NAACP Supports Same-Sex Marriage

Sunday, May 20, 2012

This is good news and will help to tamp down the argument African Americans are divided on marriage equality.

The NAACP, one of the nation’s largest and most respected African American advocacy organizations, has passed a resolution supporting same-sex marriage following President Obama’s public endorsement of same-sex nuptials.

Chair woman Roslyn M. Brock said in a statement on Saturday:

“The mission of the NAACP has always been to ensure the political, social and economic equality of all people. We have and will oppose efforts to codify discrimination into law.”

Julian Bond, chairman emeritus, had already pledged his support earlier this week as part of a coalition of black leaders trying to tamp down speculation that Obama’s support of marriage equality would divide the black community.

NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous said in the statement:

“Civil marriage is a civil right and a matter of civil law. The NAACP’s support for marriage equality is deeply rooted in the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution and equal protection of all people.”

SOURCE: Politico

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4 Responses to NAACP Supports Same-Sex Marriage

  1. Joe in Colorado says:

    It looks like Maggie the Cow and NOM’s attempts to use the African American community against the gay community fell flat on its face. She must be on suicide watch these days. One can hope.

  2. stradella says:

    The challenge here will be to educate many of the black preachers who maintain a traditional view of marriage being a union between one man and one woman.

    As with so many things, support for marriage equality rises and falls with each generation.

    Older folks are less supportive while younger folks don’t see what all the fuss is about. In 20 more years we will look back and wonder why we even had to discuss it.

  3. Brigadoon says:

    Very good new. I appreciate the NAACP and their bold statement of support.

  4. Harry says:

    Stradella – I would be interested in learning what you’re hearing in the black church about Obama’s pro same-sex marriage announcement? Pros versus cons?

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