Tuesday, June 30, 2015

NAACP applauds the Supreme Court decision on marriage equality

By Ernest Disney-Britton

The oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization in America, the NAACP applauds the marriage decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. As one who sat in the rooms with NAACP leaders in 2008 and 2009 for these discussion, I can tell you they have long advocated for marriage equality but their evolution was long. It wasn't until 2012, that the NAACP Board of Directors finally voted to support marriage equality as a continuation of its steadfast commitment to equal protection under the law. The NAACP constitution states their objective to ensure the “political, education, social and economic equality” of all people consistent with the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution. Last Friday, they issued the following statement: “The NAACP applauds the Supreme Court’s historic decision on marriage equality," said Cornell William Brooks, NAACP President and CEO, "as it affirms that all Americans are created equal and entitled to certain unalienable rights."