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Iowa/Nebraska NAACP President May Leave Group Over Its Support of Marriage Equality

Rev. Keith Ratliff Sr. of Maple Street Missionary Baptist Church in Des Moines, the President of the Iowa/Nebraska NAACP and a vocal anti-gay activistand Bob Vander Plaats supporter, says he may leave the organization after its endorsement of marriage equality and is "praying over the matter", the Des Moines Register reports:

RatliffThat position now places him at odds with the national NAACP board of directors, which voted on Saturday to support “marriage equality.” Ratliff said he is one of the 64 members of that board, but was not present for the meeting in Florida and would have voted against the resolution had he been there.

“Marriage equality, for me, is between a man and a woman, period. There is no other definition for me,” Ratliff said Tuesday.

In related news, Eugene Robinson at the Washington Post says the endorsement has made the organization more relevant:

The biggest immediate impact of the NAACP's move is to return a once-indispensable organization to center stage. The NAACP was the flagship of the civil rights movement, but in recent years — recent decades, to be honest — it seemed to lose its way.

Now, under Jealous, the NAACP has waded into the civil rights battle of today — and, in the process, reclaimed some of the organization's old prominence.

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  1. and this is exactly why we need to show our support to the NAACP; the leadership went out on a limb for the GLBT community and we need to do the same; I'm joining to show my thanks

    Posted by: Grover Underwood | May 23, 2012 2:21:43 PM

  2. Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out the door!

    Posted by: John Simpson | May 23, 2012 2:31:41 PM

  3. Don't let the door hit your ass on the way out!

    Posted by: VoenixRising | May 23, 2012 2:41:04 PM

  4. I just joined.

    Posted by: Ken | May 23, 2012 2:42:12 PM

  5. Right on, John and Voenixrising! May the door not hit him where the good Lord split him!

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | May 23, 2012 2:45:25 PM

  6. Let's hope that "may" becomes a "will". With that frame-of-mind, his time has surely come and gone -- let a more progressive person take the reins.

    Posted by: Belthazar | May 23, 2012 2:59:39 PM

  7. Bye bye Yawn.

    Posted by: UFFDA | May 23, 2012 3:09:58 PM

  8. So shut up and leave.

    Posted by: Jack M | May 23, 2012 3:11:34 PM

  9. LOL! I was planning to write "Don't let the door..." too.

    Seems to be a common theme.

    Posted by: Caliban | May 23, 2012 3:16:19 PM

  10. I agree with Grover and Ken. They are extending a hand. If we, as a community, continue to equate the fight for LGBT rights with the black civil rights movement, we should show equal support for them.

    On our own, we can achieve equality in a number of years. Showing solidarity with other minorities can only make us stronger and more productive.

    Posted by: Mike M. | May 23, 2012 3:19:57 PM

  11. “Marriage equality, for me, is between a man and a woman, period. There is no other definition for me,” Ratliff said Tuesday.

    Someone needs to tell him marriage equality isn't FOR him. It's for those of us who don't have it.

    Posted by: Steve Pardue | May 23, 2012 4:09:21 PM

  12. ".....a vocal anti-gay activist and Bob Vander Plaats supporter"
    VANDER PUTZ has made this guy into a shoe-shine boy, kissing his White feet. He did not believe in the NAACP to begin with if he is following a White man.

    Posted by: Bob | May 23, 2012 4:38:26 PM

  13. 'Bye Keith, don't let the doorknob hit you in the arse on the way out. What a surprise: Another brain-dead Baptist can't deal with reality.

    Posted by: Onnyjay | May 23, 2012 4:56:54 PM

  14. Buh-bye, Keith, take care now.

    Posted by: jim | May 23, 2012 8:02:21 PM

  15. Isn't it wonderful to hear all the hate from those who benefited from the 14th amendment to the Constitution of the United States and now they don't want others to have equality.

    Posted by: vanndean | May 23, 2012 9:29:06 PM

  16. Step aside "Rev" Keith, your time is over. New and more enlightened folks will take the helm.

    Posted by: andrew | May 24, 2012 5:19:30 AM

  17. This is hilarious!

    The GLA helped out the black panthers, resulted in all the gay racists leaving the party. The NAACP is for gay marriage and all the bigots leave!

    Posted by: Fenrox | May 24, 2012 9:54:29 AM

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