NAACP Passes Resolution in Support of Marriage Equality

NAACP press release:

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People today released a resolution supporting marriage equality. At a meeting of the 103-year old civil rights group’s board of directors, the organization voted to support marriage equality as a continuation of its historic commitment to equal protection under the law.

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

“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” said Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO of the NAACP.

Under other circumstances I would applaud this without question as a long overdue positive step, but I guess I’m getting cynical in my old age. I also have to wonder what the result of a vote by the whole NAACP membership would be?

I don’t expect a big public fight about this because they don’t want to embarrass Obama, but I don’t expect black social conservatives to budge on the issue of gay marriage. I also don’t think the black community will be happy with the comparison of gay marriage to civil rights.

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7 Responses to NAACP Passes Resolution in Support of Marriage Equality

  1. yttik says:

    “..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.”

    It’s kind of an oddly worded statement, much like Obama’s, where they seem to want the political benefit of being pro-equality, without having to really take a stand or do anything about it. Then they make sure they give a strong shout out to religious freedom, which confuses their statement even more, because religious freedom versus equality is pretty much the core of the debate.

  2. foxyladi14 says:

    Do the good Reverend’s Sharpton and Jackson feel this way too? 😯

  3. mothy67 says:

    See this as a good thing. Young gay black men dis-proportionally suffer from AIDS. Shame is a wretched worthless emotion that drives people to despair and beyond.

  4. insanelysane says:

    The NAACP has correctly framed the whole argument.

    It is a civil rights issue. That’s all.

    Settle that and all the rights and privileges are reserved for all Americans.
    I’m glad they spoke up.

    • angienc says:


    • mothy67 says:

      I think I agree with you but feel it is time for the leader’s of the black community to step up to the plate. Tracy Morgan made a vile statement and he got a pass from the likes of obama/sharpton/jackson/the view coven Believe comics should be given great latitude but he went too far. I was repulsed by his statement but if you are going to treat a disease you have to address the symptoms. Morgan just brought attention to a festering sore. Have to wonder if Morgan himself is crippled with self-loathing. His name is Tracy and humor often has its genesis in pain.

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