Inside NOM’s Strategy: Use Rick Santorum As A Spokesman For Inequality

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"Inside NOM’s Strategy: Use Rick Santorum As A Spokesman For Inequality"

Rick Santorum seated with NOM's Maggie Gallagher

The newly released confidential documents from the National Organization for Marriage offer vast insights into the inner workings of the anti-gay group, at least as of 2009. While the race-wedging and parent-scaring tactics have gotten the most press attention, the memos also reveal an official partnership between NOM and Rick Santorum to campaign for maintaining the Defense of Marriage Act. Apparently, he agreed to be the spokesman for the group’s “Two Million for Marriage” campaign (which now directs to its “Defend DOMA” campaign):

The goal of the Two Million for Marriage effort is to use the Obama administration’s priority of the repeal of DOMA to rally a nationwide donor and activist base, recruiting two million activists and 50,000 donors by the election of 2010. We have already launched a $2 million e-mail, direct mail, and automated call campaign and have gained nearly 500,000 activists and roughly 15,000 new donors in our first few months of this effort. Senator Rick Santorum has served as the face of this effort through e-mail and direct mail. Senator Santorum has recently agreed to use his voice in a nationwide automated call effort to slicit activists and donations.

Santorum’s opposition to the freedom to marry is by no means new. As Elon Green noted earlier, Santorum is one of several Republican presidential candidates who have signed NOM’s presidential pledge to oppose the advancement of marriage equality. Nevertheless, the partnership confirms the extent of Santorum’s commitment to deny same-sex couples the right to marry. Despite his constant discussion about marriage while campaigning in Iowa this past fall, he has recently tried to distance himself from it, claiming he “hasn’t been talking a lot” about gay issues and even downplaying his marriage position by comparing it to President Obama’s.

Given Santorum’s close ties to NOM’s work, one wonders if he also supports fostering the same kind of racial divisions to achieve his goals.

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