Don’t say HRC doesn’t do anything for you: The Human Rights Campaign’s NOM Exposed project has turned up some juicy dirt on the National Organization for Marriage, including a previously sealed, confidential document that reveals the hate group’s plan to defeat marriage equality by pitting African-Americans and other minorities against the LGBT community.
Written in 2009, NOM’s National Strategy For Winning The Marriage Battle spells out the group’s plan to attack same-sex marriage initiatives in New Hampshire, Iowa, Vermont, Connecticut and DC. Their strategies, most of which have thankfully failed, include gathering celebrity endorsements (Kirk Cameron hasn’t exactly galvanized the nation) and viral videos depicting the innocent “victims” of gay marriage.
But what really sticks in our craw is how NOM plotted to divide and conquer by pitting blacks against gays in their own spin on the Republican Party’s old Southern Strategy. And they had the temerity to put it down on paper!
The strategic goal… 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.”
There was also a lovely attempt to alienate Hispanics and gays:
“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.”
It’s hard to say how successful this campaign was, as Iowa, Vermont and New Hampshire don’t exactly have huge black and Latino populations. But NOM was able to throw its weight into a successful effort to get Iowa Supreme Court justices David Baker, Michael Streit and Marsha Ternus—whose unanimous ruling brought gay marriage to the state—unseated.
“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.”
We shudder to think what other nefarious plans Brian Brown, et al, are brewing that we don’t know about.