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NOM's Brian Brown Responds to Documents That Reveal Its Campaign to Divide Gays and Blacks

NOM President Brian Brown released a statement today in response to evidence revealed by documents related to an investigation into its election activities in Maine that it worked to sow division between gays, Blacks, and Latinos in order to further its anti-gay agenda on the state and national level.

BrownSaid Brown in a statement:

"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. Alveda C. King, Bishop George McKinney of the COGIC Church, Bishop Harry Jackson and the New York State Senator 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, but 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."

Maine's investigation into NOM was authorized after GOP presidential candidate testified before The Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices in October 2009. Karger has been tracking NOM's finances and attempts to keep secret its lists of donors for years.

WolfsonFreedom to Marry President Evan Wolfson released a statement this morning in response to the documents, which reads, in part:

“In its anti-gay crusade to block the freedom to marry, NOM has spent years working to drive wedges within communities across the nation, all the while claiming it does not ’hate’ anyone, gay or non-gay.  Now exposure of NOM’s own strategy memos confirms that NOM will stop at nothing to push its agenda, pitting American against American, minority against minority, family members against family members. 
“NOM’s wedge-strategy memos detail its campaign to funnel money to a handful of African-American clergy in order to attack gay couples and, appallingly, discredit the strong and clear voice of those African-American civil rights champions, such as John Lewis, Julian Bond, and Coretta Scott King, who have stood up for the freedom to marry and the equal civil rights of all people, including gay people of color.  These smoking-gun documents show how NOM has sought, in the most cynical ways imaginable, to bait the gay community in hopes of provoking a hurt response that would further divide, all in furtherance of the ugly and cruel anti-gay agenda.
“NOM’s secret memos describe its intention to ‘interrupt [Latinos’] process of assimilation’ by ‘making support for marriage a key badge of Latino identity’ and ‘seek to identify glamorous young Latino and Latina leaders’ to reject equal protection for their own family members who are gay.  And all of this to be done, fueled by NOM’s shadowy secret funders, in the name of religion -- in flagrant contempt of the Golden Rule of treating others as you would want to be treated.  Despicable.
“Happily, even as NOM works to sow division and falsehood, we’ve seen the majority for marriage grow, as more Americans hear from their friends, family members, neighbors and coworkers about why marriage matters to gay people, their kids and their kin.  And while NOM has worked to generate and showcase anti-gay animosity in communities of color, all of America’s communities have moved in support of the freedom to marry, thanks to the gay and non-gay people of color and others who have talked from the heart about why marriage matters.

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  1. make no mistake, if you're an "anti-black" gay person you've let NOM win.

    now, closeted insecure boys will come on here to rail against this, and continue to blame black people for the fact that their own white conservative families don't do jack s**t to promote LGBT Equality.

    pay them no heed.

    the people at the "top" don't the rest of us working together. they know that when we do it'll mean the end of their rule. take solace - their end is coming, and a brave new real cool world awaits.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Mar 27, 2012 2:47:24 PM

  2. The SPLC has declined to give NOM official "hate group" status because of SPLC's specific guidelines. These new revelations, however, ought to do it.

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Mar 27, 2012 2:59:59 PM

  3. "worked to sow division", politically incorrect warning: wasn't that there to begin with and NOM saw an opportunity to just make it worse? I'm not racist, I'm not a Rick/Jason/like troll, I'm as liberal as they come...just thought this is a discussion that NEEDS to happen for true progress moving forward. Any response?

    The trolls will be all over this, ignore them/engage them, but they won't go away unfortunately.

    (Side note: I know how it works on here, Rick responds to all the posters that engage his inherent racism/misogyny on here except for LittleKiwi who asks him to post a video and he never responds to him and never will, and the non-engaging fight between the two of them will last until their dying days)

    Posted by: Leo | Mar 27, 2012 3:02:06 PM

  4. The intent, Leo, is to make gay people disregard non-white people.

    Which far too many are all too willing to do. It's pathetic.

    and if you wanna make Rick go away - do what i do. call his bluff. the wimp FLEES.

    The discussion that needs to happen is this - if you're not a wealthy white heterosexual Christian male then you need to realize that any and every attempt at putting minority against minority is exactly what the Good Old Boys want to continue their reign.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Mar 27, 2012 3:16:53 PM

  5. @Little Kiwi

    "do what i do. call his bluff. the wimp FLEES."

    Yes, and then he's right back in the next post of comments thread that will predictably lure him in ("femme" men, race), then you're back, and the process is never-ending. I'm just glad you're crazy enough to try and engage him every time (though I know there's many on here sick of you both)...

    "The to make gay people disregard non-white people."

    Yes, but what I'm getting at is that the racism was already there and very strong to begin with in the gay community. Why and how THAT stops is the question I'm aiming for. IMHO it goes beyond animosity for things like the prop 8 vote.

    Posted by: Leo | Mar 27, 2012 3:45:29 PM

  6. "We have worked with prominent African-American and Hispanic leaders..." Hmmm...sounds an awful lot like the "but some of my best friends are gay" defense when one is called to task.

    Posted by: RHR IN TN | Mar 27, 2012 3:48:39 PM

  7. oh, on THAT i do indeed agree.

    i was interviewed for an article in a Canadian queer magazine a few months ago, and it was indeed featured on this site. it was an article addressing (as its title stated) "The Troubling Terminology of Our Desires."

    It was an article questioning and challenging people on their use of phrases like "no fats fems asians or blacks". "no rice, no fried chicken, no falafel, no watermelon, no curry, no tacos"

    The most telling thing about the response to this article, which was indeed about THE LANGUAGE USED was the knee-jerk responses from racist gay men saying "oh, what so now i have to have sex with people i'm not attracted to?"

    No, and nobody said that. What was said were challenges to the language people use. Grindr, for example, where you have barely three lines to use. Rather than describing yourself, people choose to say "no blacks" - "no asians" - and rather than interrogating themselves for why they choose to say such things, let alone think about their own preferences or attractions, we got people saying "i'm allowed to say no asians!"

    well well well, isn't that noble and useless.

    there are many factors - we all know a great many gay conservatives who suck up to racists in order to get the anti-gay heat off their own backs. "Don't hate me, i can't stand that Muslim Kenyan President either!"

    that aint helping. sure, it buys them one more day of 'tolerance' from their own communities, but it doesn't actually help themselves, and it truly does harm others.

    let's be real - none of those guys who defend their right to advertise their "preferences" the way that they do online would dare to walk into a bar with a tee-shirt saying "No Blacks"

    A big part is to simply realize that words have impact - one gains nothing by saying "no blacks" - one helps many by no longer promoting and encouraging such a nonsense term.

    now, this aint the solution. it's merely one of many much-needed steps.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Mar 27, 2012 3:56:18 PM

  8. Brian Brown would be a much happier person if he would stop spreading hate and fear and jsut accept that he is a closeted gay man.

    Posted by: FernLaPlante | Mar 27, 2012 4:08:27 PM

  9. As was so well-articulated on the other thread, religious beliefs are the bigger factor when considering what might appear to be racially-specific propensity for homophobia. NOM is taking advantage of any group where religion informs opinion.

    That having been said, I can't help thinking about a Facebook friend from my days working in SC. She's as black as is possible and devoutly religious. And she "likes" every link I post regarding gay rights. So there's that. What may be true for many is rarely true for all.

    Posted by: TJ | Mar 27, 2012 4:11:03 PM

  10. This is false that Brian is dividing the gays and blacks.Brian is educating people about the gay agenda.
    Gay right is not a civil rights issue this is an insult to the black communites and our ancestors who died for human right fighting to be human beings not for a lifestyle.This gay agenda is trying to make everyone accept their lifestyle as normal and you know that it isn't or you would not be fighting so hard.
    Please keep your lifestyle in the bedroom where it belongs. I see and treat gays as humans.
    I do not give them "special treatment because of the lifestyle they choose.
    "Leave Brian alone he is doing a great job. KUDOS Brian keep it up!!

    Posted by: Daphney | Mar 27, 2012 4:18:05 PM

  11. Dear Daphney, MLK called and wants you to know that he thinks you're an idiot.

    Oh, and Towleroad readers called and are aware that you're not actually a black woman, but another of this site's racist trolls who thought they'd drum up some fun by pretending to be a black woman with a "black-spelled" name.

    so f**k off, racist white boy. you fool no one.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Mar 27, 2012 4:32:56 PM

  12. Where's the list of donors?

    Posted by: Oliver | Mar 27, 2012 4:34:09 PM

  13. @ DAPHNEY, you're a moron, ignorant, homophobic and lack intelligence, so shut up!!

    Posted by: GV525 | Mar 27, 2012 4:35:48 PM

  14. What Oliver said. Where's the list of donors?

    Posted by: Jeffrey in St. Louis | Mar 27, 2012 4:37:08 PM

  15. folks, "Daphney" is none other than one of this site's resident anti-black insecure white boy anti-liberal trolls.

    it's obvious.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Mar 27, 2012 4:41:51 PM

  16. Daphney:

    I could be wrong, but your posting reeks of Shirley Q Liquor. Heavy ebonics and the term "KUDOS" just don't seem to fit, honey.

    But if you are real...well, remember, the same people who back Brian Brown and NOM are the same people who would feel quite justified in shooting your 17 year old son for just walking through their neighborhood.

    (You can't be real. How the hell could you find this site? Take off that bandanna and that blackface, you miserable b.tch.)

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Mar 27, 2012 4:51:55 PM

  17. exactly, Derrick. it's just you-know-who doing an impression of a black woman. ignore.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Mar 27, 2012 4:57:54 PM

  18. This ineffectual response, reeking of implausible deniability, from this filth does not surprise me. Christians are racist as well as homophobic. Christians hate everyone who isn't exactly like them. They feed on division and strife amongst humanity. They enjoy stirring up trouble within society. Also, leave it to a duplicitious troll to pose as a NOM supporter. I suppose that's all Christians can do these days, considering their deceit and their secrets are being exposed every day, and their influence continues to wane.

    Posted by: Sarm | Mar 27, 2012 5:06:47 PM

  19. Back to the subject at hand: Brian Brown's "response" is nothign of the sort. he just ignores the entire matter and repeats his "talking points."

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Mar 27, 2012 5:27:07 PM

  20. I wish someone would directly, and on television, ask Maggie Gallagher if she thinks she's created a nurturing and safe home environment wherein a gay child would feel safe Coming Out, if they were in fact gay.......

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Mar 27, 2012 5:33:20 PM

  21. I hope they can afford to publicize this in Maine and North Carolina and wherever else NOM rears its ugly and loathsome excuse for a head.

    Posted by: Zlick | Mar 27, 2012 5:39:11 PM

  22. Whether or not "Daphney" is a real person in the context of this thread is not that important. What is sad is that what "she" wrote is exactly what a lot of people out there actually believe. Without actually knowing any gay people, they are dead sure about what we think, what we want and who we are. It is impossible to reason with people who can only parrot what their pastors say and who can only win an argument by yelling louder.

    I'm glad to see NOM exposed as a group that is willing to manipulate an entire race of people in order to achieve its agenda.

    Posted by: Chadd | Mar 27, 2012 6:58:44 PM

  23. Interesting to see how these smug authoritarian (how much of this is tautology?) Christians really think.

    Posted by: coemgenus | Mar 27, 2012 7:13:28 PM

  24. To deny that marriage rights are civil rights is laughable. There are laws regarding marriage, and they are civil laws. Therefore, the right to marry is a civil right. Brown's arguments are ridiculous and delusional. Does any TV reporter ever challenge him on this point on one of his many appearances?
    And by the way, it's disappointing when this comment section descends to the level of people sniping at each other and calling each other names. Many of the posts are not even on topic. (Yes, I mean you, Littlekiwi.)

    Posted by: David | Mar 27, 2012 8:18:39 PM

  25. Just in case you haven't noticed, littlekiwi is hazardous to the health of the kind of free, honest and fair minded debate that a democratic society depends on. His rants, vitriol and name calling are totally out of line. He seems to confuse talking tough with actually putting forth reasoned arguments.

    Posted by: jack | Mar 27, 2012 10:04:31 PM

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