When Mitt Romney cut his $10,000 check for the National Organization for Marriage, did he know his money would be used to "drive a wedge between gays and blacks -- two key Democratic constituencies"? Did he know it would go toward fanning hostility between fellow Americans?
Confidential internal documents unsealed Monday by a Maine court provide new information about how, in the aftermath of California's Proposition 8, NOM strategically leveraged large secret donations to fund the anti-marriage movement across the country.
The assumption underlying NOM's divide-and-conquer strategy is that people of color are already homophobic, or can be easily pushed there. This fundamental misunderstanding of people of color and the failure to appreciate the diversity within the LGBT community are deeply troubling.
Instead of working to bring Americans together, the goal of NOM is to sow the seeds of mistrust and tear different groups apart. Instead of harmony, they promote acrimony. Forget the great American melting pot; NOM simply stirs the pot of bitterness and division.
The group that has yet to be held accountable for the NOM debacle is the LGBT leadership itself. Having spent much of the past five years playing their own dangerous race game, LGBT talking heads have helped stoke the very animosity that fueled NOM's craven, color-based policies.
With this week's court-ordered release of previously classified NOM strategy documents, there are way more questions than answers. I know that you're one to keep your cards pretty close to the vest, but I'd like to pose a few queries nonetheless.
Those who have been on the receiving end of these dishonorable and untruthful campaigns won't be surprised by much of what's in the NOM documents. But the brazenness of the language around racial wedge politics should make it easier to expose the group's Machiavellian heart.
The revelation of its bald attempt to exploit black people and Latinos should help end the idea that NOM is an honorable group that would never engage in race-baiting. Because that is precisely what it has done.
In their quest to deny legal recognition to the long-term, loving relationships of same-sex couples, NOM goes disturbingly far off into the fringe. The most horrific document shows that they aimed at the heart of coalition building between the LGBT community and racial minorities.
The newly released documents reveal a remarkably cynical, shrewd, callous organization that is willing to say and do whatever it takes in order to prevent loving, committed same-sex couples from winning the freedom to marry.
GLAAD's Commentator Accountability Project is not about silencing anyone but having an honest debate. And you can't have an honest debate when one party is being deceptive in terms of their goals and their true feelings about the community they oppose.
A new report is highlighting the plight of a population who always seem to be ignored when African-American leaders begin debating issues pertaining to the community. The report gives a number of good solutions to this problem. I have a solution, too.
Maggie Gallagher, co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), an anti-marriage-equality group, was interviewed on the Feb. 11 edition MSNBC's Up with Chris Hayes, and it didn't go well for her.
How does a woman who clearly had to face so much hardship and so many challenges in raising a son on her own justify her work in ripping other families apart? Maybe one day, she will see and understand the utter disconnect.
Prop 8 was built upon deliberate lies that Maggie Gallagher, Tony Perkins, Peter Sprigg, and the rest of those pushing it were too fearful to defend in court. None of these people had the guts to take an oath and attest to the veracity of the claims they made.