June 7, 2012 at 7:00 pm EDT | by Steve Charing
Baltimore mayor denounces NOM
Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, gay news, gay politics dc

Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake testifies in favor of the Maryland marriage bill. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake denounced the tactics being used by the National Organization for Marriage. The anti-gay group that produced infamous race-baiting memos has funded a significant portion of the Maryland Marriage Alliance’s signature gathering efforts, according to official disclosure reports filed with the state. The Alliance spent about $70,000 collecting signatures, with about $25,000 in cash coming from NOM. It also gave the Alliance an additional $58,000 of in-kind donations for the petition drive.

“Regardless of where you are on the marriage issue, there is no room for racial exploitation,” said Rawlings-Blake. “Marriage equality is about building stronger families and protecting children of same-sex couples, and their efforts to divide Marylanders based on race is a tactic that will hurt us all.”

In March a federal court ordered NOM’s internal documents to be unsealed. One of NOM’s key goals, according to the documents, is to “drive a wedge between gays and blacks — two key Democratic constituencies … Fanning the hostility raised in the wake of Prop 8 is key.”

  • Thank you Mayor for standing up for what is right. NOM must be exposed for the Hate Group they are.
    They spend tons of money spreading their lies and misinformation. TO “drive a wedge between gays and blacks” is but one of their tactics. They have a fund for children who will speak out against their LGBT parents too.
    It is like they forgot that there are gay black people too. This tactic really hurts them.

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