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NAACP Members Applaud Mitt Romney's Support for Traditional Marriage

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 11, 2012

Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Jen Campbell (703-683-5004)


National Organization for Marriage

Washington, DC—The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today praised Governor Mitt Romney for pledging to support traditional marriage in an address to members of the NAACP, and noted that Romney received substantial applause from NAACP members in response to his pledge. The NAACP leadership recently followed President Obama and endorsed gay "marriage," even though an overwhelming percentage of African Americans support traditional marriage.

"Governor Romney has it exactly right that marriage as the union of one man and one woman is a pro-family policy that uplifts American families, especially in the black community," said Brian Brown, NOM's president. "The strongest supporters of traditional marriage include African Americans, 70 percent of whom have voted for traditional marriage. We commend Governor Romney and the rank and file members of the NAACP for recognizing the importance of traditional marriage."

Romney addressed the NAACP's 103rd national convention in Houston this morning. After quoting former NAACP Executive Director Benjamin Hooks that the family "remains the bulwark and the mainstay of the black community. That great truth must not be overlooked" Romney told the NAACP members, "Any policy that lifts up and honors the family is going to be good for the country, and that must be our goal. As President, I will promote strong families—and I will defend traditional marriage." NAACP members in the audience then gave Romney sustained applause in response to his pledge.

"Traditional marriage enjoys steadfast support in America, especially among African Americans," said Brown. "Just this past May, an overwhelming percentage of black voters supported a marriage protection amendment in North Carolina, just as they did several years ago in California and in other states. We know that despite the actions of some African American elites, rank and file voters in the black community continue to support marriage as the union of one man and one woman."

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16 Comments

  1. Doug
    Posted July 11, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    Yes, let's celebrate discrimination by the discriminated!

  2. Posted July 11, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    Yes, let's celebrate that MITT GETS IT!

    Marriage is not the only issue.

    Marriage is not even the most important issue.

    Marriage is, however, the *winning issue*, and MITT GETS IT!

    I am very happy today :-)

  3. Ash
    Posted July 11, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

    I'm so glad we have a marriage defender vying for the presidency.

    And I'm glad that a high point of Mitt's visit to the NAACP was his expressed support for marriage. :)

  4. Vast Variety
    Posted July 11, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

    Did you miss the part were Mitt was booed during the very same speech?

  5. Katie
    Posted July 11, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

    Um, except the NAACP made a statement afterwards saying that they didn't agree with Romney.

    From their website: http://www.naacp.org/press/entry/mitt-romney-addresses-103rd-naacp-annual-convention-in-houston

    “This morning Governor Romney laid out his policy agenda for this nation. Unfortunately, much of his agenda is at odds with what the NAACP stands for – whether the issue is equal access to affordable health care, reforming our education system or the path forward on marriage equality. We appreciate that he was courageous and took the opportunity to speak with us directly.”

    “While we are glad that Governor Romney recognized the power of the black electorate, he laid out an agenda that was antithetical to many of our interests,” stated NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous. “His criticism of the Affordable Care Act – legislation that will improve access to quality health care for millions – signals his fundamental misunderstanding of the needs of many African Americans.”

  6. A. H. Abraham
    Posted July 11, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Permalink

    First, I think we should always be mindful of the words we use in English language to indicate, specify or designate some thing. Words are tricky, they stick in the mind and when repeated a hundred or thousand times begin to sound authentic and finally become a part of the culture. Like the words “SSM”. We should never, never, never accept the phrase "SSM" as a legitimate saying. For there is no such thing as SSM, it is not found in a cultural literature of any age. It boggles my mind how one can even think of redefining marriage of man/woman. It simply cannot be done. Literarily, Marriage is the word used (in all languages of the world) for a union of one man and one woman. Any other arrangement cannot be called a marriage. We cannot afford to mess with language, for a language is a window of the present, past and the future, or else we would surely be lost.
    If we love life we would stand by the traditional marriage of a man and woman, the very source of life. Any other arrangement, other than the consensus of marriage of between a man and a woman is the source of death; death of individuals, death of families, death of a society and the death of a nation. Why would this generation want to descend in the annals of history as the culture of death?

  7. RC
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 2:02 am | Permalink

    Guess what, A. H. Abraham.... I'm SSM'd. It's real, it's true, it's mine, and it would require a divorce attorney for me to get out of it. Your acceptance matters less and less every day.

    Change of subject:

    "Any other arrangement, other than the consensus of marriage of between a man and a woman is the source of death; death of individuals, death of families, death of a society and the death of a nation. Why would this generation want to descend in the annals of history as the culture of death?"

    What is this melodramatic nonsense attempting to say?

  8. Son of Adam
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 3:08 am | Permalink

    "What is this melodramatic nonsense attempting to say?"

    It's saying that redefining marriage into being about the wants and desires of adults while rendering the procreation and upbringing of children with a mother and father deconstructs the natural family and thus civilization as well.

  9. Doug
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 8:17 am | Permalink

    Son of Adam: zzzzzzzz...

  10. Ash
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    @Katie,

    "Um, except the NAACP made a statement afterwards saying that they didn't agree with Romney."

    Who cares? Read Brian's post:

    "[When Romney said] 'I will defend traditional marriage.' NAACP members in the audience then gave Romney sustained applause in response to his pledge...We know that despite the actions of some African American elites, rank and file voters in the black community continue to support marriage as the union of one man and one woman."

    As for the NAACP and its audience's disagreement with Romney over healthcare, NOM is not focused on that issue. ;)

  11. Jon Smithfield
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 8:44 am | Permalink

    If you read his transcript, he never actually mentioned oposing gay marriage- he only said he wanted to work to make families stronger.... I dont think he gace them any reason to boo.

  12. John Noe
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    Thanks A. H. Abraham that was just brillant.

  13. Good News
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    Very nice Abraham. Thank you.

  14. LEO
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    thank Abraham, you are correct!

  15. Lefty
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    I believe that the decision to support SSM was a decision of the NAACP's Board of Directors. Most NAACP members, and most of those listening in the audience, never got a chance to vote on the issue. Their applause for Romney's statement in favor of upholding traditional marriage seems to me to be a rather pointed message to their own organizational leadership, as well as to President Obama and other politicians.

  16. A. H. Abraham
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 5:53 am | Permalink

    Thanks RC,
    By repeating this: "Any other arrangement, other than the consensus of marriage of between a man and a woman is the source of death; death of individuals, death of families, death of a society and the death of a nation. Why would this generation want to descend in the annals of history as the culture of death?"
    ...You have surely reenforced it...