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Gay-marriage foes sought to split gays and blacks

Memos detail bid by gay marriage foes to pit blacks, Hispanics against gay-rights groups By The Associated Press

Confidential strategy memos made public by court officials in Maine show the leading national organization opposing same-sex marriage has sought to split the Democratic Party base by pitting blacks and Hispanics against gay-rights groups.

One of the memos says that "the strategic goal of this project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks ' two key Democratic constituencies." It also suggests "interrupting" the process of cultural assimilation for Hispanics in hopes of curtailing support for same-sex marriage.

The documents date from 2009 and were written by the National Organization for Marriage. They had been kept from the public until Monday. They were part of a two-pronged legal challenge of Maine's financial disclosure laws, dealing in part with whether the organization will have to release donor names.

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