Mayors Of DC And LA Condemn NOM’s Race-Baiting

Mayors for the Freedom to Marry

DC Mayor Vincent Gray and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, both Mayors for the Freedom to Marry, have spoken out against the National Organization for Marriage’s race-baiting tactics as revealed this week in confidential memos:

VILLARAIGOSA: We need to come together as a country if we are going to tackle our biggest challenges. NOM’s divisive effort to pit one group of Americans against another is offensive and takes us in exactly the wrong direction. If we believe in family values, we must value all families; and I believe that every adult – regardless of race, religion, gender or ethnic heritage – should have the freedom to marry the person they love.

GRAY: Across our nation, gay and lesbian couples seek equal marriage rights because they believe in the same values we all do – commitment, stability, responsibility and family. That’s why it’s especially confounding that an organization that claims to support family values would seek to pit groups against each other in a hateful and cynical effort to deny equal rights to some families.

NOM’s co-founder Maggie Gallagher followed through on those very tactics this morning, telling MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts, “I don’t apologize for any of it.”