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. Rick

    Well done, NAACP. Blacks in America, often so eager to remind the world of the struggle that they endured to reclaim equal right in America, should be the first, foremost, and most vocal supporters of rights for the gay community. The "leaders" of the Black community that ride on the coattails of MLK Jr. to this day, but turn right around and denounce equal rights for the LGBT community, are nothing but hypocrites that have lost sight of the very equality movement that they have built the entirety of their financial well-being upon.

    Looking at you, black church leaders. You now have a choice to make in how you speak to your congrgations. Commit to justice and equality for all, or continue to endorse Biblical supported discrimination. The same Bible that endorsed slavery as well.

    May 19, 2012 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  2. skzdalimit

    Guess the NAACP didn't consult with the blacks in the Deep South and the Bible Belt for their opinion about gay marriage before they spoke for "all blacks" in declaring their support for it.

    May 19, 2012 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  3. Linda

    This is unbelievable b s!!! Guess the NAACP has no conscience.

    May 19, 2012 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  4. LTTC

    LOl, man this only proves Obama can drag anyone through the mud can't he ?!

    May 19, 2012 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  5. LTTC

    And if Obama had said "thus I have declared that the sky is purple" would they follow in lock step ?
    Progressives continnually prove that they are the facists of today.

    May 19, 2012 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  6. taz111111111

    NAACP would back Satanism if Obama did, just to keep him in office.

    May 19, 2012 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  7. Paulie

    One can choose to be gay- one doesnt choose to be black NAACP. Therefore being gay is not really a civil right. If so I choose to be black and gay right now and demand all sorts of things and preferential treatment.

    May 19, 2012 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  8. Mike

    Wake up people. See this as an issue of discrimination and equality, not as religious interpretation of the bible. The oppressed always eventually triumph over their oppressors. Go NAACP!!!

    May 19, 2012 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  9. DJMcFly

    HEADLINE: NAACP Sells Soul To Devil

    May 19, 2012 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  10. Amanda

    Well, I guess this blows Fox "News" assertion that black people will run away from Obama in droves.....

    May 19, 2012 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  11. LOL!

    Over 100 years of existence, and only now does NAACP decide to support gay marriages. How disingenuous can an organization get? And talk about blatant racism!

    May 19, 2012 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  12. edvhou812

    Of course they do. To be against it would be to screw over their boy on Pennsylvania Avenue.

    May 19, 2012 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  13. Alex A.

    This is fairness and equality. Humans being kind to humans. Wonderful!

    May 19, 2012 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  14. Tubby the Tuba Texas

    Wozzers!! I would guess they know what prejudice is though! God bless us one and all.

    May 19, 2012 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  15. Ellis Island

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you. I have never loved the NAACP more (yes, I am caucasian, but VERY OPEN MINDED). Please encourage your brethren to understand this issue. We fought for you, thank you for fighting for us!!!!!

    May 19, 2012 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  16. evensteven

    What you do with your body is your own business and not the business of the anyone else or the government as long as you are not violating the civil rights of others . . .

    May 19, 2012 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  17. Phil

    Good for them.

    May 19, 2012 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  18. bill

    Please. They had to wait until Lord uhbama evolved.

    May 19, 2012 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  19. Russ

    Bravo! How can the GOP be against it? They should be called the WSOHP "The Wrong Side of History Party"

    May 19, 2012 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  20. jeff

    So the National Association for the Advancement of Corrupt Politicians announces their stance on gay marriage. No word yet on their feelings towards unemployment among back youths and inner city crime rates matching that of the most squalid despotcracies of Latin America and Africa.

    May 19, 2012 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  21. LaPlut

    This is great!!

    May 19, 2012 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  22. Str8whtguy

    Gay marriage will go the way of inter-racial marriage and inter-religious marriage. Why is America, the land of the free, so far behind the curve on this sort of thing, every time? Get over it, give people their rights, and get on with your own life.

    May 19, 2012 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  23. Lanette

    I lost respect for the NAACP a long time ago. We have too many problems to be focusing on LGBT issues. Never the less -this won't keep me from voting for Pres. Obama because it's not worth NOT voting because of the presidents views on gay marriage. People died for me to have the right to vote & LGBT issues are not my concern or problem.

    May 20, 2012 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  24. William dodge

    How simple is that to figure out you people with hate in your heart.

    May 20, 2012 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  25. !ST SGT

    The uninformed uusally supports the uneducated jerks of the world.

    May 20, 2012 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
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