Anti-Gay Marriage Group's Plan: Divide Gays, Blacks

National Organization for Marriage also wanted to recruit Hispanics
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 27, 2012 10:40 AM CDT
Anti-Gay Marriage Group's Plan: Divide Gays, Blacks
Stan, right, and Martha Harper from Wendell, NC, hold signs in support of the National Organization for Marriage Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010 in Raleigh, NC.   (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Takaaki Iwabu)

(Newser) – The National Organization for Marriage came right out and admitted—in previously confidential documents—that a goal of one of its projects was "to drive a wedge between gays and blacks." The group wanted to "fan the hostility" over gay marriage and divide black voters and gay voters, "two key Democratic constituencies," says the internal report. The secret documents were circulated by the Human Rights Campaign and were made public in a Maine court today, BuzzFeed reports.

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The documents also show that NOM was hoping to recruit Hispanic voters to its side: "Will the process of assimilation to the dominant Anglo culture lead Hispanics to abandon traditional family values?" one reads. "We must interrupt this process of assimilation by making support for marriage a key badge of Latino identity." Says a Human Rights Campaign spokesperson, "Nothing beats hearing from the horse’s mouth exactly how callous and extremist this group really is." Click for more from the documents, which also reveal a plan to find "victims," aka children, of gay marriage. (Read more National Organization for Marriage stories.)

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