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November 19, 2001

Office of the President
Steven W. Fitschen

The traditional family is under attack all across this country. We need your help to defend it—state-by-state and in Washington. We cannot go to court—as we must—without your support!

Dear Friend of the National Legal Foundation:

The traditional family is under attack . . . again. Or should I say, "still"?

Radical homosexual activists have been trying to force states to grant them same-sex marriages since 1971. That’s right, they’ve been pushing their anti-family agenda for thirty years now!

But there’s one big difference between 1971 and today. Today, they are about to win.


With God’s help, you and I have held the enemies of the family at bay. The National Legal Foundation, along with many other courageous groups, has been vigilant. We have been working in the courts and in the legislatures.

Allow me to remind you of what the National Legal Foundation has done in the court room:

  • We have actively worked to defend the right of states to refuse to issue marriage licenses to homosexuals. We helped plan legal strategies in Alaska, Hawaii, and Vermont. We filed our own briefs in Hawaii and Vermont, representing such groups as Coral Ridge Ministries, Concerned Women for America, American Family Association, Traditional Values Coalition, WallBuilders, and Free Congress Foundation.
  • We filed a brief in a Georgia court arguing that Georgia does not have to recognize a so-called civil union from Vermont.
  • At the Tennessee Supreme Court we successfully defended the right of a mother to keep her children away from the harmful influence of her former lesbian lover. After the mother saw the error of her ways and abandoned the lesbian lifestyle, her former lover went to court to force the mother into giving her visitation rights. With your help we protected those children.
  • Just last week—and this is the first chance I’ve had to tell you about this—we filed a brief at the Ohio Supreme Court in a very similar case. We want to build upon our powerful precedent from Tennessee.

But that’s not all that we’ve done. We’ve been active on the legislative front, too. With God’s help and your prayers and financial support we have:

  • Drafted model legislation (that was sent to activists in all 50 states) that allows states to outlaw same-sex marriage!
  • Helped draft individualized state statutes or constitutional amendments outlawing same-sex marriage.
  • Helped draft the federal Defense of Marriage ACT (DOMA).

But the battle is far from over. Right now the battle rages in Alaska, Ohio, Georgia, and Massachusetts.

I’ve already told you what we’ve been able to do in Ohio and Georgia. I’ve also mentioned what we did in Alaska last time around. BUT SADLY, we have not been able to make a significant contribution in Massachusetts or in the latest battle in Alaska . . . so far.

We simply have not had sufficient staffing or funding.

(We have been able to make some minor contributions in terms of strategizing with others who are involved in this battle. But our desire—and I’m sure yours, too—is to be able to make a real difference in this battle by filing significant briefs and undertaking ground breaking research.)

That’s why I must turn to you once again. As you know, this ministry is run on the faithful giving of friends like you. At this critical time, our adversaries—the enemies of marriage, the enemies of the family, the enemies of God’s design—are not letting up. They are digging in. And so must we.

There is so much to be done. And I desperately need your help to do it.

Let’s step up to the plate . . . together.

In defense of marriage and the family,

Steven W. Fitschen

P.S. Soon a major battle may develop over an amendment to the United States Constitution that would outlaw same-sex marriage for the entire country! You may have heard that such an amendment has already been publicly unveiled. I can now tell you that I have been involved in secret meetings for nearly three years working on the strategy for this amendment. Now that it has been unveiled our expertise will be called upon again and again. As we continue to fight to protect marriage and the family—both state-by-state and at the federal level—we seek your prayers and your financial support. We can’t do it without you!

Please send your very best gift today. As the battle continues in Alaska, Georgia, Ohio, Massachusetts, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere, I need to know that we will have the funding available to do our part. Opinions could come down any day that would require us to file briefs at the appeals stage in these cases. We must be ready!




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