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.
The Californian: The summit is from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Stephens Auditorium at Iowa State University in Ames. It’s sponsored by the National Organization for Marriage, Heritage Action, ActRight, Alliance Defending Freedom, CitizenLink and Citizens United. Family Leader President Bob Vander Plaats said the purpose is “to bring conservatives together early and consistently in the process leading up to the 2016 elections” and to “educate and mobilize the conservative base regarding worldview application and issues that impact the family.” Tickets are $61.40 via Ticketmaster.
Washington Post: Nearly three months later, a study by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ) has completed a close examination of how the media covered the issue. The principal finding? Detractors of gay marriage couldn’t buy their way into the coverage. Well, that’s the unscientific way of putting things.
NewsMax: A pro-marriage organization claims the IRS leaked confidential financial documents to a rival group which were then used against GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney during the 2012 election.
Citizen Link: Sponsored by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the March 26 event will provide a platform for people to show their support for God’s design for the institution. Dozens of organizations and ministries across the country — including Focus on the Family and CitizenLink — have signed on as co-sponsors.
Ryan T. Anderson at Heritage Foundation (includes Jim DeMint video): Working with the National Organization for Marriage, the Alliance Defending Freedom, and the Family Research Council, Heritage has produced a short pamphlet making the case for marriage in everyday language. It helps you articulate what your heart knows.
CNSNews: Opponents of homosexual “marriage” are planning to hit Washington, D.C. on Mar. 26 for a rally and protest march in support of California’s Proposition 8, which is set to be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court the same day.
Equality on Trial: Their brief in Windsor is largely focused on the Tenth Amendment arguments raised mostly in Massachusetts v. Department of Health and Human Services, decided by the First Circuit Court of Appeals (consolidated with Gill v. Office of Personnel Management.) The brief also focus on Congress’ ability to define its own terms for federal purposes. In their summary of the argument, they discuss the longstanding use of federal definitions in different contexts and then write . . .
AP: Supporters of same-sex marriage rights plan to assemble at the Rhode Island Statehouse to urge lawmakers to make the smallest state the 10th to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed – and the last to do so in New England.
Politico: “I’m personally grateful to Speaker [John] Boehner for being willing to defend the law, but it’s clear GOP elites don’t want to talk about it and want to keep it as quiet as possible,” said Maggie Gallagher, a founder of the National Organization for Marriage and a fellow at the conservative American Principles Project. “That’s so obvious, I don’t see any point in pretending otherwise.”
The Atlantic: “The United States is, perhaps other than India, maybe, the most religiously diverse country in the world,” said Rassbach. “It’s a recipe for societal strife to force people to try to conform to a particular ideal.” Despite Americans’ evolving views on marriage and the increasing legal recognition of marriage equality, the strife around the definition of marriage isn’t going anywhere. “Do you really think that we’re going to be quiet and go away?” Brown said. “Just because the state says it’s so, we’re never going to accept it.”
Boston Globe: “Obviously we are very disappointed in losing four tough election battles by narrow margins. We knew long ago that we faced a difficult political landscape with the four marriage battles occurring in four of the deepest-blue states in America. As our opponents built a huge financial advantage, the odds became even steeper. We ran strong campaigns and nearly prevailed in a very difficult environment, significantly out-performing the GOP ticket in every state.
AP: The Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from a national anti-gay marriage group that tried to thwart Maine’s campaign disclosure law requiring it to release its donor list.
Fox News: The company declined to comment beyond a statement saying it planned “to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.”
The Alliance Defending Freedom has posted a short and powerful video titled: Why Marriage Matters (3:25 mins).
SCOTUS Blog’s Petition of the Day highlights the election regulation case: National Organization for Marriage v. McKee.
Colorado Independent: In an interview, ACP President Dr. Den Trumbull said that his group was asked to write the brief by the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative Christian legal organization based in Scottsdale, Ariz., that was known until this month as the Alliance Defense Fund. Trumbull, who is a pediatrician in Montgomery, Ala., said the Alliance Defending Freedom’s legal department contacted the ACP about a week or two before the brief was filed.
Pioneer Press: It fueled cheers and jeers, but the chief executive of General Mills said he’s seen no sales impact from the company’s opposition to the Minnesota marriage amendment.
David N. Bass at the American Spectator: Later in Maggie’s piece, she writes that the chief lesson for the Left from Blankenhorn’s conversion is that “stigma and hatred directed at people who disagree with them work.” Blankenhorn testified during the court proceedings for California’s marriage amendment, Proposition 8. He was roundly villified for doing so.
Maggie Gallagher at Public Discourse: The lessons gay marriage advocates will take from David Blankenhorn’s “conversion”? They will learn what they know: stigma and hatred directed at people who disagree with them work. What lessons should we take? What lessons do I take? The first is that no one can fight alone. To stand up to the wall of hatred directed our way, we need each other.
Business Week: “They don’t want to be the first ones in the pool. Well, guess what? I jumped in the pool first. The water’s just fine,” Taft said in an interview at his downtown Minneapolis office. “My goal is to have several hundred high-profile business executives declare themselves in opposition to the marriage amendment sometime between now and the election,” Taft added. “And I am very confident we are going to be able to do that.”
TwinCities.com: “We do not believe the proposed constitutional amendment is in the best interests of our employees or our state economy — and as a Minnesota-based company we oppose it,” the foodmaker said in a statement.
National Organization for Marriage: Maggie says, “My jaw drops when I read and reread this sentence.” (Mine too!) You cannot simply take the woman out of the wedding and proceed as if nothing significant has been removed. Take the woman out of the wedding, and you take out the link between the generations, the sense that in the moment we stand at the crossroads of history, that we are in this couples’ act of marriage recreating that moment from which we come, while forging a link to the future. Marriage is the key link in the great chain of being. That is what you lose when you take the woman out of the wedding.
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AfterElton: Meanwhile, in the House of Representatives, two anti-gay amendments for the National Defense Authorization Act have been prepared with a who’s-who of anti gay groups, including the Alliance Defense Fund, the National Organization for Marriage and the Family Research Council. One would give huge latitude to military chaplains to preach hate from the pulpit on government bases, and the other would assert DOMA more strongly as it relates to military affairs.
Brian Raum at Townhall: The unfounded attacks and insults lodged against the National Organization for Marriage have increased recently by an ever ravenous opposition. The Humans Rights Campaign has shamelessly published NOMs confidential IRS records, and last month a federal judge unsealed some of NOM’s constitutionally protected internal reports.
National Organization for Marriage Demands Criminal Investigation: Stolen Tax Return Came From the IRS
NOM: “The American people are entitled to know how a confidential tax return containing private donor information filed exclusively with the Internal Revenue Service has been given to our political opponents who also happen to be co-chairing President Obama’s reelection committee.”
Bishop George McKinney at the Daily Caller: Each of us has the right to choose how and with whom we love, certainly. But none of us has the right to redefine marriage, which was not created by government but by God and is engraved on the human heart. To suggest the prominent leaders of African-American churches are in the fight for marriage as the result of “race-baiting” is unjust and indeed patronizing on the part of media elites at MSNBC. Marriage, and the black church, deserve better
Seattle Times: A national group opposed to gay marriage called Wednesday for a boycott of Starbucks in response to the company’s public support of a new same-sex marriage law in Washington state.
Boston Globe: The sponsor of a bill to repeal New Hampshire’s gay marriage law proposed Tuesday to give voters a chance to weigh in through a nonbinding ballot question on whether the state should restore a 2007 civil unions law.
Bangor Daily News: “The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the first of two appeals brought by the National Organization for Marriage over campaign reporting requirements in Maine.”
Joe Infranco and John Eastman on Ave Maria Radio with Al Kresta: Analyzing the 9th Circuit Prop. 8 ruling