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Divine Discontent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-19-12 06:14 PM
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NAACP backs same-sex marriage as civil right, shoring up Obama base behind civil right to marry
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MIAMI 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."



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tnlefty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-19-12 10:38 PM
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1. I saw this earlier today...
and my first thought was, 'way more than cool'.

They need to help us in other states try to repeal those hideous constitutional amendments that were passed. My state passed one in '06.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-20-12 08:39 AM
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2. Good, but ADT (about damned time).
Edited on Sun May-20-12 08:43 AM by No Elephants
Even as a school kid, I could never understand how one group of people who had EVER been discriminated against to any degree at all would then go ahead and discriminate against another group.

It should not have taken Obama's saying something before the NAACP said something.

The timing makes it seem that the NAACP is more concerned about covering Obama's flank than it is about justice for all.

So, better late than never, but sooner would have been better.
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