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Will Romney Denounce Ally’s Goal To ‘Drive A Wedge Between Gays And Blacks’?

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Our guest blogger is Elon Green, a freelance writer living in Brooklyn.

Last night, the Human Rights Campaign published National Organization for Marriage memos that, as Zack Ford put it, “explicitly confirm many of the insidious tactics LGBT bloggers have been documenting for years.”

We now know, for example, that NOM set out to “[d]rive a wedge between gays and blacks” by couching the fight of marriage in the language of the civil rights movement, as well as “interrupt this process” of Hispanic assimilation “by making support for marriage a key badge of Latino identity.”

It will interesting to see if, and how, Mitt Romney responds to these revelations. Last August, Romney — along with Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum — signed NOM’s pledge [pdf] to deny gays and lesbians equal rights under the law, as did Newt Gingrich in December.

In return, NOM’s president, Brian Brown, deemed the candidate a “marriage champion.” (Romney apparently failed to win the favor of former chairman, Maggie Gallagher.)

In having NOM has an ally, Romney stands to gain considerable financial support. As Buzzfeed noted:

In a “$20 million strategy for victory” keyed to the 2010 midterm elections, the group says its agenda “requires defeating the pro-gay Obama agenda.”

“A pro-marriage president must be elected in 2012,” the document says, although Obama has offered tepid opposition to same-sex marriage.

Whether directly or indirectly, Romney is sure to be the beneficiary of these efforts. Will he continue to ally himself with an organization that views African-Americans and Hispanics as pawns?

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