Shining the Light of Truth - NOM National News 3/24/11


Defend DOMA now!

This week, NOM launched a powerful new campaign to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)–the one federal law that protects marriage as the union of husband and wife.

Thanks to Rep. Vicky Hartzler, who introduced the resolution condemning Pres. Obama for failing in his Constitutional duty to defend and uphold the laws of this land.

But we need your help getting your Congressional representative to sign on board.

Can you stop right now and sign the petition that asks your representative and the House leadership to support Rep. Hartzler's resolution and to defend marriage at the Federal level?

And pass this on to a friend—ask him or her to do the same!

Shining the Light of Truth

The mainstream media headlines say the Americans people don't care about marriage–that the majority of Americans now support gay marriage.

Even as other polls indicate the exact opposite, the media is saturated with this new talking point–followed quickly by expansive news coverage from a "research institute" established by Tim Gill and his buddies, suggesting falsely that practicing Catholics support gay marriage.

The big guns are pounding at us: lose, lose, lose. And yet this week, like last week, the actual news is: win, win, win.

How many times have you had this experience? You read the headlines about gay marriage and you are depressed.

Then you turn to read the weekly newsletter and you suddenly find out there's a lot of good news that the mainstream media ignores. (Well, frankly, the conservative counter-media ignores it too, mostly.)

Bad news gets headlines and TV coverage. Good news is buried in the back page.

But not here... check out some of the items making news this past week:

Breaking News: Prop 8 Dream Team of Olson & Boies Lose...again!

And that's a headline you don't get to see anywhere else. We had a big victory at the courthouse too! The Ninth Circuit refused to lift its stay on Judge Vaughn Walker's decision invalidating Prop 8.

"This continues a nearly unbroken string of losses for the so-called Dream Team in any court other than Judge Walker's!" [Continue reading]

Indiana Marriage Amendment Passes Senate Judiciary CMT - Moves to Full Senate

In Indiana, a state marriage amendment moved through the committee on a 7-3 vote—and this after the absurd claim that marriage amendments somehow interfere with job growth. [Continue reading].

Ford Foundation Funds Study to Help View gay Parenting with "Positive Association"

The Ford Foundation is giving $730,000 to a group studying why people believe children are best off with their own mom and dad. "Homophobia is the thing that harms children, not homosexuals," said Timothy P. McCarthy, (who will oversee the research). [Continue reading]

VIDEO: NYC Archbishop on 60 Minutes: "Attraction...doesn't entitle you to Marriage

More good news: Archbishop Timothy Dolan ably defended marriage in a discussion with Morley Safer on 60 Minutes:

Archbishop Timothy Dolan Defends Marriage

The challenge we face is staying strong in our commitment to truth: to what is true about marriage, to what is good for children and society, and to the vision of a future in which these ideas are given the dignity and respect they deserve.

In truth there is beauty, too.

Vatican Tells UN of "Disturbing Trend" of Attacks Against SSM Critics

"People are being attacked for taking positions that do not support sexual behaviour between people of the same sex." He added, "When they express their moral beliefs or beliefs about human nature ... they are stigmatised, and worse—they are vilified, and prosecuted." [Continue reading]

Eastern Michigan Student Expelled from Marriage Counseling Program over Religious Beliefs

Take a look at this video from Speak Up University of Julea Ward, who was kicked out of a marriage-counseling program.

EMU officials forced graduate out of the Counseling Program for her faith

Good News: Michigan Attorney General Takes Up Julea Ward's Case

More good news: The Attorney General of Michigan, Bill Schuette, is taking up Julea Ward's cause. Schuette's office has submitted a brief in Ward's case arguing that "the evidence suggests that Ward was punished and ultimately dismissed from the program solely for her attempt to exercise disfavored religious beliefs, not for a violation of the code." [Continue reading]

Here's my faith. Here's our faith:

The true, the good, and the beautiful have a power, which will in the end prevail.

We keep proving that every day, with unexpected victory piled on impossible victory.

They need our consent to win this fight. They need us to give up. As long as we are willing to stand, in love and decency, for the good, they cannot win.

God bless you, my friend. I pray for you and for your family. I'm so grateful for all you make possible!

Please pray for all of the people leading this good fight.

Gotta get back to work now!

Semper fi,

Brian brown

Brian S. Brown
National Organization for Marriage

P.S. NOM seeks to be your voice, standing up for your values in the public square. And to do that, we need your help! Whether you can give $15 or $150—or maybe a $10 monthly donation—please consider what you can spare for marriage today.