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NAACP Board Endorses Marriage Equality

​Post submitted by Charlie Joughin, HRC Press Secretary

On the heels of President Obama’s historic support for marriage equality and subsequent polling on the issue among African-Americans, the NAACP Board of Directors today endorsed marriage equality.  This is yet another example of the traction marriage equality continues to gain in every community across America.  

Half of African-Americans, according to an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll conducted earlier this month, back marriage equality.  The Journal reported, “Almost every demographic slice was more in favor of gay marriage than it had been in 2009.”    

Following President Obama’s historic endorsement of the issue also this month, attitudes within the African-American community become even more positive.  A Washington Post poll showed that 54 percent of African Americans backed the President’s statement. A Public Policy Poll also taken after the President’s announcement reflected an 11-point increase among African Americans in North Carolina who support either marriage or civil unions for committed gay and lesbian couples.

Months ago, HRC unearthed secret internal memos by the so-called National Organization for Marriage which admitted in stark terms its racial strategy. One memo to its Board of Directors stated NOM would drive a “wedge between gays and blacks.”

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