May 19, 2012
By Jacob Combs
In a statement released today, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People announced its support for marriage equality. The NAACP has previously spoken out against Propsition 8 in California and Amendment One in North Carolina, as well as the Defense of Marriage Act. In a press release, Benjamin Todd Jealous, the NAACP’s President and CEO, said, “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.” The resolution in full reads:
The NAACP Constitution affirmatively states our objective to ensure the “political, educational, social and economic equality” of all people. Therefore, the NAACP has opposed and will continue to oppose any national, state, local policy or legislative initiative that seeks to codify discrimination or hatred into the law or to remove the Constitutional rights of LGBT citizens. We support marriage equality consistent with equal protection under the law provided under the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution. Further, we strongly affirm the religious freedoms of all people as protected by the First Amendment.