That’s so darn Christian of them, isn’t it?
Documents have come to light in a Maine court filing that detail a plot by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) to slow the legalization of same-sex marriage by dividing black and LGBT people, according to the Human Rights Commission.
The documents, marked “Confidential,” emerged as part of an investigation by the State of Maine into the conservative organization’s campaign finance activities in the state. In a board report called the “Not a Civil Right Project” for 2008 to 2009, the group discusses its heavy involvement in Proposition 8 in California, it’s goal of blocking attempts by New England states to legalize same-sex marriage, and, most controversially, a plan by NOM to “drive a wedge between gays and blacks.”
The organization hoped to “(f)ind, 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,” thereby “fanning the hostility” between two groups it sees as “key Democratic constituencies.”
NOM also hoped to target Latinos and prevent the “process of assimilation to the dominant Anglo culture” from leading Hispanics to “abandon traditional family values.”