By Ryan Collett
A leaked internal memo from the National Organization for Marriage was obtained and posted to the press by the Human Rights Campaign this week. The memo alludes to political strategies meant to break up key voting groups in the Democratic Party.
The memo was found in a bundle of documents that were unsealed by a federal judge in a court case. One of the main tenants in the memo describes the group’s “Not a Civil Right Project,” saying, “The strategic goal of the project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks — two key Democratic constituencies.”
The goals of the “Not a Civil Right Project” aim to pit crucial minority groups against one another by getting anti-gay marriage blacks hired on as spokesmen and women. This demographic — a key voting group for Democrats — would be politically facing-off with gay marriage supporters, another key voting group.
Other information included in the National Organization for Marriage’s memo outlined a “Pan-American Strategy” that would set out to convince Hispanic voters that gay marriage legalization would force them to assimilate to a “dominant Anglo culture.”
The National Organization for Marriage is one of the nation’s largest anti-gay marriage organizations and holds a great deal of political power with conservative voters. The organization was founded during the passing of California’s Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage and touts substantial financial backing.
The leaked memo reveals that the National Organization for Marriage seeks to use its power to not only attack gay marriage supporters, but to divide President Barack Obama’s important voting constituencies during this year’s election.
The president of the Human Rights Campaign, Joe Solmonese, said in a statement on Monday that, “Nothing beats hearing from the horse’s mouth exactly how callous and extremist this group really is.”