March 27th, 2012
In late 2010, Maggie Gallagher responded to the epidemic of gay teen suicide by asking:
Do I have blood on my hands?
To no one’s surprise, her answer was No. But now, with the release of NOM’s confidential 2009 report to its Board, we can firmly tell her:
Yes, Maggie, you do have blood on your hands.
One bit of NOM’s strategy is getting special attention. As reported earlier today, in a section called, “Not a Civil Rights Project” NOM’s document states:
The strategic goal of this project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks…Fanning the hostility raised in the wake of Prop 8 is key to raising the costs of pushing gay marriage to its advocates and persuading the movement’s allies that advocates are unacceptably overreaching on this issue.
You read that right: NOM, while publicly calling for a civil dialog on marriage, privately pinned its hopes on fanning hostility between gays and blacks. Does that make you angry? Never mind; stupid question; of course it does. But don’t forget this:
Gays and blacks are not separate groups.
They overlap. And not just within society, but within families as well. NOM has committed up to $5,000,000 to fanning hostility not just between gay and black constituencies, gay and black neighborhoods, or gay and black churches, but between straight black parents and their young gay teens.
Let’s hope the strategists at NOM aren’t trying to rip families apart. Let’s hope it’s not their primary intention. But hostility is a flame, not a scalpel, and those who fan it can’t control who gets burned. NOM, apparently, must have decided that gay black teens are acceptable collateral damage. Or they were just blind to the concept. But now, let me remind you of this:
Parental acceptance is a major factor in preventing gay teen suicide.
The numbers are scary. And the research has just been reaffirmed. Even worse, the parents’ first reaction is key — not the delayed and considered reaction, once parents have had a chance to take a breath, but the immediate reaction, the one inflamed by NOM’s millions of dollars spent fanning hostility.
When Maggie faced the question of blood on her hands, she claimed she felt a “moral obligation” to find out whether it was true. Her moral obligation led her to detail every possible cause of suicide that directed attention away from NOM. It did not lead her to detail the millions of dollars she’d committed to fanning hostility between minority parents and their gay children.
For Maggie, I guess, that just wasn’t a moral question.
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Prologue: Why I Went To “Love Won Out”
Part 1: What’s Love Got To Do With It?
Part 2: Parents Struggle With “No Exceptions”
Part 3: A Whole New Dialect
Part 4: It Depends On How The Meaning of the Word "Change" Changes
Part 5: A Candid Explanation For "Change"
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