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On Saturday at a board meeting in Miami, Florida the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the nation’s oldest African American civil rights group, voted to support a resolution endorsing same-sex marriage.

NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous said in a statement, “Civil marriage is a civil right and a matter of civil law. The NAACP’s support for marriage equality is deeply rooted in the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution and equal protection of all people. The well-funded right wing organizations who are attempting to split our communities are no friend to civil rights, and they will not succeed.”

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The primary objective of the103-year-old NAACP has been to fight for and support civil rights for African Americans. However, the civil rights group is now in opposition with many of the nation’s most influential black clergymen; which denounces gay marriages.

Meanwhile, Rev. Bill Owens who is a long-time civil rights leader has organized the Coalition of African American Pastors. The coalition is asking President Obama reverse his recent decision to support same-sex marriage and encourages more black ministers to speak out in support of traditional marriage.

Source: Paul Stanley (Christian Post)

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