Equality North Carolina is praising the NAACP National Board of Directors for their decision over the weekend to endorse marriage equality.
Standing with NC NAACP president Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II this morning, Equality NC’s executive director Stuart Campbell issued the following statement:
“The NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization, and with its endorsement of marriage equality and the momentum that endorsement brings, we continue to see that supporters of marriage equality are on the right side of history. The NAACP has long stood on the side of political, social and economic equality for all citizens in the United States, regardless of sexual orientation,” said Campbell.
“The North Carolina NAACP, with the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber at its helm, was an early supporter of Equality NC’s efforts to fight off Amendment One, a divisive, anti-gay amendment to our state’s constitution prohibiting marriage equality, civil unions and domestic partnerships, and which was unfortunately just placed in our constitution,” Campbell added.
“The NAACP’s recent endorsement of marriage equality simply confirms what we have been saying for some time: support for marriage equality is multi-generational, mulch-cultural, and comes from leaders of many different communities and faiths. The opponents of marriage equality, namely the National Organization for Marriage, have long played racial politics in an attempt to drive a wedge between the gay and lesbian community and the African American community. This recent decision by the NAACP is yet another example that our respective communities reject the politics of division. And that we are all united in the goal of achieving fairness and equality for all North Carolinians, and say no to any attempts to create second class citizens, disenfranchise voters, or in any way weaken protections for individuals based on race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability or any other factor beyond the merits and facts of the given situation, said Campbell.
“Today, we are proud to stand beside the NAACP in a coalition forged from the shared conviction that we shall never stop fighting for equality.”