The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, one of the nation’s oldest civil rights organizations, is officially supporting marriage for same-sex couples.
The 103-year-old organization’s resolution may help garner support for gay marriage among black voters, who according to polls have been less inclined than whites to support same-sex marriage.
At a meeting Saturday in Miami, the board of directors of the NAACP passed a resolution endorsing marriage equality.
“Civil marriage is a civil right and a matter of civil law,” NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous said in a statement. “The NAACP’s support for marriage equality is deeply rooted in the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution and equal protection of all people.”