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. pimpson

    Dumbest move ever by them. They will lose total credibility in the black community now. Blacks hate gays.

    May 20, 2012 03:32 am at 3:32 am |
  2. Mit

    LOL. The black community going against their own beliefs just to get their black Obama reelected. pitiful.

    May 20, 2012 04:17 am at 4:17 am |
  3. Robert

    I wonder if they would have supported gay marriage if a white president were to have come out in support of it? Me thinkest not.

    May 20, 2012 04:53 am at 4:53 am |
  4. swipedcard

    A very promising development. Whether left-leaning or right-leaning one cannot deny that the President took a bold step for his principles in the face of likely political damage. That is known as "leadership." And genuine leadership encourages and inspires others. I think many in the black religious community are re-evaluating how they had been manipulated in the past by this issue, and many are now taking a look at the much broader issue of fighting discrimination against minorities in its very many forms.

    May 20, 2012 05:14 am at 5:14 am |
  5. Jerry

    Wouldn't expect anything less from this morally bankrupt bunch of people!

    May 20, 2012 05:24 am at 5:24 am |
  6. Gedwards

    What took them so long?

    May 20, 2012 05:34 am at 5:34 am |
  7. Commojoe

    So, even the NAALCP has allowed itself to be dragged down in the muck with Bozobama? What a sad day for them.

    May 20, 2012 05:36 am at 5:36 am |
  8. D987654321

    From the article:

    "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.

    "always?" really?! Don't you mean "Now that enough other people support it?" Thanks, Johnny-Come-Latelys. Storm into this controversy and claim you've been a supporter, all along.

    Cowards. Liars. Hypocrites.

    May 20, 2012 05:50 am at 5:50 am |
  9. Common sense!

    Sell your soul for votes? only one place waiting you!! HELL

    May 20, 2012 05:54 am at 5:54 am |
  10. body body

    is there a reason why the gay flag is on the left and the US flag is on the right

    May 20, 2012 05:59 am at 5:59 am |
  11. Mike

    It's a 103 year old organization that still refer to themselves as 'Colored People'.

    It's one of the biggest jokes in this country, and no one cares where they stand on issues.

    This is just a reminder to black people not to punish Obama at the polls for his position. Considering he carried 97% of the black vote in 2008, I'm sure he has little to worry about.

    For the record: I could care less about gay marriage.

    May 20, 2012 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  12. dave

    Gee, this doesnt sound political at all. (sarcasm). Just another chip in the stone wall of decency in this country.

    May 20, 2012 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  13. David Duke

    If obama said jump off a bridge; these idiots would do it.............

    May 20, 2012 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  14. protank

    The BIacks would support Obama even if he was for genocide.

    May 20, 2012 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  15. protank

    BIacks would support Obama no matter what, They cant get beyond his color

    May 20, 2012 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  16. RDS35

    Guess no one cares what the NAACP has to say.

    May 20, 2012 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  17. Duane - St.Petersburg Florida

    why is the federal government getting involved in this issue is anyone me unless Obama is just trying to distract all of us from his complete failure with the Economy. Why not just let the states decide this?

    May 20, 2012 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  18. ACE

    Of course they support. They are Democrat and Obama is a Democrat. DUH!

    May 20, 2012 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  19. Randy

    ....and that shocks whom??????

    May 20, 2012 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  20. Gus

    Obama and the NAACP sold out for a few pieces of silver.

    May 20, 2012 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  21. terri

    I never thought I would see the day when Blacks (historically with very strong religious values) back immorality. This is a time for religious blacks to publicly distance themselves from the NAACP and Jesse Jackson.

    May 20, 2012 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  22. slickteigkcmo

    It isn't a big deal, love who you love unless you/they become a criminal, hurt innocent people, harm each other, love who you love...... just be good citizens, not crude, rude, mean, selfish,violent, hateful toward others, love one another, be good people, that is all that matters, if you're in your home in your bed and commit to loving something, then we should all support this. It's not my way, but I don't like nascar either, I also don't like the color blue or pink much, we are all different. Just be good people and take care of yourselves and others, that is all that matters, Blacks can love Whites, Purples can love Greens, short people can love tall, fat can love thin....... variety is interesting, it isn't necessarily bad....just isn't , bad people are bad people, those who hurt others, wish to do evil, that's a bad couple, plenty of bad men / women marriages out there, full of deceit, lies, violence, cruelty, so let's worry about other things , like the truly bad people out there and what can we do to help them change..... pray for them for one and lead by example.

    May 20, 2012 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  23. Patrick

    The NAACP gets it right again and on the right side of justice.

    May 20, 2012 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  24. Jerry

    The NAACP members are are just another bunch of Black hypocrites. They only back SSM in order to continue supporting our present clueless/divisive/lying president.

    Mr. Obama's hypocrisy is rubbing off on other Blacks as well as a small number of misguided whites and Latinos.

    What a shame!!!

    May 20, 2012 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  25. Jim

    I didn't know evolution was contagious...

    I think the naacp would endorse beastuality and nambla if obama wanted it.

    May 20, 2012 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
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