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Julian Bond Supports Question 6 in Maryland as Marriage Equality Campaigners Report $3.2M Haul: VIDEO

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NAACP Chair Emeritus Julian Bond is out with a brand new ad for Question 6, the ballot measure that would put Maryland's legislatively-passed marriage equality law into effect.

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Some fundraising news for Marylanders for Marriage Equality dropped late on Friday, via the Washington Blade:

The group defending Maryland’s same-sex marriage law will report later on Friday that it has raised $3.2 million.

Marylanders for Marriage Equality’s campaign finance report that it will file with state officials will also note total expenditures of slightly more than $2 million, with roughly $1.2 million cash on-hand. It will indicate just short of $400,000 of in-kind donations from the Human Rights Campaign and other organizations.

The report will also include more than 950 pages of donors and contributions.

Added Josh Levin, campaign manager:“We’ve always said this is a $5 million- plus campaign and hope to meet that goal as we enter the final stretch."

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NAACP's Julian Bond Records Radio Ad in Support of Marriage Equality in Maryland: LISTEN

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Julian Bond, chairman emeritus of the national NAACP, has recorded a radio ad in support of Question 6, the ballot measure which would put Maryland's marriage equality law into effect.

Says Bond in the ad, airing in the Washington and Baltimore markets:

"I know a little something about fighting for what’s right and just. Maryland's gay and lesbian families share the same values. And they should share in the right to marry. I believe people of faith understand this isn’t about any one religious belief – it’s about protecting the civil right to make a lifelong commitment to the person you love."

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Julian Bond Discusses NAACP's Marriage Support, Jeremiah Wright: VIDEO

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NAACP Chair Emeritus and long-time LGBT supporter Julian Bond appeared on CNN this weekend to discuss the organization's decision to back same-sex marriage. Calling it a "welcome surprise," Bond said President Obama deserves some credit in the decision.

"President Obama brought it to the fore when he spoke about it, in effect giving people permission to talk about it and to think about I think in ways they had not. And I think for our board, we were saying to each other, 'If the president can do this, then perhaps we can do it too," he told openly gay CNN anchor Don Lemon.

Asked about potential backlash, Bond replied, "I think thinking people will think about it and say, 'I may not agree with it but there it is, they've done it and I support the NAACP. I always have and I'm going to continue to do so. It's like President Obama… I don't think people are going to say, 'I'm not going to vote for him because he took this position on same-sex marriage." And the election is too far away to predict whether the president's position will impact November's election.

He also told Lemon that he and the NAACP have been "flooded" with congratulations for taking a strong stance on the issue.

You can watch the entire interview, including Bond's comments on the recently resurrected Jeremiah Wright controversy, AFTER THE JUMP

Meanwhile, with regard to backlash, Rev. Anthony Evans from the National Black Church Initiative this weekend blasted Obama and the NAACP. "We love our gay brothers and sisters, but the black church will never support gay marriage," he said. "It is and always will be against the ethics and teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ."

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Julian Bond On NOM Memos: 'One Of The Most Cynical Things I've Ever Heard'

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Anderson Cooper asked Julian Bond, chairman emeritus of the NAACP, about the National Organization for Marriage's race-baiting tactics. Bond responded thusly:

It's one of the most cynical things I've ever heard of or seen spelled out in this way. The idea that these people are just pawned that can be played with -- that black people who oppose gay marriage, that  black people who support just can be moved around like pieces on a chess board. It's scary.

Bond's no stranger to the equality game, or taking on NOM's divisive tactics. During the 2009 National Equality March, Bond said, "NOM's underhanded attempts to divide will not succeed if Black Americans remember their own history of discrimination. Pitting bigotry's victims against other victims is reprehensible; the defenders of justice must stand together."

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NAACP Chair Emeritus Julian Bond Speaks Out for Marriage Equality: VIDEO

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Chairman Emeritus of the NAACP Julian Bond speaks out for marriage equality in a new web ad from Americans for Marriage Equality.

Says Bond: "I know a little something about fighting for what's right and just. Gay and lesbian couples have the same values as everyone else — love, commitment, stable families. They should have the same right to marry as the rest of us."

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NAACP CEO Ben Jealous Asked About Homophobia Within Organization: VIDEO

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No More Down Low attended the LGBT Town Hall meeting at the recent NAACP convention in Los Angeles. The town hall featured remarks by CNN achor Don Lemon, as well as a panel featuring Wanda Sykes, former NAACP president Julian Bond, and current NAACP CEO Ben Jealous.

No More Down Low writes:

Mr. Jealous responded saying the gay community should take the NAACP seriously because the NAACP was there with the Human Rights Campaign helping to pass the Matthew Shepard / James Byrd Hate Crimes Bill. The NAACP were champions of fighting Prop 8 in California as well as fighting alongside the LGBT community in Maine, Massachusetts, in Washington D.C. and in Maryland, and in other places. Jealous also said the LGBT community needed to do more ground work in the black community and not come late in the game with an expectation. He also said the black community needed to be treated with the same respect as the other allies of the LGBT community.

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