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The right wing is coming out swinging, with their sights set on the election. Can you help us raise $100,000 in the next week to fight back?

Yesterday, when a California court ruled that Proposition 8 violated the U.S. Constitution, the radical-right "National Organization for Marriage" (NOM) immediately went ballistic, saying the case could "strip millions of Americans of our core civil right to vote..."

The ruling has fueled a right-wing fire that was already raging: NOM is in the midst of holding anti-equality rallies in 20 cities, and rabidly anti-marriage candidates are making headway – including one who's received major support despite his ties to a group that condoned executing gay people.

It all adds up to a right-wing onslaught – groups firing up their activists for a make-or-break election this November and anti-equality candidates bolstered by new sources of funding. And yesterday's court decision kicked it into high gear.

This is the next big moment for marriage. To have the strength to fight back, we need to raise $100,000 in the coming week.

With your help, we're mounting a major grassroots campaign against the right-wing effort to shift the balance of power – by getting lawmakers elected who support equality, voting out those who don't, and preventing hateful initiatives. But it won't be easy. We face a wave of anti-equality candidates backed by Tea Partiers and front groups.

The stakes are enormous, and the danger of defeat is real. And that's why we need you in the fold as an HRC member. Can you help?

Join HRC right now and provide the financial support for this major campaign.

Between yesterday's historic Prop. 8 decision and the recent rebuke of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the right wing is spitting mad. NOM’s leaders have raised the specter of a "culture war" and threatened retribution at the ballot box: "Let me promise you one thing: This is going to light a fire for November." The Family Research Council called an earlier DOMA ruling "an attack on America's moral foundations."

When extremists lash out, it's not just about rhetoric. They raise money – a lot of it – off their bare-knuckle tactics.

And the right-wing candidates they've gotten on the ballot – people who could stand in the way of marriage equality in states like Minnesota – are also enjoying an unprecedented flow of donations in the wake of relaxed campaign finance rules.

To fight back, we're counting on the generous financial support of our members. We need to get grassroots organizers into the field, train and mobilize volunteers, run ads, speak out in the media, and fight the right-wing rhetoric daily.

Join this historic struggle by becoming an HRC member today.

The victories we've earned this year could be short-lived. They could spark a devastating backlash unless we're there to defend and build on them.

Thanks in advance for being there when your help is needed most.

Warmly,


Joe Solmonese
President




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