A number of prominent African American leaders have denounced the recent resolution by the NAACP supporting marriage equality for same-sex couples, and have called it “an endorsement of homosexual agenda,” and an issue no different than abortion.
“Neither my great-grandfather an NAACP founder, my grandfather Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr. an NAACP leader, my father Rev. A. D. Williams King, nor my uncle Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. embraced the homosexual agenda that the current NAACP is attempting to label as a civil rights agenda,” said Dr. Alveda C. King, founder of King for America and Pastoral Associate for Priests for Life.
“In the 21st Century, the anti-traditional marriage community is in league with the anti-life community, and together with the NAACP and other sympathizers, they are seeking a world where homosexual marriage and abortion will supposedly set the captives free,” King added.
In a landmark decision, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) last Friday passed a resolution endorsing marriage equality for same-sex couples.
The resolution — coming on the heels of President Barack Obama’s historic support for marriage equality, and subsequent polling on the issue among African-Americans — stated that it was demanded by the equal protection guarantees written into the U.S. Constitution.
NAACP president, Benjamin Todd, an outspoken supporter of LGBT rights, said, “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.”
But Dr. Day Gardner, founder of the National Black Prolife Union, said that the NAACP is “off the mark … with regard to the real issues and the most important problems facing the black community.”
“The NAACP organization was founded by blacks who had an understanding and strong faith in God. They were people — pastors and congregations who knew that the Bible — which is God’s final word — was indeed very clear on the immorality and wages of homosexuality and abortion,” Garder said.
“It is appalling that this one time super hero ‘civil rights’ organization supports the breakdown of traditional marriage and the ruthless killing of our unborn children — as a civil right,” Gardner said.
“The homosexual community is demanding that their lifestyle be legitimized and viewed by society as a lifestyle that is right. We are subjected to the distasteful alignment of homosexuality with the ‘Civil Rights Movement’ and with the argument that gay rights should be guaranteed under the Constitution. These two issues are incompatible.” said Rev. Clenard Childress, founder of BlackGenocide.org.
In California, exit polls showed about 70 percent of blacks opposed same-sex marriage in 2008.
But since Obama announced his support for marriage equality, attitudes within the African American community appear to have become more positive.
A Washington Post/ABC News poll showed that 54 percent of African Americans supported the President’s statement, while a Public Policy Poll — also taken after the President’s announcement — reflected an 11-point increase among African Americans in North Carolina who support either marriage or civil unions for committed gay and lesbian couples.