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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. I'm so over the self-loathing queen that is (probably) Brian Brown. He's like some bad extra character cut from Boys in the Band.

    "Who is she? Who was she? Who does she hope to be?"

    I long for the day when no one even cares anymore.

    Posted by: APL | Mar 27, 2012 11:48:08 PM

  2. ##########WEAR ORANGE##########

    It's the color of racial tolerance.

    Posted by: ophu | Mar 28, 2012 1:35:23 AM

  3. ``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.``

    "LittleKiwi: ```Far too many,`` perhaps, only in the sense that ANY racism, sexism or homophobia in ANY community is too much until it is ZERO.

    But I really see no evidence whatsoever that the gay community is anything but far less racist than the world at large.

    Statistics from the US government on the races of same-sex couples have showed they are quadruple as likely as opposite-sex couples to be of different races.

    So regardless if some men-seeking-men profiles on Grindr or Plenty-of-Fish or whatevèr dating site say they`re looking for a partner of a particular race, you`ve provided no stats saying that men-seeking- women profiles are any more likely to say they are open to all races.

    I actually know a number of straight people who specifically go to a dating site that serves ONLY people of a certain race or another. I find that a very odd main criteria for a life partner and I`ve told them so. I`m actually not even aware of any gay site that specifically excludes other races like that.

    People like Brian Brown have succeeded in getting the media to talk about this mythical level of racism in the gay community.
    They media exploited this idea after Prop 8 by taking some comments by Dan Savage out of context and conjuring up the idea that racism was rampant at anti-Prop 8 rallies.
    I went to a huge anti-Prop 8 rally and all I saw was a VERY integrated crowd. Some of the main speakers were pro-equality black pastors and one Mormon (who all got enthusiastic applause and cheers from the crowd) and a lot of the signs white people were carrying commemorated their civil rights heroes such as Coretta Scott King and Bayard Rustin.

    All the talk in the right-wing media about racial animosity at these rallies was so different from any experience I have EVER had in the gay community that I saw it as basically made up.

    I actually suspect that some of the so-called commentors here who make ugly racist comments (and I don`t need to name them, because we all know who they are) may very well be NOT gay and may even be the same person using different names.
    It would really not surprise me in the least if they are posted here by some anti-gay bigot whose agenda is precisely this ```divide-and-conquer`` thing that NOM has going on.
    I don`t assume that racist commentors here are gay or male or white or anything else (this is the internet, after all). Part of what adds to my suspicions is the fact that, of the thousands of gay people I have met in real life, not one has ever said anything so vile.

    Posted by: gregv | Mar 28, 2012 1:50:13 AM

  4. Grreg stop fooling yourself to even think that straight people come to this blog to spew racism.

    Just as there is Black homophobes
    There are Gay racists...PERIOD!

    Cut the bulshit..No shade giving cover to one group while leaving the other to be criticized!

    Posted by: Chris DaChocolatebearcub | Mar 28, 2012 2:21:51 AM

    -- that has no chance of changing in the short term. The effort must go toward winning equality, and let the races get more understanding in the fullness of time.

    Posted by: Bob | Mar 28, 2012 3:05:58 AM

  6. ##########WEAR ORANGE##########

    It's the color of racial tolerance.

    Posted by: ophu | Mar 28, 2012 3:20:58 AM

  7. Actually OPHU: Orange is not the color of tolerance to the Irish Catholics who were oppressed for centuries by Protestant England. They were oppressed to such an extent that EIRE may be the only nation in the world where the majority of the people cannot speak there own language. The color orange is worn on July 12th in Northern Ireland to celebrate the victory of the House Of Orange ( William and Mary)over the Southern Irish at the Battle of the Boyne. As a young boy growing up in a suburb of Phila, my Irish imigrant grandmother would check to see that I had no orange colored clothing on me when I went out to play on July 12th. Pick another color.

    Posted by: jack | Mar 28, 2012 4:49:02 AM

  8. @Jack: The Irish are not a race unto themselves. No one believes that anymore.

    And I should know...

    Posted by: ophu | Mar 28, 2012 5:05:12 AM

  9. @Jack: And BtW, I didn't pick the color. Google it and you'll see what I mean.

    Posted by: ophu | Mar 28, 2012 5:06:45 AM

  10. There is asolutely nothing wrong with people seeking to date others of a particular race or nationality. We are attracted to whom we are attracted. I am an Irish American gay man. I have always been more attracted to Latin men than Gaelic men. Am I prejudiced against Irishmen? Of course not. But, if you said to me: you can "date" any Irishman in the world or the Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo, the Irish guys wouldn't have a chance.

    Posted by: jack | Mar 28, 2012 5:12:55 AM

  11. OPHU: I didn't say that the Irish were a race unto themselves. I said that the color orange was not the color of tolerance to millions of Irish Catholics. It is the color of oppression. I don't care who picked it. It is an insensitive choice.

    Posted by: jack | Mar 28, 2012 5:22:55 AM

  12. @Jack: Jack, every color offends somebody. Every color is taken, and every color means something. But orange is the color of the racial tolerance movement and it's what we have to work with.

    Red? Means you're a hooker in Japan.
    Yellow? Means illness if you wear the wrong shade; you have to be careful.
    Green? Offends oil company execs and Irish protestants, apparently, if orange offents Irish catholics. It's also a plasphemy in some cultures.
    Don't even get me started on red and blue.

    etc, etc. No matter what you do, it's probably going to offend someone. Just make sure you're doing it for the right reasons. Trust me, I won't go to Ireland wearing orange. But this is the USA and we're a bit more multi-everything here. So, trusting that Catholics in Ireland won't be offended if we wear orange here, we'll continue to wear orange to promote racial tolerance and give the color a DIFFERENT meaning.

    Posted by: ophu | Mar 28, 2012 5:40:45 AM

  13. But Bob..being able to accept other races is a part of equality!

    Posted by: CHRIS DACHOCOLATEBEARCUB | Mar 28, 2012 7:03:05 AM

  14. Well Ophu by your description of the color problem you have to offend someone. You chose to offend the millions of Irish-Americans. Just don't pretend that you are some open minded liberal who wouldn't offend anyone. You have chosen the very color that represents intolerance to Irish people. Do you understand that the native Irish were oppressed by the English from the12th century to the 20th century. Ireland was Englands first colony." UP THE REPUBLIC"

    Posted by: jack | Mar 28, 2012 7:15:16 AM

  15. Little Kiwi, I like your politics and your attitude

    Posted by: Sam Molloy | Mar 28, 2012 11:32:16 AM

  16. What's up, LittleAhole? Made enough posts to satisfy your narcissism?

    Posted by: ratbastard | Mar 28, 2012 1:46:50 PM

  17. a gay village, ratbastard, is where there's a collection of gay-friendly and gay-oriented businesses and homes. it's that place your dad wouldn't let you go visit before he did us all a favor and died.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Mar 26, 2012 10:26:33 PM


    Yes, Littleahole is a cool guy

    Posted by: ratbastard | Mar 28, 2012 1:52:35 PM

  18. ########WEAR ORANGE########

    It's the color of racial tolerance.

    Posted by: ophu | Mar 28, 2012 3:03:35 PM

  19. @Jack: Do you realize how your come across, saying not to wear the color of racial tolerance on this thread?

    Posted by: ophu | Mar 28, 2012 3:04:36 PM

  20. I posted at comment at NOM that so far hasn't appeared so I thought I'd spread it around:

    As Diane once said to Carla on Cheers, "you're a bitter little person, aren't you?"

    Your true colors are showing, and they're not beautiful like a rainbow. They're ugly, divisive, and uninformed torrents of hate.

    Marriage is a civil right that cannot be taken away by mobs of voters or self-righteous leaders of fraudulent institutes.

    NOM is a con. You're here, you spread fear, and we're exposing it. FAKERS!

    Posted by: Gary Alton Russell | Mar 28, 2012 6:33:02 PM

  21. Robert George, founder of NOM, just was appointed to the US Commission for International Religious Freedom. NOM’s talking points, arguments and strategies come from this man, who calls for the arrest and imprisonment and promoting bigotry of LGBT people. If you believe NOM’s tactics are reprehensible, please take the time to fill out this petition on the White House’s webpage condemning the appointment of Robert George. He will use this official US government position as a platform to spread vitriol against LGBT people globally. Pass the word along and post where you it is appropriate.!/petition/condemn-appointment-bigot-robert-george-us--commission-international-religious-freedom/TFPJSmSh?

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