The NAACP Formally Endorses Marriage Equality In The US

Following President Obama's Lead

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has made an historic decision this weekend to formally endorse same-sex marriage here in the US. Following President Barack Obama‘s lead, who just a couple of weeks ago announced his formal support for marriage equality, the NAACP overwhelmingly voted this weekend to pledge their support for and the advancement of marriage equality in this country. Click below to learn more.

The board of the N.A.A.C.P. voted to endorse same-sex marriage on Saturday, putting the weight of the country’s most prominent civil rights group behind a cause that has long divided some quarters of the black community. The largely symbolic move, made at the group’s meeting in Miami, puts the N.A.A.C.P. in line with President Obama, who endorsed gay marriage a little over a week ago. Given the timing, it is likely to be viewed as both a statement of principle as well as support for the president’s position in the middle of a closely contested presidential campaign. All but two of the organization’s board members, who include many religious leaders, backed a resolution supporting same-sex marriage, according to people told of the decision. Borrowing a term used by gay rights advocates, the resolution stated, “We support marriage equality consistent with equal protection under the law provided under the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.” In a statement, Roslyn M. Brock, chairwoman of the 64-member board, said, “We have and will oppose efforts to codify discrimination into law” … The practical implications of the N.A.A.C.P.’s decision are unclear. Several of its leaders have already expressed support for same-sex marriage, and local branches have repeatedly opposed measures to ban such unions, most recently in North Carolina, where voters just passed a referendum against marriages and civil unions for gay people. The strongest opposition to same-sex marriage within the black community has come from church leaders, whose opinions may not be swayed by the N.A.A.C.P. In its resolution, the board appeared to be sensitive to those objections, reaffirming its support for religious freedom … The group’s endorsement could potentially bolster support for Mr. Obama with a key constituency: black Democratic voters who remain skeptical of same-sex marriage.

This is amazing and truly historic. The NAACP was founded on the principles of battling racial discrimination and their support in the battle for marriage equality speaks volumes about how the organization views the mistreatment of the GLBT community today. Many folks have wondered what good can come from President Obama‘s public endorsement of same-sex marriage and I think we know now just how much of an impact leadership from our president can be. We cannot know for sure but I sincerely doubt the NAACP would be taking a position on same-sex marriage right now were it not for the endorsement by President Obama. This is a great day for our country. To borrow from the civil rights movement, We shall overcome. Marriage Equality will be achieved in this country … hopefully sooner rather than later because it WILL happen eventually :)

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  1. kel

    Totally got teary-eyed reading this.

  2. Oscar in Miami Beach

    To use religion to oppose same-sex marriage is ridiculous and truly homophobic because gays do not want to marry in a church,temple,synagogue or mosque but in the non-religious,civil CITY HALLs.It is a civil contract just like the one heterosexuals have to have to be recognize under the law.Religious marriages count for nothing under the laws of the USA.Religious marriages do not give the couple any tax or civil benefits.So to oppose to gays to get those same benefits is homophobic,totally homophobic.So to say that one has nothing against gays but deny them the civil marriage is a farce and that person is a fraud.Strong language but is the truth.If my partner had not died of AIDS we would be married by now.

    • @Oscar in Miami Beach — “gays do not want to marry in a church,temple,synagogue or mosque” This is not true. Also, there are many churches, temples and synagogues that are happy to have same-sex marriage ceremonies.

  3. Tricia

    As a black woman and the sister of a gay black man – I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing it was to hear this news. The black community has long struggled with gay rights, due to both religious and cultural beliefs. I have tears in my eyes and truly believe this will begin to heal this sad rift in our community. God bless President Obama and the NAACP – we shall overcome!

    • @Tricia — “The black community has long struggled with gay rights, due to both religious and cultural beliefs.” Not just the Black community but the Hispanic community as well. There are, sadly, more homophobic and racist people in my family than I care to admit. This move by the NAACP is an important one.

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