NOM’s July 4th message: Are you LGBT or are you American?

By David Ferguson
Thursday, July 4, 2013 18:04 EDT
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The anti-LGBT group the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) sent a fundraising email to supporters late Wednesday asserting that Americans must choose between supporting LGBT rights and or supporting their country. According to Metro Weekly’s Poliglot blog, the email offerred a choice of an LGBT rights rainbow flag or a U.S. flag, asking, “Which banner will you choose?”

“We’re a republic founded on the principles of religious liberty, freedom and democracy, endowed by our Creator with inalienable rights. We’re a nation where citizen rights come from God, not from government, and where the people are sovereign, not politicians or judges,” wrote NOM’s Brian Brown. “But those principles are under siege, by the culture, by our federal government and, increasingly, by the US Supreme Court.”

NOM and other anti-same sex marriage groups’ agenda took a beating last week in the Supreme Court’s historic decisions striking down the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1995 federal law that defined marriage as being between a man and a woman, and by upholding a California court’s decision that the state’s anti-same sex marriage voter referendum Proposition 8 is unconstitutional.

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) includes NOM on its list of anti-LGBT hate groups, a designation that Brown and other NOM leaders strenuously deny.

The group was hit with multiple controversies in the years since its inception in 2007, including leaked strategy documents that sought to undermine same sex marriage support by fomenting racial resentment and “driving a wedge between blacks and gays.”

The group is secretive about its donors and ran into trouble when it tried to hide a $10,000 donation from failed presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R).

[image of gay military veteran via Juan Camilo Bernal / Shutterstock.com]

David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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