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In Secret Documents, Anti-Gay Marriage Group (NOM) Looked To Divide Gays, Blacks

The leading opponents of same-sex marriage planned to defeat campaigns for gay marriage by "fanning the hostility" between black voters from gay voters and by casting President Obama as a radical foe of marriage, according to confidential documents made public in a Maine court today.

The documents, circulated by the gay rights group Human Rights Campaign, are marked "confidential" and detail the internal strategy of the National Organization for Marriage.

“The strategic goal of this project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks—two key Democratic constituencies," says an internal report on 2008 and 2009 campaigns, in a section titled the "Not A Civil Right Project."

"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," advises the document, which is a road map to the successful campaign against same-sex marriage in California.

Link to full article here.

Civil Rights Gay Pioneer Bayard Rustin Awarded 100th Birthday Proclamation

Bayard Rustin, the openly gay African American who was Martin Luther King, Jr.’s right hand man responsible for a good deal of the civil rights activist’s tactical and strategic success has been awarded a proclamation by Tom Bates, the Democratic 74-year old highly-popular mayor of the City of Berkeley, California, to commemorate the upcoming anniversary of Rustin’s 100th birthday. Bayard Rustin was born March 17, 1912, and died August 24, 1987, in New York City.

The proclamation was presented last night by Berkeley City Councilmember Darryl Moore at the Berkeley City Council meeting, and a copy of the proclamation (image, above; full size, here,) once signed by Mayor Bates, was sent, along with the statement below, directly to The New Civil Rights Movement.

Dr. King (L) and Bayard Rustin (R)

“Bayard Rustin was one of the lead organizers and strategists for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in August of 1963, who also brought Gandhi’s nonviolent protest techniques to the American Civil Rights Movement, and helped mold Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. into an international symbol of peace and nonviolence,” Councilmember Moore said in a statement to The New Civil Rights Movement. “Bayard Rustin has gone largely unrecognized for his role in the Civil Rights Movement because he was openly gay. It was feared that having an openly gay advisor would discredit the efforts of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the other leaders of the African-American Civil Rights Movement.”

Councilmember Darryl Moore, who also serves as Board Chair of the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), the leading national black LGBT civil rights organization, wanted to take the opportunity during Bayard Rustin’s 100th Birthday to shine a light on his lifetime of accomplishments. “Bayard Rustin is best known for his role in the Civil Rights Movement, but he was also hugely involved in the labor movement, international human rights and was a stalwart of the LGBT community,” says Moore. “He really was an incredible person who has changed our world in ways that we have not properly recognized nor appreciated.”

Read the full article at The New Civil Rights Movement.
Posted by Duncan Grant | Wed Mar 7, 2012, 02:10 PM (3 replies)

Watch: "8": A Play about the Fight for Marriage Equality (youtube)

"You can still watch “8” L.A. premiere for a limited time. See Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Martin Sheen and Kevin lead and all-star cast in Dustin Lance Black’s documentary play about the Prop. 8 trial. Please share this video with your friends and family so everyone can know the truth about marriage equality." -- (from American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) facebook page).

View the entire staged reading at this youtube link. Please share far and wide.

In This Photo: Brad Pitt, Dustin Lance Black, Matthew Morrison, Chris Colfer, Bridger Zadina, Matt Bomer, Rory O'Malley, Vanessa Garcia, Cleve Jones Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Yeardley Smith, James Pickens Jr., Jansen Panettiere, Rob Reiner, George Clooney, Kevin Bacon, Martin Sheen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Christine Lahti, Jane Lynch, Campbell Brown George Takei
Posted by Duncan Grant | Wed Mar 7, 2012, 01:42 AM (0 replies)
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