NAACP Backs Same-Sex Marriage as Civil Right

Marriage in the eyes of the NAACP is now a civil right


The NAACP has passed a resolution endorsing same-sex marriage as a civil right and opposing any efforts "to codify discrimination or hatred into the law."

The Baltimore-based National Association for the Advancement of Colored People announced Saturday that its board voted at a leadership retreat in Miami to back a resolution supporting marriage equality.

It said the position is consistent with the equal protection provision of the U.S. Constitution.

Same-sex marriage is legal in six states and the District of Columbia, but 31 states have passed amendments to ban it.

NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous, a strong backer of gay rights, says "civil marriage is a civil right and a matter of civil law."

Gay marriage has divided the black community, with many religious leaders opposing it.

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  • by Lynne Location: Enterprise on May 24, 2012 at 01:13 PM
    Judge not that ye not be judged. He who is without sin, let him cast the first stone. Only God has the right to judge, not man.
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      by JW on May 25, 2012 at 12:19 PM in reply to Lynne
      Why do people always quote that whenever they don't like what someone else says? Nobody is judging anyone, they're just saying what is in the if it's in the Bible, hasn't God already judged it to be a sin? Standing up for Biblical truth is not being judgemental. Geesh
  • by j on May 23, 2012 at 12:21 PM
    Hmn- the NAACP was founded (and still meets in the Church) yet they want to validate Gay lifestyle?1?! Oh yes, and all the "Preachers" (Sharpton, jackson, etc) have come out in favor also- They must have not read their Bible, which says many time it is an Abomination- One Day God will Judge Each Person and then you can tell himabout your Rights!
  • by Anonymous on May 23, 2012 at 04:42 AM
    If you find your self at a young age being attracted to the same sex, can you just turn that off and marry the opposite sex because it says in the Bible that it is wrong for you to be this way ? If you grow up and you're male but you have the shape, beauty and you're delicate in form should you just cast that aside and try to be a lumberjack, even tho the way you look shouts girl, girl, Girl! Maybe it's a birth defect.NAACP would back anything as a Civil right if it gets them into the papers and on the news.
  • by Anonymous,2 on May 22, 2012 at 04:12 PM
    The President accepts it for Votes. NAACP apparently is doing it for attention. Perhaps everyone should read 1 Corinthians 6: 9-13 with ephasis on 13; 1 Thessalonians 4:3. Before you start yelling bigot, you had your say, now it is my turn. We're required to stand up for God.
  • by j on May 22, 2012 at 08:36 AM
    hmn- i could have sworn the NAACP was started (and continues to meet) in the Church, based on biblical Principals. God calls it an Adbomination many times in the bible and you will Stand before him and be judged one day and you can tell him about your Rights then!
  • by Bunny Location: Dothan on May 21, 2012 at 09:42 PM
    I wonder how many religious establishments will have lawsuits pending against them if gay marriage is legalized everywhere? If a pastor refuses to marry a homosexual couple, he'll be sued for "discrimination", all because he stood up for his religious convictions. This is a scary thought, that will soon be a reality. Not to mention, how many people will be charged with "hate talk" for disagreeing with homosexuality. It's gonna be a scary world for Christians soon if we don't stand up for what's right. I'm sorry, I don't hate anyone who is gay, but I do not, and will not say that it's okay to be that way. God made male and female so our bodies would fit together perfectly, and the balance of masculine and feminine is what is needed to create and raise a happy, healthy family.
  • by Cynthia Location: Enterprise on May 21, 2012 at 01:30 PM
    I remember when interracial marriage was still illegal and a lot of bigots used the Bible to try to justify this. These same people are trying to do the same thing with same sex marriage. Why can't people just live and let live?
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      by Bunny on May 21, 2012 at 09:32 PM in reply to Cynthia
      Interracial marriage is not a sin mentioned in the Bible, homosexuality is. There is a huge difference between that comparison.
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        by SouthernPatriot on May 23, 2012 at 05:39 AM in reply to Bunny
        I agree with you Bunny, there is a distinct difference. But the bottom line all depends where an individuals moral compass points. A sense of morality can only come from a belief system, and there are those who don't have one. It should depend on what the majority wants. If the majority do not want to recognize gay marriages in their state or country, it shouldn't happen. They can aways move to a country where people feel more openly about this sort of behavior.
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      by Anonymous on May 22, 2012 at 03:57 AM in reply to Cynthia
      im with you. Let people live there life how they want to.Blacks marry different races, white marry different races. To me thats the same thing as a woman being with a woman.
  • by Anonymous on May 21, 2012 at 09:21 AM
    Why dont people mind there own business. If someone wants to be gay, woman & woman // man & man. then its them NOT you. YOU are not to judge. They will deal with god not you. I dont understand why people get all into this. It doesnt hurt or harm you in ANY WAY. GAY PRIDE ALLLL THE WAY.
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      by marilyn on May 23, 2012 at 03:53 AM in reply to
      People don't want to be gay. They are born that way. When they reach a certain age they just know, some prefer the same sex and others know they are in the wrong bodies.I went to school with this guy he knew a lot about girly stuff.Way back then people didn't talk about gay, we just thought he was a prissy boy.He's about 60 now and we all know he's gay. Do we hate him ? No ! We've known him all of our lives.We don't care if he's gay. He lives his own life and we live ours.
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        by Anonymous II on May 24, 2012 at 06:53 AM in reply to marilyn
        You say that he lives HIS own life. Does he try to make everyone live HIS life style. It is not right that the President of this great nation says that he is for gay marriage, just to be reelected to the Presidency. I know that all Americans, Gay, Straight or any other life style sees right through this phonyism. He only says this so that he can get money and votes. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SMARTER THAN THIS!!
  • by SouthernPatriot Location: Dothan on May 21, 2012 at 04:12 AM
    It's not surprising this group supports gay marriages. They support a president who has no problem with abortion. It's ironic, the NAACP is always shouting human rights, when they don't support the human rights of the unborn child. There is nothing biblical about this group...that's fairly obvious. I can only assume, that's by design.
  • by Tom Location: Enterprise on May 19, 2012 at 09:28 PM
    Really, and marriage is from the Bible. In the Old Testament, in Levitcus, it states no man shall lay with another man as he does with a woman. Therefore NAACP, your backing for same sex marriage goes against Gods words.
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      by Anonymous on May 22, 2012 at 03:51 PM in reply to Tom
      In the old Bible. We are living in the new Bible days where God is coming back for his people. In the old Bible men had many wives and lived till they were 700 years old. We are living in the days of Jesus. Whatever Jesus says is the right way.The NAACP should not even exist as they are not for racisism. The "C" which stand for the word colored should be took out cause it's racist. I am white and I think that if I can't have something for whites only then you can't have something which supports the advancement of colored people. Are we all colored to a degree ?
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