Marriage Equality, you say?
Part I: Why the NAACP National Board of Directors voted to oppose codifying discrimination
The NAACP’s recent decision concerning marriage equality is defined by our mission and constitution, which states our objective is to ensure the “political, educational, social and economic equality” of all people. We support marriage equality because it is consistent with the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution.
This support does not mean the NAACP has adopted a position on same-sex marriage from a personal, moral, or religious perspective. We are not an organization that takes a position on an individual’s sexual orientation.
We deeply respect our members’ personal and moral beliefs and, as our resolution states, “we strongly affirm the religious freedoms of all people as protected by the First Amendment.” The NAACP has always advocated strongly on behalf of the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment, and this is an extension of that mission.
(Excerpt from the 2012 July Speak Now Newsletter, to read more and to view the full newsletter please see Related Links below)
2012 July Speak Now Newsletter