Target: Brian Brown, CEO of National Organization of Marriage
Goal: Stop the unconstitutional fight against same-sex marriage.
The National Organization for Marriage is a religious non-profit group working tirelessly against the legalization of marriage equality in the United States. It formed specifically in 2007 to promote Proposition 8, which eventually passed and overturned California’s Supreme Court Ruling that states same-sex couples have a right to marry. NOM’s most recent newsletter defines marriage as “love, commitment, permanence, exclusivity, faithfulness between a man and woman who vow to be there for one another, and for their children.” Same sex couples possess all of these qualities and to a seemingly higher standard than opposite sex couples. Their sincere and fearless fight for equality and acceptance validates the sentiment.
Brian Brown, NOM’s CEO, consistently slanders same-sex couples and was recently quoted complaining about a “wealthy gay marriage lobby,” while Brown was paid over $500,000 by NOM in 2012. Recent readings show 50% of marriages end in divorce. If NOM truly cared about the “sanctity” of marriage it would focus their time, energy and money on educating the public about what marriage should be, not who should be allowed to participate.
The group dismisses the comparison of its campaign to 1960s bans of interracial marriage, even though both arguments are juvenile and arbitrary. Without religion in NOM’s argument, there is no argument. Seemingly swept under the radar, the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause clearly explains separation of church and state. Thomas Jefferson explained the intent of the clause being to erect a wall of separation between the two. Freedom of religion and its practices are widely welcomed and accepted in American culture, but the line where religion’s hand crosses into politics is a blurred and sometimes nonexistent one. Petition this special interest group to uphold the sanctity of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment and keep biblical based opinions out of American politics.
Dear Brian Brown,
The freedom to choose and practice religion is one of the many alluring and magnificent things about the United States of America. The Constitution backs this freedom, yet subsequently also backs the Establishment Clause within the First Amendment. This clause upholds what Thomas Jefferson noted as “erecting a wall between church and state.” NOM’s website and blog are equally rife with political and religious sentiments that are often posed side-by-side.
NOM’s trademark argument against marriage equality is a simple one: “love…between a man and a woman who vow to be there for one another, and their children.” The religious collective often argues children should and need to be raised in two-parent homes. There are over two million same-sex couples who are willing to adopt worldwide, care for and love a parent-less child. With over 150,000 orphans in the US, this seems like a problem solver in itself. While there are exactly zero studies proving same-sex couples are incapable of raising children, there is a plethora of research proving they are more likely to provide even better care than same sex couples. While there is sanctity in marriage, according to the Constitution there is also sanctity in upholding the basic human right to happiness and love. Next time you are lobbying Congress, remember and abide by the Constitution, its Amendments and the fact there is a legal wall between the church and the people’s state.
[Your Name Here]
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