Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Fanning the Flames

The irony-challenged National Organization for Marriage (Unless You’re Queer) had a secret plan to incite division between gay rights groups and minorities in order to defeat the nation’s inexorable move to legalizing marriage equality.

“The strategic goal of this project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks — two key Democratic constituencies,” one of the NOM memos says.

The documents, marked “confidential,” were unsealed yesterday afternoon in Maine by court order, as part of that state’s ongoing ethics investigation into NOM’s campaign finances.

The memo spells out specific steps to enact, including:

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…”


NOM is a 501(c)3 and cannot endorse presidential candidates, but the former chairwoman of NOM’s board, Maggie Gallagher, endorsed Santorum in January.

It’s a pretty standard tactic: if you can’t win the argument on logic, go for the divide-and-conquer. It means they’re out of reasonable points and are getting desperate. Which means we’re winning.