Brian Raum

So why are HRC, The New York Times, and others attempting demonize NOM simply because they have sought to marshal the black and Hispanic communities to speak out for marriage—and much to the chagrin of the Democratic Party, which is in the precarious position of opposing and potentially alienating a segment of largely Democratic supporters who support marriage? Why wouldn’t NOM seek to organize, support, and encourage those groups to uphold the integrity of marriage? There is nothing sinister or underhanded about that. The question we should be asking is why the Democratic Party feels that it can ignore this significant segment of its constituency with impunity.

The reason why NOM’s opponents are so enraged is because NOM is effective. So rather than address the substantive merits of the marriage debate, they engage in unsubstantiated character assignation—no differently than what they have done and continue to do to any individual or organization that supports marriage. That’s why HRC released what they had to know were confidential IRS records, which likely came directly and illegally from an IRS official. Those documents reflect the names of confidential donors who, understandably, might want to remain anonymous lest they suffer the same hate-filled personal and professional attacks that NOM and their allies endure daily for standing up for what they believe is right. So much for tolerance.


Brian Raum

Brian Raum serves as senior counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund.