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One week to make history

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Dear Friend—In one week, Americans will go to the polls, and the outcome of the elections couldn’t be more critical. Control of Congress is on the line. The US House elections are, of course, enormously important, but NOM is focused on maintaining control of the US Senate. With your help, we might even be able to expand the GOP majority there. Holding control of the Senate, or even picking up a seat or two, is essential if we want to support President Trump's efforts on life, marriage and religious liberty. And it's absolutely essential to continuing to remake the federal courts – including the US Supreme Court – in a way consistent with what our country's founders envisioned and the Constitution demands.

Please help us spread the word about what's at stake

We are focused on four Democrat US Senators up this election in states that were carried by President Trump. Senators Heidi Heitkamp, Jon Tester, Claire McCaskill and Joe Donnelly have all voted with the hard left on critical issues. These Democrat incumbents opposed the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, throwing in with the hard-left in their attempts to deny the ascension to the Court of a conservative, constitutionalist who will help end the practice of judges legislating from the bench. We've endorsed the Republican challengers in North Dakota, Montana, Missouri and Indiana.

The outcome of these four races could determine control of the US Senate. The left has raised over $1 billion so far in their attempt to stop President Trump's agenda and prevent further judicial nominees from taking office. There's nothing more important to restoring marriage, protecting religious liberty and standing for the truth of gender than control of the US Supreme Court and the filling of lower level judicial vacancies with common-sense, constitutional conservatives. And the makeup of the Courts depends entirely on the willingness of the Senate to confirm President Trump's outstanding nominees.

It's critical that we be able to spread the word about our endorsements and educate people about the importance of the midterm elections to all the issues we care about. Will you help us with a contribution today?

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To understand the importance of the Courts to our overall agenda, look no further than marriage. Over 50 million Americans in nearly three dozen states went to the polls to define marriage as only the union of one man and one woman, yet five unelected judges on the Supreme Court took it upon themselves to impose same-sex 'marriage' on the entire nation back in 2015 in their anti-constitutional Obergefell decision. One of those five justices who voted in the majority, Anthony Kennedy, is now gone, replaced by Justice Kavanaugh, meaning we finally have a potential path forward to restore marriage to our nation's laws. But if Democrats manage to take control of the US Senate, no conservative judges will be confirmed to the federal courts and all the progress we've made will come to a halt.

Your contribution today will be used to help NOM get the word out about what's at stake for people of faith, and all Americans. Please, take a moment to make a contribution today so that we can ensure that every voter knows what is at stake when they cast their ballots.

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Thank you for all you have done to help. We would be extremely grateful for any additional support you can provide now so that we can make a difference by educating our fellow citizens about these critical issues.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown
Brian S. Brown

Don't let them erase the reality of male and female

Dear Friend—The radicals on the left are beside themselves because a key Trump Administration agency has recommended that the administration actually follow the law when it comes to sex discrimination, defining a person's sex the way it has always been defined, a biologic reality of being male or female determined at birth. The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights reportedly argued in a memo obtained by the New York Times that key government agencies needed to adopt an explicit and uniform definition of sex as determined “on a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable.”

The radicals led by the grossly misnamed Human Rights Campaign immediately declared that President Trump was proposing to "erase" transgender Americans. Right on cue, their false claim has been breathlessly reported by the mainstream media.

Help Us Fight for the Reality of Male and Female

The truth of the matter is that the only "erasing" that has occurred is to the reality of male and female, which leftist radicals and President Obama have attempted to scrub from federal law by administrative fiat.

What's at stake here is critically important. Acting at the behest of LGBT radicals, President Obama illegally took it upon himself to redefine the term "sex" in federal law to mean "gender identity." This had the effect of making it discriminatory to treat biological men as men if they claimed a female identity. This change is what forced schools and others to open bathrooms, showers and locker rooms to the opposite sex. It's what has allowed men to compete as female athletes, usually winning. It's what is being used by men to gain access to women's shelters, including those designed for women who have been sexually assaulted by men. And it is what activists are using to force their dangerous gender ideology throughout society.

But it is all a lie. Sex and gender are not an emotional condition, but a biological reality.

NOM will fight for the reality of male and female under federal law because it is an essential condition of the human condition. God made us male and female, equal, but different. The two halves of humanity are complimentary, each essential for human flourishing. Will you help us defend the reality of God's design of mankind as male and female?

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We know from personal experience how tough this fight will be. When we co-sponsored the #FreeSpeechBus to highlight the biologic nature of sex, our bus was attacked and our team assaulted. LGBT radicals, including some who are aligned with the Antifa group of anarchists, organized an angry mob of protestors in several cities to intimidate us and attempt to derail the bus tour. They failed.

We will never cease fighting for the eternal truths upon which our organization was founded – marriage is the union of a man and a woman; it takes the two sexes coming together to make a marriage and to conceive children; children do best when raised by a married mother and father; and it is the right of all Americans to proclaim these truths and live them out in their daily lives.

Here's just a small example of what we are up against. In their coverage of this issue, the New York Times said that Obama's rewriting of the law to define 'sex' as 'gender identity' constituted a "loosening" of federal rules to provide a "more fluid" interpretation of law. In contrast, the Times says the effort by the Trump administration to adhere to the actual letter of the law constitutes a "rewriting" of the law.

President Trump is going to be under a lot of pressure from the left and the media to drop his intention to follow the law and to instead go along with the Obama erasing of the reality of male and female from our nation's statutes. Your contribution today will be used to help NOM support President Trump and give him the encouragement he will need to maintain the fight. Please, take a moment to make a contribution today so that we can stand for the reality of male and female.

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Thank you for all you have done to help. We would be extremely grateful for any additional support you can provide now so that we can make a difference on one of the most important issues before the country, maintaining the reality of male and female.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown
Brian S. Brown

NOM Endorses Candidates in Key Senate Midterm Contests

NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR MARRIAGE ANNOUNCES
ENDORSEMENTS IN CRITICAL US SENATE CONTESTS

Marriage Group to oppose reelection of
Heitkamp, Donnelly, McCaskill and Tester


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 17, 2018

Washington, DC—The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the nation's largest group dedicated to preserving marriage as the union of one man and one woman and protecting the religious liberty rights of marriage supporters, today announced that they were opposing the reelection of Democratic US Senate incumbents Heidi Heitkamp (ND), Joe Donnelly (IN), Claire McCaskill (MO) and Jon Tester (MT). NOM, which has over 300,000 members, has endorsed the Republican challenger in each of these races.

“Our litmus test for incumbents in the US Senate was their vote on the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh,” said Brian Brown, NOM's president. “There is nothing more important for the restoration of marriage and the protection of religious liberty than the composition of the US Supreme Court. That's why we worked with our members to generate tens of thousands of contacts with these US Senators, urging them to confirm Justice Kavanaugh. Despite this demonstration of grassroots support, each of these four Democrats opposed the Kavanaugh confirmation. We will work to ensure that they pay for that decision with their careers.”

Brown noted: “In three of the states where NOM has issued an endorsement, voters went to the polls and overwhelmingly voted to define marriage in their state constitutions as only the union of one man and one woman. North Dakota voted 73% in favor of traditional marriage; Missouri voters supported traditional marriage with 71% of the vote; and 67% of Montana voters did likewise. Voters in Indiana were denied their right to vote on marriage.”

“Despite the overwhelming adoption of traditional marriage by voters in nearly three dozen states in elections where over 50 million voters cast ballots, the US Supreme Court in 2015 illegitimately imposed gay 'marriage' on the nation,” Brown said. “These four Democrats stood with liberal party leaders like Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi and against the expressed wishes of voters in their states. In each of these states, Donald Trump won election in large part because of his pledge to appoint Supreme Court justices like Brett Kavanaugh. None of these four Democrats can credibly claim to be moderates when they act to deny the confirmation of one of the most superbly qualified Supreme Court nominees in history, Brett Kavanaugh, who was nominated by a president who had carried their state overwhelmingly. They must be defeated.”

Brown said NOM will urge its members to support Rep. Kevin Cramer in North Dakota, state Attorney General Josh Hawley in Missouri, state Auditor Matt Rosendale in Montana, and state Rep. Mike Braun in Indiana.

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Kavanaugh takes the bench

Dear Friend—Yesterday, Justice Brett Kavanagh finally got down to work, joining his colleagues in hearing three cases relating to criminal procedure. Before he took the bench, he announced that he had hired four female law clerks, becoming the first Supreme Court justice in history to hire an all-woman group of clerks. This continues his history of promoting women in the legal profession, a far cry from the grotesque characterization of him the left sought to establish during the confirmation process.

The successful confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court caps a momentous battle where NOM devoted everything we had to securing this victory. We activated thousands of members to make contacts with US Senators, including a special core of strong supporters called Marriage Heroes, who regularly and consistently promoted the Kavanaugh nomination. We produced a string of educational communications, including a powerful endorsement video, that explained why Justice Kavanaugh would be a transformative conservative voice on the Court. And we rallied the grassroots at every turn, including after Judge Kavanaugh was sucker-punched by Democrats with ugly, wholly unproven and uncorroborated allegations from his days in high school.

The ferocity of the confirmation battle makes the victory particularly sweet, but it was also exhausting, to our team who devoted themselves completely to the effort, but also to our finances. We expended everything we had to secure this confirmation and we urgently need to raise funds now, because our work is far from done. Unless we replenish our coffers immediately, we'll have to take some drastic steps to cut back our activities. And those cuts couldn't come at a worse time. Will you help us with an emergency contribution so that we can avoid cuts to programs and continue the momentum we've built?

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The last thing I want to contemplate after the great Kavanaugh confirmation victory is to cut back on our activities. Rather than cutting, now is the time to be expanding our work. With a 5-4 pro-marriage majority on the Supreme Court thanks to the Kavanaugh confirmation, our team is eager to strategize with legal experts on how and when to bring action that could result in the restoration of marriage to our nation's laws. But before we can turn our attention to bold strategies like that, it's imperative that we refill our coffers with the thousands of dollars in emergency funding that we urgently need.

Please, if at all possible, act today with an emergency financial contribution so that we can continue full speed ahead in our fight to restore marriage to our laws, and protect the religious liberty rights of all people of faith.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown
Brian S. Brown

Congratulations to J͟u͟s͟t͟i͟c͟e͟ Kavanaugh!

Dear Friend—As you no doubt know, the US Senate voted 50-48 on Saturday to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court! This is a tremendous victory for us and all Americans who revere the constitution and believe that it is the duty of the Supreme Court to uphold what the constitution says and not invent "constitutional rights" that don't exist in order to further a political agenda or ideology.

Justice Kavanaugh took two separate oaths late on Saturday – the Judicial Oath delivered by the man he is replacing, former Justice Anthony Kennedy, and the Constitutional Oath by Chief Justice John Roberts.

Kavanaugh will now join our nation's highest court as one of its most conservative members, giving the court a clear 5-4 conservative majority, as well as a pro-marriage majority.

The successful confirmation of Justice Kavanaugh is a tremendous accomplishment following a grueling process that began back in July when he was nominated by President Trump. NOM worked extremely hard on the confirmation and we are most gratified with the result.

With Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, there is now a path forward to restore marriage to our nation's laws by reversing the illegitimate Obergefell ruling imposing gay 'marriage' on the nation in 2015.

There are a number of people we need to thank, and I hope you will join me in doing so.

First, Senator Susan Collins of Maine did the right thing and stood with Justice Kavanaugh despite tremendous pressure from groups on the left. NOM led a special advocacy effort urging our many supporters in Maine to contact Senator Collins to ask for her support, which made a big difference. We thank Senator Collins for her vote.

Second, we targeted six Senate Democrats who are in states won by President Trump. One of those, Sen. Joe Manchin, voted to confirm Kavanaugh. We are extremely grateful to him for this principled vote.

Third, Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley did an amazing job of moving the nomination forward, especially after Kavanaugh was sucker-punched by Democrats who, after his hearing was complete, accused him of sexual assault while in high school. McConnell and Grassley were champions for Kavanaugh and the rule of law.

Please call these Senators at 202-224-3121 to thank them for their support.

Of course, we all owe a debt of gratitude to President Donald J. Trump. Not only did he nominate Justice Kavanaugh in the first instance, but he resolutely stood by him in the face of a withering attack by the left and the media when the allegations were leveled at him. Many Republican presidents would have folded in the face of this pressure, but President Trump believed in Justice Kavanaugh and held firm. His confirmation becomes a lasting legacy of the Trump presidency.

This victory is extremely gratifying, but the battle to win the confirmation vote was incredibly difficult and exhausting. We put everything we had as an organization into this effort, and now we need to rebuild our war chest. If you could help us with a generous donation today, we would really appreciate it. Even more appreciated would be your signing up as a Sustaining Partner of NOM with a monthly donation:

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With Justice Kavanaugh now in place, NOM will be leading an effort to restore marriage to our laws. It won't happen immediately, but we're determined to fight for this to occur at the earliest possible moment. Our team will be strategizing with lawyers and legal experts about the type of case, and the timing of such a case, to bring forward so that we can one day soon see the truth of marriage as the union of one man and one woman reflected in the laws of his nation.

Finally, I want to thank you, the loyal members of the National Organization for Marriage, for everything that you did to cause this victory to come about. To our donors, those who joined our Marriage Heroes campaign, to those who contacted their US Senators, to those who viewed and shared our Kavanaugh endorsement video, and those who prayed for this outcome, thank you! We are humbled and honored to call you friends, and fellow believers. May God richly reward you for your support.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown
Brian S. Brown

The vote is tomorrow...

Dear Friend—Just a few minutes ago the US Senate voted to end debate on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court. Tomorrow there will be an up or down vote on his confirmation.

Please contact your US Senators to urge them to support the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh. He is a supremely qualified judge, someone whose legal rulings have been uniformly respected as being fair, well-reasoned and well-articulated. Most importantly, he is a constitutionalist, meaning that he believes that the constitution means what it says and that judges should never invent constitutional "rights" in order to advance their own views of what the law should be. You can learn more about why we strongly support Judge Kavanaugh by watching our endorsement video here.

The number to call to reach your Senators is 202-224-3121.

If you are active on social media, please also post your support for the Kavanaugh nomination and ask your friends and contacts to do the same.

When we began this process many months ago, I said it would be unlike anything we had ever seen beforeBoy were those words prophetic. The way that Judge Kavanaugh has been treated by Senate Democrats is a national disgrace. After this battle is completed and Judge Kavanaugh is on the Supreme Court, it will be time to explore whether there should be changes to the Senate confirmation process to prevent a repeat of the circus that occurred here.

So far, the confirmation vote looks good as the vote today to advance the nomination was 51-49. But Senators can change their minds and we need to keep the pressure up. So please take a moment to call your US Senators to voice your support for Judge Kavanaugh.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown
Brian S. Brown

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