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In landmark announcement, NAACP endorses marriage equality

Monday, May 21, 2012

MIAMI, Fla. — The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) late 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.

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

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.”

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.

Half of African-Americans, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll conducted earlier this month, back marriage equality.

“Almost every demographic slice was more in favor of gay marriage than it had been in 2009,” reported the Journal.

“We could not be more pleased with the NAACP’s history-making vote — which is yet another example of the traction marriage equality continues to gain in every community,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese.

“It’s time the shameful myth that the African-American community is somehow out of lockstep with the rest of the country on marriage equality is retired – once and for all. The facts and clear momentum toward marriage speak for themselves,” Solmonese said.

Observers consider the NAACP’s announcement a positive step in bridging the apparent divide between ethnic minorities and the LGBT community, and reinforces previous findings from Pew Research Center that African Americans have become more supportive of marriage equality than even four years ago, though they still remain the ethnic group most opposed to the move.

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9 more reader comments:

  1. Love this!

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 8:23pm
  2. Again why didn’t they do this back in the 1960′s when we helped them? I guess better never than late. Thanks for nothing.

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 8:26pm
  3. Bravo! We shall overcome!

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 8:28pm
  4. Thank you NAACP, now perhaps we can revisit the teachings of Dr. DuBois about equality and advancement. Despite my disappointment with this organization as a young, Black, lesbian card carrying member in the mid-90s, I can refer to the NAACP with some sense of pride now. Please continue to strive for leadership and guidance in our community. Teach the Black community that racial equality is not the end of the road. Be a means for creating a social imagination that is lacking and I will gladly support your pursuit to end social inequality. #fruiitcakeBRI81#

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 8:35pm
  5. woot!

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 8:35pm
  6. Wow! “About damn time” springs to mind first of all though…

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 9:20pm
  7. Awesome!

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 10:13pm
  8. thank you!

    Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 2:38am
  9. Thank you NAACP.

    Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 4:38pm