NAACP backs same-sex marriage
May 19th, 2012
07:23 PM ET
11 years ago

NAACP backs same-sex marriage

(CNN) - The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People on Saturday announced its backing of same-sex marriage, more than a week after President Barack Obama also expressed support for the issue.

"The mission of the NAACP has always been to ensure political, social and economic equality of all people," Roslyn M. Brock, chairman of the NAACP's board of directors, said in a statement.

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She added: "We have and will oppose efforts to codify discrimination into law."

Following Obama's announcement last week, speculation swirled over whether his decision would spark political backlash among some in the black evangelical community, which has traditionally been against same-sex marriage.

Meanwhile, some prominent African-American religious leaders, including the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Joseph Lowery, praised Obama's support for same-sex marriage last week.

The NAACP in the recent past has stood in favor of gay rights issues, notably opposing Proposition 8 in California, the Defense of Marriage Act, and North Carolina's constitutional amendment that bans marriage and domestic partnerships for same-sex couples.

"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 the group's president, Benjamin Todd Jealous.

- CNN's Martina Stewart contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • NAACP • President Obama • Same-sex marriage
soundoff (144 Responses)
  1. TKH1957

    Gee, what a shock...the NAACP's poster boy (aka the little dictator) comes out for gay marriage so they have to follow suit. Another example of an organization in lock-step with Obama in direct opposition to the majority of its members. Sad...very sad.

    May 20, 2012 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  2. GailS

    Gay rights are civil rights! People need to get with the program or be left behind.

    May 20, 2012 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  3. Phyllis G Williams

    "I set before you this day a blessing and a curse:
    "A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God – Commandment Genesis 2: 24 (Leviticus 20: 13)
    "A Curse , " " will not obey " " " " – Deuteronomy 11: 26-28)

    May 20, 2012 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  4. Roywarner

    Civil Marriage is a Civil Right. Finally, the NAACP understands "separate but equal" doesn't work. Churches have forgotten that ANY marriage isn't legal with out the piece of paper that says it's so, issued by the govt. Obviously, they never had a say in it before, why now? Equality under the law, backed by the 14th ammendment gives everyone the freedom to marry. Any other view is un-American.

    May 20, 2012 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  5. Good Job

    While the republicans and religious right want to keep others from their rights, these good people want to expand equality. Good Job, you sitting so high above them they look like bugs crawling on the ground.

    May 20, 2012 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  6. Capitalists

    The NAACP would back anything Obama was for. They'd sell their soul to the devil!

    May 20, 2012 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  7. pam

    Trying hard to rally the black vote. It isn't going to work, more and more black people have proven that they have a mind of their own.

    May 20, 2012 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  8. Mountainlover

    This is excellent news and I hope the NAACP doesn't lose any supporters.

    May 20, 2012 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  9. steve

    The NAACP is going to not go along with Obama? Don't think so. That's a no brainer.

    May 20, 2012 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  10. not the same

    I agree with the NAACP stand. However, it seems today's NAACP isn't made of the stuff of its Rosa Parks day. These days the organization seems to wait and see which way the wind is blows, or if you're a high paying member before they will jump on the support bandwagon. It's been such organizations such as change dot org and color of change dot org that have jumped right on controversial topics and spoken un-afraidly out without fear of losing donors. While such organizations like the NAACP will sit back and "monitor" the situation before speaking out.

    May 20, 2012 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  11. John

    One more proof of the declining values of an imported race imported. Our ancestors must be tormented that their actions of the time resulted in what America has to endure nowadays.

    May 20, 2012 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  12. Anonymous

    It seems like these religious leaders are more interested in getting Obama back in the White House than what the Bible clearly say's. they have turned their backs to the truth.

    May 20, 2012 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  13. MuyGuapo

    It appears Obama has opened a big can of worms. I am wondering if he is doing people, and African Americans in particular, any favors by his unusual stance.

    May 20, 2012 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  14. megamimi

    But, I believe a majority of black ministers disavow this.

    May 20, 2012 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  15. Demitroy

    While I'm happy to see an organization that claims to support civil rights actually supporting civil rights, I have to ask why it took so long? What is different today from yesterday when it comes to the GLBT community and marriage?

    May 20, 2012 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  16. Everett Wallace

    cnn loves the naacp, wants to keep the wedge between people.

    May 20, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  17. Alereon

    Good on the NAACP for taking a stand against discrimination in all its forms.

    May 20, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  18. Mslisa

    A new way for them to earn a dollar...

    May 20, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  19. Everett Wallace

    oh it's certain things hmmm I gues i'll just have to speak to the 6 billion saved.

    May 20, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
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