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Dear Friend—Three years ago, the US Supreme Court issued one of the most illegitimate, anti-constitutional decisions in history, imposing same-sex 'marriage' on the nation by a single vote in a 5-4 ruling. Today we are taking a symbolic action to continue our opposition to this illegitimate decision by launching the & campaign.

Here are the three things I'm asking you to do today as part of this simple campaign:

  1. Post the & logo as your profile picture on Facebook and Twitter. Click here to download the logo.
  2. Follow me on Twitter at @BrianSBrown. And follow the National Organization for Marriage on Twitter (@NOMUpdate) and Facebook (NationForMarriage) as well. We need help spreading our message!
  3. Pray that the truth of marriage will be restored to our laws and our culture.

This campaign is a simple and straight-forward thing we can do to emphasize the core, immutable, universal nature of marriage – marriage is one man and one woman. Man AND woman. Period. Marriage brings the two halves of humanity together for their own benefit, and for the benefit of any children born of their union. Marriage cannot be redefined by any politician, judge, legislature or court.

Please keep the & up on your social media and help spread this message of simple truth about the good of marriage. You will be in good company as we hope for the & to be displayed to millions of people.

This is a small but important step to show that NOM will never give up on our commitment to marriage and to restoring marriage to the law. Please post the & to all your social media platforms, and share it with your friends, family and contacts by email.

Thank you for showing your support for marriage.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown
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Will he do it?

There are just two official "decision days" left on the 2018 Supreme Court calendar. There are some important cases for the Court yet to decide, but there is a decision we are awaiting that is even bigger than any current pending case – the decision by Justice Anthony Kennedy whether to retire from the Supreme Court.

Why is that so important? Because Kennedy has been the swing vote on so many cases, including the illegitimate Obergefell decision that he authored imposing gay 'marriage' on the nation. If Kennedy retires as many people expect, it will set off one of the most consequential battles of our lifetime. NOM will need to devote every waking hour and deploy every available  resource to impacting the nomination and confirmation process.

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We've enjoyed a close relationship with the Trump administration and have had considerable success in pushing our issues with them. But the battle over the next Supreme Court vacancy will be the biggest test yet of whether President Trump will fight for the constitution and nominate someone like Antonin Scalia or Neil Gorsuch to replace Kennedy should he retire.

We think President Trump will nominate someone in the Scalia/Gorsuch tradition, and if he does we need to do everything we can to secure the confirmation of that nominee. But we have to realize that Mr. Trump will be under tremendous pressure from Democrats and the media to nominate someone in the mold of Anthony Kennedy, and we can't stand for that. If he succumbs to that pressure, we have to do everything we can to scuttle the nomination and prevent that nominee's confirmation.

The drama over the potential Kennedy retirement is just one of many reasons why the success of the mid-year membership drive we are completing is so critically important. Thanks to a faithful supporter, every gift we receive until midnight tomorrow night will be matched dollar for dollar.  This is a tremendous blessing, but we are way behind our goal and time is running out. Will you make an immediate membership contribution of $35 or more knowing that whatever you give will be matched dollar for dollar?

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We have just about a day and a half left in this critical matching campaign, and we've got a huge challenge in front of us. We are about $25,000 short of our goal, and we're running out of time. It would be an absolute tragedy to leave even a dollar on the table given the importance of the work we are in the midst of and the historic significance of a possible Anthony Kennedy retirement from the Supreme Court.

I'm asking every NOM supporter to step up with an emergency financial contribution so that we take full advantage of every dollar in matching funds that is available to us.

Please take a moment to put the situation we face into context, considering what LGBT extremists thought would be happening in 2018. These people were sure that Hillary Clinton would be president, that she would advance their extreme agenda by way of aggressive executive action, and that she would remake the Supreme Court in her hard-core leftist image, cementing their victories on marriage, life and gender, and even advancing them.

Instead, primarily because of the support provided to Donald Trump by people of faith, the environment has totally changed. With the election of Donald Trump, we are unraveling the Obama/Clinton agenda, dismantling policies like transgender bathrooms in public schools and transgenders serving in the military, and advancing strong religious liberty protections for people of faith. And if Anthony Kennedy retires as many people expect – we could quite literally get his decision within two weeks – we can remake the Supreme Court in a conservative, constitutionalist mold.

Think about what that could mean – reversing Obergefell and restoring marriage to our nation's laws, reversing Roe v Wade and upholding pro-life policies, enhancing legal rulings to protect religious liberty, etc., etc. These are game-changing issues that could shape the nation for generations to come.

Will you help us at this critical time? Your donation of $25 will mean we receive $50, your gift of $50 will mean we receive $100.

So much is on the line, and time is short. We’ve got to raise $25,000 by midnight tomorrow night, a big undertaking.

Hundreds of people have responded to this critical mid-year pledge drive, and I am very grateful to each and every one of them. If you have already given, thank you! But even if you've contributed once, I'm asking you to consider an additional sacrificial gift today. I pray that you and every NOM member will step up and respond to our needs as the hour approaches that will mark the end of this matching gift opportunity.

Whatever you can afford to contribute, please act today. We have only hours left in this matching gift challenge, and we're short of our goal. Will you help right now?

Your support of NOM at this critical time will make a difference. Thank you for anything you can do!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown
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PS—I also ask you to say a prayer that the US Supreme Court will grant review in the Baronelle Stutzman/Arlene's Flowers case. This is the 70-year old grandmother who politely declined to participate in a same-sex 'wedding' that violates her Christian religious beliefs about the nature of marriage. She has been targeted by the despicable Attorney General of Washington State, Bob Ferguson, who has weaponized same-sex 'marriage' to target Baronelle and every other person of faith. The Court could decide whether to accept her case this Thursday, or the following Thursday. Please pray that they intervene to stop this injustice and stop her outrageous persecution.

The Emperor and the Sprinters

The push by LGBT activists and their allies to redefine gender has accelerated so fast that it now has reached the territory of the absurd. The other day in Connecticut, two high school athletes finished first and second in the girls' 100 meter state track and field championship. Both are boys. The winning boy set a state record – for girls.

Watch this short video of the race and see the dejection on the face of the real girls who were beaten by these biological boys (men, really).

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Everything about the transgender movement is a lie, reminiscent of the tale by Hans Christian Anderson called, "The Emperor's new clothes." In the fable, the Emperor purchases a suit of clothes, but is told by the weavers that only people worthy of their position can see the suit. It will be invisible to those who are unworthy. Of course the reality is that the Emperor is wearing no clothes, but the townspeople are too captured by political correctness to say anything, too afraid of being labeled "unworthy" because the suit is invisible to them. Finally, a young child in the crowd cries out the obvious, "But he isn't wearing anything at all!"

Predictably, the Connecticut sports officials responsible for this travesty tried to avoid answering for their policy to allow boys to compete against girls, hemming and hawing about things like "inclusion." It's too bad that a child wasn't in the crowd to cry out the obvious – "But they are boys and this competition is for girls!"

Young girls who compete in high school athletics devote a great deal of time to perfecting their form, getting into peak physical condition, training and competing. All they ask is a fair chance to compete. But high school sports officials have succumbed to political pressure from LGBT activists and ruled that biological boys can declare themselves to identify as female, and thus compete against the girls. As we saw in Connecticut, the girls stand little chance of winning against the young men claiming to be girls.

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NOM is the proverbial child in the crowd crying out that the Emperor is wearing no clothes, holding the transgender movement accountable, pushing back against their deception and lies. At times it has been a lonely and difficult battle, as other conservative voices have remained silent, wary of angering the Emperor, or offending the crowd.

We need your help to continue the fight. NOM is approaching the end of a critical mid-year membership drive and we ask for your help now more than ever. Thanks to a faithful supporter, every gift we receive until midnight on Thursday will be matched dollar for dollar – a tremendous blessing. Will you make an immediate membership contribution of $35 or more knowing that whatever you give will be matched dollar for dollar?

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We have just two and a half days left in this critical matching campaign, and we are only about half way to our goal. We've got a huge battle in front of us to raise the remaining $27,000 that is available to be matched thanks to a generous donor.

I'm asking every NOM supporter to step up with an emergency financial contribution so that we don't leave a single dollar in matching funds on the table.

Will you help us at this critical time? Your donation of $25 will mean we receive $50, your gift of $50 will mean we receive $100.

Time is short. If you are concerned, as we are concerned, about the impact the push to normalize transgenderism is going to have on your children or grandchildren, and on future generations, please help us before it is too late. Your support of NOM at this critical time will make a difference. Please act today.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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The sad case of Jazz Jennings...

You may have heard of Jazz Jennings, a gender-confused boy who has chosen to live as a girl. Born to Jewish parents and apparently named Jared, the boy exhibited signs of gender dysphoria at a young age, telling his parents that he felt like he was a girl. At the extraordinarily young age of five, he was diagnosed as gender dysphoric. His parents encouraged him to pursue his feelings and facilitated him living the outward appearance of a girl.

But Jazz and his parents took things further, actively seeking publicity about his situation. An interview with Barbara Walters aired. He became a YouTube star. More media exposure followed. Soon the young boy with the appearance of a girl was a celebrity. Eager to use him as an icon of the LGBT movement, the boy was fêted as a champion by gay activist groups. The TLC cable channel produced a "reality" television series starring the young celebrity called, "I am Jazz." A book of the same name was published and pushed by LGBT activists into the schools. Both the show and the book are intended to normalize transgenderism and develop public support and sympathy for those who claim transgender status, and the broader LGBT movement.

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To help prevent developing a masculine appearance, the boy was put on powerful hormones called puberty blockers. Later as he entered his teens and desired to obtain a more feminine look, his body was subjected to cross-sex hormones, tricking it into developing as if it were female. Because of the hormones, the boy grew breasts and took on other feminine physical characteristics.

Over time public interest in Jennings began to wane. Though he had secured lucrative commercial endorsement deals, viewership of the television show was small and declining.  But last week Jennings was back in the news with a sad and ironic announcement. He has decided to complete his "transition" and will undergo surgery to remove his male genitalia and have surgeons attempt to create a false vagina in its place. Always the LGBT symbol, the teen has announced that his surgery will take place on June 26th to mark the third anniversary of the US Supreme Court's imposition of same-sex 'marriage' on the nation in their illegitimate Obergefell ruling.

Cue the music and applause from Hollywood and the left.

In announcing his plans, Jennings also revealed the tragic news that the hormones he's been taking have apparently destroyed his sexual libido. “I haven’t experienced any sexual sensation,” Jennings said after the surgeon talked to him and his parents about that topic. “It is possible that hormone suppression has affected my libido. I don’t have the same signals coming from my genitalia to my brain and I don’t have those hormones driving me on.”

How very sad. We’ve known for years that anyone who subjects himself to cross-sex hormones for any period of time will be forever sterile, but Jennings apparently may pay an even higher price for pursuing his desire to live as the opposite sex - denying himself one of the primal urges of the human condition.

NOM has been at the forefront of helping lead the fight to oppose attempts to normalize the transgender movement for several years. We've publicized critical ground-breaking research on gender dysphoria, conducted a highly-contentious bus tour promoting the truth of gender (where our bus was attacked and our staff assaulted), supported ballot measures to stop the spread of the transgender/gender-identity movement in the schools (thus protecting the privacy and security of all students), and worked in the courts and with the Trump administration to undo Obama-era regulations forcing this agenda in public schools and the military.

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At times it has been a lonely and difficult battle, as countless organizations and conservative voices have remained silent, wary of putting themselves in the way of a barreling cultural freight train that threatens to run them over, branding them as bigots, haters and reprobates.

We need your help to continue the fight. NOM is in the midst of a critical mid-year membership drive and we ask for your help now more than ever. Thanks to a faithful supporter, every gift we receive until midnight this coming Thursday will be matched dollar for dollar – a tremendous blessing. Will you make an immediate membership contribution of $35 or more knowing that whatever you give will be matched dollar for dollar?

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We fight this attempt to redefine gender for many reasons, not the least of which is the impact this movement has on children. We fight for those children who have to conform their thinking and conduct about gender (giving up their privacy in intimate areas like bathrooms; forced to use inaccurate and nonsensical pronouns; risking discipline including possible expulsion; forced to undergo instruction about the lie of transgenderism; forced to deny or ignore the truth of gender taught to them by their religion and family; etc.). But we also fight to help those who are victimized by the incessant transgender push, gender-confused kids who suddenly find themselves pushed onto a dangerous treadmill of gender counselors and clinics that lead them down a tragic path.

How much impact is the push to redefine gender having? Consider this:

The reality is that, at most, the transgender community makes up about one half of one percent of the population. They are an infinitesimally small segment of society. Yet according to a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics, fully 3% of teens now say they are transgender of do not identify with their gender at birth. That is a 600% increase in the portion of teens who now say they are transgender or do not identify with their gender at birth.

There are an estimated 56 million school-age children in the United States. If the Pediatrics study cited above is accurate, nearly 1.7 million kids today could have confusion about their sexual identity and be at risk of being encouraged to consider themselves to be transgender and to pursue a path that promises them happiness and fulfillment, but will deliver nothing but tragedy and sadness.

Fighting for the truth of gender is an important part of our work, but we need your financial help to be effective. Until this coming Thursday at midnight, your contribution to NOM will double in size and effectiveness. There's never been a better time to support our work. Will you help?

Time is short. If you are concerned, as we are concerned, about the impact the push to normalize transgenderism might have on your children or grandchildren, and on future generations, please help us before it is too late. Your support of NOM at this critical time will make a difference. Please act today.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown
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A big win... but much more must be done!

As you know, we won a major victory this week when the US Supreme Court issued their ruling in the critically important Masterpiece Cakeshop case. The Court ruled in favor of Christian baker Jack Phillips, holding that the state of Colorado inappropriately gave short shrift to his religious liberty rights not to be compelled to participate in a same-sex 'wedding' that violated his deeply help religious beliefs. This is a big win for marriage supporters, but much more needs to be done to build on this decision.

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The best part of the Supreme Court's 7-2 ruling was that the justices found that people of faith are entitled to have their religious beliefs considered respectfully and fully, and fairly weighed against state laws that purport to require them to violate their beliefs in order to comply with state non-discrimination laws. To do otherwise, as the state of Colorado did in Jack Phillips' case, violates the constitution's free exercise of religion guarantee.

It is hugely significant that a strong majority of the US Supreme Court has acknowledged that acting on one's religious beliefs in opposition to gay 'marriage,' is a protected view and in some cases a "protected form of expression." Ever since the Supreme Court illegitimately imposed gay 'marriage' on the nation, LGBT activists and their allies have taken the position that it was illegal for a business or individual to distinguish between gay 'marriage' and traditional marriage for any reason, religious or otherwise. The Supreme Court has now clearly said such a perspective is wrong. Opposing gay 'marriage' can be a "protected form of expression."

Unfortunately, the Supreme Court wrote their decision in such a way that it primarily applies to Jack Phillips' case. So while we are thrilled for Jack – NOM worked overtime to help him, including rallying public attention to his cause and filing a critical legal brief with the Court – many of the issues at play were left for another case to be decided at some point in the future.

What this means is that we should savor our victory, but we must get immediately back to work to fight for the broad principle that the US constitution prohibits government from punishing anyone who sincerely opposes gay 'marriage' because it violates his or her religious beliefs.

NOM is in the midst of a critical mid-year membership drive, and we need your help now more than ever. Thanks to a faithful supporter, every membership gift we receive until the middle of the month will be matched dollar for dollar – a tremendous blessing. Will you make an immediate membership contribution of $35 or more knowing that whatever you give will be matched dollar for dollar?

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I want to share something that many may find to be impolitic and indiscrete, but it's the truth:

Unless and until we win a decisive victory in the courts or in Congress and state legislatures, we will be at risk of financial and reputational ruin at the hands of gay and lesbian activists. That's because it's obvious that nothing short of our total destruction will satisfy the LGBT advocacy crowd.

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I've written to you on multiple occasions about countless examples of people of faith being targeted by LGBT activists for punishment and persecution. Jack Phillips is just one of many. There are so many others similarly situated – florists, photographers, innkeepers, restaurant owners, manufacturers, small businesses, bed and breakfast operators, pastors, wedding venues, art gallery owners, etc., ad infinitum.

The string of examples of LGBT targeting can be numbing, and the personal devastation that often ensues lost in the process.  But make no mistake about it – those impacted are often ruined. Their reputations are destroyed. They are made to feel as if they are criminals. Their finances, and futures, are bankrupted.

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Helping Us Fight LGBT Attacks Against Marriage Supporters

But even that understates the true impact of the LGBT jihad against people of faith who support traditional marriage.

NOM is the only organization in the country that is 100% dedicated to fighting for the truth of marriage and the protection of the rights of marriage supporters. We are counter-cultural, operating against powerful interest groups like the grossly-misnamed Human Rights Campaign and mega-wealthy corporations who have joined the opposition in order to curry favor with LGBT activists.

I'll be honest – we need your help. Will you give today, knowing that your donation will be doubled?

Let me share with you an example of how personal, and how nasty, the fight for marriage and the rights of marriage supporters has become.

A few years ago, NOM held a rally for marriage in Providence, Rhode Island. It was one of several pro-marriage rallies we held that summer. I was speaking to several hundred supporters about the beauty of marriage, the ideal institution God created to bring the two halves of humanity together to raise children, when an angry gay activist stormed the stage and confronted me, trying to commandeer the microphone, screaming angry, violent threats.

The Providence police did nothing.

A few minutes later, my beautiful wife Sue was approached by some gay activists as she was caring for our young children. One of them menacingly looked at my young daughter and spoke to her, "Is mommy raising a good little bigot?"

I know that many in the conservative movement are of the view that we need to find a "compromise" with LGBT activists. They speak of seeking "balance" in legislative proposals, and public policy debates.

But let me tell you something, when your political opponents seek nothing short of your total destruction, there is no compromise possible, there is no balance to be achieved. I wish this weren't the situation we faced, but it is.

I'm asking you to stand with NOM at this critical moment so we can build on our victory in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case. Your generous donation to NOM will be matched dollar for dollar.

We will never shy away from this fight. We will never shirk our responsibility to fight for the restoration of marriage to our national laws, or stop our urgent pursuit of protections for marriage supporters so they are not punished or persecuted by LGBT sympathizers in government, academia, or the corporate world.

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Faithfully,

Brian S Brown
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BREAKING NEWS: BIG VICTORY AT THE SUPREME COURT!

The US Supreme Court just issued its ruling in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, and they sided with Jack Phillips! The Court ruled that Jack's deeply held religious beliefs about marriage were entitled to neutral consideration by the state of Colorado, but instead the commission that ruled against him showed signs of deep bias against religion. This is a great victory for Jack Phillips and for religious liberty.

NOM played a significant role in this case, bringing critical public attention to Jack's plight by producing informative videos, sponsoring rallies in front of the Supreme Court, working with the media, and filing a critical legal brief in support of religious liberty and the right of marriage supporters like Jack to be able to live out their religious beliefs about marriage at work and in their daily lives. We even launched an entire communications offensive, called the First Freedom Initiative, to bring attention to this case and others similar to it.

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Unfortunately, the decision in this case has unmasked anti-religious bigotry by some justices of the Supreme Court. Notably, Justice Elena Kagan wrote that it was perfectly fine for the Colorado Civil Rights Commission to have ruled that other bakers could refuse to create a cake that opposed gay marriage, but that Christian bakers like Jack Phillips could not refuse on religious grounds to bake a cake that celebrated gay marriage.  This is the kind of insane thinking you get from an uber-liberal Obama appointed ally.

We will have more to say about this case and its implication for the cause of religious liberty. For now, enjoy this great victory for Jack and religious liberty. Your support of NOM made a difference in this critical legal battle.

Faithfully,

Brian

any day now...

Media reports over the weekend point to the critical month ahead in the U.S. Supreme Court where several potentially transformative cases impacting religious liberty are pending a decision. One of those critical cases, Masterpiece Cakeshop v Colorado Civil Rights Commission, deals directly with marriage and could provide the protection from persecution we've been fighting to achieve for many years.

NOM has been an active defender of Jack Phillips, a Christian baker who respectfully declined to devote his artistic talents to designing and producing a custom cake for a same-sex 'wedding.' His objection to this was rooted in his Christian faith. The bible teaches us that marriage, created at the beginning of time by God, is the union of one man and one woman. Jack Phillips has devoted his business to honoring God, and he could not be involved in something like a gay 'wedding' that dishonors biblical teaching.

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Simply for standing true to his Christian beliefs, Jack was targeted and punished, ordered by the state of Colorado to participate in gay 'weddings' despite what the bible teaches about marriage. He and his staff were ordered to undergo "sensitivity training" and file compliance reports with the state of Colorado. Failure to comply risked fines and other punishments.

Let's be clear: the LGBT extremists who target people like Jack are not out to get someone to bake a gay 'wedding cake.' After all, there are countless bakers who would have been perfectly fine baking a cake for the homosexual couple. Instead, they target people of faith to send a message that acceptance of same-sex 'marriage' is mandatory and resistance, even when based on the bible, is futile.

NOM has been supporting Jack since the beginning, helping to bring public attention to his case, and filing an import legal brief with the US Supreme Court on his behalf. We've done so because it's the right thing to do, but also because there is so much more at stake than whether a Christian baker must bake a gay 'wedding' cake. This case impacts the fundamental religious liberty rights of every American to be free to live out their religious beliefs at work and in their daily lives.

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The LGBT community enjoys a big financial advantage in this titanic struggle over the rights of Christians and other people of faith. Backed by billionaires and wealthy corporations eager to curry favor with gay activists, they amass resources in an unprecedented scale. Yet despite being massively outspent, NOM is able to rack up critical victories because we have truth on our side and a strong grassroots army of supporters standing alongside us.

We are in the midst of a critical mid-year membership drive that will set the stage for what we can accomplish during the balance of this year. Thanks to a faithful supporter, every membership gift we receive will be matched dollar for dollar. This is a great blessing, which is why I am asking you to make a sacrifice by making an immediate membership contribution of $35 or more knowing that whatever you give will be matched dollar for dollar. Will you help?

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We're got a lot on our plate no matter what the Supreme Court decides in Jack Phillips' case. If we win, which we are hopeful will be the case, there will be a strong pushback from gay activists and their allies in the media, entertainment and corporate boardrooms that the decision "licenses discrimination." We'll have a fierce fight to defend the decision. And if the Court goes the wrong way, we will have to immediately spring into action in Congress and the states to seek legislative relief, including enactment of the First Amendment Defense Act. We'll also be pressuring the Trump administration to issue additional executive orders to protect people of faith.

There's so much at stake. We’re fighting with everything we have, but our resources are modest, especially in comparison to our opponents. That is why this mid-year membership matching gift opportunity is so critical.

Please help us today by making a membership contribution of $35 or more, knowing that your gift will instantly double in size. If you donate $35, we will receive $70 thanks to this generous matching gift offer.

We are nearly at the half way point of this critical mid-year membership drive, but we're behind the pace we need to set. Please act today with your most generous membership gift so that we get the full benefit of the matching grant that has been made available to us.

Some NOM members are on a fixed income or live with a tight budget and can only give $10 or $15. Others are blessed with financial resources and can contribute at a higher level -- $100, $500 or even $1,500 or more. Whatever your circumstances are, whether you can give $15 or $1,500, we welcome your support because it will instantly double and give us a much needed boost.

Thank you for your help at this important time. Please know that any gift you can make today will make a huge difference.

Brian S Brown

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it's personal

Back in the day, LGBT activists promised that the imposition of same-sex 'marriage' would affect nobody but loving gay couples. When NOM warned that this was not true, that once gay 'marriage' was imposed, opponents would be treated like racists under the law, we were accused of hate mongering, scare tactics, homophobia, and worse.

As you know, we were right. Now gay activists conveniently ignore their promises and pursue people of faith who believe in the truth of marriage as the union of a man and a woman as if they are targets in a whack-a-mole game.

Wedding photographers. Inn keepers. T-shirt makers. Florists. Bakers. Churches. Meat packing companies. Galleries. Farmers. Technology pioneers. Music directors. Teachers. School counselors. Bed and breakfast owners. And on, and on, and on…the hits keep coming.

There are some excellent ministries that provide legal defense for those who have been targeted, and that is wonderful. But until we achieve a change in the law, the attacks will keep coming. And that is what NOM is focused on achieving.

Help us protect the rights of marriage supporters!

There are four avenues available to put an end to the targeting of people who stand up for marriage, and we are pursuing all four:

  • First off, the illegitimate Obergefell ruling of the US Supreme Court imposing gay 'marriage' on the nation must be reversed. That is our most important long-term objective. We will not rest until this is accomplished.
  • Until then, a ruling by the US Supreme Court that it is NOT discrimination for someone to decline to participate in a same-sex 'wedding' that violates their religious beliefs is essential. We could get such a ruling within weeks in a case that NOM is playing a crucial role in supporting (the Masterpiece Cakeshop case);
  • State and federal legislation protecting the rights of people to live out their beliefs about marriage in their daily lives and at work must be enacted. We are working in Congress and in the states to pass such legislation; and
  • Executive orders by President Trump and key federal and state officials can and must be issued that would provide a measure of protection for marriage supporters. We are actively pursuing these orders.

This is an ambitious agenda. We are up against enormously well-funded opponents from the LGBT community, while we are dependent upon grassroots marriage supporters for help and support. We are being massively outspent, but we're able to prevail in many battles because we have truth on our side, and because we have passionate supporters like you.

We are in the midst of a critical mid-year membership drive that will set the stage for what we can accomplish during the balance of this year. Thanks to a faithful supporter, every membership gift we receive will be matched dollar for dollar. This is a great blessing, which is why I am personally asking you to make a sacrifice by making an immediate membership contribution of $35 or more knowing that whatever you give will be matched dollar for dollar. Will you help?

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There's so much at stake. This isn't some obscure policy debate where people have the luxury of discussing the nuances and fine points of an issue in a dispassionate and academic way. This is personal for so many people. When the Attorney General of your state tells you that he is determined to use all his power to ruin you financially, it's personal. When federal regulators tell you they won't inspect your plant until you remove pro-marriage material from a work room, it's personal. When you are hit with a fine of over $100,000 because you declined to bake a gay 'wedding' cake, it’s personal. When you are ordered to let a gay couple sleep together in a bedroom in your own home even though you wouldn’t let you unmarried children do that, it's personal.

I have talked personally with many victims of the LGBT jihad against marriage supporters, and I feel for them. I feel the pain and anguish that they experience. And that is why I am so committed to fighting through every difficulty to stop these attacks from occurring.

We’re fighting with everything we have, but our resources are modest, especially in comparison to our opponents. That is why this mid-year membership matching gift opportunity is so critical.

Please help us today by making a mid-year membership contribution of $35 or more so that we get the full benefit of the generous matching grant that has been made available to us.

Thank you for your support – we truly appreciate it. Please know that any gift you can make today will make a huge difference.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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we're behind

Dear Friend—We're a week into our critical mid-year membership drive, and we've fallen behind of where we need to be. Our goal was to have raised $11,667 by now, but we've only raised about half of that amount. Please help us get back on track with an immediate gift, which will be matched dollar for dollar by a generous donor.

Our team at NOM is hard at work fighting for marriage, religious liberty and the truth of gender. We're actively engaged in working with Congress, state legislatures, the courts and in the court of public opinion. We’re fighting for legislation, pro-marriage judicial nominees and presidential actions to protect marriage and the right of people to live out the truth of marriage at work and in their daily lives. But our success is dependent on the support of our members, and that is why this 30 day mid-year membership campaign is so important. A NOM supporter has stepped forward with an offer to match every membership contribution we receive up to a total gift of $50,000!

Please help us get back on track with an immediate membership contribution of $35 or more, knowing that whatever you give will be matched dollar for dollar.

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Working together, we've won some remarkable victories, and we've got some big opportunities in front of us. If Justice Anthony Kennedy retires from the US Supreme Court, as many people expect, we will have one of the most important battles in our history – the fight to convince President Trump to nominate a pro-marriage conservative like Neil Gorsuch, and then the fight to get that justice confirmed.

With so much at stake, we can't afford to fall behind in our critical mid-year membership drive. Every membership contribution is important, especially so because it will be matched, doubling in effectiveness.

Please help us today by making a mid-year membership contribution of $35 or more so that we get the full benefit of the generous matching grant that has been made available to us.

Thank you for your support!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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Fighting in the Courts and the Court of Public Opinion

Dear Friend—There are just a few weeks left in the current US Supreme Court's term and we have a major case pending before the justices, one that holds the potential of tremendously benefiting all Americans who believe in marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

The case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v Colorado Civil Rights Commission is a huge case, and NOM has played a key role in it. As you know, the case involves Christian baker Jack Philipps who has been targeted by gay activists because he refused to be an active participant in a same-sex 'marriage' which violate his Christian beliefs about the true nature of marriage.

Help us to continue fighting in the courts for marriage!

What is at stake in this case goes far beyond the mere baking of a wedding cake, it impacts all people of faith who wish to live out their beliefs in their daily lives. It's about religious liberty broadly, one of the fundamental rights we possess as Americans. Religious liberty is our first freedom, and NOM is determined to fight for it.

Our ability to fight in the courts depends on the support we receive from our members. Will you step up today with a $35 or more membership contribution? Thanks to a generous supporter, every membership contribution we receive will be matched dollar for dollar, up to a total of $50,000! Membership in NOM is a minimum of $35, and there is no limit on the amount someone may give. Will you help?

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The Masterpiece Cakeshop case is just one example of many where NOM has been active in the Courts. For example, we were a leading defender of a local school district that decided to maintain the security and privacy of its school restrooms, locker rooms and showers despite demands by a transgender student and liberal legal groups. That case made its way to the Supreme Court as well, and NOM was fighting every step of the way.

Along with our work in the courts, we also play a vital role in the court of public opinion, bringing much-needed attention to issues affecting people of faith and marriage supporters. Our brief in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, for example, received nationwide media attention.

Generating news coverage of our issues is an essential component in shaping public opinion. The mainstream media fawns over the LGBT community, giving them extensive promotion. We have to fight hard to keep our perspective in the news and stand up for the strong majority of Americans who continue to believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.

This mid-year membership drive is critical for our finances and programs.

Every dollar we receive will instantly double as a result of this match. Your $35 membership gift will result in NOM receiving $70.

Thank you for your support!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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Critical Mid-Year Matching Membership Drive Is Underway

As you know from our various communications, NOM is hard at work fighting for marriage, religious liberty and the truth of gender in Congress, state legislatures, the courts and the court of public opinion. We’re fighting for legislation, pro-marriage judicial nominees and presidential actions to protect marriage and the right of people to live out the truth of marriage at work and in their daily lives. But our success is dependent on the enthusiasm and support of our members, and that is why it's essential that we grow our membership base.

I am pleased to announce that we are beginning a 30 day mid-year membership campaign with the support of a donor who will match every membership contribution we receive up to a total gift of $50,000! Membership in NOM is a minimum of $35, and there is no limit on the amount someone may giveCan you take the step of making a membership contribution todayknowing that whatever you give will be matched dollar for dollar?

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Together this year, we've won some remarkable victories. Earlier this month, we were able to rally thousands of NOM members to contact Senator Rand Paul to urge him to vote to confirm pro-marriage Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo. Pompeo had been viciously attacked by liberal Senator Cory Bookerbecause of his support for traditional marriage, and Sen. Paul had voiced his opposition to Pompeo on other grounds. But after NOM swung into action, Sen. Paul announced a change of heart and Pompeo was confirmed. This shows what we can do when we work together!

Because of the support of our members, NOM has played a key role in the pending Supreme Court case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, where we are fighting for Jack Phillips and all Christians to be free of persecution by government for standing up for their beliefs about marriage at work and in business. Nobody should be forced to abandon their religious views in order to maintain their livelihood.

Right now we are fighting in Congress for legislation (the First Amendment Defense Act) to protect people of faith from governmental retribution for standing for the truth of marriage. We've already helped secure a government-wide directive from the Trump administration to protect the religious liberty rights of marriage supporters in every department and agency of the federal government.

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We're advocating for the confirmation of pro-marriage judges like Gordon Giampietro, a distinguished former federal prosecutor and devout Catholic who has been nominated by President Trump to the federal bench in the eastern district of Wisconsin. Unfortunately, he's being blacklisted by a liberal Senator because he opposed the illegitimate ruling of the US Supreme Court in the Obergefell case imposing gay 'marriage' on the nation.

While much of what President Trump has done in office has been excellent, sometimes he makes mistakes, such as his nomination of a radical lesbian activist to a key civil rights post who thinks that LGBT rights are superior to the rights of other Americans. We are actively opposing her confirmation.

Our ability to be successful is entirely dependent on the support we receive from our members. That's why this $50,000 matching gift opportunity is such a blessing. Every dollar we receive will instantly double as a result of this match. Your $35 membership gift will result in NOM receiving $70.

Please help us today by making a mid-year membership contribution of $35 or more so that we get the full benefit of the generous matching grant that has been made available to us.

Thank you for your support!

Brian S Brown

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Marriage has NOT been repealed

The other day, a member of our team was approached by an American university student studying abroad. For a paper assigned by her university, she wanted to talk about the passage of Proposition 8 in California, and "the repeal of Prop. 8."

Of course, we immediately wrote back to inform her that Proposition 8 has NOT been repealed! Prop 8 remains part of the California constitution, as do the laws in dozens of other states that define marriage as only the union of one man and one woman.

Please help us in our fight to restore marriage to our country's laws.

The only thing that has happened to Prop 8 and all the other pro-marriage laws in states around the country is that they are not being enforced because of the illegitimate, anti-constitutional ruling by the US Supreme Court in the Obergefellcase imposing gay 'marriage' on the nation.

I suppose that it's not surprising that leftist universities, egged on by LGBT activists, are indoctrinating students to a false narrative, that traditional marriage has been repealed. The left never bothers itself with facts when they get in the way of their agenda.

While it may be inconvenient for the left, the fact is that Proposition 8 in California and the laws in dozens of other states remain on the books and will come back to life when the Obergefell case is eventually overturned, which it clearly should be and we believe will be, perhaps sooner than people imagine.

We are just one vote shy of having a pro-marriage majority on the US Supreme Court. If Anthony Kennedy decides to retire this year as many expect, we will have a realistic chance to promote a pro-marriage nominee from President Trump in the mold of Antonin Scalia and Neil Gorsuch.

Please help us continue to fight for the truth of marriage and the rights of the more than 50 million American voters who enacted state constitutional provisions and laws upholding the truth that marriage is only the union of one man and one woman.

It's hard to believe that the Proposition 8 campaign unfolded ten years ago. NOM played a pivotal role in the success of Prop. 8, helping to organize the signature gathering drive that put it on the ballot. I moved my family to California so I could work fulltime on the campaign. And our national Political Director, Frank Schubert, was the campaign manager for the successful effort. It was a great victory, which makes it all the more important that we reverse the injustice done to the people of California, and all the other states that voted for marriage, to have had that victory illegitimately stolen by the US
Supreme Court.

I'm asking you to continue to stand with us in support of marriage and work with us to continue to demand that marriage be restored to our laws. Will you help?

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As you know, we have a full plate with our work in Congress, state legislatures, the courts and the court of public opinion. We're fighting for the rights of people to live out their beliefs about marriage in their daily lives and at work. We're also fighting for the truth of gender. But sometimes people forget that while these battles are extremely important, our purpose is to preserve marriage and we are determined to do that whether it takes two years of twenty years.

Thank you for your support. We would be grateful for any contribution you can make at this time.

Faithfully,

Brian

Help Stop Another Attack on Believers in the Senate!

It's happened again. A pro-marriage conservative has been blackballed by a liberal Democrat, told he can't serve in government because he believes that marriage is the union of one man and one woman!

Remember when the LGBT crowd promised…swore!...that there would never, ever be any consequences if people just allowed loving gay couples to marry? Well, we've long known that was a lie. The idea of 'gay marriage' was quickly weaponized and is today being used against people of faith on an unprecedented scale.

Will you help us put an end to this?

The latest case involves Gordon Giampietro, a distinguished former federal prosecutor and devout Catholic who has been nominated by President Trump to the federal bench in the eastern district of Wisconsin. He's pro-marriage and pro-life, and has been highly critical (as have dozens of prominent legal scholars) of the US Supreme Court's Obergefell decision imposing same-sex 'marriage' on the nation.

But in the view of uber-leftist Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, being pro marriage disqualifies Giampietro for service on the bench. She's decided to blackball Giampietro, denying him the Senatorial courtesy of a "blue slip" (a formal approval required by Senate custom by the nominee's state's Senators) and by this means Baldwin hopes to derail Giampietro's nomination.

We only just recently dealt with a similar attack on President Trump's nominee for Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, by liberal Senator Cory Booker. But we responded quickly and effectively to that attack, and that's part of the reason Pompeo is now Secretary of State! Well, we made a difference before - we can do it again!

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Let me make two critical points:

  • First, Tammy Baldwin is engaging is rank religious discrimination, drawing a line in the sand that no faithful, orthodox Catholic could ever cross. The teaching of the Catholic Church is crystal clear – marriage is only the union of one man and one woman. Under Baldwin's doctrine, being a faithful Catholic thus disqualifies anyone from service in the federal judiciary!
  • The second point is this – why in the world do we allow Senators like Tammy Baldwin the ability to control the federal judiciary by invoking some arcane privilege of "withholding a blue slip"? This is insane!If Baldwin wants to vote against a judicial nominee because of his views about marriage, that's her prerogative (as wrong as she may be). But she has no right to single-handedly derail the nomination and prevent it from advancing to a confirmation vote simply by withholding a mere customary courtesy nod that was never intended to be such a tool of discrimination!

If you agree with me that it's wrong to let liberal Senators like Tammy Baldwin hold the judiciary hostage and then deny the American people the opportunity to be served by strong, conservative judges who believe in the Constitution, it's time to take action. Please sign our petition to Senate Leader Mitch McConnell to stop Baldwin's bigoted attack on believers!

Senate Leader Mitch McConnell has done some good things when it comes to judicial confirmations. For instance, he was instrumental in putting an end to the ability of a minority of Senators to block a vote on a Supreme Court nomination through filibuster. By using the so-called "nuclear option," the Senate confirmed Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court.

Now it's time for Sen. McConnell to take the necessary steps to move forward with President Trump's nominations of conservative, constitutional originalists like Gordon Giampietro. Sen. McConnell must put a stop to Baldwin's unconstitutional religious test and confirm these judicial nominations immediately! Please sign our petition today.

Our work to support President Trump's nomination of Gordon Giampietro as a federal judge is an example of the critical projects that we take on day in and day out. You've made this work possible by your support of our recent emergency fundraising appeal to erase a $25,000 budget shortfall. And I've got some great news – thanks to the generosity of hundreds of supporters, our $25,000 emergency appeal was successful and we have raised the funds needed to avoid major cuts in our program! Thank you for your support!

With the financial emergency behind us, we have the opportunity to focus now on major projects that will support the cause of marriage and defend the rights of people of faith to continue to live out their beliefs about marriage at work and in their daily lives.

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There is absolutely no reason why believing in the truth of marriage as the union of one man and one woman should disqualify someone from being a federal judge – but that's exactly the position that Senator Tammy Baldwin has taken.

Please help us fight this rank bigotry and discrimination against Catholics and all people of faith by making a generous donation to NOM today.

And after you've signed our petition today, please share this important message with your family and friends on social media or by email so that more people can sign it and stand up to this latest shameful attack against believers and the value of marriage!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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Time is short

Dear Friends—I'm writing to ask that if you have not made an emergency financial contribution to NOM to help us close our critical budget shortfall to please act today. In less than 48 hours I am going to have to make some critical decisions about whether NOM can continue to take on new projects to advance our mission, such as the work we did to help get marriage champion Mike Pompeo confirmed as Secretary of State, or if we will have to step back due to lack of funding.

Whether you are able to give $25, $50, $75, $100, $200 or even $500 or more, I ask you to let me hear from you. Time is short, and our needs are real. Can you help?

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I realize that what I am asking is for you to make a sacrifice, but it's important. Thank you for anything you can do at this critical time.

Faithfully,

Our hope is Jack's hope

Dear friends:

I hope that everyone saw Brian's email from yesterday and that any of our supporters who are reading this, if they haven't donated already, will make a gift today and help us to keep fighting on for marriage and religious liberty. We still need desperately to make up for our urgent fundraising shortfall.

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The importance of the work that we do here at the National Organization for Marriage was brought home to me recently when I read an opinion editorial piece in the Washington Post last week. The piece makes the stakes of our fight very clear, and the urgency with which we need your help to continue doing that work.

It was written by Jack Phillips, the plaintiff in the Masterpiece Cakeshop Supreme Court case Brian mentions below. The piece was entitled, "I’m the Masterpiece Cakeshop baker. Will the Supreme Court uphold my freedom?"

In it, Jack wonders about the outcome of his critical case, which is expected to be delivered soon. Musing on what should happen if the Supreme Court rules against him, Jack reflects grimly on the future:

I shudder to think what I’d say if my granddaughter one day tells me that she wants to design wedding cakes like I did. I guess I’ll tell her that she must choose between the faith we taught her and the wedding-cake artistry I showed her.

But Jack then turns to the hope that the Supreme Court will rule in his favor, as we urged the Court to do in our amicus brief supporting Jack:

But if the court upholds my freedom to serve all people while declining to design cakes that celebrate certain events, that would welcome me back into the community from which I’ve been estranged. Those who are opposing me in court have compared me to racists and argued that I’m deserving of their fate — social marginalization. But a ruling for me would reject all that and declare to the world that my faith is not a scarlet letter. [...] We all want to belong. I’m no different. The Supreme Court’s decision in my case will say a lot about the First Amendment. But I sure hope the court makes it clear that I belong, too.

Friends, our hope is the same as Jack's. But even if the Court does rule in his favor, the fight to ensure that our faith and belief in marriage belongs in the public square will continue. As Brian's said in yesterday's email, there will be more legal battles, elections, and possible confirmation hearings for a new Supreme Court Justice, and in every one of these contests, marriage and religious liberty will need a strong and clear voice of defense. We hope to be that voice, for you and countless Americans like you. But we can't do it without your support.

Please make a contribution to the cause today so that, whatever the future holds for Jack and the rest of us, at least the defense of marriage and of the values we hold dear will be sure.

Kindly,

Joseph L. Grabowski
Director of Communications, National Organization for Marriage

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