips, a devout Christian baker, who respectfully declined to use his talents to design and create a cake for a gay 'wedding' was fined by the state, ordered to start participating in same-sex ceremonies, and forced to undergo a reeducation program (and file compliance reports with the state). We're pleased that USA Today, one of the nation's most influential media outlets has covered our arguments in this case. As they note, we have a long history of advocacy at the US Supreme Court, including battling for marriage in critical cases in 2013 and 2015.

What Colorado has done to Jack Phillips is outrageous and it's essential that we fight back on behalf of all people of faith. This case gives us a tremendous opportunity to protect all people from having to abandon their religious views and participate in a same-sex 'wedding' that violates their beliefs.

Participation in critical legal cases is one of the most important things that NOM does, because the courts have become so activist in recent years with all the leftist justices appointed by Barack Obama.

But our participation in this and future cases is dependent on our ongoing support from you and other friends. This is why I am asking you to consider becoming a Sustaining Member of NOM.

As a Sustaining Member, we ask you to make a monthly donation to support our work such as our efforts to protect people of faith from punishment for refusing to participate in a same-sex ceremony or event that violates their religious beliefs. You decide what amount is right for you, with a minimum donation of $7 per month. Some supporters contribute the minimum of $7, while others are able to give more. Whether you can contribute $7, $10, $15, $25, $50 or $100 or more per month, please act today.

As an added incentive, if you become a Sustaining Member now your monthly pledge amount will be matched dollar for dollar for an entire year thanks to a generous offer from a top supporter (up to a total match of $250,000). That means if you pledge $15 per month, NOM will receive $180 in matching funds thanks to this incredible offer!

The Masterpiece Cakeshop case is one of the most important cases to come before the Supreme Court in years. It has generated more than 100 legal briefs filed by hundreds of groups on both sides of the issue — more briefs than virtually every other case.

The fact that a major publication like USA Today has cited from our legal brief among all those that were filed is a testament to the importance of the work we are conducting.

Having a strong base of Sustaining Members is an critical element for our organization because it gives us a stable base of funding that we can rely upon month in and month out, allowing us to fully participate in critical legal cases and conduct our other programs as well.

But I realize that not everyone is able to make a monthly pledge to support us, even as little as $7 per month. If you cannot become a Sustaining Member, please make a generous one-time gift, which will also be matched dollar for dollar through this $250,000 matching gift offer.

If you can manage a one-time contribution of $25, NOM will receive $50 thanks to the match. A $75 contribution will mean we receive $150. And a gift of $250 will result in us receiving $500. Whatever amount you can donate to help us, please act today so that it is doubled through this matching campaign.

We are very grateful for all that you've done to support marriage and protect the right of Americans to hold true to their religious beliefs that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. Please consider providing additional help at this critical time — whether you can become a Sustaining Member or make a one-time gift — realizing that whatever amount you donate will double in size, and effectiveness.

Thank you for your prayers, encouragement and financial support.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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