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Equality Ohio applauds the decision of the NAACP this past weekend to support marriage equality for same-sex couples. Previously, only individual members of the organization spoke in support of the issue. Most remarkable is the fact that Board members voted to support the resolution 62 to 2.

The text of the resolution reads:

“The NAACP Constitution affirmatively states our objective to ensure the “political, educational, social and economic equality” of all people. Therefore, the NAACP has opposed and will continue to oppose any national, state, local policy or legislative initiative that seeks to codify discrimination or hatred into the law or to remove the Constitutional rights of LGBT citizens. We support marriage equality consistent with equal protection under the law provided under the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution. Further, we strongly affirm the religious freedoms of all people as protected by the First Amendment.”

“Civil marriage is a civil right and a matter of civil law. The NAACP’s support for marriage equality is deeply rooted in the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution and equal protection of all people,” says Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO of the NAACP.

President Obama’s recent statement in support of full marriage equality was cited as the primary reason for the vote.

“As people around the country see loving and committed same-sex couples participate fully in their communities, it becomes harder to deny that these couples are entitled to full marriage equality,” says Ed Mullen, Executive Director of Equality Ohio. “It is great to have such a venerable civil rights organization as the NAACP stand with us as we seek full equality in Ohio and throughout the country.”

Equality Ohio also recognizes that this decision was made as a result of years of outreach to the NAACP and the work of many out LGBT members of the NAACP. We thank those leaders and activists who have been conducting outreach and education for many years on their success this weekend.

Equality Ohio advocates and educates to achieve fair treatment and equal opportunity for all Ohioans regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. For more information, visit http://www.equalityohio.org or call us at (614) 224-0400 .

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