Divide and Conquer – NOM’s attempt to use black voters to undermine gay rights

Divide and Conquer – NOM’s attempt to use black voters to undermine gay rights


In a recent political move that can only be described as immoral and underhanded, the largest anti-same-sex marriage lobby in the U.S., the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), has organized a campaign designed to estrange gay marriage advocates from their African American and Hispanic supporters.  Documents that were unsealed by a Maine court due to a lawsuit pending against NOM concerning their campaign financing revealed how they planned to go about this.

The paperwork broke down the plan in terms of the “…goal of this project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks…” and that by promoting black spokespeople who agree with their agenda they would then “…provoke the gay marriage base into responding by denouncing these spokesmen and women as bigots.”  They also stated their intentions to “Find attractive young black Democrats to challenge white gay marriage advocates electorally.” 

By separating two minority groups, NOM would effectively weaken both to the point where they would be forced to ally with other political groups in order to accomplish their own agendas.  By creating the above event so that supporters of these groups must choose sides, NOM kicks the legs out from underneath their most powerful opponents.

African Americans were not the only targets of this clandestine assault, however.  The documents also stated that NOM wished to separate gay-rights advocates from their Latino supporters by “…making support for marriage a key badge of Latino identity…”  If that isn’t enough, it gets even worse as NOM attempts to turn children against their own parents, as is evident in the statement “…indentify children of gay parents willing to speak on camera…”  The children they wish to “indentify” are certainly not those who have good relationships with their parents, of course.

Breaking apart alliances is a typical political tactic that many organizations use.  Minority groups are generally less politically powerful and thus need to band together in order to survive and prosper.  NOM’s assault is aimed as exploiting the differences between groups and tricking them into thinking that the causes they work towards in unity are less important than the dislike they may have for each other.  This sort of manipulation and intentional creation of conflict seems far out of the bounds of Christian morality.

Needless to say, the revelation of the documents’ contents has caused quite the stir.  When asked about the plan, however, Brian S. Brown vehemently supported NOM’s strategy.  It makes one wonder whether the Christian morality that organizations like NOM profess to follow is all just a sham or not, given that they are willing to sink to such depths to implement their vision of right and wrong.