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Dear Friend,

On this day in 1931, the Star-Spangled Banner was formally adopted as our national anthem.

Most of us are familiar with the wonderful story of how Francis Scott Key, a prisoner on a British ship in Baltimore's Inner Harbor, rejoiced at seeing the Stars and Stripes "yet waving" over Ft. McHenry despite a ferocious assault of "bombs bursting" from John Bull's men-of-war.

The final stanza of America's song is especially relevant for our time: It encourages "free men" to "stand," and "Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation." It reminds us that "In God is our trust."

Nearly two centuries after Mr. Key saw Old Glory still flying, we are, with you, still standing -- for liberty and the Constitution, for faith and family, for our children and their future. And since God remains our trust, we always will.


Rob Schwarzwalder

Senior Vice President

Family Research Council

P.S. Pat Fagan, Ph.D., the distinguished Director of FRC's Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI), recently has published a massive study of what's really happening in families across the country. The "Annual Report on Family Trends 2011" is designed to "inform the reader about the American family in its current state, including its behaviors in the five major institutions ... of society: family, church, school, marketplace, and government." A superb resource for educators, students, political and civic leaders, and concerned citizens, you can download it free by clicking here.

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Earlier this week, FRC President Tony Perkins sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice requesting records of communications between the Obama Justice Department and various legal groups seeking to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Why? Because the President has now said federal attorneys would no longer defend DOMA in court. In Tony's words, "The President's failure to defend DOMA is also a failure to fulfill his oath to 'faithfully execute the office of President of the United States.' What will be the next law that he will choose not to enforce or uphold?" We are looking forward to Attorney General Holder's response to FRC's letter.

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