Unless you live under a rock you know that a confidential National Organization for Marriage document explicitly includes, as a strategy, driving a wedge between blacks and gays. The document, by the way, would have never seen the light of day if NOM complied with campaign finance disclosure laws in the state of Maine. Brown responds today:

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) was formed in 2007 and has worked extensively with supporters of traditional marriage from every color, creed and background. We have worked with prominent African-American and Hispanic leaders, including Dr. Alveda C. King, Bishop George McKinney of the COGIC Church, Bishop Harry Jackson and the New York State Senator Reverend Rubén Díaz Sr., all of whom share our concern about protecting marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Gay marriage advocates have attempted to portray same-sex marriage as a civil right, but the voices of these and many other leaders have provided powerful witness that this claim is patently false. Gay marriage is not a civil right, and we will continue to point this out in written materials such as those released in Maine. We proudly bring together people of different races, creeds and colors to fight for our most fundamental institution: marriage.

Brown is confirming and repeating the strategy that was unearthed in the document!

By claiming that marriage equality is not a civil right he is is implying ” . . . unlike you black people whose equality is a civil right.” Nice try.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.