Saturday, May 19, 2012

NAACP BOD Resolution Affirming Support For Same Gender Marriage

The NAACP convention will be in my beloved hometown in July.  In advance of that event in which President Obama will speak to the assembled delegates at the George R, Brown Convention Center came this news out of Miami.

The NAACP's Board of Directors are meeting there and a resolution was passed on a 62-2 vote that affirms their support for same gender marriage.

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.

“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.

Pay attention people.  This is one of the African-American community's iconic organizations.

So you know what's going to happen the next time I hear that bull feces laden 'the African-American community is uniquely homophobic' meme come out of someone's vanillacentric privilege laden mouth don't you?  

Alright, NAACP!. 

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