May 24, 2012 Print

NAACP Leader Opposes Group’s Same-Sex Marriage Support

by CitizenLink Team

The Rev. Keith A. Ratliff Sr. said he is in prayer about his relationship with the NAACP following its endorsement of same-sex marriage.

Ratliff is NAACP State Conference President for Iowa and Nebraska. He is also one of 64 members of the NAACP’s national board of directors. And he is pastor the Maple Street Missionary Baptist Church in Des Moines, Iowa.

“I’m against same-sex marriage,” he said. “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.”

On 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.

He 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,” Ratliff 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.”

Read the NAACP’s statement.

Learn more about the Maple Street Missionary Baptist Church.


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