NAACP Applauds SCOTUS Decisions on Marriage Equality

(WASHINGTON, DC) –The NAACP released the following statements in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act and dismiss the challenge to Prop. 8 for lack of standing.

From Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman, NAACP National Board of Directors:

“This is an historic day for all Americans,” said Roslyn Brock, Chairman, NAACP Board of Directors. “The federal government can no longer discriminate against some couples and cause pain, uncertainty, and financial harm to some families. Today, the Supreme Court acknowledged and affirmed that all loving and committed couples who are legally married deserve equal rights and protection under the law.”

From Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO, NAACP:

“Less than five decades ago, my parent’s interracial marriage was deemed illegal until Mildred & Richard Loving and the NAACP stood before the Supreme Court to demand that they be treated equally,” stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous.   “Today, the principles that led to the victory for the Lovings and my parents are reaffirmed by the Court’s historic decision. These decisions bring our nation closer to achieving the equality under the law that the NAACP has fought for since our founding. ”

From Marvin Randolph, Sr. Director for Voting Rights, NAACP:     

“Today’s rulings are a result of organized and powerful coalitions determined to protect the rights and livelihoods of our American families,” said Marvin Randolph. “The rulings on DOMA and Prop 8 are not the end of the road. We will have to continue working state by state to win majority support for marriage equality.”

From Kim Keenan, General Counsel, NAACP:   

“Equality does not have a gender,” stated NAACP General Counsel Kim Keenan. “Today, the Supreme Court recognized that the Defense of Marriage Act effectively coded unconstitutional discrimination into federal law. The NAACP has strongly advocated for marriage equality because it is a necessary step in the fight for civil rights for all.”

On May 19, 2012, the NAACP National Board of Directors passed  a resolution supporting marriage equality. At a meeting of the 103-year old civil rights group’s board of directors, the organization voted to support marriage equality as a continuation of its historic commitment to equal protection under the law. 

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