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NAACP Votes To Support Marriage Equality

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The NAACP will be talking later this morning about its board's endorsement of same-sex marriage. The group's resolution supporting same-sex marriage, which was passed Saturday evening, included this key phrase: "We support marriage equality consistent with equal protection under the law, provided under the 14th amendment."

 This is the same type of language used by civil rights groups to oppose other issues of alleged discrimination.

Some analysts see the board's statement as a clear endorsement of President Obama's decision to support same-sex marriage on a personal basis, which he announced earlier this month. 

The NAACP board also said, however, that it supports freedom of religion. This is a major argument used by many African-American religious leaders who oppose same sex marriage. Locally, many African-American churches in Prince George's County have been at the forefront of the opposition to same-sex marriage in Maryland.

The NAACP press conference is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. 

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