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We live in a time when those who stand for Christian values — and especially God’s plan for marriage — should not be surprised when they are targeted for their faith. But there is a way that you can respond to the attacks.

With your support, Alliance Defending Freedom can ensure that those who must fight to defend their religious freedom will not have to fight alone.

Thanks to a matching grant from a generous Christian family, your gift today will also be doubled dollar for dollar — up to $1 million. And as these stories powerfully demonstrate, your help is needed now more than ever.

The Fire Chief

Former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran overcame incredible odds to reach the pinnacle of his profession, but now he has a new fight on his hands.

From the beginning, the odds were stacked against Kelvin Cochran. He grew up in an impoverished black family in the Deep South during Jim Crow segregation and the civil rights movement.

While Kelvin was still very young, his father walked out on his family. But Kelvin had a dream. He wanted to be a firefighter.

Through faith and sheer hard work, Kelvin achieved his dream. He became a distinguished fire chief, reaching the pinnacle of his profession when he was appointed by President Obama to be U.S. Fire Administrator for the U.S. Fire Administration.

But Kelvin is first and foremost a man of God. And he has a special passion for helping Christian men become all God intends them to be. That’s what got him into trouble.

After returning to his job as Fire Chief in Atlanta, Kelvin began leading a men’s Bible study at his church. On his own time, he wrote a book for that Bible study. And in a section of his book, he briefly discussed the clear biblical teaching that sex is intended for procreation in marriage between a man and a woman.

The mere statement of this well-known Christian belief aroused the disapproval of city officials who do not like that view of marriage. They launched a witch hunt against Kelvin and succeeded in getting him fired, even though a city-led investigation concluded that he had never treated any member of his department unfairly.

Kelvin says, “When I was called into Atlanta City Hall, I realized I had a choice to make: apologize for speaking the truth, or suffer the worldly consequences for speaking the truth.”

Now he is fighting to get his job back. Will you fight with him?

“When I was called into Atlanta City Hall, I realized I had a choice to make: apologize for speaking the truth, or suffer the worldly consequences for speaking the truth.”

— Kelvin Cochran Former Atlanta Fire Chief

The Florist

ADF has promised Barronelle Stutzman that we will take her case to the U.S. Supreme Court — the last resort in our legal system. She needs your help to get a hearing.

Barronelle Stutzman is the last person you would ever expect to be at the center of a legal firestorm. But in 2013, that is where this kind and gentle grandmother found herself, after she made a simple decision to follow her conscience.

You see, after Washington State legalized same-sex marriage in 2012, a long-time friend and customer of Barronelle’s asked her to prepare the floral arrangements for his same-sex wedding. But Barronelle couldn’t. Because of her commitment to biblical truth and God’s plan for marriage, she knew she had to decline.

In a truly free society, no one would have tried to force her to participate. But that’s not how the state attorney general saw things.

Even though Barronelle had referred her client to several other florists that she knew would do a good job for the wedding, the attorney general filed a lawsuit against her.

She became the target of hateful letters, phone calls, emails, and even death threats. Then the ACLU also stepped in to file a suit of its own.

ADF has pledged to defend Barronelle all the way to the United States Supreme Court. And now that the Washington Supreme Court has ruled against her, she is down to her last appeal.

We’ve been here before. Our attorneys have made important contributions to 49 victories at the Supreme Court of the United States since 1994. Some of those cases had lost at every other level.

But in order to win at the U.S. Supreme Court, we will need to be absolutely steadfast and unmovable.

The ACLU recently raised $24 million in a single weekend in response to the change in our political climate. But we know that a great deal of their money is spent to bully and silence Christians who refuse to join in their celebration of the claimed redefinition of marriage.

We must stop them now. Together we can stand up to the ACLU. But this takes resources. Cases before the U.S. Supreme Court require a lot of time and money.

Please help continue the fight for Barronelle with your gift to be doubled today!

Religious freedom in the crosshairs

If the bullies from the ACLU and Washington State Attorney General’s office can crush Barronelle, then none of us is safe. Help fight back at the U.S. Supreme Court with your gift, which will be doubled today.

The filmmakers

Activist officials from across the country have their eyes on the case of Minnesota filmmakers Carl and Angel Larsen. Religious freedom must prevail, or we will all be at risk.

“We are in the business of telling great stories that honor God and amaze our clients,” says Carl Larsen. And over the course of nearly a decade, Carl and his wife Angel have used their talents on many Christ-honoring projects.

But now that the two Minnesota filmmakers want to make films that honor biblical marriage, they could be in trouble.

You see, the Larsens’ plans are getting a cold reception from the Minnesota Department of Human Rights.

Minnesota officials have interpreted the state’s Human Rights Act to require that anyone who makes films celebrating marriage between a man and a woman must also create films celebrating same-sex weddings. Those who refuse can be punished with a fine of up to $25,000 and 90 days in jail.

The Larsens have only three choices, according to their attorney. They can either tell marriage stories that violate their conscience, violate the law and suffer the consequences, or censor themselves from making films about marriage in the first place.

None of those choices is acceptable.

“As followers of Jesus, we believe marriage is a sacred covenant, instituted by God, exclusively between a man and a woman,” Carl explains. ADF is helping the Larsens challenge the state’s interpretation of the human rights law — before it can be enforced against them.

With God’s grace and your help, Alliance Defending Freedom can help the Larsens win their fight for religious freedom.

If the activist officials discover they can give themselves the power to order two filmmakers from St. Cloud, Minnesota, to create state-sanctioned messages, do you really think they will stop there?

We must not allow the activists to succeed.

With your help, we won’t have to. And whatever you give today will be doubled by the matching grant.

Don’t let the match go to waste

God, in His grace, has provided a powerful way to help defeat many of the worst attacks on your religious freedom. This matching opportunity could not come at a more critical time, and by harnessing its full power, we can equip our attorneys with many of the resources that are needed most for the fight.

But the power of the match is ultimately in your hands. You must decide, Is my religious freedom, the freedom of my Christian brothers and sisters, and the freedom of my children and grandchildren worth fighting for?

Thank you for standing with us for religious freedom.