NOM: “Fanning the hostility”

by Walter Olson on March 29, 2012

As a result of litigation the National Organization for Marriage was compelled to release some of its internal documents, which have now been published at HRCBuzzFeed and elsewhere. One widely criticized board document proposes “fanning the hostility” between blacks and gays; that has drawn rebuke from almost every quarter, including Barry Deutsch of And Rob Tisinai of Box Turtle Bulletin wonders whether when NOM laid plans to fan hostility in this way, it stopped to think what the effect might be on black gay teens.

I contributed a comment at National Review Online about another of the revelations in the documents, which involves the sowing of discord and enmity at the most intimate level imaginable:

To me the most striking detail was that NOM had budgeted $120,000 for a project to locate children of gay households willing to denounce their parents on camera.

Whenever I hear NOM described as “pro-family” from now on, I will think of that fact.

I wonder whether some of these revelations might bring about a “one night he heard screams” moment for some who have backed NOM in the past.


Houndentenor March 29, 2012 at 11:23 am

Ummmm…I remember quite clearly the gay right fanning these flames as soon as the votes were counted on Prop 8. I have to wonder if that isn’t where NOM got the idea.

Pete March 29, 2012 at 7:30 pm

For a lot cheaper, I could get A TON of people from straight parents to denounce them on camera.

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