NAACP follows Obama announcing own endorsement of gay marriage
The NAACP has voted to endorse same-s*x marriage today naming it an American civil right just two weeks after President Barack Obama publically declared his own support.
Voting 62 to 2 according to one senior leader, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s board of directors passed the resolution affirming opposition to any effort that ‘seeks to codify discrimination or hatred into the law or to remove the Constitutional rights of LGBT citizens.’
The nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization declared the position consistent with the equal protection provision of the U.S. Constitution.
‘The mission of the NAACP has always been to ensure political, social and economic equality of all people,’ Board Chairwoman Roslyn M. Brock said in a statement following their vote at a leadership retreat in Miami.
‘We have and will oppose efforts to codify discrimination into law.’
Same-s*x marriage is legal in six states and the District of Columbia, but 31 states have passed amendments to ban it.
The announcement was quickly made public by the NAACP’s senior vice president for development Maxim Thorne Saturday afternoon on his Twitter account but he declined to say which two members opposed.