Wednesday, February 25, 2009

NAACP: Overturn Proposition 8

The NAACP, one of the most admired and influential civil rights organizations in our country, is calling on California to overturn Proposition 8. Allies at the organization, including Julian Bond, have been vocal and adamant in their opposition to the measure, which rolled back marriage equality in the state.

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 fairness and 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."

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Richard said...

Did they oppose Prop 8 before the election??? I have looked high and low for a press release to that effect, with no success.

Steve Ralls said...


The NAACP has been a constant critic of Proposition 8. In fact, Julian Bond, the NAACP's president, was also featured in a commercial in Florida, urging voters there to reject the anti-marriage amendment on the November ballot.

The NAACP has been a strong ally in the campaigns to defeat anti-marriage equality initiatives around the country.