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.