NAACP Endorses Marriage Equality

When President Obama spoke out in favor of same-sex marriage, some worried what effect this would have among his black supporters — particularly in terms of the traditionally conservative black church. But a recent poll showed a significant increase in support for marriage equality within the black community: 54 percent in favor, up from 41 percent last year.

Today marks another step forward — and trouble for the National Organization of Marriage's plan to drive a wedge between LGBT voters and black voters. The NAACP has endorsed marriage equality, as first reported by Senior Vice President Maxim Thorne on Twitter.

The NAACP Board of Directors has just endorsed marriage equality unequivocally. Only two opposed! An historic moment.

New York Times reporter Michael Barbaro tweeted another quote from the NAACP elaborating on their position: "We have and will oppose efforts to codify discrimination into law."

Earlier this week, Jay-Z endorsed marriage equality, saying discrimination against gays is "no different than discriminating against blacks. It's discrimination plain and simple."

So much for NOM's "sophisticated cultural objective" to "interrupt the attempt to equate gay with black, and sexual orientation with race."

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