NAACP engaged in Maryland marriage equality fight


Leaders of the NAACP say the nation’s largest civil rights group is totally engaged in the campaign for marriage equality in Maryland, where the group is headquartered.

At a press conference at the heaquarters in Baltimore on Oct. 15, NAACP president and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous, Maryland NAACP president Gerald Stansbury, Baltimore NAACP president Tessa Hill-Aston, Maryland NAACP youth and college president Chizoba Ukairo and the Rev. Dr Todd Yeary of Baltimore’s Douglass Memorial Community Church planned to discuss the organization’s “unprecedented engagement” in the fight.

Maryland is one of four states facing a marriage-related ballot question on Nov. 6. In that state and in Washington, voters will decide whether to affirm marriage equality bills passed earlier this year.

In Maine, voters also will decide whether to legalize same-sex marriage.

In Minnesota, voters will decide whether to amend their state constitution to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

The NAACP board of directors in May passed a resolution endorsing marriage equality. That’s the same month that President Barack Obama endorsed gay marriage.