The time for marriage equality is now!
The The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People passed a resolution yesterday endorsing same-sex marriage as a civil right. In simpler terms, this means that any attempt to oppose or suppress individuals who are members of same-sex relationships, falls under a civil rights issue.
The NAACP came to the conclusion yesterday while on a leadership retreat in Miami once it was decided that their position on the issue was consistent with the equal protection provision of the U.S. Constitution.
As reported by the Associated Press:
"The mission of the NAACP has always been to ensure political, social and economic equality of all people," Board Chairwoman Roslyn M. Brock said in a statement. "We have and will oppose efforts to codify discrimination into law."
Same-sex marriage is legal in six states and the District of Columbia, but 31 states have passed amendments to ban it.
"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" said NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous, a strong backer of gay rights.
The Human Rights Campaign, a leading gay rights advocacy group, applauded the step by the Baltimore-based civil rights organization.
"We could not be more pleased with the NAACP's history-making vote today — which is yet another example of the traction marriage equality continues to gain in every community," HRC President Joe Solmonese said in a statement.
History is being made day-by-day! This is a major announcement!