DKStories Posted March 27, 2012 Report Share Posted March 27, 2012 NOM is the front group in the fight of religious and social conservatives against marriage equality. They helped pass Prop 8 in California, and helped pass similar measures in Maine and several other states. In Delaware, Maryland and any state where marriage equality comes up, they are up there and testifying about the evils of gay marriage. Today we got a peek behind the curtain of their strategies thanks to Maine's disclosure laws: http://www.hrc.org/nomexposed/entry/must-read#.T3FOROziQ3g\ “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…” Lest they be forgotten, Latinos were also part of the strategy: "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." Those are great splash headlines - but dig into the document itself and you see the broader scope. I was going to quote from the document but it seems to be doing something screwy. Look at page 11 of the document linked above. There you will see their strategy for 2012 included targeting for repeal marriage rights in New Hampshire and Iowa. As you might be aware, the vote in New Hampshire happened last week. The final vote there was 211-116 to kill the repeal bill. Another vote for a voter referendum on the issue failed 162-188. In Iowa, Democrat Liz Mathis won a special election to the state Senate, guaranteeing a 26-24 Dem Majority and the bill to repeal that state's marriage laws was dropped due to the 26-24 split in the Senate. (In New Hampshire the Governor threatened to veto any law that passed and Republicans joined Democrats in voting to kill the repeal bill). On page 12, we see more of their strategy with focus on a $6 million dollar campaign to repeal marriage in D.C. They pledged $2 million of their funds were pledged for that purpose. Also on this page they delve into how much money they put in to the 2010 election to specifically attempt to defeat the pro-gay marriage Lynch (who won despite their efforts) and their attempts to get opponents of gay marriage elected (successfully enough to get them to introduce the marriage repeal bill after they got elected). Reading pages 19-21 we see them lay out their strategy on what I call "cultural indoctrination". Pages 21 and 22 lay out their strategy for influencing young people by holding debates, conferences, and speakers to 'train' young people to oppose gay marriage. It's a direct strategy that is very dangerous and can fly below the radar if not directly confronted. Thank back to A-H school district and their 'neutrality' policy on sexuality. These are the breeding grounds they want to create nationwide. At the bottom of Page 24 is the part that strikes closest to home for me. It is titled: Behind Enemy Lines: Document the Victims - Keeping Gay Marriage Controversial in Massachussetts, Vermont and Connecticut What does this mean? It means they funded $120,000 to, among other things seek out children of gay parents to speak about the horror of growing up in a gay household. After nearly three years of having people say organizations like NOM are well-intentioned and just about 'defending traditional values', it's interesting seeing the scope and intent of their efforts laid out in black and white text. It isn't about traditional marriage, it's about making dividing the country to acheive their agenda, about demonizing gay people, and making social issues the primary agenda of people they help get elected. When you hear about opponents to gay marriage pushing one agenda or another - these people are likely behind it. Quote Link to comment
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