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Mitt Romney gets endorsement of anti-gay group

National Organization for Marriage backs presumptive Republican nominee

Mitt Romney gets endorsement of anti-gay group

A day after Rick Santorum pulled out of the race for the Republican nomination for president, the anti-gay group National Organization of Marriage on Wednesday (11 April) endorsed presumptive nominee Mitt Romney.

'We are proud to endorse Mitt Romney for President,' NOM's president Brian Brown said in a statement. 'Governor Romney was an early signer of NOM's presidential pledge which represents his commitment to the nation to take specific actions as president to preserve and protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman.'

Brown said President Barack Obama had 'done virtually everything in his power to undermine the institution of marriage.' While Obama has not endorsed gay marriage, last year he instructed the Justice Department to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act which bars federal recognition of same-sex marriages.

'President Obama has declared our nation's marriage laws to be unconstitutional and not only has refused to defend them, his administration is actively working to repeal them in the courts,' Brown added. 'He's come out against state constitutional amendments defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. And he has appointed leaders of the same-sex ‘marriage' movement as national co-chairs of his reelection campaign. Incredibly, Obama still apparently claims to personally support traditional marriage. With friends like President Obama, the institution of marriage doesn't need enemies.'

Romney's Political Action Committee donated $10,000 to NOM in 2008. This week, the Human Rights Campaign revealed that two of NOM's board members, Craig D. Cardon and Broc Hiatt, each donated $2,500 to Romney's current campaign.

NOM's tactics have come under fire in recent weeks. Last month, internal documents were uncovered showing NOM's plan to drive a racial wedge between white gays and blacks.

One of the documents stated: 'We aim to find, equip, energize and connect African American spokespeople for marriage; to develop a media campaign around their objections to gay marriage as a civil right; and to provoke the gay marriage base into responding by denouncing these spokesmen and women as bigots. No politician wants to take up and push an issue that splits the base of the party. Fanning the hostility raised in the wake of Prop 8 is key…'

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