The National Organization For Marriage (NOM) has been a fierce opponent of gay marriage for years and has a history trying to create opposition between black and gay people.
In 2012, the Human Rights Campaign obtained a 2008-09 report from the NOM Board of Directors, which stated in part:
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...
During an appearance on the Drew Mariani radio show on Jan. 17, NOM's communications director Chris Plante accused gay activists of hijacking the civil rights dream of Martin Luther King Jr., notes GoodAsYou.org (audio below).
"...As we come up to Martin Luther King day on Monday, we need to remember that this fight about marriage is not the new civil rights movement," said Plante.
"...Gay activists have hijacked Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream and it's something we need to have the American people realize," added Plante. "This is not a civil rights issue. This is not the same as skin color. This is not the same as gender."
Plante has a long history of attacking gay people, claims the pro-gay group GLAAD.