A court has released previously sealed internal documents from the National Organization for Marriage and it includes a 2009 strategy document with items they were looking to fund. Included in those items was someone to find “victims” of gay parents that they could use to discredit same-sex marriage and adoption.
The line item was for $60,000 to cover salary and benefits for an “outreach coordinator” whose job it would be to “identify children of gay parents willing to speak on camera.” Did they hire that person? Did they not find any “victims”? Surely if they had found some, they would have trumpeted it far and wide.
The other big revelation is that NOM explicitly strategized to drive a wedge between gay people and other minority groups.
“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 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.”
NOM delivers a predictably illogical response:
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. Aveeda King, Bishop George McKinney of the COGIC Church, Bishop Harry Jackson and the New York State Sen. 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, and 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.
Let’s put this into a syllogism:
Proponents says same-sex marriage is a civil right.
Some members of other minority groups are opposed to same-sex marriage.
Therefore, same-sex marriage is not a civil right.
I’ll take non sequiturs for $1000, Alex.
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