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Mark Your Calendars for the 2015 March for Marriage!

"This triangle of truisms, of father, mother and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it." - G.K. Chesterton

2015 March for Marriage

When: Saturday, April 25, 2015, at Noon ET

Where: Union Square, South of Capitol Reflecting Pool, Washington, DC

 

Who: Marriage defenders, champions, and leaders from across the nation join together to defend marriage, family, and American liberties!

Why: To defend marriage as the unique union between 1 man and 1 woman; to protect the family as the building block of society; to ensure that our children will have a future where basic American rights and liberties are honored, preserved, and protected.

Stayed tuned for more information to come!

The 2015 March for Marriage



Dear Marriage Supporter,

I just got a bit of good news that I wanted to share with you.

I just received a phone call from a lovely couple in Altoona, Pennsylvania, who have chartered a bus and gathered 30 of their friends to come to the March for Marriage next weekend! Isn't that wonderful?

In the midst of all the struggles and hardships that come with this job, it seems like God always sends me blessings like this when I most need them — and for that I am grateful.

It simply reminds me that there are countless marriage heroes all across our great nation willing to make heroic sacrifices to stand up in defense of God's truth about marriage.

Speakers and Special Guests

I am pleased to announce the following people as speakers and honored guests at this year's March:

Running Out Of Time

As I mentioned yesterday, we are running out of time to secure funding for the buses we have reserved.

We have received so many requests for assistance with funding buses to bring marriage supporters to Washington, DC for the March — the majority of which come from Churches in less affluent areas.

While the outpouring of support in the past few days has been absolutely remarkable — thank you! — we still have a tremendous need for funding to ensure that everyone who wants to come to the March to make their voice heard in defense of marriage is able to do so!

We need to raise $20,000 over the weekend to stay on track and I am praying that you will make an immediate contribution in support of the March to help us fund buses.

I'll make a quick donation of $35.00

I'll make a quick donation of $50.00

I'll make a quick donation of $100.00

I'll make a quick donation of $250.00

I'll make a quick donation of $500.00

I'll make a larger donation...

Thank you so much for all you do in defense of marriage.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Afraid



Dear Marriage Supporter,

Fear can be a tremendous motivator and I have to admit it has me very motivated.

I am tremendously concerned right now that we will not raise the money we need to pay for the buses we have reserved to bring thousands of marriage supporters — willing to take time out of their weekend to stand up in defense of marriage — to the 2015 March for Marriage.

So I'm extremely motivated to make a serious ask of you... because if we can't raise the money we need very soon, I will have to call up the bus companies and cancel many of the buses we have reserved.

And that would be a tragedy. I don't want to do it... I don't want to have to tell people who want to fight for marriage that they can't because they lack the financial means to attend... but I'm going to have to do it if we can't raise the money we need.

It costs on average $2,000 to subsidize a bus. Each bus will bring over 50 people to the March. We still need to raise a lot of money in the next few days to fund the buses we have already reserved — to say nothing about the additional buses we could add if we had the funds.

Won't you please make a donation right away to help us fund the buses we have reserved to help out struggling Churches organize buses for their communities to attend the March for Marriage?

I'll sponsor a bus full of marriage supporters to come for the March for $2,000.

I'll sponsor half a bus to come to the March for $1,000.

I'll sponsor a quarter of a bus to come for $500.

I'll sponsor three supporters to come to the March for $120.

I'll sponsor one supporter to come to the March for $40.

I'll make a donation of another amount.

Remember that anything you give will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, up to $50,000 by another generous donor.

Please, make a donation right away to help us raise the funds we need to pay for the buses we have reserved.

And then, please spread the word and help us raise additional monies by forwarding the information about the campaign on to friends and family by using the buttons below:

You could also go to our GoFundMe page and use the buttons available to you to share that campaign with family and friends on Facebook and Twitter. You could forward this email to people you know and ask them to join you in supporting the March. You could make an announcement over the weekend at your social gatherings or at your Church.

I know I'm asking a lot, but the alternative is too serious to consider... I'm going to have to cancel many of the buses for the March for Marriage if we don't raise a considerable amount of money very soon.

Please make a serious sacrifice to help defend marriage today.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

PS: Please send this email to as many friends and family as you can. Urge them to come out to the March for Marriage in front of the Capitol at 11:30 on April 25th; AND also ask them to prayerfully consider helping others get out. God bless you for all you do to defend marriage!

Making the Rounds: Bishops Endorse the March for Marriage

Thanks to Aleteia for their recent article promoting our upcoming March for MarriageIn the article, Aleteia provides some quotes from a letter written by two leading bishops to their fellow American bishops:

USCCB-LogoThis year, the March for Marriage is getting a specific endorsement from two leading Catholic bishops.

Bishop Richard Malone and Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, chairmen of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth and Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, respectively, have invited Catholics to take part in the march on April 25.

Writing to the U.S. bishops, the two bishops said, “The March will be an opportunity to stand for the good of marriage in our nation, to pray for our Supreme Court justices, and to demonstrate our commitment to the well-being of children. It complements well the bishops’ Call to Prayer for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty. The anticipated decision of the Supreme Court positions itself to be the most important judicial ruling in our nation since the infamous Roe v. Wade decision declaring a constitutional right to abortion. The March is an important witness to a movement dedicated to building a culture of marriage and the family, and it serves to remind all people that a Supreme Court ruling will not decide the issue of marriage any more than Roe decided the issue of abortion. We are deeply grateful for any support you can offer for this March.”

Thank you to everyone for supporting our annual march, as well as to Aleteia for helping to spread the word!

Tax Day



Dear Marriage Supporter,

The March for Marriage is now just 10 days away.

On April 25th, we will rally at the Capitol building in Washington, DC before marching to the Supreme Court to ensure that the legislators and justices in the halls of power know with absolute certainty that the American people want their values and their votes on marriage respected.

On this tax day, can't you please make an immediate donation in support of the March? Remember that your donation in support of the March is fully tax-deductible.

I'll make a quick donation of $35.00

I'll make a quick donation of $50.00

I'll make a quick donation of $100.00

I'll make a quick donation of $250.00

I'll make a quick donation of $500.00

I'll make a larger donation...

We're raising money in support of buses through our GoFundMe campaign — almost $10,000 so far — but we have a lot of other expenses to cover for the March.

Our next most pressing need is funding to help spread the word locally around the Washington, DC area through paid advertising — in print, online and over the airwaves. Local turnout will be critical to the success of the March... but we can't pull the trigger on any of our plans unless we raise the necessary funds.

We are half way to realizing the full $50,000 of our latest matching gift. Knowing that your donation of any amount will be matched dollar-for-dollar by another donor, won't you please make a generous donation today?

I'll make a quick donation of $35.00

I'll make a quick donation of $50.00

I'll make a quick donation of $100.00

I'll make a quick donation of $250.00

I'll make a quick donation of $500.00

I'll make a larger donation...

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

The Cost of Same-Sex Marriage: Children's Well-Being and Happiness

“How are heterosexuals harmed by same-sex marriage?” “Why don’t you want two people of the same gender who love each other to be married?” “Same-sex parents are just as good as heterosexual parents.”

ThinkstockPhotos-185028425Many of those advocating to redefine marriage have sought to turn marriage and parenthood into a political cause. But the truth of the matter is that marriage and parenthood are anything but political. Rather, they are universal truths that are ontologically, sociologically, and not to mention, spiritually based.

Already, we see an increasing number of adults who were once raised in same-sex households speaking out about the void in their lives. These courageous individuals are giving a face to the powerful social research findings uncovered by researchers such as Mark Regnerus and others.

As more and more same-sex couples assert their "right" to children, the voices of the children themselves are becoming more prominent. Here are excerpts from two of them who are speaking out on why children will always want and always need a mom and a dad:

In an open letter published on Public Discourse, Katy Faust writes to Justice Kennedy, explaining not only how same-sex marriage hurts children, but how it encourages an alternative form of parenting that denies a child their right to biological parents. She writes:

ThinkstockPhotos-83115964While it’s true that parents will be missing from a child’s life for many different reasons, redefining marriage will change marriage as a whole and thus parenting for many kids. Because the government’s interest in marriage is children, and the historic basis for marriage has been a procreative relationship, this new genderless definition which excludes a mother or father actually encourages “one or both biological parents to be missing from a child’s life.”

She goes on to laud the UN for recognizing the right of a child “to know and be cared for by his or her parents”:

We should follow the lead of the UN and prioritize the rights of children, who have an inherent right to their parents. Adults have the right to choose to enter into a partnership that cannot produce children, and government should not prevent such a decision. But as a society, our laws must uphold and encourage the family structure that best protects children’s rights.

Another woman recently shared her story with The Christian Institute:

A woman raised by two mothers has admitted the experience was “damaging and confusing”, and has warned of the potential for “irreparable, long-term damage to a child”.

Hetty Baynes Russell, 58, said her unconventional parental setup fostered “a life of confusion and a lack of emotional security”, which landed her in therapy for many years, “trying to make sense of it all”.

"Far from being a healthy, nurturing state of affairs, this arrangement — where I was caught in a destructive, triangular battle for my mother’s affection with another woman, while forced to watch helplessly as my father was emasculated and airbrushed from our lives — was simultaneously damaging and confusing”.

As same-sex marriage proponents continue to push hard for marriage redefinition, they falsely claim that they are "on the right side of history.” However, as these voices and many others are telling us, factual history will never be on their side: history shows us that marriage is and has always been between a man and woman. Our ancestral identity, and the very fact that we are here today is a testimony to the natural union of a man and a woman. These children raised in same-sex households understand the cost of redefining marriage. Let's listen to them: the real voices from the same-sex marriage movement.

Incredible!



Friends — What an incredible launch! We raised over $7,000 in the first day of our GoFundMe campaign! But we have a ways to go to hit our minimum goal of $40,000.

Thank you to everyone who has stepped up to assist in the procurement of buses for marriage supporters in need of financial assistance to attend the 2015 March for Marriage. Three more buses are fully bought and paid for due to your generosity. But we need more!

We have to bring as many people as possible to Washington DC to show the justices of the court that we want them to respect our votes and our values and uphold the right of states to preserve true marriage. Thousands of people are planning on coming to Washington to stand up for the truth of marriage, but there are thousands more who wish to come, but lack resources for transportation.

So please — if you haven't already done so — make a donation in support of our GoFundMe campaign and then — and this is critical — spread the word about the campaign online and through Facebook and Twitter, letting all of your friends and family know about this tremendous undertaking, asking them to join you in supporting the 2015 March for Marriage.

Thank you,

Brian S Brown

Please go to GoFundMe.com to Help Fund Buses for the March


Friends — We have launched a new campaign through GoFundMe.com to help raise the funds we need to organize additional buses for marriage supporters to come to Washington, DC for the 2015 March for Marriage on April 25th. Please help us!

We have many more requests for buses than we have funds to pay for them. Every dollar we raise in this campaign will go to help subsidize buses for communities that do not have the resources to sponsor a bus on their own. Many of these are in urban communities. Nobody should miss the opportunity to attend the critically-important March for Marriage due to lack of resources. Please give today, and then share the link with all your friends via email, Twitter and Facebook.

Thank you for your support!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

Even From Thousands of Miles Away, Marriage Supporters Are Marching

When we talk about the effects of same-sex marriage, we always come back to our two highest values–faith and family. It seems so obvious that the destruction of traditional marriage is yet another blow to the black family, with untold harm for our children. And yet, there are some who still don’t understand the importance of this issue. ~CAAP

ThinkstockPhotos-122412432Even those who can't make it to Washington D.C. on April 25th will be supporting the March for Marriage from thousands of miles away!

ARV Tea Party is sponsoring a March for Marriage set in Russellville, Arkansas. Beginning at 3 pm, the group will march to the Pope Country Courthouse to show their support for traditional marriage. Once everyone arrives at the courthouse, Diane Owens, from the Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP) will be the featured speaker.

For those in Arkansas who can’t make it to the DC March, you can visit the event’s Facebook page here and check out out CAAP’s website for more information on their work. As demonstrated in the video below, CAAP shows their amazing support for the true definition of marriage every day!

Orthodox Christians Are Marching for Marriage

Thanks to our friends at Crown Them with Glory for promoting the 2015 March for Marriage!

SAVE THE DATE: March for Marriage

Saturday, April 25th

Book your flight and plan your trip to join us that morning on the National Mall in D.C. for the March for Marriage, and the proceeding Orthodox Gathering

April 25th represents the third March for Marriage in Washington D.C., and is set to take place within days of when the Supreme Court is expected to hear oral arguments on the cases before them that will decide the national legal status of civil gay "marriage." It is projected that this ruling will seriously impact religious freedom in the USA.

The march is a peaceful rally and quite comparable to the March for Life. We invite you to make every effort to attend the rally, and encourage your priests, brothers and sisters in Christ, and leaders and members of religious communities in your area, to do likewise. Come out in support of marriage between one man and one woman, modeled from our Lord's love for His Bride: the Church. With a blessing to pursue this work from a number of our bishops, many priests believe it is time we had a national pan-Orthodox Christian movement. A strong, vibrant, and clear message is needed from our Church on the matter of the Mystery of Holy Matrimony, as well as an enumeration upon God blessed sexuality and gender roles, toward the strengthening of family life.

Be sure to visit Crown Them with Glory's full March for Marriage section here, and thanks to all marchers for standing with us to defend the invaluable union of one man and one woman in marriage.

Ancient Faith Presents: March for Marriage Podcast

Fr. John Parker joins Ancient Faith Radio to talk about the position of the Orthodox Church on same-sex marriage, as well as the upcoming March for Marriage on April 25th in Washington DC. For more information about the Orthodox participation in the March, visit the Crown Them With Glory website.

Enjoy this insightful podcast as we all prepare to march together on April 25 in D.C.!

There is nothing nobler or more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends. ~Homer

 

Philadelphia Marriage Champions: Don't Miss Your Ride to the March for Marriage

Marriage supporters from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia have generously provided many bus options for this year’s March for Marriage on April 25th in Washington, D.C.

Below you can find bus info, which is also available via PhillyCatholicLife.org:

Archdiocesan Buses

ThinkstockPhotos-178793092The Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office for Life and Family is sending a bus from the counties of the Archdiocese to attend the Marriage March in Washington, D.C.

The day begins at 11:30 am and concludes at 2:00 pm. Archdiocesan buses will aim to arrive at 11 :00 am for the rally. Please see the list of bus locations below.

A seat on a bus costs $15 per person.  To reserve seats on a bus, please contact the bus captain directly.  Mail your payment to the parish in an envelope marked “Attn:  March for Marriage”.  Checks should be made out to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  Seating is limited, reserve your seats soon!  

Not able to attend?  Please consider making a donation to help pay for the buses.  

Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Marriage March Bus Locations

Philadelphia

Cathedral Basilica SS. Peter & Paul
18th St. and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Bus Captain: Arleen, [email protected]

Bucks County
St. Andrew Parish
81 Swamp Road
Newtown, PA 18940

Bus Captain: Peggy, [email protected]

Chester County
SS Simon and Jude Parish
8 Cavanaugh Court
West Chester, PA 19382

Bus Captain: Marty, [email protected]

Delaware County
St. Pius X Parish
220 Lawrence Road
Broomall, PA 19008

Bus Captain: John, [email protected]

Sincerest thanks to our fellow marriage defenders in PA. We look forward to marching with you in defense of freedom, truth, and marriage on April 25th in Washington, D.C.

See you at the March for Marriage!

USCCB Promotes the March for Marriage

Bishop Richard Malone, Archbishop of San Francisco, is encouraging all bishops and the faithful to attend the March for Marriage on April 25, 2015!

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Metropolitan Joseph's Letter in Support of the March For Marriage

In a letter to the Antiochian Archdiocese, His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph encourages his members to participate in the upcoming March for Marriage on April 25th in Washington D.C. We here at NOM greatly appreciate the letter of encouragement, because it so eloquently describes why this year’s march is so critical. 

March for Marriage 2015 LogoThe march is a peaceful rally and quite comparable to the March for Life. We ask that you would make every effort to attend the rally, and encourage others to do likewise. A strong, vibrant, and clear message is needed from our Church on the matter of the Mystery of Holy Matrimony, as well as an enumeration upon God blessed sexuality and gender roles, toward the strengthening of family life. This action is necessary in order to dispel confusion which has been stirred up by our secular culture. Such an effort would be blessed by God to the building up of our faith in the hearts of our Orthodox people. This is what our nation's people need to see.

April 25th is an important date for the March for Marriage because it will fall within days of when the Supreme Court is expected to hear oral arguments on the cases before them that will decide the national legal status of civil same-sex "marriage." We are clearly on the cusp of a historic Supreme Court decision that could mark a powerful affirmation of marriage between one man and one woman, upon which all major civilizations have flourished – or, it can initiate a direction which the Holy Orthodox Church can never embrace.

We look forward to having such dedicated marriage defenders at the March for Marriage. For those who cannot make it to D.C., please show your support via our Virtual March.

It is exactly as Archbishop Joseph described: this march is critical. Attendance at this march will send a resonating message to our political leaders, letting them know that we, the people, want marriage to remain as it has always been: a unique union between one man and one woman.

Read the full letter here.

Down To The Wire



Dear Marriage Supporter,

As you know we have three weeks left before the 2015 March for Marriage.

In the past few days, we have been inundated with requests for assistance with organizing buses to bring marriage supporters to Washington, DC for the March.

These requests are overwhelmingly coming from minority Churches in less affluent areas.

I need your help right away to ensure that everyone who wants to come to the March and make their voice heard in defense of marriage can do so!

It costs on average $2,000 to subsidize a bus. Each bus will bring over 50 people to the March. We need to raise $100,000 in the next ten days to procure the buses we need.

Won't you please make a generous donation right away to help us organize and fill buses for this year's March?

I'll sponsor a bus full of marriage supporters to come for the March for $2,000.

I'll sponsor half a bus to come to the March for $1,000.

I'll sponsor a quarter of a bus to come for $500.

I'll sponsor three supporters to come to the March for $120.

I'll sponsor one supporter to come to the March for $40.

I'll make a donation of another amount.

Thankfully, as you know, our generous matching gift donor has extended the matching gift campaign and offered an additional $50,000 in matching gift funds. So everything you give today will be matched, dollar-for-dollar by another generous donor!

Marriage Supporter, we are coming down to the wire. Enthusiasm for the March is the highest I've ever seen it. Thousands of people want to come out to the March and make their voice heard to demand that our values be respected by the Supreme Court.

But I need your help right away to procure the funds needed to sponsor all these buses.

Won't you help us out with a generous donation today?

I'll sponsor a bus full of marriage supporters to come for the March for $2,000.

I'll sponsor half a bus to come to the March for $1,000.

I'll sponsor a quarter of a bus to come for $500.

I'll sponsor three supporters to come to the March for $120.

I'll sponsor one supporter to come to the March for $40.

I'll make a donation of another amount.

Thank you for everything you do in defense of marriage!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


PS: If you are able to attend the March on April 25th in Washington, DC, please make plans to come to town and stand with thousands of other marriage supporters as we rally in front of the United States Capitol Building and then march to the United States Supreme Court! But if you aren't able to join us in person, you can still take action to support marriage and be a part of the 2015 March for Marriage by joining the Virtual March for Marriage! Please sign up to be a part of the Virtual March for Marriage today!


The White Bow Campaign


We are encouraging all participants in the March for Marriage to wear a white bow to show their support for God's design for marriage, tying together the two halves of humanity. The promotion of the white bow as a symbol of the fight to preserve marriage was launched in 2013 by God's Marriage Bow, www.godsmarriagebow.org, whose leaders will be attending the March for Marriage. Simply take a piece of white ribbon, or any similar white material, tie it into a bow and pin it to your shirt, blouse or dress. This is an easy yet powerful way to show your support for marriage as the union of one man and one woman!