Now this is major. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) storms into the 21st century and calls for the overturn of California's Proposition 8. National Board Chair Julian Bond—who has an excellent record on LGBT rights and marriage equality—and newish CEO Benjamin Jealous announce the veteran civil rights organizations supports measures before the state legislature that challenge the amendment which denied marriage rights to same-sex couples.
Bond and Jealous urged passage of HR 5 and SR 7, resolutions which call for the invalidation of Prop 8 and ask the California Supreme Court to overturn it. Bond says it's a matter of equal protection. "The NAACP has long opposed any proposal that would alter the federal or state constitutions for the purpose of excluding any groups or individuals from guarantees of equal protection," adding the amendment "threaten[ed] civil rights and all vulnerable minorities."
This is the first time the national organization has weighed in on same sex marriage. Last fall the California chapter of the NAACP filed amicus briefs with the California Supreme Court in the legal challenges against Prop. 8. The state chapter was also part of the original lawsuit that brought same sex marriage to California. This is significant because its Only a week after its 100th birthday, this signals a welcome and dramatic policy change. "This is not your grandfather's NAACP," notes Ron Buckmire, the black gay California activist and political strategist.