Wednesday, March 16, 2011

NOM loves playing African-Americans and lgbts against one another

The National Organization for Marriage just can't seem to help itself. Fresh off its victory in Maryland against a gay marriage bill, the organization continues to stoke the same sentiment which helped (I didn't say led to) its victory.

From Equality Matters:
This Wednesday, National Organization for Marriage (NOM) continued its effort to pit African Americans and the LGBT community against each other. In response to Kevin Naff's  Washington Blade column rebuking four Maryland delegates who waivered in their support for marriage equality, the NOM blog posted the following:
...of the 4 delegates he targets, three are African-American.
We've been accused of playing the race card before. But what is the Washington Blade urging? [NOM Blog, 3/16/11]
What Naff is urging, of course, is that Maryland delegates be held accountable for backing away from their pro-equality promises - not that African-American delegates be targeted for being African-American. 

Unfortunately, this is not the first time NOM has opted to play the race card in order to generate opposition to marriage equality. Earlier this month, while the LGBT community was reacting to Del. Sam Arora's marriage betrayal in Maryland, NOM's Maggie Gallagher got into some hot water for accusing pro-equality advocates of "targeting" racial minorities. On the NOM blog, she wrote:
... as someone married to an Indian-American, I find it interesting that the gay marriage machine appears to be re-focusing its attacks from Black Democrats who oppose gay marriage to an easier target: Indian-Americans.
Tiffany Alston appears now to be off the hook regardless of how she votes. [NOM Blog, 3/3/11, emphasis added]
Gallagher's comments sparked outrage and criticism from many equality advocates who accused her of attempting to inject race into public discourse to advance her own agenda.

After the Maryland bill had been scuttled, Gallagher returned to the issue of race, attempting to characterize the effort in the House as a battle between "white urban liberals" who use the "N-word" when they don't get their way and African Americans who support traditional marriage. Once again, Gallagher's comments were criticized by gay rights activists who chastised her for trying to redraw the debate over marriage equality along racial lines.

I guess NOM figures why stop a working strategy. Because the bill was not voted on this year, it could come back up next year in another session. Of course NOM has a vital interest in keeping African-Americans and lgbts at each other's throats.

The question is what are folks going to do about it? Are they going to recognize how NOM - a third party coming into the state with no other interest other than pushing its own agenda - will exploit Marylanders against one another?

Related post:

From one black man to the black community - stop the homophobic madness!

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Chitown Kev said...


With the black churches seemingly in control of the debate, what can we do about?

So far, white LGBT leadership seems unwilling to put African American faces at the forefront specifically for these situations.

Quite frankly, I feel powerless about it and pretty sick of both groups, actually.

I mean, it's as if LGBT groups don't have a clue.

BlackTsunami said...

Neither group seems to have a clue and my guess is that this will continue until more of us lgbts color speak out and make the hard decisions about where we stand on these issues and how both groups seem to be treating us.

But don't waste good time and energy getting frustrated. lol

John B. said...

As of this afternoon, Maggie was at it again but she (or somebody else at NOM) apparently thought better of it as the comment has since been removed. Something snide and slimy about how gay activists keep accusing her of playing the race card, but 3 out of 4 of the Maryland delegates they're targeting are black, and isn't that awfully suspicious, hmmmm???

Dang, I wish I'd gotten a screen grab. It was Maggie at her classic nastiest. Maybe somebody else got it?