The National Organization for Marriage has long insisted that the need for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex unions in NC is "not about politics."
Confidential internal strategy documents unsealed today in a court case in Maine seem to contradict that. The document, available here, is an internal report to NOM's board from 2009, detailing the group's political strategies in a number of states. Most striking is the report's description of the group's "Not A Civil Right Project," which, according to the report, played a key role in California's passage of Proposition 8 in 2008.
The strategic goal of this project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks – two Key Democratic constituencies,” says the report. “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 report instructs. “No politician wants to take up and push an issue that splits the base of the party.”