NOM Continues Divisive Strategy With New Video

By Trudy Ring

Originally published on Advocate.com April 26 2012 8:40 PM ET

The antigay National Organization for Marriage, which, it was recently revealed, seeks to pit blacks and Latinos against LGBT people in the fight over marriage equality, has posted a new video on its blog and YouTube that represents a continuation of that strategy.

NOM seems to be attempting to deflect any charges that it encouraged such opposition; text accompanying the video on its blog reads, “Watch this video and it's pretty clear that African-American and Latino leaders who oppose same-sex marriage are doing so out of deep conviction, like other Americans.” It features such antigay figures as ministers Harry Jackson and Patrick Wooden, state senator Ruben Diaz of New York, and Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King Jr. Naturally, it ignores the fact that many African-American and Latino political and religious leaders support marriage equality and LBGT rights in general, and that some are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender themselves.

Scott Rose has a scathing commentary on the video at Pam’s House Blend, beginning, “In response to criticism of its deliberate strategy of attempting to pit African-Americans against gays, NOM is attempting to pit African-Americans against gays.” Read that here, and watch the video below.