The national office of the NAACP publicly backed President Obama and his stance on same-sex marriage. However, there are quite a few old school members that are unwilling to go with the company line.
By: A.J. Niles
Things took an interesting turn as the national board for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, NAACP, decided to publicly back President Barack Obama and his stance on same-sex marriage. The national board passed a resolution this weekend just as other black leaders jump to either side of the marriage debate. The NAACP issued a statement regarding their resolution.
“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.”
However, various chapters and members within the NAACP, as well as outside groups are absolutely displeased with their national board’s resolution. according to the Redding News Review,
A former N.A.A.C.P. board member says some chapter presidents “don’t support” and were caught off-guard by the organization’s decision to back President Obama on gay marriage.
“They are not happy,” the former board member told Redding News Review. “They have really been caught like a deer in headlights. It caught them off-guard they and they don’t know how to respond. They don’t know how to articulate what happened to members. They don’t know what to do, they don’t know what to say and there has been no communication from Baltimore.
“We don’t support this and we haven’t had a chance to talk about it … it is the edict coming down from Baltimore.”
Even the Niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. Alveda C. King expressed her displeasure of the resolution, according to the Christian Post.
“Neither my great-grandfather an NAACP founder, my grandfather Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr. an NAACP leader, my father Rev. A. D. Williams King, nor my uncle Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. embraced the homosexual agenda that the current NAACP is attempting to label as a civil rights agenda.
In the 21st Century, the anti-traditional marriage community is in league with the anti-life community, and together with the NAACP and other sympathizers, they are seeking a world where homosexual marriage and abortion will supposedly set the captives free.”
This same-sex marriage issue may just be that single issue that splinters the black community politically. Blacks in America have stood right behind President Obama since his 2008 campaign and the Democratic Party since the late 1960’s. If black people become divided politically, President Obama’s re-election campaign becomes just that much more difficult. In many battleground states, like North Carolina, Virginia and Ohio; the president is depending on young voters and black voters to carry him to 270 electoral votes to beat Republican candidate Mitt Romney.