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The Marriage Equality Wedge Has Turned

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Gay WeddingFor quite a while, conservatives used marriage equality as a culture-war “wedge issue,” taking advantage of the fact that the public was broadly opposed to equal-marriage rights.

Lately, however, the blade of the wedge has turned. Marriage rights aren’t separating the mainstream from the left; they’re separating Republicans from other Republicans.

While the Republican Party’s religious conservatives continue to fight against same-sex marriage, its governors appear to be backing off their opposition – in their rhetoric, at least…. “I don’t think the Republican Party is fighting it,” Wisconsin’s Republican Gov. Scott Walker said of gay marriage. He spoke with The Associated Press during an interview this weekend at the National Governors Association in Nashville.

“I’m not saying it’s not important,” continued Walker, who is considering a 2016 presidential bid should he survive his reelection test this fall. “But Republicans haven’t been talking about this. We’ve been talking about economic and fiscal issues. It’s those on the left that are pushing it.”

Authored By Steve Benen – See the Full Story at MSNBC

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USA: Black Pastors Fight Back Against Effort to Divide African American and Gay Communities

Monday, August 13th, 2012

African-American Baptist leaders are working together to counter attempts by outsiders to use gay marriage as a wedge issue to divide black voters, a Baptist minister and NAACP leader said in a radio interview Aug. 11.

Amos Brown, pastor of Third Baptist Church in San Francisco and president of the city’s local NAACP branch, said on Welton Gaddy’s State of Belief radio show that heads of the National Baptist Convention USA, Inc.; National Baptist Convention of America; Progressive National Baptist Convention and Lott Carey Foreign Missionary Convention are all telling their constituencies: “We as black Baptists are not single-issue persons, and we see more important things than getting stuck on this matter of whether or not there should be same-sex marriages.”

Brown said black church leaders “are working to enlighten the people” about a confidential 2008-2009 memo from the National Organization for Marriage recently made public as evidence in a lawsuit in Maine.

Authored By Bob Allen – See the Full Story at ABP News

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New Document Exposes Cynical NOM Plan to Drive Wedge Between LGBT and African-American Communities

Monday, March 26th, 2012

NOM LogoIt’s not like we didn’t think this was happening, but, wow, it’s really ugly to see it in writing.

Earlier tonight, Alvin McEwen tipped me off about some court documents that revealed NOM’s strategy. It’s ugly. From Alvin: The National Organization for Marriage’s unsuccessful fight to skirt Maine’s financial disclosure laws just backfired majorly on the group by revealing a distasteful part of its game plan to stop marriage equality.

Here’s the key passage about gays and blacks (and there’s also a strategy for Latinos):
The strategic goal of this project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks – two key democratic constituencies.

Full Story from AmericaBlog

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