The recent release of internal strategy memos of the so-called National Organization for Marriage (NOM) calls for the use of race as a means of stripping the freedom to marry from loving and committed same-sex couples.

The Human Rights Campaign publicized the contents of some previously confidential 2009 documents outlining NOM’s strategies for winning the national battle for “traditional marriage.” “The strategic goal of this project,” NOM said, “is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks — two key Democratic constituencies.” The memo also outlines NOM’s strategies for targeting Latino communities by “making support for marriage a key badge of Latino identity” and “to make opposition to gay marriage an identity marker, a badge of youth rebellion to conformist assimilation to the bad side of ‘Anglo’ culture.”

Civil rights organizations like the National Black Justice Coalition blasted the confidential memo.

“These documents expose NOM for what it really is — a hate group determined to use African American faith leaders as pawns to push their damaging agenda and as mouthpieces to amplify that hatred,” said Sharon Lettman-­‐Hicks. Hicks is the executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition. “With these memos made public, the black faith community must refuse to be exploited and refuse to deny their fellow brothers and sisters equal protection under the law.”

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