Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
The Daily Signal: Jim DeMint, president of The Heritage Foundation, talks about why Americans should attend the March for Marriage in Washington, D.C., tomorrow.
Life Site News: A related rally, sponsored by the Alliance Defending Freedom, will take place before the March. The NOM rally will begin at noon Eastern Time, with the March starting at 1:00 Eastern. The rally and March will be live-streamed by LifeSiteNews, the March for Marriage’s official media partner.
Alliance Defending Freedom: If there was ever a time to take a stand for marriage—this is it.
NOM Blog: The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today commended the Alabama Supreme Court for ordering state officials to cease issuing marriage licenses that are illegal under state law, and thus defied a federal judge who is attempting to impermissibly impose her views of marriage on the people of Alabama.
Aleteia: The current crisis in marriage and family life arises from “a cult of momentary well-being,” stated Cardinal Peter Erdö, the relator general of the 2014 Synod of the Family. In his opening speech, one which traditionally sets the tone for the whole synod, the Cardinal emphasized that “many look upon their lives not as a life-long endeavour but a series of moments in which great value is placed on feeling good … . The future appears threatening, because it may happen that in the future we will feel worse.”
The Christian Post: Titled “The Future of Marriage: To The Supreme Court and Beyond,” the panel was held Saturday afternoon at the Omni Shoreham Hotel and sponsored by the National Organization for Marriage.
NOM Blog: According to the results of a new Pew Research Center survey, “support for same-sex marriage could be leveling off,” reports the Associated Press.
NOM Blog: In Rome on Sunday, Pope Francis presided over the marriage of 20 couples at Saint Peter’s Basilica. In his remarks during the celebration, the Holy Father spoke beautifully about the meaning of marriage and family.
IRS to pay $50,000 to National Organization for Marriage for leaking confidential information to Human Rights Campaign
The Christian Post: The Internal Revenue Service will pay $50,000 to the National Organization for Marriage due to the leaking of its confidential tax documents to the Human Rights Campaign.
World Magazine: People of many faiths and cultures gathered at the nation’s capital to rally support for traditional marriage.
The Christian Post: Former United States Senator Rick Santorum has stated that supporters of traditional marriage “need to fight back” against the current momentum of the same-sex marriage legalization movement.
The Christian Post: Only recently out of “personal passions” have people tried to change the definition of marriage, and that is not a valid reason to change such a long-lasting institution, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee told The Christian Post while at the Second Annual March for Marriage on Thursday.
The Daily Signal: Today thousands gathered on the National Mall for the second annual March for Marriage. Organized by the National Organization for Marriage, the rally provides a platform for Americans to make their voices heard on behalf of marriage as the union of one man and one woman, even as federal judges have disregarded the votes of millions in striking down a number of state marriage laws.
Penn Live: Former Pennsylvania state legislator and head of a conservative pastors advocacy group, Sam Rohrer, will join former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum this week in Washington for a rally calling for the protection of traditional marriage.Other speakers include former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage; Jennifer Marshall, vice president for the Institute for Family, Community and Opportunity at the Heritage Foundation; and Austin Nimocks, senior legal counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom.
NOM Blog: Another victim of the supposedly harmless same-sex ‘marriage’ movement has been hit with official state sanctions for refusing to sacrifice his beliefs in the truth of marriage.
SCOTUS Blog: Kept out of a case on the constitutionality of Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage, a private group and its members asked the Supreme Court on Wednesday to impose at least a temporary halt on such marriages in that state while the group seeks to appeal on its desire to take part.
Yahoo News: Appeals court denies group’s request for emergency stay blocking Oregon gay marriage ruling.
NOM Blog: The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today filed an emergency appeal with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals asking the higher court to stay the same-sex marriage proceedings in Eugene so that NOM can argue that it should have been granted intervention status in the case in order to present a legitimate defense of the marriage amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
One News Now: Apparently only one side of the argument will be heard in a legal challenge to Oregon’s constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman.
The Family Foundation: “ADF attorneys fight in courts across the country on behalf of our shared principles, but in the decade of cases relating to marriage, they said they usually exit to a crowd of opponents. Not today.”
National Organization for Marriage: The National Organization for Marriage and its allies have once again demonstrated that abandoning marriage is a disastrous decision for any politician.
Via Oregon Live: Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum says in a new legal filing that U.S. District Judge Michael McShane should reject the National Organization for Marriage’s “unreasonably delayed” attempt to intervene in the gay marriage lawsuit. Rosenblum, who has joined …
“For the first time ever in the history of oral arguments for marriage litigation, not a single attorney will speak out in favor of marriage ban. Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenbaum announced in February the state wouldn’t defend the law in court on the basis that the marriage ban cannot withstand judicial scrutiny “under any standard of review.””
New York Times: “Yet one prize has remained elusive: a reversal by voters in one of the 29 states, mostly in the South and Midwest, with constitutional bans on same-sex marriage. Activists in Ohio want to see those dominoes start to fall here, and they say they have gathered the signatures for a ballot measure to repeal an amendment adopted by 62 percent of voters in 2004.”
Brian S. Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, at National Review: “The characterization of the decisions as ‘unanimous’ is wrong and seems designed to lead voters to conclude that gay marriage is inevitable. In fact, two federal judges, one in Nevada and one in Hawaii, have ruled that traditional-marriage laws do not violate the Constitution. If we’re keeping score on federal-court rulings on the core question about the constitutional legitimacy of same-sex marriage, it’s 3–2 — hardly a ‘unanimous’ legal landscape.”
Opinions vary on impact of Supreme Court decision to put stay on same-sex marriages in Utah | Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News: “I think it’s an indicator that the Supreme Court meant what it said in (a prior case), that the states, not the federal government, have the right to define marriage, which would include California as well as any other state,” said Austin Nimocks, senior legal counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, and co-counsel in the defense of Proposition 8.
Buzz Feed: “It is very unlikely that this ballot initiative is going to qualify,” John O’Connor, executive director of Equality California, told BuzzFeed. O’Connor points to the latest results in the state’s process of verifying signatures gathered in support of the repeal, saying the rate of valid signatures so far has been “poor.” But those backing the repeal effort say that with only 12 of the state’s 58 counties reporting valid signatures from random samples as of Friday, it’s “too early to call.”
International Planning Committee Meets in Moscow to Plan World Congress of Families VIII (September 10-12, 2014)
Standard Newswire: Members of the International Planning Committee for WCF VIII that attended the Moscow meeting included: Ignacio Arsuaga (HazteOir, Spain), Brian Brown (National Organization for Marriage, U.S.), Benjamin Bull (Alliance Defending Freedom, U.S.), Allan Carlson, Lawrence Jacobs and Don Feder (The Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society and World Congress of Families, U.S.), Silvio Dalla Valle (Association for the Defense of Christian Values, Italy), Shelly Locke (Power of Mothers, U.S.), Bob McKoskrie (Family First, New Zealand), Tom Minnery (Focus on The Family, U.S.) Justin Murff (Christian Broadcasting Network, U.S.), Austin Ruse (Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute, U.S.), Steven Smoot (Family First Foundation, U.S.), Christopher Carmouche (GrassTopsUSA), Christine Vollmer (Latin American Alliance for the Family, Venezuela), Peter Westmore (Australian Family Association), Srdjan Nogo (Dveri, Serbia), Vincente Segu (Incluyendo Mexico), Fabrice Sorlin (France) and Jack Hanick (formerly with FOX News, U.S.).
Indy Star: “What we want is for Indiana citizens to look at this and think really hard about the question of whether they want to be the last state in the country to pass a constitutional amendment that would take away freedoms from gay and lesbian people,” said Marc Solomon, national campaign director for New York City-based Freedom to Marry. On the other side of the debate in other states were the National Organization for Marriage, Focus on the Family’s Citizen Link, Alliance Defending Freedom and other Christian and family groups.
Washington Times: The National Organization for Marriage will sue the IRS on Thursday, saying it has evidence that someone within the agency leaked the organization’s private donor list to its political enemies in 2012 but that nobody has been held responsible.
“Some Businesses Balk at Gay Weddings: Photographers, Bakers Face Legal Challenges After Rejecting Jobs on Religious Grounds” | WSJ
Nathan Koppel And Ashby Jones at Wall Street Journal: The couple declined to discuss the case. Jordan Lorence, their lawyer, said he would appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. “Americans are now on notice that the price of doing business is their freedom,” he said . . . “There are plenty of florists who could provide arrangements for same-sex weddings,” said her lawyer, Dale Schowengerdt. “The state has no good reason to cause my client to violate her own conscience.”
Bloomberg BusinessWeek: After then-California Attorney General Jerry Brown and his successor, Kamala Harris, both Democrats, refused to defend Proposition 8, the initiative banning gay marriage in that state, the Scottsdale, Arizona-based Alliance Defending Freedom took the case. The Supreme Court ruled its client, a group that sponsored the proposition, couldn’t stand in for the state, because it hadn’t suffered a particular injury. [also posted at Newsmax]
AP: The National Organization for Marriage announced it was working with another conservative group, the Capitol Resource Institute, to repeal the law at the ballot box.
Des Moines Register: A national organization that opposes same-sex marriage may have violated state law by not disclosing its donors in its fight to oust Iowa Supreme Court justices, ethics officials said Thursday.
Trump: The Unemployed ‘Get Better Benefits’ Than ‘The People That Are Working’ | The New Civil Rights Movement
The New Civil Rights Movement: In Iowa, Trump will also be joined by the radical religious right at a conference sponsored by NOM, the National Organization For Marriage, Focus on the Family, Citizens United, the Alliance Defending Freedom, the Heritage Foundation, and the Family Leader.
Truth-Out.org: Clarkson pointed out that “The question of the rights of individuals to discriminate, based on rights of conscience,” is being played out in a number of places across the country. After same-sex marriage became legal in Maine, Maryland and Washington, the Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal enterprise known formerly as the Alliance Defense Fund, “issued legal memos … claim[ing] that … municipal and county clerks responsible for issuing marriage licenses, are not required to do so if it violates their religious beliefs, and may delegate the responsibility to a subordinates.”
Frederick Carlson at Daily Kos: Some are among the best-known Christian Right leaders in the United States. These include top Catholic prelates and evangelical leaders, notably Archbishop (now Cardinal) Timothy Dolan of New York and Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals. Signatories also include more politically oriented figures such as Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council; James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family; Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage; and Alan Sears, president of the Alliance Defending Freedom. There are also half a dozen leaders of the low-profile New Apostolic Reformation, including Revs. Harry Jackson, Joseph Mattera, and Samuel Rodriguez, each of whom is an “apostle” overseeing a large network of Neocharismatic churches. Primarily via the website devoted to the Declaration, more than 540,000 people have joined the original signers, generating a massive email list that may prove useful to the Christian Right.
Sarah Prager at the Huffington Post: I hope I have at least raised the idea that the place of terms “traditional marriage” and “redefinition of marriage” in the same-sex marriage debate should be reconsidered. It personally offends me to hear others talk about “traditional marriage” when they mean to say “monogamous opposite-sex marriage.” The kind of marriage that NOM is fighting to protect would be considered a radical redefinition of marriage to anyone from 1920s America.
Washington Post: “We think it’s very telling gay marriage advocates are using the courts so heavily,” said Thomas Peters, communications director for the National Organization for Marriage. “They only support the voice of the people when they think it will go their way.”
Yahoo News: Headline on a news release June 30, by the Alliance Defending Freedom, an advocacy organization involved in the legal defense of California’s “Proposition 8” ban on same-sex marriage. The release briefly described Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s Sunday order refusing to block such marriages.
NRO (video embedded): “This question is clearly not answered in the Constitution of the United States, and we are manufacturing a right to redefine marriage and impose it no matter whether the state or the country wants to have that redefinition,” said Eastman. “That’s judicial tyranny.”
Washington Post: Now that the gay marriage fight is intensifying on the state level, how much will both sides spend on it over the next three years? Tens of millions of dollars. An array of groups has already mapped out plans to raise and spend millions between now and the end of 2016. Here is a look at some — but not all — of the key players . . .
CBN (includes video): Attorneys with the Arizona-based Alliance Defending Freedom argued in the petition that the 9th Circuit acted prematurely and unfairly. Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Austin Nimocks had contended that his clients still had 22 days to ask the justices to reconsider their decision holding that Proposition 8′s backers did not have legal authority to defend the ban.
NBC News (includes video): Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Austin Nimocks wrote that the Supreme Court’s consideration of the case is not over because his clients still have 22 days to ask the justices to reconsider their decision, saying that Proposition 8′s backers did not have legal authority to defend the ban . . . “We see this as illegitimate and lawless,” John Eastman, chairman of the National Organization for Marriage, told NBC News. “The 9th circuit had no jurisdiction to lift its stay.”
Heritage Foundation (includes state by state survey charts): Download a free copy of What You Need to Know About Marriage, a short, easy-to-understand pamphlet produced by The Heritage Foundation, Alliance Defending Freedom, Family Research Council, and the National Organization for Marriage. Immediately following the decision, as well as in the months and years to come, Americans should continue to tell the truth about marriage: that it is an institution rooted in the reality that children need both a mother and a father.
WAVY.com: “The court’s decision does not silence the voices of Americans. Marriage— the union of husband and wife— will remain timeless, universal, and special, particularly because children need mothers and fathers.” — Austin R. Nimocks, senior counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom.
Heritage Foundation: Alliance Defending Freedom will be at the Supreme Court on the day of the decision and will have an easy-to-understand legal analysis of the Court’s opinion on their website within 90 minutes . . . After the Court’s decision: Stay tuned for further analysis. Among others, The Heritage Foundation, Alliance Defending Freedom, the National Organization for Marriage, and the Family Research Council will have ongoing analysis of the Court’s opinions in the hours and days following the decision. Check back frequently to stay up-to-date on how the Court’s decisions will affect Americans.
Ben Johnson at Heritage Foundation via LifeSite News: To help you engage in the marriage debate, The Heritage Foundation—along with the National Organization for Marriage, the Family Research Council, and the Alliance Defending Freedom—has produced What You Need to Know about Marriage, a free e-book available for download at TheMarriageFacts.com.
James McGlone at Heritage Foundation: To help you engage in the marriage debate, The Heritage Foundation—along with the National Organization for Marriage, the Family Research Council, and the Alliance Defending Freedom—has produced What You Need to Know about Marriage, a free e-book available for download at TheMarriageFacts.com.
CNSNews: Providing such donor information is a felony, John C. Eastman, chairman of the board for the National Organization for Marriage, told CNSNews.com.
Marriage, Democracy, and the Court: It’s unconstitutional for activist judges to settle the marriage debate. | Ryan T. Anderson at NRO
Ryan T. Anderson at National Review: A hallmark of democratic self-government is that the people should discuss, debate, and vote on important policy matters. And in America their votes should count, except when they clearly violate the people’s more settled will as expressed in the U.S. Constitution. Where the Constitution is silent, the task of a conscientious judge is to respect the constitutional authority of citizens and their elected officials . . . To fill this void, the Heritage Foundation has worked with our allies at the Alliance Defending Freedom, the Family Research Council, and the National Organization for Marriage to produce a pamphlet using everyday language to explain, in Q&A style, why marriage matters. (You can download a free e-book at TheMarriageFacts.com.)
‘Inevitability of Same-Sex Marriage’ Is a Choice We Can Reject | Ryan Anderson at The Christian Post
Ryan Anderson at Christian Post: To fill this void, we are working with our allies at the Alliance Defending Freedom, the Family Research Council, and the National Organization for Marriage to produce an easy to read pamphlet to explain why marriage matters in everyday language. Download a free e-book version today at TheMarriageFacts.com.
Heritage Foundation: A new Pew opinion poll shows that a majority of Americans believe the redefinition of marriage is “inevitable.” We’ve heard “inevitable” language before, particularly from statists of all stripes. History is filled with supposedly “inevitable” causes that turned out not to be so. Nothing in life is inevitable except death and taxes—and at The Heritage Foundation we’re doing what we can about taxes. So, too, on marriage . . .
CNSNews: Calling the tax-exempt status of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) a “charade,” Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) said it should not qualify for 501(c)(4) status with the Internal Revenue Service, because it is not a social welfare group but political in nature.
World Net Daily: “I would call the disclosure of our donor lists by the IRS a felony,” charged John Eastman, chairman of the National Organization for Marriage, or NOM, in Washington, D.C., in emotionally charged testimony Tuesday before the House Ways and Means Committee .
The Hill: “Not only has the IRS retaliated against conservative, small-government and tea party groups as they apply for recognition of tax exemption AND lied about it, but it has criminally released our confidential tax return including the identity of dozens of major donors to a political enemy,” said Brian Brown, NOM’s president.
John Zmirak at Aleteia: Marriage is under assault, and in just the last month, we have seen some surprising, depressing concessions: Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi opined to the press that Christians could accept “civil unions” of same-sex couples. Former Republican vice-presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan told a town hall meeting in Wisconsin that while he still opposed homosexual “marriage,” he supported the “right” of same-sex couples to adopt children. Evangelical Christian pastors, afraid of alienating younger members of their churches, have begun to back away from this issue. Even Catholic and Evangelical leaders whose views are orthodox have become reluctant to “pick this hill to die on.” A gifted writer and Catholic priest confessed to me, “I have held off on commenting on the marriage issue. I’m just too frightened of the backlash.”
But that would have meant the organization would have to be a political committee under New York law, just as candidate committees and political parties are. The organization would then have to register with the state board of elections, comply with recordkeeping requirements, and comply with extensive, periodic reporting requirements.
Boston Globe (AP): Phone banks, an army of volunteers and alliances with organized labor, business leaders and religious clergy propelled gay marriage to victory in Rhode Island this week, a savvy and coordinated strategy that relied on growing public support and old-fashioned bare-knuckle politics.
Illinois Review: As for evangelicals, a failure on Saturday won’t push them to leave the ILGOP. Instead, it will likely confirm to evangelicals that the Illinois Republican Party has left them.
“Mark Regnerus, University Of Texas Professor, Wades Further Into Gay Marriage Debate” | American Independent via Huffington Post
American Independent via Huffington Post: In addition to NOM, the brochure’s listed sponsors included the Alliance Defending Freedom, the Family Research Council, and the Heritage Foundation, all social conservative groups based in Washington, D.C. The first “consequence of redefining marriage” listed in the brochure is that, “Redefining marriage would hurt children. Decades of social science – including very recent and robust studies – show that children do better when raised by a married mom and dad.” The endnotes cited Regnerus’ New Family Structures Study findings to support this claim.
Washington Post: When asked about such research, a NOM rep cited a NOM poll, conducted by the Polling Company Inc., showing that 60 percent of respondents “agree” that marriage “is between one man and one woman.” Those results, noted the NOM rep, are consistent with the results collected by the Alliance Defending Freedom, which is an “alliance-building legal ministry that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.”
Turtle Bay and Beyond: The following is a Statement to the Congressional Record made by Congressman Daniel Webster (R-FL) in support of the March for Marriage to be held next Tuesday, March 26 in Washington DC. The March is being organized by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) and is joined by a large coalition of pro-family organizations, state partners, African-American, Latino, Catholic and Protestant leaders.
NY Times: As gay couples fight for the right to wed, a little-known but determined force is working to stop them: Brian S. Brown, a 39-year-old father of eight who has raised millions of dollars from religious conservatives — especially his fellow Roman Catholics — to become the nation’s leading opponent of same-sex marriage.
Reuters: In Kentucky, a Bible Belt state where voters have passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, the movement to promote gay rights has two factions. One seeks to overturn discrimination through a legislative path, admitting it faces long odds. The other wants to break down barriers to gay marriage with demonstrations and civil disobedience.
LifeSiteNews: After the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) denied a featured role to a homosexual “marriage” advocacy organization, one of CPAC’s sponsors has decided to hold a panel promoting the acceptance of homosexuality at the annual gathering.
CBC.ca: A comic book shop franchise in Ottawa is taking a stand for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) rights by pulling the work of a writer who publicly opposes gay marriage off its shelves.
“Despite Obama’s Divisive Speech, Gays and Lesbians Are ‘Treated Like Anyone Under The Law’” | Brian Brown at CNSNews
Brian Brown at CNSNews: Sadly, the President squandered this opportunity when he chose to proclaim that our journey as a people would not be complete until gay and lesbian people are “treated like anyone under the law,” a not-so-veiled reference to his politically-motivated decision to endorse the radical movement to redefine marriage, one of our most sacred institutions. First of all, gay and lesbian people are already treated equally under the law. They have the same civil rights as everyone else. They’re free to live as they choose and love whom they wish. What they don’t have is the right to redefine marriage for society.
San Francisco Chronicle: Facing a tidal shift among voters embracing same-sex marriage, gay Republicans are offering their party a graceful retreat. But religious conservatives warn that retreat will doom the GOP.
Minn. Public Radio: Groups on both sides of the marriage amendment debate are getting a last minute infusion of cash from groups outside of Minnesota.
How strong is marriage? Campaign war chest, corporate backing of WA same sex “marriage” proponents dwarfs opposition
Washington Post: In the headquarters of Washington United for Marriage, a large collage displays a list of the high-powered sponsors backing the ballot-measure campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in the state. They include such iconic businesses as Amazon, Google and Nike, as well as most of the state’s unions and a long list of religious, ethnic and civil rights group. Staffers shuttle in and out of a conference room as they figure out how to deploy 4,000 volunteers and an $8.9 million campaign fund.
NY Times: In the roiling state-by-state war over same-sex marriage, the campaign against marriage rights has been masterminded largely by one man. Frank Schubert, a former corporate public relations executive, ran the $40 million, come-from-behind push for Proposition 8 in California in 2008.
KVAL.com (video embedded): At the invitation of sex advice columnist Dan Savage, Brian Brown – the president of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) – flew to Seattle and debated marriage with Savage in Savage’s dining room in Seattle . . . The debate took place last week, and the video of the hour-long debate has been posted on YouTube since.