July 13, 2012
By Jacob Combs
Mitt Romney made headlines last week when he was booed at the NAACP’s national conference in Houston, where he reiterated his opposition to marriage equality and his support for repealing the Affordable Care Act. In the wake of Romney’s speech, ThinkProgress spoke with two African American ministers at the NAACP conference about marriage equality, and their answers demonstrate the nuances of support for equal marriage rights in the African American community.
Watch the two interviews below: one with Sabu Williams, the president of Florida’s Okaloosa County NAACP and a Baptist, the other with Rev. Dr. William Barber, the protestant president of the North Carolina NAACP. Barber’s point especially bears repeating–individuals can still personally believe that marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman while holding the view that legally, under the U.S. Constitution, Americans should not discriminate against gay and lesbian couples. This is what the phrase ‘marriage equality’ really describes: the right for all Americans to hold their own view on what marriage means and to enter into a marriage should they so desire, regardless of their sexual orientation.