NAACP Celebrates Minnesota Marriage Equality Ballot Initiative ResultsNovember 07, 2012
Minnesota Voters Vote for Marriage Equality
(WASHINGTON)—The NAACP and the NAACP St. Paul Branch released the following statement in response to state results on the marriage equality constitutional amendment.
Benjamin Todd Jealous, President & CEO of the NAACP:
“Tonight, the people of Minnesota took a strong stand for equality and common sense,” said NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “Historically, constitutional amendments have expanded the rights of people, not limited them. I am proud to see that Minnesotans rejected the effort to codify discrimination into its foundational document.”
Jeff Martin, President of the NAACP St. Paul Branch in Minnesota:
“Minnesotans chose to vote on behalf of everyone’s right to a civil marriage,” said Jeff Martin, President of the NAACP St. Paul Branch in Minnesota. “Voters are taking a stance for human rights and ensuring the continued expansion of freedoms to all groups.”
Earlier this year, the NAACP passed a resolution to support marriage equality.
The NAACP has addressed civil rights with regard to marriage since Loving v. Virginia declared anti-miscegenation laws unconstitutional in 1967. In recent years the NAACP has taken public positions against state and federal efforts to ban the rights and privileges for LGBT citizens, including strong opposition to Proposition 8 in California, the Defense of Marriage Act, and most recently, North Carolina’s Amendment 1, which changed the state constitution’s to prohibit same sex marriage.
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors. The NAACP is a 501c3 non-partisan organization.