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NAACP passes resolution in support of marriage equality

Marriage equality

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.

10 Comments

  • 1. Bob  |  May 19, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    NICE!!!!!!! thanks for the support,,,,,, this is huge!!!!!!

  • 2. What is wrong with being &hellip  |  May 19, 2012 at 9:32 pm

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  • 3. MichGuy  |  May 19, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Thanks NAACP.. This was very much ineed needed! And thanks Jacob for bringing the news to us on this website. I rarely post on this site but I follow every thread and donate yearly!

  • 4. MightyAcorn  |  May 19, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    I really like the statement and how it makes clear that rights won't infringe on religion. I wonder if NOM will just ignore this, or ?

  • 5. David  |  May 20, 2012 at 1:38 am

    Just goes to show. Obama's statement has to be the biggest single defining moment against NOM's black vs. gay propaganda. NAACP were supporters before, but now they will shout it from the rooftops. More importantly, people will listen when they do so.

    Thanks. That's all there is to say :-)

  • 6. Kate  |  May 20, 2012 at 5:49 am

    Well…… in true NOMbie fashion, one poster is already calling the NAACP "irrelevant," and another says all they do is "perpetuate racism."

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  • 8. MFargo  |  May 20, 2012 at 8:03 am

    The NAACP has always been a "conservative" crowd, and the import of this endorsement can't be underestimated.

  • 9. Rick  |  May 20, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    What wonderful news. Perhaps if this had been announced prior to the NC vote, the outcome might have been different (although I doubt it). As the NAACP president said, "Civil marriage is a civil right." This is not about sacred marriage. If some religions believe that their God objects to marriage equality, then they should only marry those who meet their God's criteria. Of course, some religions would not approve of interracial marriages or a divorced person remarrying, and some would allow multiple wives. Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to Believe!

  • 10. MightyAcorn  |  May 20, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Yeah, because devising a political strategy to turn African-American and gay voters against each other isn't perpetuating racism. *snark*

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