The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) voted yesterday to endorse homosexual “marriage” as a “civil right.”
The group passed the resolution at a leadership retreat in Miami, acquiescing that giving homosexuals the opportunity to “marry” was constitutional under the Fourteenth Amendment, which provides equal protection of the law.
Only two members of the 64-person group voted against the declaration.
- “The NAACP Constitution affirmatively states our objective to ensure the ‘political, education, social and economic equality’ of all people. Therefore, the NAACP has opposed and will continue to oppose any national, state, local policy or legislative initiative that seeks to codify discrimination or hatred into the law or to remove the Constitutional rights of LGBT citizens. We support marriage equality consistent with equal protection under the law provided under the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution. Further, we strongly affirm the religious freedoms of all people as protected by the First Amendment.”
The NAACP’s announcement follows only two weeks after Barack Obama proclaimed to the nation that he now supports homosexual “marriage.” Many were disappointed at Obama’s position on the matter, which he explained had “evolved” over time.
While African Americans have historically been against same-sex “marriage,” it appears that an increasing number of black citizens are split on the issue.
Last week, Al Sharpton and four other prominent African American leaders signed a letter praising Obama for his support of homosexual “marriage.”
“There will be those who seek to use this issue to divide our community. As a people, we cannot afford such division,” the letter stated. “It is our hope that conversations on strengthening African American families continue in a civil and respectful way, on all sides, both with those who support the ability of same-sex couples to marry, and those who do not.”
Dr. Joseph Lowery, founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, was one of the signers of the letter. He recently appeared on Al Sharpton’s television broadcast Politics Nation.
“I don’t think you can say we believe in equal rights for some people but not for others,” the 90-year old Methodist minister told Sharpton. “I think that’s what we call an oxymoron. I think if you believe in equal rights, you have to grant them to all the people.”
Meanwhile, this past Thursday, another African American group gathered to take a stand against homosexual “marriage.” The Coalition of African American Pastors gathered in Memphis, Tennessee, the home of Dr. Martin Luther King, in an effort to reclaim the civil rights movement.
“The group of black clergy and civil rights leaders say it is time to turn the tide against the ‘hijacking’ of the civil rights movement,” said Pastor Bill Owens, the group’s organizer. “There is no civil right to do what God calls wrong.”
Pastor Robert Morris concurred.
“Same-sex marriage I think, it’s an abomination before God. It’s a sin before God,” he declared. “I don’t see how anyone can compare that with civil rights.”
The group has a goal of obtaining 100,000 signatures in support of Biblical marriage.