DFL lawmakers’ statement on NOM strategy of racial division

Earlier this week, a previously confidential internal memo from the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) revealed the organization’s explicit strategy to “drive a wedge between gays and blacks” and polarize the Latino community. Sens. Jeff Hayden, DFL-Minneapolis, Patricia Torres Ray, DFL-Minneapolis, John Harrington, DFL-St. Paul, and Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, along with Reps. Bobby Joe Champion, DFL-Minneapolis, Rep. Rena Moran, DFL-St. Paul, and Rep. Carlos Mariani, DFL-St. Paul, released the following statement:
“We were all outraged and angry when we read that the anti-marriage campaign is actively trying to inflame distrust and division in our communities. It just confirms what this constitutional amendment is all about—pitting Minnesotans against each other.
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has pushed a divisive agenda all across America, but their plot to ‘drive a wedge between gays and blacks’ and make gay intolerance a ‘badge of Latino identity’ won’t work here. While Minnesotans hold all sorts of political views, everyone shares the fundamental principle that ‘liberty and justice for all’ does not leave out any race, gender, or sexual orientation. Any group whose stated goal is to ‘drive a wedge’ among our families, friends and neighbors is attacking exactly what makes our state such a great place to live and work.
As the 2012 session nears an end, it’s so disappointing to see that Republican majorities have focused on advancing these divisive constitutional amendments instead of doing anything to create jobs or help Minnesota families. We fought hard against these proposals in the legislature, but now it’s up to all of us to fight back.
This November, Minnesotans will have an opportunity to send a message to those that would deny freedoms to loving, committed couples in our communities. Voters should reject the anti-marriage amendment and show those that would divide us on racial lines what Minnesotans can do when we stick together.”

Senator Jeff Hayden
Jeff Hayden represents District 62, which includes portions of south Minneapolis in Hennepin County in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

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