It is an irrefutable fact that National Organization for Marriage distributed a document to big donors and potential big donors that included:

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…

The above was not authored by either the New York Times or the Human Rights Campaign, It was authored by Brian Brown and the National Organization for Marriage

Yet, over the past two weeks, NOM and its allies have been trying to convince people that a nefarious conspiracy exists to spread some unfounded lies. Today, on behalf of Brian Brown, it is Harry Jackson’s turn (emphasis added):

It’s no wonder groups like the Human Rights Campaign and The New York Times are trying to tear our coalition apart.

My answer? Not a chance!

The ugly insinuations and outright lies I have seen over the past two weeks are nothing short of reprehensible. They’re trying to create the impression that NOM is exploiting racial division—using Blacks and Hispanics to further its political agenda.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Same-sex marriage isn’t about civil rights. It’s about our civil responsibilities. As Americans and as people of faith, we have a duty to stand up, engage, and speak the truth about marriage. And when we all stand in unity, no one can stop us.

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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.