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NAACP Leader Leaves Over Gay Marriage Support

KRatliffRev. Keith Ratliff, the President of the Iowa/Nebraska NAACP, last month said he was considering leaving the organization over the group's support of marriage equality. Now it's official: he's out.

Ratliff, a pastor at the Maple Street Missionary Baptist Church in Des Moines, officially cut ties with the NAACP this week.

Here's some more background on Ratliff:

During a March 2011 Iowa Statehouse rally by supporters of a state constitutional amendment to ban same-gender marriage, Ratliff complained that gay rights activists had “hijacked” the civil rights debate.

"There is no parallel” between gay rights activism and the civil rights movement of the 1960s, said Ratliff, whose church has a predominately black membership. “That is an insult to the civil rights movement.”

He added, “Deviant behavior is not the same thing as being denied your right to vote.”

It's unclear who will take over for Ratliff, but surely it will be somebody who supports the NAACP's inclusive politics.

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  1. Does it get better than this?:
    Maple Street Missionary Baptist Church in Des Moines
    I'm calling to fill the vacancy right now!

    Posted by: Wavin' Dave | Jun 7, 2012 8:28:45 AM

  2. ok, buh-byeee. You can go back to sleeping under your rock now.

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | Jun 7, 2012 8:31:22 AM

  3. Nice having you. Don't let the door hit you in the bigotted ass on the way on Reverend.

    Oh, and by the way, Jesus isn't a homophobe, why are you?

    Posted by: Bart | Jun 7, 2012 8:36:32 AM

  4. I'm so sick of these triple chinned sloths talking about OUR "deviant" behavior. This slug of a man who obviously over indulges at every opportunity has some nerve judging other people.

    Posted by: gaylib | Jun 7, 2012 8:36:58 AM

  5. Damnit Bart, you took the EXACT words right out of my mouth!

    Posted by: VoenixRising | Jun 7, 2012 8:45:40 AM

  6. Because being fired or denied service or housing because you are gay has NOTHING in common with the civil rights movement.

    Posted by: QJ201 | Jun 7, 2012 9:07:01 AM

  7. Well, bye!

    Posted by: Dave | Jun 7, 2012 9:08:46 AM

  8. He almost makes me ashamed to be black.

    Posted by: Dr. Verdon Coleman | Jun 7, 2012 9:12:10 AM

  9. DR. VERDON COLEMAN: Don't be. Especially not when there's the REST of the NAACP to make one feel proud.

    Posted by: luminum | Jun 7, 2012 9:16:10 AM

  10. Drama Queen.

    No one has hijacked anything. It's not a discrimination-Olympics...

    Equality means equal, fool. You would think a leader within the NAACP would understand that. So, that only leaves bigotry.

    Oh, now I get it.

    Posted by: Pete N SFO | Jun 7, 2012 9:24:20 AM

  11. "Deviant behavior" ????

    80% of African American children are born out of wedlock. How about you work on that "deviant" behavior first.

    Posted by: Drew2 | Jun 7, 2012 9:28:19 AM

  12. One less hater. Maybe he will make a youtube video as his next sermon.

    Posted by: Dale | Jun 7, 2012 9:30:03 AM

  13. America is such an ignorant nation; just the way the politicians want it.

    Posted by: Andrew | Jun 7, 2012 9:35:24 AM

  14. Dear Rev,
    this issue is not going away. Just because you exited does not mean gay rights will disapear. Stop preaching hate. Eventually folks w/ your opinion will fade away in time, and you & your family will be embarrased from your current actions. You are in a position to promote equality instead of hate.
    Thank you for exiting the NAACP.

    Posted by: John Seaton | Jun 7, 2012 9:36:22 AM

  15. @ Andrew: so true!

    Posted by: Sean in Dallas | Jun 7, 2012 9:45:28 AM

  16. Goodbye forever, you putz.

    Posted by: James in Hollywood | Jun 7, 2012 9:46:52 AM

  17. Luminum, that's why I said "almost". :)

    Posted by: Dr. Verdon Coleman | Jun 7, 2012 9:53:07 AM

  18. "80% of African American children are born out of wedlock. How about you work on that "deviant" behavior first"{

    And some White Gays are idiots. Work on that, b.tch.

    As usual, some will use the ignorant members of a race, ethnic group, SEXUAL MINORITY to insult the entire group in general.

    I used to think that Gay people were in general brighter than other folks. Shouldn't ever generalize, I guess.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jun 7, 2012 9:55:05 AM

  19. I suppose the silver lining in this is that many of these older people are starting to see the writing on the wall. If they are too old and set in their ways to grow, step aside. Stay at home and grumble about the "old days" like so many elderly white people probably did during the civl rights movement. If you're too old or inflexible to change, then at least don't impede progress. Retire, play some golf, garden and comlain about how things used to be so much better....

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | Jun 7, 2012 9:55:44 AM

  20. I say just give it right back to him. Why is his deviant and obviously inferior skin color of any concern to me? Not to mention his flat wide nose and nappy hair. We're supposed to treat him like he's special because of those?

    Note: I don't really believe that but it's the same as Obama claiming he was "evolving" on our civil rights. Can you imagine claiming to be "evolving" on civil rights for blacks in this country? It's ridiculous.

    Posted by: Jonathan | Jun 7, 2012 9:57:57 AM

  21. yet another fool who learned nothing from the (ongoing) Civil Rights Movement.
    He will not be missed.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jun 7, 2012 10:15:15 AM

  22. They'll miss ya like a toothache.

    Posted by: russ | Jun 7, 2012 10:29:34 AM

  23. good riddance a*hole

    Posted by: meowen | Jun 7, 2012 10:57:46 AM

  24. No "reverend", it's people like you who hijacked the Civil Rights movement. Just because blacks had A civil rights movement doesn't mean that other oppressed groups can't have their own movement. Idiot! Basic civil rights aren't only for black people! You can't own a blanket term. What blacks had was not the "civil rights movement", it was A civil rights movement!

    Posted by: Truth | Jun 7, 2012 11:15:52 AM

  25. Adios!

    You know, I've thought a lot about this and while race and sexual orientation aren't identical there ARE a lot of parallels. And where there are differences they're just as often to the disadvantage to gay people as they are to the advantage.

    Just like various races have always existed, so have gay people. (Or at least homosexuals since it's difficult to apply the modern concept of gay identity on people of a different time, but I'll use "gay" for shorthand.) In every known human civilization there have been gay people. You might not be able to predict EXACTLY who will make up the membership of that group in the future the same way you can with race, you do know (or should know) that group will exist because they always have before. Like race, it's not going away.

    One of the differences people like Mr Ratliff delight in pointing out is that, unlike race, gay people aren't immediately identifiable, that we can "hide" if we choose to. But is that really true? It's true in many cases but in just as many it's not. It would come as news to the many gay people who were singled for their sexual orientation when they were very young, before they even HAD a sexual orientation! No matter if gays are a "suspect class" legally, many people are classed as gay (or at least "different") very early and treated as suspect.

    A *major* advantage given to those born of any particular race is that, unlike gays, they have a built-in support system to warn, advise, give comfort and solace, because their parents are like them. Nobody ever got kicked out of the house when their parents discovered they were black, Asian, or whatever! Gay people don't have that.

    And when faced with bias and prejudice, people of any particular "minority" race could at least *potentially* move to a location where they are in fact the majority. Note that I'm not saying anyone SHOULD move, but a black, Hispanic, or Asian person faced with prejudice COULD move to a city, state, or nation where their race is numerically superior. That's not true of gay people because we come from ALL groups and these is no "homeland" or rather each individual gay person HAS a homeland but that by no means we're welcome there.

    And those are HUGE advantages given to race that gay people don't have!

    Suffering is not a competitive sport, but no doubt Mr Ratliff (I don't revere him so forget me calling him Reverend) would say that gay people can't point to some capital letter event like SLAVERY or the HOLOCAUST to dignify our suffering, so we haven't had it that bad. Uh, bulls**t! Looked at objectively, the history of sexual difference has been, and continues to be in many parts of the world, one long bloodbath. Imprisonment, institutionalization, beatings, hangings, beheadings, and every torture known to mankind have been used against gay people and if it hasn't been given a fancy name because it ISN'T OVER, not limited to a particular time and place! You can only name an event after it's over and homophobic violence is still very much with us in every part of the world including the US and Europe.

    Sorry to go on, but for all these reasons I have absolutely NO patience for the self-referential pity-parties thrown by people like Keith Ratliff!

    Posted by: Caliban | Jun 7, 2012 11:26:43 AM

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