NAACP Leader Opposes Group's Same-Sex Marriage Support
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- 2012 Jun 03
The Rev. Keith A Ratliff Sr., NAACP state conference president for Iowa and Nebraksa, said he is in prayer about his relationship with the organization following its endorsement of same-sex marriage, WORLD News Service reports. Ratliff, also one of 64 members of the NAACP's national board of directors and pastor of Maple Street Missionary Baptist Church in Des Moines, Iowa, said: "I'm against same-sex marriage. There are a number of issues that the NAACP has to address and deal with, and I certainly don't think same-sex marriage should be a top priority." Last Saturday, the 103-year-old civil rights group announced it was supporting same-sex marriage because "civil marriage is a civil right and a matter of civil law," according to a statement from NAACP president Benjamin Todd Jealous. Ratliff took exception to the NAACP equating same-sex marriage with the civil rights movement. "There is not a parallel between the homosexual community and the struggles of African-Americans in our country," he said. "I haven't seen any signs on any restrooms that say 'For Homosexuals Only.' Homosexuals do not have to sit on the back of the bus, as African-Americans had to."