The National Organization for Marriage — which has been using race as a wedge in the marriage debate — will endorse presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney this morning, Politico reports. “Now is the time for all people who recognize the importance of marriage to come together to support a true champion, Mitt Romney, against an incumbent who has done virtually everything in his power to undermine the institution of marriage,” the group’s President Brian Brown will say in a statement.
NOM is funded by the Catholic Church hierarchy and its affiliates like the Knights of Columbus. Following the now-infamous memos leak, LGBT equality groups have called on the Church to immediately stop supporting NOM and its “race-baiting, ethnic exploitation, division, and anti-gay campaigns.”
The Obama administration responds: “President Obama has long believed that gay and lesbian couples deserve the same legal protections as straight couples,” spokesperson Clo Ewing said. “That’s why he has called for repeal of the so-called ‘Defense of Marriage Act’ and has taken steps to weaken this discriminatory law until the time it can be repealed legislatively. Meanwhile, Mitt Romney, who promised to be to the left of Senator Kennedy on gay rights is now being endorsed by the National Organization for Marriage, an organization committed to limiting the legal protections of the LGBT community.”