On Tuesday, we set a new, ambitious goal: 3,000 first-time members for 2011. Now, we're so close to meeting it that we've decided to extend our 2011 membership deadline until MIDNIGHT TONIGHT.
Conservatives now control more state legislative seats than at any other time since the Hoover administration – and right-wing groups are more emboldened than ever before. If you believe marriage equality is worth fighting for – and that advancing equality in Congress is worth the commitment it will take – this is your LAST CHANCE to join thousands of other new HRC members before our midnight deadline.
And as added incentive, we're making a special offer only available today. Until midnight tonight ONLY, new members can join HRC for just $20.11 – a $15 discount.
We're even extending our offer of a free HRC USB charger for first-time members who join us today.
I hope you won't pass up this chance to join HRC for just $20.11.
Thank you for your commitment to this fight.
– Cathy Nelson, Vice President of Development and Membership, HRC
We're looking for just 403 more new HRC members to help start 2011 strong – and there are only hours left before our midnight deadline.
Your membership gift right now could decide whether we see new federal assaults on equality and new bans on same-sex couples marrying – or whether millions of couples will have their love recognized for the first time.
I hope you'll read this email to find out how and then stand with us.
In the wake of the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the far-right is furious – and re-energized.
Here's what's happening: In New Hampshire and Iowa, they're focused on ending marriage equality. In West Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Minnesota, constitutional bans on same-sex marriage could be on the table. And just last week, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) announced that it would spend $100,000 on ads opposing marriage equality in Rhode Island.
In Congress, a host of radical new representatives and senators are ready to follow through on their hateful, anti-LGBT campaign promises.
And we've learned from experience that right-wing groups like NOM will stop at nothing – and spare no expense – to block our very real chances of winning marriage equality in New York and Maryland and securing civil unions in Hawaii and Delaware. Meanwhile, we are gearing up to help Washington and Oregon achieve marriage equality in 2012.
Our movement must have the strength to overcome extremist lies, support pro-equality champions in Congress, invest in state campaigns, and expose radical hate groups.
After years of fighting for equality, I know I'm not the only one that feels the weight of this moment of opportunity – our opponents feel it, too. Their ads and literature are desperate. They sense the cultural shift. They're afraid of our momentum.
But they still have a chance to do terrible damage. Stephanie, I believe you know what's at stake. The only question now is: Will you help us fight?
NOM can count on their tiny band of massive donors. Right-wing politicians can count on hateful activists with limitless energy. We rely on our members for 85 percent of our funding, not foundations or grants – and I know we can count on you.
Thank you for believing in equality, and being willing to fight for it.
Just hours to go,
P.S. If you've already put a check in the mail or given to HRC through some other means, thank you. If you've yet to contribute, though, please consider making a gift now. Your gift is critical to maintaining our fight against hate and bigotry in all its forms.
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