NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Jealous appeared last night on MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. The topic: The veteran civil rights organization's historic resolution support equal marriage for gay and lesbian couples. "The NAACP has always stood for expanding rights and the Constitution, not taking them away," said Jealous. "When we get it wrong it gives permission for parents to reject kids."
"This an important day. ..... And it's very personal to me," he added. The NAACP president fought back tears and explained how his mother and father, an inter-racial couple, were prohibited from marrying in their home state.
Jealous has worked to engage the NAACP in LGBT issues. In February 2009, the national board called for the overturn of California's Proposition 8 but stopped short of endorsing equal marriage. Later that year, the National Black Justice Coalition became the first Black LGBT group to address the national board. In March 2011, the first openly LGBT president of a local NAACP chapter was elected. In August 2011, the organization held its first town hall on LGBT issues.
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