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People for the American Way has obtained a strategy memo from the Alliance For Marriage (AFM), a rightwing organization intent on cultivating a "fifty state strategy" against marriage equality.  AFM says they're fighting an "historic struggle" to beat back the "acceleration" of marriage equality on the state level by promoting "a non-binding Marriage Protection Resolution; a joint resolution passed by state legislatures calling upon the state's congressional delegation and congressional leadership in Washington, to send the federal Marriage Protection Amendment to state legislators for ratification."

In the memo, AFM President Matt Daniels writes, "It is safe to predict that the trend in the courts will continue in the direction of Massachusetts and New Jersey" -- which ignores the fact that the NJ state legislature passed civil unions and will hopefully advance to marriage equality in the next two years.

But the more remarkable part of the memo is this:

As we continue to build our national movement, we would do well to remember what my friend Dr. Walter Fauntroy, organizer of the March on Washington for Martin Luther King, once said when a reporter derisively commented on the difficulty of advancing our cause in Congress:

As Dr. King's personal representative to the House and Senate, I can remember how our efforts to pass the Civil Rights Act were met with opposition year after year. We faced hostile committee chairmen. We faced hostile leaders in both parties -- including many powerful Congressmen from the South. We also faced the scorn of some in the media. But we knew that our cause was just.  And we knew that most Americans of goodwill supported our cause. So we came back year after year.  At the time, we had a simple saying -- and it's the same saying that would apply to the cause of protecting marriage in our day. We used to say We Shall Overcome.

First of all, marriage equality doesn't seek to tear down anyone's rights -- it will build up families. And second, most King historians attribute the brunt of the organization on the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom to another activist: the late Bayard Rustin, a gay man.

Rustin, like King, was a civil rights advocate. At least Daniels and Fauntroy refrain from using those words in claiming King's mantle to deny rights to others, simply for who they are.

Cross-posted from the Huffington Post

Originally posted to J R B on Thu Mar 01, 2007 at 05:40 PM PST.

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  •  These right wing bigots make (5+ / 0-)

    sick.  They preach hatred and intolerance and try and use Martin Luther King's name to justify their insanity.  

  •  The NJ legislature didn't have a choice (0+ / 0-)

    which ignores the fact that the NJ state legislature passed civil unions and will hopefully advance to marriage equality in the next two years.

    They had no choice in the matter, so it doesn't really contradict AFM's point.

  •  Is it me, or has this stuff just been pouring in (1+ / 0-)
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    lately.

    First there was the 70 something year old gay man beat to death, then city manager in Largo, Fl who wanted to undergo the sex change, and now this.

    It's wearing me out.

    "No government has the right to tell its citizens whom to love. The only queer people are those who don't love anybody." - Rita Mae Brown (-5.38, -6.77)

    by AUBoy2007 on Thu Mar 01, 2007 at 06:07:56 PM PST

  •  I've got a Fauntroy story. (2+ / 0-)
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    During the late Carter years, he wnt on a crusade to shut down the annual 4th of July White House Marijuana Rally, for which I'd customarily secured the Laffayette Park permit.

    At first, he limited himself to letters to the editor calling on the President to deny our application, and counterpicketing us (in league with the Larouchies.)

    Then, in '79, he beat us to the punch in applying, so we had to move our event behind the White House. It's first come first served, with applications accepted no more than a year ahead.

    July 5th '79, we were both at the entrance to the US Park Police Capitol District HQ, applications in hand, waiting for the building to open. It should been a footrace to the appropriate office, but the officer who unlocked the door tried to physically block me from entering. I slammed the Park cop to the wall, pinned him, and lateraled to an associate who outran Fauntroy, so we get the 1980 permit.

    He seems to have given up this particular crusade after that, but always made speeches in favor of the Reagan drugwar bills in his capacity as DC's non-voting House Delegate.

    Democratic Candidate for US Senator, Wisconsin, in 2012

    by ben masel on Thu Mar 01, 2007 at 06:09:57 PM PST

  •  Quoting MLK in a struggle against Civil Rights (1+ / 0-)
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    will strike most people, including right-wingers, as laughable.  And we should do exactly that: laugh at this junk.  

    For the record, here's what the real MLK really did say:

    An unjust law is a code that a numerical or power majority group compels a minority group to obey but does not make binding on itself. This is difference made legal.

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