Shocker! Attacking Gay Marriage All About Politics, Less About Values
Recently, AlterNet reported on a number of documents unsealed in Maine which revealed the strategy of the hateful National Organization for Marriage, a group devoted entirely to fighting marriage equality.
It turns out that the group was explicitly, on-the-record, aiming to create a "Wedge" between black and latino groups and gay groups--to fracture the Democratic and progressive coalition, in other words-- as much as to promote bigotry for the sake of "family values."
Today, the New York Times has a particularly withering editorial on the matter, turning its gaze to the prominent Republicans who allow this organization to maintain their seal of approval:
These are not the musings of a marginalized group. The day after the memos became public, National Organization for Marriage’s co-founder and chairman emeritus, Robert George, was appointed by John Boehner, the Republican House speaker, to a United States commission focused on addressing religious intolerance and extremism around the globe.
Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich have publicly aligned themselves with the group and signed its pledge to work aggressively from the White House against same-sex marriage.Now that the group’s poisonous political approach is out in the open, Mr. Romney and the others should be racing to make clear their disapproval.
We detect no stampede.
It's also important to note that this hope for a "wedge" totally erases the existence and experiences of LGBT people of color.
AlterNet's Alvin McEwen has his own take on the victim-blaming NOM is now using:
Yes, it is true that the disagreement between the black and gay communities regarding marriage equality didn’t start with NOM. But that’s not the point.
The point is that NOM is attempting to exploit that disagreement.
Yes, it is insulting to think that African-American leaders are puppets of NOM. But it isn’t the so-called media elites who pushed this belief. It was NOM.