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NOM PITS BLACKS AND LATINOS AGAINST GAYS TO PREVENT MARRIAGE EQUALITY
BY: RICK ANDREOLI
The Advocate’s Andrew Harmon reports that a newly released December 2009 internal document from the National Organization for Marriage lays out how the organization planned to drive a wedge between LGBT Americans and both the African-American and Latino communities, as well as energize clergy, all in an effort to stop gay marriage.
“The document, available here via the Human Rights Campaign, lays out a framework for casting the marriage equality movement as a serious threat to American religious freedom — a common motif in the Republican presidential primary race,” Harmon writes. “Of particular note, NOM details its ‘culture strategies’ project to generate support among the Latino and African-American communities.”
Excerpts from the document include:
•Gay marriage is the tip of the spear, the weapon that will be and is being used to marginalize and repress Christianity and the Church.
•The Latino vote in America is a key swing vote, and will be so even more so in the future, both because of demographic growth and inherent uncertainty: Will the process of assimilation to the dominant Anglo culture lead Hispanics to abandon traditional family values? We must interrupt this process of assimilation by making support for marriage a key badge of Latino identity — a symbol of resistance to inappropriate assimilation.
•We aim to find, equip, energize and connect African-American spokespeople for marriage; to develop a media campaign around their objections to gay marriage as a civil right.
The NOM document also outlined rallying Catholic clergy to their cause, as well as “three unnamed donors at the $1 million level, and 66 total donors who gave more than $5,000 for its ‘$20 Million Strategy for Victory.'”
Human Rights Campaign president Joe Solmonese said in a statement, “Nothing beats hearing from the horse’s mouth exactly how callous and extremist this group really is. Such brutal honesty is a game changer, and this time NOM can’t spin and twist its way out of creating an imagined rift between LGBT people and African Americans or Hispanics.”
Get the full story on the document and how it relates to current marriage equality efforts around the country on Advocate.com.