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Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has released documents from National Organization for Marriage (NOM) resulting from the Maine effort to ensure NOM was not an outside the state agency attempting to influence the State's elections. These court documents show that NOM was intent in creating racial animus between the LGBT community and Black and Hispanic communities, as if those communities were exclusive to each other.

The documents still to not answer the most pressing question brought before the court, Who are the funding sources for NOM?

Today HRC got a hold of internal NOM documents that shed light on the anti-LGBT movement’s overall strategy. These documents were just unsealed in Maine mid-afternoon.  The docs are part of the ongoing investigation by the State of Maine into the campaign finance activities of NOM in that state. Much more to come but some high (low) lights from PDF page 13 of the “confidential” 2008-09 report to the NOM Board of Directors:

“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…”

Not a Civil Right Project

The majority of African-Americans, like the majority of Americans, oppose gay marriage, but Democratic power bosses are increasingly inclined to privileged the concerns of gay (sic) rights groups over the values of African-Americans. A strategic goal of this projectis to amplify the voice and power of black (sic) Americans within the Democratic Party. We aim to find, equip, energize and connect African-American spokespeople for marriage; to develop a media campaign around their objections to gay (sic) marriage as a civil right. No politician wants to take up and push an issue that splits the base of the party.

page 20 Doc 128a

Hmm it looks like the NOM document just got the church in hot water for pushing against Gay Marriage. They are supposed to avoid partisanship to keep their tax breaks right?

20100716 Doc 128a NOM Depo - Exhibit 1 - NOM Depo Exhibit 3 Nat'l Strategy for Winning 08-11-09                                                                                            

20100716 Doc 128b NOM Depo - Exhibit 2 - NOM Depo Exhibit 12 Nat'l Strategy for Winning 12-15-09                                                                                            

20100716 Doc 128c NOM Depo - Exhibit 3 - NOM Depo Exhibit 25 NOM Board Update 2008-2009                                                                                            

20100716 Doc 128d NOM Depo - Exhibit 4 - NOM Depo Exhibit 28 Marriage $20 Million Strategy                                                                                            

Originally posted to Angry Gays on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 12:14 AM PDT.

Also republished by Milk Men And Women.

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  •  It is always amazing to me (11+ / 0-)

    how deeply and intensely Movement Conservatives really believe in their own memes, frames, and strawmen about the people who disagree with them and how politics works for non-Movement Conservatives.

    African-Americans vote so overwhelmingly for the Democratic Party not because they have been duped or manipulated by "bosses" but fundamentally because the post-1965 Republican Party offers them little to nothing to support. Give black people a shred of credit? Jeez. Don't be crazy. It must be the "Democratic Power Bosses" are taking you being in their back pocket for granted. They like the gays more! I have no doubt that if the GOP had something substantive economically/politically to offer African-Americans besides toxic trickle down and scapegoating and strawmanning minorities to appeal to scared and angry white people, more black Americans would be voting for the GOP than are doing now. Paying a person of color a lot of money to spout the same talking points that Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity does, expecting it will cause the targeted community to be more receptive to the same old garbage, is about as insulting as you can get.

    Maggie Gallager, the founder and face of N.O.M., has probably written dozens of Op/Eds filled with all sorts of offensive nonsense designed to appeal to the Angry White Man phenomena of the 1990's that gave us the Contract on America crowd and the House Majority of Newt Gingrich. In what universe does a Movement Conservative hack get to kick a group of people one day, and then be given a blank slate to influence that group's activism the next?

    In a universe where you don't give the person you hope to go from smearing and jeering to influencing, in this case people of color, the modest amount of credit for being smart enough to be able to remember something that they read on another issue recently where you dribbled bile all over their community.  

    The idea of cartoony "Democratic Power Bosses" sitting in a grand ring 'making decisions', probably around a great monolithic table somewhere in their hollowed-out volcano lair I'm sure, in Chicago no less, nefariously calculating that, today, for now, the gay rights groups get the nod over the minorities? Muahahahahahahahahahaha? Please.

    You look at groups that vote overwhelmingly Democratic and you find groups that the GOP has worked so hard to alienate and insult that the Democratic Party almost wins their support sometimes by default. I'm a frustrated Democrat, it amazes me how fucked-up my own political party is, but not as much as how much it amazes me how much and how often the Democratic Party has been saved from it's own ideological self-hatred, tone-deaf ineptness, and shotgun blast to the foot stupidity by the crazy overreaches, the cultish belief in their own bullshit, and their absolutely gobsmacking refusal to see anything but 100% total victory as a defeat of the GOP and the Movement Conservative Right.

    "Democratic Power Bosses."

    Holy crap. The idea of a trio of high-ranking Democratic Party officials just randomly showing up at, say, Netroots Nation and ordering entire groups of people around successfully is hilarious. That's projection, my Rightwing friends, you are the top-down Party that gets sternly worded missives from the old white men on the mountain.

    I am from the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party

    by LeftHandedMan on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 01:23:55 AM PDT

  •  Um... yeah, so... (7+ / 0-)

    Do we really have to spend time arguing over animus in court anymore?   I don't know how much more animus-y you can get without drawing a picture.   One of their strategy subsections is labeled "Behind Enemy Lines", fer chrissakes.

    Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

    by pico on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 01:33:11 AM PDT

    •  The court has yet to declare (6+ / 0-)

      LGBT's a suspect class. Until that occurs the hate based actions like the ones detailed here will get a free pass.

      Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

      by Horace Boothroyd III on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 01:35:53 AM PDT

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      •  Actually, you don't need suspect class designation (5+ / 0-)

        to be protected against clear and specific animus, given that the court would then apply a rational basis test "with bite".  That's how we won Romer v. Evans, where animus was a deciding factor even though they neglected to assign us any kind of suspect class.

        But otherwise, point taken.

        Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

        by pico on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 02:17:08 AM PDT

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      •  Yes and no... (7+ / 0-)

        Romer v. Evans was decided based on animus, without increasing the suspect class status of LGBTs. A law rooted in animus does not even pass the rational basis test, since animus against unpopular groups or persons is not itself a rational basis for government action.

        And one of the criteria for suspect class status is a history of animus and differential treatment under the law based on that animus. So this document actually plays into an eventual upping of LGBT status with respect to equal protection arguments.

        sin and love and fear are just sounds that people who never sinned nor loved nor feared have for what they never had and cannot have until they forget the words

        by harrije on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 02:34:56 AM PDT

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  •  the amazing thing is how wingers can use (6+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Margd, JayRaye, celdd, kerplunk, sfbob, dogemperor

    African American churches to lever the African American community to support their side of the LGBT debate.  Even if (and I say if) the LGBT struggle is not analogous, is freedom and civil rights a fungible commodity?
    Wingers think so because they try to play one community off against another with the argument that giving one group what is due them will in some way diminish the freedom of all others.  The truth is none can be free so long as any are denied their due.  

  •  Ooooh, juicy. (2+ / 0-)
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    Horace Boothroyd III, dogemperor

    Tipped and recced for the bringing of this issue up.

    Hopefully, someone like Maddow will cover this :)

  •  and they talk about "the gay agenda" (4+ / 0-)

    This proves that all that comes under the heading of "projection" since if this isn't the anti-gay agenda, I don't know what it is.

    Economic Left/Right: -6.00, Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.31 All it takes is security in your own civil rights to make you complacent.

    by Dave in Northridge on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 06:17:22 AM PDT

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