The embattled National Organization for Marriage, reeling from the release of internal documents that appeared to show the anti-gay organization was keen on stirring up racial tensions in order to oppose marriage equality, has hit back against claims the group is racist — by continuing its race-baiting language.
Said NOM president Brian Brown in a press release, emphasis mine:
“The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) was formed in 2007 and has worked extensively with supporters of traditional marriage from every color, creed and background. We have worked with prominent African-American and Hispanic leaders, including Dr. Alveda C. King, Bishop George McKinney of the COGIC Church, Bishop Harry Jackson and the New York State Senator Reverend Rubén Díaz Sr., all of whom share our concern about protecting marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
“Gay marriage advocates have attempted to portray same-sex marriage as a civil right, but the voices of these and many other leaders have provided powerful witness that this claim is patently false. Gay marriage is not a civil right, and we will continue to point this out in written materials such as those released in Maine. We proudly bring together people of different races, creeds and colors to fight for our most fundamental institution: marriage.”
As Care2 reported earlier today, the Human Rights Campaign yesterday secured unsealed documents from a court case into NOM’s campaign funding in Maine. NOM had stridently resisted releasing these documents.
Page 13 of the document showed NOM at its race-baiting worst:
“The strategic goal of this project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks–two key Democratic constituencies. Find, equip, energize and connect African American spokespeople for marriage, develop a media campaign around their objections to gay marriage as a civil right; provoke the gay marriage base into responding by denouncing these spokesmen and women as bigots…”
The document, which we broke down for you in considerable detail, also revealed NOM’s plans for fighting marriage equality internationally and its plan to recruit “elite” kids to take up the fight.
And NOM’s tactics have now made mainstream media news, with MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts covering the story (h/t The New Civil Rights Movement):
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