Preserve Marriage Washington (PMW) has been silent about National Organization for Marriage’s (NOM) disturbing strategy documents which have recently come to light. The documents outline NOM’s cynical plans to undermine marriage equality using racially and socially divisive tactics. PMW is the group trying to roll back Washington’s new marriage equality law via Referendum 74.

Undoubtedly PMW is hoping that nobody will connect the dots between the two organizations. But PMW has “NOM” written all over it:

  • NOM employees from out-of-state do the talking in legislative hearings and at red-letter events? Check!
  • NOM promises a referendum, brags about its war chest and starts talking price? Check!
  • PMW website a clone of the NOM template? Check!
  • NOM owns PMW’s website domain? Check!
  • Heavy reliance on NOM’s playbook? Check!
  • Washington’s Catholic bishops plaster “PMW = NOM” across their websites? Check!
  • Today, Washington United for Marriage had something to say about PMW’s silence. From their press release:


    As NOM Documents Cause Uproar, Protect Marriage Washington Refuses to Distance Itself
    Deplorable racial tactics not welcome in Washington State

    SEATTLE – Washington United for Marriage, a broad statewide coalition of organizations, congregations, unions, businesses and business associations working to defend civil marriage for lesbian and gay couples in Washington State, today chastised Protect Marriage Washington for continuing to align itself with the discredited National Organization for Marriage.

    On Tuesday, the Human Rights Campaign released copies of the National Organization for Marriage’s confidential strategy documents which showed NOM fighting a losing battle with tactics that are racially and ethnically divisive, filled with false political calculations, and out of touch with the majority of fair-minded Americans. The revelation was made after a court-ordered release of information relating to NOM’s involvement in the 2009 Maine marriage campaign.

    “When any organization attempts to pit neighbor against neighbor to win a political debate, it’s despicable,” said Zach Silk, Campaign Manager for Washington United for Marriage. “But when the foundation of that strategy is rooted in bigotry and racism, it’s utterly deplorable. We call upon Protect Marriage Washington to denounce NOM’s tactics, and tell them their conniving plan to divide and conquer minority communities has no place in Washington State.”

    As NOM continues to lose ground in the fight for marriage equality, their obvious desperation has grown larger. The documents outlined NOM’s strategy to “drive a wedge between gays and blacks” while “making support for marriage a key badge of Latino identity” and “to make opposition to gay marriage an identity marker, a badge of youth rebellion to conformist assimilation to the bad side of ‘Anglo’ culture.” It’s clear that NOM and its allies do not care to foster lasting relationships with minority communities, and merely see them as political pawns in their game.

    The original documents are available at: http://www.hrc.org/blog/entry/breaking-previously-confidential-documents-shed-light-on-nom-strategy.

    For more information on the referendum and to learn how you can help protect Washington’s marriage equality law, visit WashingtonUnitedForMarriage.org and follow Washington United for Marriage on Twitter @WA4Marriage and Facebook.

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    * Preserve Marriage Washington Was Created by NOM, Say Washington’s Catholic Bishops
    * Out-of-State Players Swarm Into Washington State to Work on Overturning Washington’s Civil Marriage Equality Law