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July 11th, 2009
05:22 PM ET

Gay Marriage and the NAACP

The NAACP is celebrating its 100th anniversary at its national convention in New York this weekend. The group has a new leader at the helm - Ben Jealous. He's the youngest NAACP president ever - with a different perspective and new priorities.

This morning in the CNN Newsroom, TJ Holmes asked him about the organization's stand on several issues, including gay marriage.

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  1. David

    Yes, it's also a tense debate about whom should sit at the back of the bus.

    July 11, 2009 at 8:14 pm |
  2. tonya

    I hope that the NAACP who I deeply support, especially being white and growing up in a small town in the deep south, as the Civil Rights Movement gave me strength to develop my own views and allowed me to be released from the false socialistic beliefs that surrounded me... can also open their minds... Hopefully, they can listen to the video speach in the below link of Yolanda Scott King, and realize how similar our struggles, how thankful we are to have had the inspiration, to continue ours... and to finally make a stand for Justice for all people. Hopefully, they will join us, and understand that We too are believers in "The Dream!"

    July 12, 2009 at 12:50 am |
  3. Mark Anderson

    Even severe racism will not stop us from voting for Obama again. If not Obama Hillary

    July 12, 2009 at 7:26 am |
  4. Ted

    The African American Civil Rights struggle and the gay rights "struggle" are not the same thing. LGBT individuals choose their sexual preference and therefore invite derision as sexual deviants. Blacks do not choose to be black.

    July 12, 2009 at 7:39 am |
  5. michael armstrong sr.

    the naacp needs to accept all races not just blacks this act of one sided help is racist .

    July 12, 2009 at 9:41 am |
  6. Mrs. Eileen Curras widow to Hernandez (WWII)

    Yes, it is tense the debate but the fact is that the NAACP is not fulfilling its task. Puerto Rico has several issues and it end up using the international venue when the NAACP failed. I deeply support the Civil Rights Movement but we have the right to be recognized by NAACP. Puerto Rico is a domestic situation. Hopefully they will join the community in Puerto Rico.

    July 12, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  7. Alex

    The NAACP has had a very long and positive influence on civil equality in this country. I greatly respect the struggles of African Americans in this country and around the world. However, it is the OBLIGATION of any organization making claims to support civil equality, to acknowledge and support the struggle of another minority regardless of the racial spectrum that is Gay America. The same biblical references made to rationalize segregation and oppress great civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. are now used to prove the inferiority and "wrong" inherent in a homosexual American. My hope is that prominent officials of the NAAP, like the one shown on this clip, will drop the ignorant stance adopted by the black community of, "oh well they can change or hide being gay we cant hide being black." This just a book cover judgment used to ignore a prominent issue in America. It is sad to see so many Americans IGNORANT to the facts, the argument of rather or not they can choose to stop being gay is baseless and ignorant. There is as much going on in the bio-chemistry of the brain influencing sexual preference, as there is genetic factors influencing one's skin pigmentation. To say that they can hide it if they wish is as racist as the a racist saying that African Americans can bleach their skin if they want. No one should have to or feel they have to hide who they are internally or externally. To say that you agree that homosexual Americans should have basic civil rights but not when it comes to marriage or to claim that this "issue" is one complicated by internal "democratic" conversation, is the exact same as the segregationalist arguments that African Americans should have basic rights but that it stops there. It is sad to see an organization with such an impressive civil rights history, displaying the oppressive practices of those who so recently oppressed minorities in this country. If the NAACP is truly an organization with a message of racial, ethnic, and overall equality for all, they must understand that civil rights are guaranteed regardless of skin color or belief. Every American deserves the right to civil protection, if the NAACP takes a stand against gay marriage they are regressing into the very idea they claim to combat. Being a homosexual American is not wrong, a crime, immoral, a choice, or dangerous to children, as many of the ignorant biblical nuts claim to point out. It is no more different or wrong than my preference for grape jam and yours for strawberry, gay Americans are Americans and they deserve this country's support.

    July 12, 2009 at 8:20 pm |
  8. Igal Fligman

    I always enjoyed your work on CNN. You embody unparalleled journalistic integrity and professionalism. Today, I wished to commend on your story about Mike Glenn's basketball camp for deaf teens. What a heartwarming story. Mr. Glenn's kindness is clearly etched on his face. His commitment to these teenagers while honoring his father's legacy epitomize voluntarism at its best. It's people like Glenn who make this country what it is and should hopefully encourage more of us to emulate his example. Moreover, we could all hope that this story might encourage other professional athletes to engage in similar acts of selfless kindness – such acts go far beyond money donated as they require the most precious asset of all – time. When someone can give his or her time making contributions to others, it is laudable. I strongly hope Mr. Glenn would be nominated to the CNN Hero honor list for 2009.
    I loved watching the story and seeing TJ's bright face as he interviewed this remarkable man. It was obvious to me TJ felt a deep sense of respect to Mr. Glenn's commitment. EXCELLENT STUFF, TJ!!

    July 18, 2009 at 10:08 am |
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