Gay marriage and the NAACP

  • Article by: Darryl Lorenzo Wellington , MCT
  • Updated: April 11, 2013 - 12:36 PM

The NAACP knows what prejudice is, and the Supreme Court should listen.

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hawkeye56379Apr. 11, 1312:50 PM

In the 60's, in Loving v. Virginia the Supreme Court said that the government's saying that you could marry someone of one race, but not someone of a different race was a denial of equal protection. Now they are being asked to say the same thing about the government saying that you can marry someone of one gender but but not someone of a different gender. The NAACP recognizes the similarities.

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kd5757Apr. 11, 1312:57 PM

"King would no more have been deterred by religious arguments against homosexuality than he was by the many biblical justifications of segregation, which were commonplace in his time."...........Furthermore, there are no secular arguments against marriage equality that pass scientific scrutiny (e.g., harms children, harms society) as more people are learning each day hence the significant change in attitudes favoring marriage equality. You may not like same-sex marriage (just as some people still do not approve of interracial marriage on "moral" or "religious" grounds) but most of society will be just fine with it.

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zanphereApr. 11, 13 2:21 PM

NAACP would be a better organization of it fought for the advancement of people of more than just one color.

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bannedmuggsApr. 11, 13 2:28 PM

someone might want to talk to regular African Americans about this support. Black churches throughout the country do not support gay marriage. Martin Luther King's own daughter has said Dr. King would not support the gay marriage issue. Bottom line is racism and segregation was a tragic and appalling time in our history. Basing laws on skin color and the way a person was born is quite different than a group of people CHOOSING to live a lifestyle. Rep. John Lewis is going to support anything that gets votes. Politicians are politicians. And the NAACP is disconnected from African Americans across the country on many issues and this is a huge one.

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bannedmuggsApr. 11, 13 3:17 PM

Follow the money. Unfortunately the NAACP relies on funding from many wealthy liberal organizations and regular citizens. This took about 20 minutes to figure out using the web. An incredibly wealthy, gay, white famous piano player gave millions for one example. A umber of large philanthropic organizations that typically give to human rights issues are another. Sad day for African Americans and Dr. King is spinning in his grave.

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bigbadbeanApr. 11, 13 3:18 PM

The NAACP is a political organization. They are lobbyist. The majority of African Americans oppose same sex marriage.

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bigbadbeanApr. 11, 13 3:19 PM

I can tell your race by looking at you. I cannot tell your sexuality by looking at you. Claiming the two are similar is silly.

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mfx007Apr. 11, 13 3:59 PM

More misguided logic in this article. If "equal protection" was the issue, then there would be NO MARRIAGE recognized by the state. The institution of marriage as recognized by the state is a PREFERRENTIAL STATUS. Yes, marriage, in a way, discriminates against EVERYONE who is NOT married in the same way as those who receive mortgage interest deductions discriminate against renters and those who get deductions for donating to charities discriminate against those who choose not to donate. Marriage is contract with society mostly centered on children and has existed in almost from the beginning of recorded history in every culture for this purpose. And yes, it takes one man and one woman to make a child and society knows that it is best they these parents stay together – thus society supports traditional marriage. Children are the focus. Today adults mostly care about themselves. Marriage is between one man and one woman, everyone else can do what they like. Nobody is limited in what they can do. Only MARRIED people are limited in what they can do – they must provide for their children and in return society grants special privileges. It is only a reflection of our selfish culture today that grown adults whine about how they are not treated fairly by not having some advantage meant for CHILDREN.

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kd5757Apr. 11, 13 4:50 PM

"Most scientists today agree that sexual orientation is most likely the result of a complex interaction of environmental, cognitive and biological factors. In most people, sexual orientation is shaped at an early age. There is also considerable recent evidence to suggest that biology, including genetic or inborn hormonal factors, play a significant role in a person's sexuality." (Sexual Orientation and Homosexuality-American Psychological Association.)........While the single "gay" gene theory is overly simplistic and unlikely in controlling complex human behavior, biological factors (e.g., interaction between genes, hormonal factors, etc.) are clearly important. The single "gay" gene theory is only one (and an unlikely one at that) of many possible pathways where sexual orientation occurs without being a choice. In addition, 80+ years of trying to change the sexual orientation of gay people has been unsuccessful when put to scientific scrutiny. Sexual orientation is not a choice.

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blklabApr. 11, 13 6:22 PM

As a married couple of 30 years and no children, I am offended by those who only see marriage in terms of children. Is my marriage any less than yours? No and neither is any other marriage. Gay marriage included.

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