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News LGBTQ+ Wednesday, Mar 28 2012

Demand Mitt Romney Disavow NOM's Hateful, Homophobic Strategy

Secret strategy memos from the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) reveal that they are actively seeking to "drive a wedge" between the African-American and LGBT communities in order to advance their agenda. A judge ordered that the memos be released as part of a court case in Maine, exposing highly detailed plans for using African-Americans as pawns in NOM's state-level campaigns to fight marriage equality. From the memos:

"The strategic goal of the project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks — two key Democratic constituencies. 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."
NOM was a crucial funder of the Prop 8 campaign to deny Californians equal marriage rights, and the organization continues to use their hateful, divisive tactics to fight equality across the country. In response to yesterday's news, equality advocates across the country immediately spoke out and condemned the group's race-baiting, divide-and-conquer strategy. NAACP's Julian Bond, a civil rights icon, said:
“NOM’s underhanded attempts to divide will not succeed if Black Americans remember their own history of discrimination. Pitting bigotry’s victims against other victims is reprehensible; the defenders of justice must stand together.”
Why This is Important Mitt Romney has made a lot of backroom deals with the extreme right wing in order to win the Republican nomination.  We need to hold him accountable as a candidate for president of the United States for backing hateful and bigoted organizations like NOM. Does he support NOM's race-baiting, divisive tactics?  We deserve to know. Mitt Romney bet $10,000 on NOM and a cynical strategy to divide Americans, and we need your help getting the word out. Sign our petition now -- demand that Mitt Romney disavow NOM's hateful strategy and instead bet on equal rights for all Americans.

News Saturday, Feb 25 2012

POLITICO: Romney's New Mich. Ad Hits Santorum Experience, Sotomayor Vote

On February 24, 2012, POLITICO reported:

The Sotomayor criticism is notable, since she’s a figure of real popularity among some Latinos and particularly Puerto Rican voters. It’s also a bit awkward, timing-wise, since Romney just picked up the endorsement of Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander, who supported Sotomayor for the Supreme Court.

AB Leadership Thursday, Feb 16 2012

Washington Post: George Allen Hires Minister Joseph Ellison For Senate Campaign

On February 16, 2012, the Washington Post reported:

The information on Ellison was provided by American Bridge 21st Century, a liberal-leaning group that formed last year to combat conservative outside organizations in elections. “Twenty five thousand dollars is a huge chunk of campaign cash, and George Allen needs to explain exactly what that money paid for,’’ said Matt Thornton, spokesman for American Bridge 21st Century. “But with his long history of not answering even the most basic questions like who his consulting clients are, Virginians shouldn’t hold their breath waiting.”

AB Leadership LGBTQ+ Saturday, Nov 26 2011

AP: NH gay marriage push highlights GOP shifts

On November 24, 2011, the Associated Press reported:

Whether they like it or not, Republican presidential candidates are joining New Hampshire’s intensifying gay marriage debate.

News Energy Friday, Oct 28 2011

AP: State issues can be tricky for presidential field

On October 27, 2011, the Associated Press reported:

Mitt Romney gingerly distanced himself from a labor issue on the Ohio ballot one day. The next, he embraced the initiative "110 percent."
The equivocation not only highlighted his record of shifting positions but also underscored the local political minefields national candidates often confront in their state-by-state path to the presidency.

News LGBTQ+ Thursday, Oct 20 2011

North Platte Bulletin: Stenberg wants to amend Constitution, seven times

On October 19, 2011, the North Platte Bulletin reported:

Don Stenberg stopped in North Platte Tuesday proposing seven new amendments to the U.S. Constitution, all of them conservative.

Josh Mandel LGBTQ+ Thursday, Oct 13 2011

Plain Dealer: Conservative Family Research Council set to endorse Josh Mandel in U.S. Senate race

Henry Gomez from the Plain Dealer reports that Josh Mandel was endorsed by the controversial Family Research Council:

Family Research Council is no stranger to controversy. It cracks the Southern Poverty Law Center's list of hate groups for "defaming gays and lesbians." The New York Times, in its coverage of last week's summit, noted that FRC dismisses the claim as "politically motivated."

News Taxes Monday, Aug 22 2011

Rick Perry Compares Civil Rights Movement To Lower Taxes And Deregulation

At an August 20, 2011 meet and greet at the Old Town Bistro in Rock Hill, South Carolina, Gov. Rick Perry seemingly likened the struggles of the civil rights movement to fighting for lower taxes and deregulation. As AMERICAblog's Kombiz Lavasany wrote, "The statement is historically inaccurate, Martin Luther King Jr. fought for unions and regulations."

Josh Mandel LGBTQ+ Tuesday, Aug 16 2011

PolitiFact Ohio: Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland raps Josh Mandel as a flip flopper on abortion, gay rights

Politifact Ohio examines Gov. Strickland's comments on Ohio Senate candidate Josh Mandel's positions. Despite his support for domestic partner benefits…

News LGBTQ+ Monday, Aug 1 2011

Boston Globe: Brown’s decision to skip ‘It Gets Better’ video brings a wave of criticism

On July 31, 2011, the Boston Globe reported:

In an act organized by [Brown's] senior partner, Senator John F. Kerry, the 11 Democrats in the state’s congressional delegation made an “It Gets Better’’ video aimed at offering moral support to gay teenagers contemplating suicide or struggling with depression. The 12th member of the delegation - Brown - declined to participate, prompting immediate questions when the video was released Wednesday.

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