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Join Thousands of Others to Hold the 23 Republicans Accountable for Their Transgender Vote


Americans who believe in the bible and in science were dealt an insulting blow recently when 23 incumbent Republican members of the US House of Representatives voted to force taxpayers to pay for transgender sex-change surgeries for members of the military.

This is a shocking betrayal of both science and the Created Order, not to mention just plain dumb. There is no way that our military should be forced to accept a gender-confused individual who can then turn right around and demand that taxpayers pay for a sex-change!

And yet, that is the position that these 23 foolhardy Republican lawmakers have taken, and the GOP leadership of Paul Ryan and Kevin McCarthy have done nothing to stop it.

If the Republican leadership won't put a stop to this gender insanity, it's up to us at NOM to do so. NOM is fighting the transgender ideology at every level – in the military, in our public schools, in the courts and in the court of public opinion, but we need your help to be successful. Can I count on your support today?

Our push back against the 23 Republicans who voted to force taxpayers to pay for transgender sex changes for military personnel is beginning to have an effect. Over four thousand people have signed our petition to these Republican lawmakers letting them know that we intend to hold them accountable for their betrayal. They are being inundated with emails and calls, but we need to keep the pressure on.

Please sign our petition today to let these 23 Republicans know that you oppose their vote and will hold them accountable.

The science is clear: Nobody is born such that they are the opposite sex "trapped in the wrong body." People who believe they are the wrong gender suffer from a disorder called "gender dysphoria."

The Created Order is clear: God made us male and female. He knew us even before he formed us.

Common sense is clear: Taxpayers should not be on the hook for sex change surgeries, period.

You can help us today to hold the GOP accountable and to defend the truth of gender by taking two simple steps: make a financial contribution to support NOM so that we have the resources we need to be successful; and sign our petition to the 23 Republicans who need to get the message that it's not OK to ignore science, scripture and common sense to saddle taxpayers with the massive expense of sex-change surgeries for transgendered military personnel. Please act today.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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Sign Our Petition to Hold the 23 Republicans Accountable for Their Transgender Vote


Late last week, 23 incumbent Republican members of the US House of Representatives voted to force taxpayers to pay for transgender sex-change surgeries for members of the military. Can you imagine?! Why should a gender-confused person be able to enlist in the military and then demand that taxpayers pay for a sex-change? The answer is obvious -- they shouldn't. The military exists to defend the national interests of our country, not to help advance a dangerous social experiment in gender ideology that President Obama pushed on the country at the behest of LGBT extremists.

We must hold these clueless Republicans who have betrayed the American people and put the Obama gender agenda ahead of the interests of taxpayers and national security. Please sign our petition today to let these 23 Republicans know that you oppose their vote and will hold them accountable.

The scientific evidence is clear that nobody is born such that they are the opposite sex "trapped in the wrong body." According to medical science, people who believe they are the wrong gender suffer from a disorder called "gender dysphoria." They deserve our compassion and prayers, but they are not entitled to free sex-change surgeries courtesy of the US taxpayer.

NOM is fighting the transgender ideology at every level – in the military, in our public schools, in the courts and in the court of public opinion. The response from LGBT extremists has been to vilify us, call us "bigots" and a "hate group," damage our property, assault our team members, and attempt to silence us. But their campaign of intimidation has failed – we will never be silenced in speaking the truth about gender, marriage, human sexuality and related issues. We stand united as people of faith and will fight for our collective rights to live out these truths without fear of retribution or retaliation.

Please help NOM to continue to be effective advocates for you and all those who believe in the truth of marriage. We would be grateful if you could make a financial contribution today to assist us.

I'll chip in $15 to hold the GOP accountable and to protect marriage supporters from governmental discrimination

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I'll chip in $500 or more to hold the GOP accountable and to protect marriage supporters from governmental discrimination

We have a multi-faceted plan to fight for our issues, including urging the US Supreme Court to use the pending Masterpiece Cakeshop case to rule that nobody can be forced against their will to be involved in gay 'marriage;' hold the Republicans in Congress accountable, including demanding they introduce and move forward with the First Amendment Defense Act to provide protections for people of faith; organize tens of thousands of Americans to contact Attorney General Jeff Sessions to demand that the Trump administration move forward with a long-promised Executive Order to protect the religious liberty of those who believe in traditional marriage; and highlight the utter hate that many on the left have for people who remain firm in their belief that marriage is as God created it – one man and one woman.

You can help us today to pursue these four priority actions by taking two simple steps: Sign our petition to the 23 Republicans who need to get the message that it's not OK to expect taxpayers to pay for sex-change surgeries for transgendered military personnel, and make a financial contribution to support NOM so that we have the resources we need to be successful.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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Are These Republicans Traitors, or Just Clueless?


The entire Republican Party owes their electoral success to people of faith, individuals like us who turned out in droves to oppose the leftist agenda of the Democrats and Hillary Clinton. The Democrats demand complete loyalty to their extreme agenda – same-sex 'marriage,' abortion on demand, transgender ideology, virtual elimination of religious liberty, etc. In rejecting the extreme agenda of the left and Democratic leaders, people of faith put their trust in Republicans who said they would deliver on their promises and defend American values.

From Donald J. Trump, to the members of the US Senate, to the members of the House of Representatives, Republican elected officials owe their majority to people of faith, the bedrock base of the Republican Party.

But so far, outside of Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court, the Republicans have precious little to show in terms of delivering on their promises.

Worse, late last week, some 23 GOP members of the US House of Representatives opposed an amendment to the defense spending authorization bill to prevent the use of taxpayer funds to pay for sex-change surgeries from transgendered soldiers.

Are these 23 Republicans clueless or, worse, are they traitors to the conservative cause?

First off, the science is clear that there is absolutely no evidence to show that someone can be "trapped in the wrong body." Those who think they are "transgender" actually suffer from a psychological disorder known as gender dysphoria.

Moreover, why in the world should US taxpayers be given the bill because a gender-confused individual joins the military and then demands a sex-change operation? It's insane!

And what's really problematic is that the GOP leadership in the House, including Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, did absolutely nothing to prevent this travesty and betrayal of trust.

If the Republican leadership in Washington does not get their act together soon and begin delivering on their promises to restore American values like marriage and life, they are going to be in for a rude awakening come the 2018 midterm elections. Why would people of faith turn out to vote for incumbent Republicans who do nothing, or worse, betray us?

NOM intends to hold the Republican majority in the House and the Senate accountable for their actions, and the Trump administration as well. We have a detailed plan to do so, but we need your help to be successful.

Will you stand with us and help us with a financial contribution so we have the resources to hold the GOP accountable and fight for the rights of all marriage supporters?

Here is our plan:

  1. Conduct a strong public education campaign supporting NOM's legal team as we prepare to file amicus briefs with the US Supreme Court in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, which holds the potential of achieving a sweeping Court ruling preventing government from targeting people for punishment because they hold fast to the natural, biblical understanding of marriage as one man and one woman...

  2. Hold the Republicans in Congress accountable, including demanding they introduce and move forward with the First Amendment Defense Act to provide protections for people of faith, and demand that GOP members feel the heat when they abandon us to vote for "transgender surgeries" and other policies that violate our values and defy common-sense. (See our petition below.)

  3. Organize tens of thousands of Americans to contact Attorney General Jeff Sessions to demand that the Trump administration move forward with a long-promised Executive Order to protect individuals, pastors, churches and nonprofit groups who believe in traditional marriage from punitive actions against them by the government.

  4. Highlight the utter hate that many on the left have for people who remain firm in their belief that marriage is as God created it – one man and one woman. This includes formally launching our First Freedom Initiative which, among other things, will highlight the animus and dangerous tactics of groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center and the grossly-misnamed Human Rights Campaign.

Combined, these four priorities form the backbone of NOM's work this summer to protect marriage supporters. But to be successful on any one of these undertakings, let alone our full agenda, we need the strong support of every NOM supporter. Will you be with us?

I'll chip in $15 to hold the GOP accountable and to protect marriage supporters from governmental discrimination

I'll chip in $25 to hold the GOP accountable and to protect marriage supporters from governmental discrimination

I'll chip in $35 to hold the GOP accountable and to protect marriage supporters from governmental discrimination

I'll chip in $50 to hold the GOP accountable and to protect marriage supporters from governmental discrimination

I'll chip in $100 to hold the GOP accountable and to protect marriage supporters from governmental discrimination

I'll chip in $250 to hold the GOP accountable and to protect marriage supporters from governmental discrimination

I'll chip in $500 or more to hold the GOP accountable and to protect marriage supporters from governmental discrimination

One of our first acts to begin to hold the GOP in Congress accountable is to launch this petition to the 23 turncoats who just voted for taxpayer funding of sex-change surgeries for the transgendered.

Think about it: the most prominent transgender solider is Bradley Manning (who now goes by Chelsea), a traitor who risked our national security to release highly confidential military intelligence documents. Incredibly, President Obama let Manning out of prison after serving only a fraction of his sentence, and now these 23 Republican Congressmen want taxpayers to pay for sex-change operations for people like Bradley Manning!

Please sign our petition to the 23 Republicans who abandoned taxpayers, people of faith and American values. We will make sure that Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy also receive the petition so that they know that we are not going to sit still for this type of betrayal by Republicans in Congress.

All of us in the pro-family movement worked hard to help elect President Trump and Republican majorities in both the US Senate and the House of Representatives. Now we have to redouble our work to make sure they deliver what they promised. Please give generously at this important time.

Thank you for all that you are doing to help us restore marriage and protect marriage supporters.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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It's Time To Protect Marriage Supporters From Governmental Discrimination


With Neil Gorsuch now on the US Supreme Court, as one of its last acts of the current term the Supreme Court decided to accept the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v Colorado Civil Rights Commission, a critical case that highlights the growing problem of supporters of marriage being discriminated against by government and targeted for harassment and punitive punishment in violation of our constitutional rights.

Jack Phillips is the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, a skilled baker and cake artisan, and a devout Christian. He runs a family business that has thrived in Lakeland, Colorado for nearly 25 years. He's happily served all clients, and continues to sell baked goods to anyone who seeks them regardless of their religious beliefs, politics or sexual orientation. However, when it comes to applying his artistry and creativity to helping with events and ceremonies that violate his deeply held religious beliefs, he draws the line and declines to personally participate. Contributing his artistry to a gay "wedding" is such a ceremony that Jack cannot in good conscience help with. So when two homosexual men asked him to design a cake for their "wedding" he politely declined. Predictably, the men sued and some months later, after enduring an onslaught of abuse from LGBT activists and a raft of negative publicity, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission determined that Jack was guilty of sexual orientation discrimination, ordered him and his staff to design cakes for gay ceremonies, and further ordered him to undergo a "re-education" program along with filing quarterly "compliance" reports.

NOM is determined to end this type of targeting of people who hold true to the reality that marriage is and always will be the union of one man and one woman. Will you stand with us and help us with a financial contribution so we have the resources to argue for the rights of Jack Phillips and all marriage supporters?

It's outrageous that not only can LGBT extremists get the judicial elite to impose gay "marriage" on the nation, but that they can get their allies in government to punish anyone who disagrees and refuses to go along with the charade that marriage is anything other than the union of one man and one woman.

Sadly, Jack Phillips is far from the only one who has been subjected to governmental persecution, reputational ruin and the threat of being financially devastated. Countless others have also been targeted by LGBT extremists and their allies in government.

We are going to do everything in our power to put a stop to this, and make this the summer when marriage supporters are protected.

Here is our plan:

  1. Conduct a strong public education campaign supporting NOM's legal team as we prepare to file amicus briefs with the US Supreme Court in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case. The justices of the Supreme Court need to understand the devastation that their ruling redefining marriage has wreaked on the nation.

  2. Working with allies, organize tens of thousands of Americans to contact Attorney General Jeff Sessions to demand that the Trump administration move forward with a long-promised Executive Order to protect individuals, pastors, churches and nonprofit groups who believe in traditional marriage from punitive actions against them by the government.

  3. Work with key champions in Congress, including Sen. Mike Lee and Rep. Raul Labrador, to reintroduce the First Amendment Defense Act to make permanent the types of protections that would be contained in an Executive Order and a victory before the Supreme Court. President Trump has already endorsed this type of legislation, but it has not yet been introduced into Congress.

  4. As part of the public education campaign, we must highlight the utter hate that many on the left have for people who remain firm in their belief that marriage is as God created it – one man and one woman. This includes formally launching our First Freedom Initiative which, among other things, will highlight the animus and dangerous tactics of groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center and the grossly-misnamed Human Rights Campaign.

Combined, these four priorities form the backbone of NOM's work this summer to protect marriage supporters. But to be successful on any one of these undertakings, let alone our full agenda, we need the strong support of every NOM supporter. Will you be with us?

Our team is already hard at work doing the heavy lifting that is required to be successful. We're preparing additional educational videos and informational pieces, getting ready to launch more petitions to engage Americans, putting the final touches on new policy positions that allied groups can endorse and help us present to Congress and the Trump administration, and conducting rigorous legal research on how and why the constitution protects the rights of people of faith to decline to be involved in something that violates their deeply held beliefs.

All that is required now is your financial support so that we have the resources we need to complete the work that is so important and that can make such a difference, not only for those who are facing persecution like Jack Phillips, but for millions of others who are at risk in the future. Please give generously at this important time.

Thank you for all that you are doing to help us restore marriage and protect marriage supporters.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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Make This The Summer For Protecting Marriage Supporters


As we enter the heat of the summer, many of our elected officials in Washington are taking time off, some on family vacations, some meeting with constituents, and others participating in "fact finding" trips to other countries. But while the Congressional schedule may allow for our federal representatives to take a break, NOM does not have that luxury. We need to use this limited time to get ready for a major push in just a few weeks to protect people who believe in marriage as one man and one woman from discrimination, punishment and harassment at the hands of government officials doing the bidding of LGBT extremists.

Can I count on you to help us be successful?

Here's our plan:

  1. Working with allies, organize tens of thousands of Americans to contact Attorney General Jeff Sessions to demand that the Trump administration move forward with a long-promised Executive Order to protect individuals, pastors, churches and nonprofit groups who believe in traditional marriage from punitive actions against them by the government. We need to remind Attorney General Sessions that candidate Donald Trump repeatedly promised he would issue such an order, and let him know that we expect this promise to be fulfilled. President Trump has tasked Mr. Sessions with this responsibility.

  2. Work with key champions in Congress, including Sen. Mike Lee and Rep. Raul Labrador, to reintroduce the First Amendment Defense Act to make permanent the types of protections that would be contained in an Executive Order. President Trump has already endorsed this type of legislation, but it has not yet been introduced into Congress.

  3. Conduct a strong public education campaign supporting NOM's legal team as we prepare to file amicus briefs with the US Supreme Court in one of the most consequential religious liberty cases ever to come before the Court – the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, which provides the opportunity for a sweeping ruling that governments may not punish people of faith for declining to participate in gay "weddings" that violate their deeply held religious beliefs.

  4. As part of the public education campaign underlying our regulatory, legislative and judicial work, we must highlight the utter hate that many on the left have for people who remain firm in their belief that marriage is as God created it – one man and one woman. This includes formally launching our First Freedom Initiative which, among other things, will highlight the animus and dangerous tactics of groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center and the grossly-misnamed Human Rights Campaign.

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Combined, these four priorities form the backbone of NOM's Summer For Protecting Marriage Supporters. But to be successful on any one of these undertakings, let alone our full agenda, we need the help of every NOM supporter. Will you be with us?

We’ve got a lot of work to do to be successful, and our team is already hard at work doing the heavy lifting that is required. We're preparing additional educational videos and informational pieces to explain the importance of this effort, getting ready to launch more petitions to engage Americans in the cause, putting the final touches on new policy positions that allied groups can endorse and help us present to Congress and the Trump administration, and conducting rigorous legal research on how and why the constitution protects the rights of people of faith to decline to be involved in something that violates their deeply held beliefs.

No American should be forced to abandon their faith and tenets of belief about marriage to avoid being targeted by the government for punishment. Our side has never taken the position that the LGBT community should be punished for pursuing their beliefs, yet LGBT extremists regularly claim that we are hateful, bigoted homophobes who deserve to be punished whenever possible for believing that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.

While this summer will be extremely busy for us at NOM, it's no secret that the summer months are the most challenging time to raise financial support for nonprofit groups. We're counting on you and other NOM supporters to show that this year is an exception and that our finances will not take a hit just when we need to step up our investment in pursuing our agenda to protect marriage supporters from discrimination.

Please give generously at this important time. We need your ongoing support, and we thank you for all that you are doing to help us restore marriage and protect marriage supporters.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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Neil Gorsuch Delivers


Decisions of the US Supreme Court announced this week establish without question what an amazing contribution that newly confirmed justice Neil Gorsuch will make to the Court, potentially for decades to come. NOM went all in to fight for Justice Gorsuch's confirmation, and our confidence in him was validated this week.

Consider:

  • Gorsuch was part of the majority in the Trinity Lutheran case which held that states may not arbitrarily deny churches access to public funds they make available to other nonprofit groups. Moreover, he wrote a separate opinion in the case forcefully arguing for a proper understanding of, and respect for, true religious liberty, which is the guarantee to freely exercise one's religious beliefs, not merely hold such beliefs. This understanding of religious liberty is a critical factor in stopping the discrimination that people of faith are routinely facing because of their beliefs about marriage and other issues.

  • Justice Gorsuch dissented in a case where the majority of the Court decided to force the state of Arkansas to list a non-biological LGBT parent on a child's birth certificate. The majority of the Court relied on the Obergefell decision redefining marriage. That Justice Gorsuch was interested in a full hearing and argument of the Arkansas case where the reliance on Obergefell could be challenged is very encouraging.

  • Finally, with Justice Gorsuch now on the bench, the US Supreme Court has granted review in a critical religious liberty case with far-reaching implications for every person who believes that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. The state of Colorado has punished Christian baker Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, for refusing to use his artistic talents to support a gay "wedding" because doing so violates his faith. This case will offer a tremendous opportunity to stop the ongoing governmental persecution of anyone who does not endorse the LGBT agenda.

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While a relative small number of decisions by a justice does not necessarily signal how the justice will rule on other important cases, the actions of Justice Gorsuch thus far gives us great confidence that he has the integrity and the courage to reverse the illegitimate Obergefell decision redefining marriage should such an opportunity come before him.

And such an opportunity could very well come before him sooner rather than later.

While Justice Anthony Kennedy did not announce his resignation from the Court as many had speculated he would do, he or any of the other justices who imposed gay 'marriage' on the nation could retire at any time. And when they do, we will need to fight for the appointment of a Gorsuch-like replacement, someone who is committed to reading the constitution as it was originally constructed, and not reconstructing the meaning of the constitution to suit a personal agenda.

We're very proud of Justice Gorsuch, and we hope you are pleased that NOM fought so hard for his confirmation. If you share our views, please consider making a financial contribution to support our work Your gift of $25, $35, $50, $100, $250 or $500 or more will go a long way to ensuring that we can continue to fight for conservative, "originalist" judges in the federal courts.

Summer is the slowest time of year for fundraising, which creates challenges for our finances. Please support NOM today with a generous gift. Thank you.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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Major New Report Raises Alarm About Transgender "Therapy"


With all the publicity surrounding transgender issues and the relentless push by Hollywood and the media to normalize the idea that a person can change their gender to correspond with the sex they "identify" with, it's no surprise that incidents of children claiming to be transgender at an early age is on the rise. Some medical professionals report as much as a 2000% increase in children being treated for gender identity disorders. An entire industry of "gender clinics" is developing where children and very young adolescents are being treated with powerful drugs designed to suppress the onset and development of puberty. These drugs are presented as safe and fully reversible and the treatments portrayed as being compassionate and in accordance with proven and long-established protocols. But an important new report makes clear that these assurances are false, and that countless children are being needlessly endangered by this political gender ideology movement.

The study published in The New Atlantis journal, "Growing Pains: Problems with Puberty Suppression in Treating Gender Dysphoria," was conducted by some of the country's leading medical experts including Drs. Paul W. Hruz, Lawrence Mayer and Paul McHugh. Dr. Hruz is one of the nation's leading endocrinologists and is a professor at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Dr. Mayer is a leading scholar in biostatistics and biomedicine, and Dr. McHugh one of the country's most-esteemed experts in psychiatry. Both are associated with Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

As a preliminary point, it's important to keep in mind that almost all children who experience gender dysphoria will grow out of it by the time they go through puberty. Despite this, a cottage industry of medical clinics to "treat" gender dysphoria has arisen. Many utilize what is called a "gender affirming" model of treatment. Rather than challenge the patient's dysphoric identification with the opposite sex, the therapist accepts the child's stated preference and proceeds along a course of therapy to assist the child to live as the opposite sex. This treatment often involves powerful hormonal therapy to suppress puberty in order to help the child's appearances more closely match the chosen gender.

While parents are told this treatment is accepted and fully reversible, it is considered experimental when applied to most children. Puberty suppression treatments were not developed for those with gender dysphoria, they were developed for children who undergo puberty at too young an age. The study's authors call this treatment for gender dysphoria, "a drastic and experimental measure." Contrary to being safe and reversible, evidence suggests permanent changes to children receiving treatment. This includes height growth rates and bone-mineral density, but one of the biggest consequences relates to the future ability of these children to procreate.

When puberty suppression drugs are used by those undergoing puberty at too young an age, they are typically withdrawn at a more appropriate age for puberty and the patient gradually resumes normal puberty and develops normally. But the evidence that puberty will resume when the drugs are used for gender dysphoria are "very weak." In fact, the evidence suggests that almost all children who are prescribed puberty suppression drugs will go on to receive cross-sex hormones. These cross-sex hormones, in turn, will prevent normal sex hormones from developing, circumventing the most fundamental form of sexual maturation. – the maturation of their reproductive organs.

The result of this course of treatment that runs from puberty suppression to cross-sex hormones is infertility, something that is irreversible.

The study's authors note that none of the major studies published on treating gender dysphoria with puberty suppression drugs report the results of patients who have withdrawn from treatment and resumed normal puberty development. This, they point out, raises the very significant question of, "whether these treatments contribute to the persistence of gender dysphoria in patients who might otherwise have resolved their feelings of being the opposite sex." Because the evidence does show that most children who are diagnosed with gender dysphoria will eventually stop identifying as the opposite sex, "the fact that cross-gender identification apparently persist for virtually all who undergo puberty suppression could indicate that these treatments increase the likelihood that that the patients' cross-gender identification will continue."

Children who suffer from gender dysphoria deserve our prayers and our concerns, as do their parents who often struggle with determining what to do and have only the best of intentions in wanting to help their children. But good intentions are not a substitute for bad medicine. That is why it is so important that medical diagnoses and treatment protocols be based on rigorous scientific examination and evidence, and not politics or ideology.

The study's authors call for significantly more research to be conducted into why gender dysphoria occurs, persists, and desists, and they call on the medical community to be held accountable and to admit that the use of puberty suppression to treat gender dysphoria is experimental.

If parents were informed that most patients with gender dysphoria will eventually resolve their gender confusion, that puberty suppression for the treatment of gender dysphoria is experimental and not an approved use of the medications, and that there may be permanent consequences to their children for following this course of treatment, perhaps parents would feel more empowered to resist the call of Hollywood, the media and gender clinics to embark on this dangerous course.

An article on the report from the Daily Signal is available here.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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Great News – We DID Make the Entire Match!!


Marriage Supporter — Yesterday I wrote that we had raised $96,176 during our Spring Matching Campaign, all of which will be matched dollar for dollar. At the time, we believed we were $3,824 short of the full $100,000 that was available to us, meaning we had lost out on $3,824 in matching funds. However, late in the day we were given a tray of direct mail responses that contain at least $5,000 in checks! This means that we will receive the full $100,000 in matching funds that were available during the Spring Campaign.

Again, I am very grateful to all the supporters who stepped forward to help us achieve this tremendous goal. It is very gratifying to know that you are standing shoulder to shoulder with us in this cause. May God richly bless you and your entire family.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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...we nearly made it


Marriage Supporter — As you may know, the 2017 Spring Matching Campaign ended this past Saturday evening. During the campaign, every dollar that NOM received was matched by a generous donor, dollar for dollar, up to a total of $100,000.

We are very grateful to all those who stepped up to help us during this critical time. All told, we raised $96,176 during the Spring Matching Campaign. While this is a considerable sum, it is $3,824 short of our goal.

While we are disappointed to lose out on critically needed funding, we nearly hit our goal and did raise a significant amount of money.

Last Saturday was also the 2017 March for Marriage. We had a great event, albeit a smaller crowd than in past years due to insufficient time to promote the event caused by delays in the issuance of local permits. Nonetheless, we enjoyed the presence of many great leaders in the marriage and life movements and committed supporters who came from as far away as California. This year's March for Marriage was co-sponsored by Freedom's Journal Institute, and we enjoyed the presence of several of their top officials, all leaders in the African American community. We are grateful for the energy and commitment of those who attended and look forward to an even larger event next year.

Walter & Lori Hoye
Issues4Life Foundation

Again, we are very grateful for all the support that NOM's members have shown us over these past few weeks during the Spring Matching Campaign. While it is disappointing that we came up a little short of our goal, the fact that so many responded shows that the American people are still in the fight for marriage, and are ready to not only support our efforts to restore marriage to our nation's laws, but to help us protect religious liberty and fight for the truth of gender.

God bless you for everything you've done to stand for marriage, and with NOM.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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...36 Hours to Save This


Marriage Supporter —

I hate to tell you this, but we are nearly $12,000 short of our $100,000 goal as we hit the final 36 hours of the Spring Matching Campaign. Once the campaign ends on Saturday night, that's it. Anything that we have failed to raise will be lost forever, and then some. If, for example, we fall $8,000 shy of the goal, that's $16,000 we will miss out on, never to get it back. We not only lose the $8,000 that wasn't contributed, we also lose the match of $8,000. The thought of losing out on that kind of money is heartbreaking, because I know how much good we can do for our cause if only we were fully funded.

That is why it is so important that every NOM supporter who can possibly manage it make a generous contribution in the next 36 hours. Every dollar raised until we hit our goal will be matched dollar for dollar, doubling the impact of your gift.

Will you step forward today with a gift of $25 or more, knowing that your entire donation will be immediately doubled during these final 36 hours of the Spring Matching Campaign? If you can give more than $25 we would be thrilled, but whatever you amount you contribute, please do so today.

I am very excited to be in Washington, DC tomorrow for this year's critically-important March for Marriage. We are expecting an enthusiastic and diverse crowd of marriage supporters who will be there to demonstrate that the American people continue to support marriage as the union of one man and one woman. That's a message the US Supreme Court needs to hear, as does the Trump administration and Congress as they consider religious liberty protections to protect people of faith from discrimination because of their views about marriage, life, gender and similar issues.

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2017 March for Marriage
Washington, DC
Saturday, June 17th
11:00am until 2:00pm

All the details are available at the March for Marriage website.

Join Us at the March for Marriage



If you are able to be with us in Washington tomorrow, please check out the Marriage March website here. You'll find a schedule, map and route information.

But whether you can join us for the March or not, I hope you will take advantage of the remaining 36 hours to make a financial contribution that will literally immediately double in size. Please don't let even a single dollar of the match go unclaimed. We're counting on loyal NOM supporters like you to help us fully capitalize on the tremendous opportunity provided by the Spring Matching Campaign.

Thank you for whatever you can do.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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...it all hinges on the next 72 hours


Marriage Supporter — Most likely, you are familiar with our major national initiatives — the March for Marriage, our successful work to repeal President Obama's illegal transgender bathroom rules, our fight for religious liberty, the #FreeSpeechBusTour in support of gender sanity, our work to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court, etc. But you may not be aware of smaller, more localized battles where we are asked for help in places like Minnesota, Maryland, Georgia, Indiana, Houston and many other locales. Whether national or local, our ability to carry out these battles during the balance of the year all hinges on how successful we are in the next 72 hours when the Spring Matching Campaign comes to an end.

We need to raise more than $18,000 in the next 72 hours to hit our goal. Every donation through Saturday will be matched, dollar for dollar. We need 200 heroes to step forward today with a gift of $25 or more — will you be one of them?

Your entire donation will be immediately doubled during these final 72 hours of the Spring Matching Campaign. If you can give more than $25, that would be awesome, but whatever amount you contribute, please do so today.

As examples of the important regional, localized battles that we regularly undertake, we are currently working in Minnesota and Maryland at the request of local and state allies. In Minnesota, we're supporting the Minnesota Family Council and Hands Across the Aisle Coalition to stop the Minnesota Department of Education from adopting a "Transgender Toolkit" for public schools that will result in boys being able to access intimate areas reserved for girls such as showers, locker rooms, bath rooms and girls' sleeping quarters on overnight trips. In Maryland, we have launched a petition asking citizens to push back against the Frederick County School Board which is attempting to institute a policy that schools must accede to the demands of so-called transgender students "without question." Under this policy, a male who wants to take advantage of young girls by exposing himself in the girls' showers must be allowed to do so without question. What insanity!

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One of the great blessings of being a large national grassroots organization with supporters across the country is that we can influence policy at the national level, and also at the local level. But our ability to be effective is dependent on us having the resources to get engaged. Right now as I look at the balance of the year, we don't have the funds to be able to effectively fight these battles, not to mention our major national initiatives like the upcoming March for Marriage on Saturday.

We need to raise $18,000 in the next 72 hours to stay on track and avoid cutting important elements of our work.

That's why we're counting on marriage heroes — many of whom have already contributed to us in recent weeks — to step forward at this critical time with a contribution of at least $25. It's a lot to ask, I know, but these next 72 hours are critical.

Please be one of the 200 people we need to step up today with a contribution of $25 or more. Thank you for your consideration.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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Minnesota Schools to get "Transgender Toolkit"?

The Minnesota Department of Education's "School Safety Technical Assistance Council" (SSTAC) has produced and is in the process of considering a "transgender toolkit" that would advise Minnesota schools to adopt policies advocated in the Obama administration's now infamous "Dear Colleague" letter from the Department of Education and Department of Justice. That guidance letter, based on junk science and radical ideology, was officially rescinded and withdrawn by President Trump's administration earlier this year, but the Minnesota Dept. of Ed. seems to want Minnesota's school to adopt its dangerous policy suggestions anyway.

You can read more information about the SSTAC's "Toolkit" proposal here. The article notes the objection of our friends at the Minnesota Family Council. Spokeswoman Stephani Liesmaki said the toolkit "threatens student privacy, safety and dignity, attempts to erase differences between the sexes, which has a profoundly negative effect on women and girls and drastically undermines parental authority."

The toolkit - a copy of which is provided here (PDF) - ranges from absurd but relatively benign guidance on things like pronoun usage to much more ominous policy ideas, like the opening of normally sex-segregated spaces to students of the opposite biological sex merely because they 'identify' as belonging to a gender other than the one reflected on their birth certificate and in their anatomy.

Altogether, this policy is dangerous, and the Department of Education and SSTAC need to hear from you today that these kinds of policies are dangerous and that they don't belong in Minnesota's schools!

Our friends at Minnesota Family Council have put together a letter to MDE and SSTAC policy-makers opposing this dangerous "guidance" package, and we encourage you to go sign the letter today.

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maintaining a certain amount of secrecy, and so it may be voted on as early as this month! The MED and SSTAC need to hear from Minnesotans that object to this secrecy and demand a more deliberative and circumspect process.

The letter designed by MFC notes, in part:

While compassionate accommodations can and should be extended to students who struggle with biological realities, such accommodations must be made in a manner that does not compromise the privacy, safety and dignity of all students. This toolkit is not the solution. The toolkit would privilege students who struggle with biological realities above all other students and at the expense of all other students. It is your responsibility to ensure the privacy, safety and dignity of all public school students and I am urging you to embrace this responsibility by preventing final approval and distribution of this toolkit.

The vast majority of parents and students in Minnesota do not want to attend public schools where girls shower alongside boys, where boys can house with girls on overnight school trips, where boys can observe girls inside changing rooms after gym class. Privacy is a basic right and one that parents take very, very seriously when their children are concerned. Please, I am urging you to take it as seriously as parents.

Additionally, taxpayers do not want their dollars spent printing, distributing and implementing recommendations that strip minors of basic provisions every person should be extended - privacy, safety and dignity. Please respect taxpayers in Minnesota by demonstrating that you conduct yourself with integrity - fiscally, procedurally and professionally.

This is a message the MDE and the SSTAC need to hear from you today!


Please take time to visit the MPC's website and sign their letter right away.

Faithfully,Finally, please share this email with your friends and family in Minnesota, and alert as many people as you can to take action in this urgent matter!

Brian S Brown

...100 hours left, need 200 heroes to step up today


Marriage Supporter — There are only about 100 hours left until the 2017 March for Marriage begins and I lead supporters of marriage from the Capitol to the U.S. Supreme Court building to demand that marriage be restored to our laws, that marriage supporters be protected from discrimination and punishment by the government, and that the biological truth of gender be maintained. Later that same day, our Spring Matching Campaign comes to an end. We've got 100 hours left, just four days, and we need to raise over $20,000 to hit our goal. That means we are looking for 200 heroes to respond today and every day this week with a contribution of $25 or more.

Will you be one of the 200 heroes we need today to help? Whatever amount you can contribute will be instantly doubled by a generous supporter during these final days of the Spring Matching Campaign. If you can give more than $25, we will be extremely grateful and will put every penny toward the March for Marriage and pursuing our agenda.

Many people have responded to our call for support over the past few weeks as part of the Spring Matching Campaign. We've raised nearly $80,000 toward our $100,000 goal, a great accomplishment. If you are one of those who have stepped forward with a contribution, we sincerely thank you! But we're still $20,000 short of where we need to be and the fact is that our agenda will be seriously damaged unless we succeed in raising those funds.

That's why we're looking for heroes – many of whom have already contributed to us in recent weeks – people who will step forward at this critical time with a contribution of at least $25. It's a lot to ask, I know. But marriage, religious liberty and the truth of gender are worth our every effort to preserve, protect and defend.

We need 200 heroes today. Please prayerfully consider if you can find a way to be one of them.

God bless you.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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...five days to save this


Marriage Supporter — There are just five days left until the critically-important March for Marriage and the end of our Spring Matching Campaign, and we're behind. We've got five days to raise $25,724 to save the March, and save the momentum we've built in pursuit of our entire agenda.

We have so much riding on these next five days. Will you step up to help? Whatever amount you can contribute will be instantly doubled by a generous supporter during these final days of the Spring Matching Campaign.

It's important that we succeed to send a message to the Trump administration that the American people continue to support marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and strengthen our ongoing efforts to convince the administration to issue strong rules protecting marriage supporters from discrimination. Without these rules, individuals, pastors, churches, religious groups, faith-based schools and small businesses will continue to be at risk of being targeted for punishment by the government for failing to pledge allegiance to the radical agenda of LGBT extremists and the left.

It's imperative that we raise $25,724 in the next five days. The success of the March for Marriage depends on it. The protection of marriage supporters depends on it. Our fight for religious liberty and the truth of gender depend on it. Our work to educate Americans on the issues through videos, pamphlets, electronic communications and other means depends on it. Our ability to spring into immediate action in support of the next pro-marriage Supreme Court nominee depends on it.

We have five days left to save this. Will you stand with us at this critical time? Please prayerfully consider what you can contribute and then act today, realizing that your donation will be immediately matched dollar for dollar.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


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