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The "Equality" Assault

Dear Friend—In the name of 'equality,' a comprehensive assault on people of faith will be unleashed in Congress this week. That's because according to published news reports, the misnamed "Equality Act" is set to be introduced as proposed legislation as early as tomorrow. In so doing, we will be embroiled in defending against an all-out attack on our values, and common sense, that will require a strong, aggressive and determined effort to prevail.

Help NOM Defeat This Assault on Marriage Supporters

I wrote to you late last week about one element of this disturbing special interest proposal – considering belief in traditional marriage to be a "sex stereotype." Even worse, the legislation would redefine the definition of "sex discrimination" under federal law to include sex stereotype, effectively meaning that acting on one's belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman would be illegal.

The implications of that one provision are breathtaking. For one, it could potentially overturn critical rulings of the US Supreme Court, such as the Masterpiece Cakeshop case involving Christian baker Jack Phillips, that people who hold sincere religious beliefs about marriage cannot be forced to participate in a same-sex ceremony that violates their beliefs.

But if the proposed Equality Act mirrors legislation previously considered, it would go far beyond considering marriage to be a sex stereotype. Among other things, it would also redefine "sex discrimination" to include gender identity and sexual orientation. It opens up the most intimate areas of life – restrooms, locker rooms, changing rooms, showers, etc. – to people of the opposite sex if they claim a gender identity matching that sex. It provides that religious belief will be no defense against a claim of "discrimination" based on gender identity, sexual orientation, or sex stereotype, thus effectively gutting the Religious Freedom Restoration Act enacted over 25 years ago. And it declares that it would be discrimination to counsel a person, juvenile or adult, on how to deal with unwanted feelings of same-sex attraction.

The proposed legislation is also sweeping in its application, applying broadly to employment, housing, civil rights, credit, public accommodations and jury selection, among other things.

In short, the proposed Equality Act represents a broad, dangerous and comprehensive attack on all Americans who believe in marriage, who hold traditional values and beliefs about gender and human sexuality, or who value diversity of opinion and belief in our society.

This assault on our values, beliefs and religious traditions must be defeated. NOM will help lead the fight against the Equality Act. Will you stand with us to help defeat this proposed law?

>>> I'll donate $15 to fight this assault

>>> I'll donate $25 to fight this assault

>>> I'll donate $50 to fight this assault

>>> I'll donate $100 to fight this assault

>>> I'll donate $250 to fight this assault

>>> I'll donate $500 or more to fight this assault

>>> I'll donate a different amount to fight this assault

We are going to need all the help we can get to defeat this legislation when it is formally introduced, which could happen as soon as tomorrow. It will have the support of almost every Democrat in Congress, along with LGBT groups, Hollywood and many large corporations. We need to count on you and other grassroots supporters to be successful. Please help us win this fight.

Your prayers, grassroots involvement and financial support are needed if we are to be victorious in this battle. Working together, I am confident we can prevail.

Thank you for standing with us.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown
Brian S. Brown

Marriage as illegal "Sex Stereotype"

Dear Friend—Did you know that considering marriage to be the union of one man and one woman is, according to almost every Democrat in Congress, a "sex stereotype"? Huh?

Marriage as one man and one woman has been the universal human norm since the dawn of time. It has existed in virtually every civilization and society known to man. Despite this, at the urging of LGBT extremists Democrats in Congress have declared in misnamed legislation called the "Equality Act" that it is a "sex stereotype" to believe that marriage is only between heterosexual couples.

Help NOM Defeat This Assault on Marriage Supporters

It's easy to dismiss this as more utter nonsense from LGBT extremists, who are the sponsors of this legislation, but this is deadly serious. You see, the Equality Act proposes to, among other things, change the definition of sex under federal law to include "sex stereotype." Since discrimination on the basis of sex is illegal, it would therefore be illegal to act on the belief that marriage is only man and one woman.

I've always thought that eventually the left would seek to essentially criminalize belief in traditional marriage, but I never imagined it would happen so quickly. But there it is, in black and white, in the Equality Act as introduced in the last Congress:

"Sec. 1101. DEFINITIONS AND RULES

(4) SEX. – The term sex includes –

(A) a sex stereotype;"

Can you imagine?! For years LGBT extremists have been out to punish people who believe in marriage just as God created it – one man and one woman. They've gone after a legion of marriage supporters who have stood up for the truth of marriage – bakers, florists, photographers, inn keepers, t-shirt makers, etc. People have been harassed, fired, fined and lost their businesses. Now, should the Equality Act become law we'd all be guilty of illegal discrimination.

This assault on people who believe in traditional marriage cannot be allowed to stand. NOM will help lead the fight against the passage of the Equality Act, and we urgently your help. Please make an immediate contribution to help us defeat this proposed law.

The implications of this proposed law are astonishing. It could potentially overturn critical rulings of the US Supreme Court that people who hold sincere religious beliefs about marriage cannot be forced to participate in a same-sex ceremony that violates their beliefs. The Masterpiece Cakeshop v Coloradoruling last year that NOM fought hard to support could be eradicated. As important, this proposed legislation simply stands in the face of reality – marriage IS the exclusive union of a man and a woman. That is what it was created to be and that is what it always will be – an institution that brings the two halves of humanity together to help ensure an ideal environment for any children born of their union.

We plan to devote everything we have to defeating the Equality Act when it is formally introduced in Congress. Will you help ensure that we have the financial resources to be successful?

>>> I'll chip in $15 to fight this assault on marriage supporters

>>> I'll chip in $25 to fight this assault on marriage supporters

>>> I'll chip in $50 to fight this assault on marriage supporters

>>> I'll chip in $100 to fight this assault on marriage supporters

>>> I'll chip in $250 to fight this assault on marriage supporters

>>> I'll chip in $500 or more to fight this assault on marriage supporters

>>> I'll chip in a different amount to fight this assault on marriage supporters

There are a lot of other problems with the Equality Act which we'll explore in more detail in the future. But make no mistake about it – making it illegal for supporters of marriage to act on their beliefs is at the top of the list.

We are going to need all the help we can get to defeat this legislation when it is formally introduced. It will have the support of almost every Democrat in Congress, along with LGBT groups, Hollywood and many large corporations. We need to count on you and other grassroots supporters to defeat. Please help us be ready for the fight.

Thank you for all you do to stand for the truth of marriage. Together, we will defeat this terrible legislation.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown
Brian S. Brown

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