NHDP - Secret Documents Outline Sununu-NOM Effort to Spend Millions To Roll Back Marriage in NH

Buckley calls on Lamontagne and Smith to Condemn NOM Tactics


CONCORD -- The National Organization of Marriage and former Republican Party Chair John H. Sununu were working together to roll back marriage and to spend millions on attack ads against John Lynch, according to internal NOM documents. The documents were released by a court in Maine as part of an investigation into NOM's campaign finance activities in that state.


The documents also make clear that part of NOM's strategy was to try and fan racial tensions. The memo said: "The strategic goal of this project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks -- two key Democratic constituencies. Find, equip, energize and connect African American spokespeople for marriage, develop a media campaign around their objections to gay marriage as a civil right; provoke the gay marriage base into responding by denouncing these spokesmen and women as bigots..."


"The National Organization of Marriage, and its allies - Ovide Lamontagne, Kevin Smith and Bill O'Brien - have made it clear that they will spend millions to try to divide the people of New Hampshire," said Raymond Buckley, chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party. "We defeated their radical efforts to turn back the clock last week, but this memo makes it clear that NOM will stoop to any level to repeal equality.


"Ovide Lamontagne and Kevin Smith have worked hand-in-hand with NOM here in New Hampshire. Are they finally willing to stand up to NOM and condemn its efforts to create racial divisions?" Buckley asked.


The two leading candidates for Governor, Ovide Lamontagne and Kevin Smith have already made clear that they are on board with NOM's agenda. Smith is a registered lobbyist for NOM. Lamontagne recently attended a rally where he said repealing marriage equality would be one of his top priorities as Governor.


"If Gov. Lynch prevents a return to traditional marriage, you can count on me to aggressively work to make this happen once I'm governor," Lamontagne said. (Nashua Telegraph, March 25, 2012, http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/newsstatenewengland/954772-227/gay-marriage-battle-could-rage-on-at.html)


The memo also makes clear, NOM's focus on New Hampshire.


In 2010, NOM said, "We are working with Republican Party chairman and former Governor John Sununu to implement a plan to defeat Governor Lynch and flip both houses of the legislature."


NOM had a second motive for focusing heavily on New Hampshire, according to the memo: "New Hampshire and Iowa are the two states that the direct implications for the 2012 presidential election ... Marriage needs to be a national (and ultimately international) effort, not just a local or regional issue."


Read the full memos here: