NAACP backs same-sex marriage as a civil right

According to the New York Times, the N.A.A.C.P. voted to endorse same-sex marriage a week after President Barack Obama publicly supported the cause.

The 64-member board of the N.A.A.C.P. voted to pass a resolution supporting the cause at the group’s retreat meeting in Miami. Only two of its members voted against the resolution, according to the article.

According to the organization’s press release, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People decided to support same-sex marriage as a “continuation of its historic commitment to equal protection under the law.”

At the bottom of the press release, the resolution was written, stating:

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.

According to Julian Bond, a civil rights activist and former chairman of the organization, the president’s recent support of same-sex marriage was the “tipping point” for many N.A.A.C.P. board members. Bond added that the vote debunks the myth that the black community is uncomfortable with same-sex marriage.

“This proves that conventional wisdom is not true,” Mr. Bond said to The New York Times.

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About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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