The NAACP, the “nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization,” has stepped forward to endorse same sex marriage equality through resolution after a historic board meeting this afternoon. The move comes 10 days after President Obama
The resolution states: “We support marriage equality consistent with equal protection under the law provided under the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.”
The Board at a at a leadership retreat in Miami passed the resolution endorsing same-sex marriage to oppose any efforts “to codify discrimination or hatred into the law.”
NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous, said “civil marriage is a civil right and a matter of civil law.”
All but two of the organization’s board members, (whose names have been witheld) voted against the resolution according to sources within the NAACP.
On Meet the Press this morning Vice President Joe Biden sat down with David Gregory and bacame the highest ranking American official to back marriage for gay and lesbian people (Since out “fierce advocate continues to evolve to this day)
Igor Volsky at Think Progress has reported that Vice President Joe Biden told NBC’s David Gregory this morning that he is “absolutely comfortable with the fact of men marrying men, and women marrying women.” He added, however, that “the President sets the policy” Biden also credited his acceptance to the show Will & Grace, which aired on NBC from 1998 to 2006 and featured numerous gay characters:
GREGORY: Have your views evolved?
BIDEN: The good news is that as more and more Americans come to understand what this is all about is a simple proposition. Who do you love? Who do you love and will you be loyal to the person you love? And that’s what people are finding out what all marriages at their root are about. Whether they are marriages of lesbians or gay men or heterosexuals. […]
GREGORY: You’re comfortable with same-sex marriage now?
BIDEN: Look, I am Vice President of the United States of America. The president sets the policy. I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women and heterosexual men marrying women are entitled to the same exact rights. All the civil rights, all the civil liberties. And quite frankly I don’t see much of a distinction beyond that. […] I think Will & Grace probably did more to educate the American public than almost anything anybody has done so far. People fear that is different and now they’re beginning to understand.
Interesting… “Just Jack” and Karen Walker has done more for same sex marriage with the Vice President than the Human Rights Campaign . LOL typical