Obama talks discrimination against “our gay brothers and sisters” at NAACP convention

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Obama on Faith & LGBT IssuesPresident Barack Obama spoke of the continued prejudice against “our gay brother and sisters” at the NAACP’s Centennial Convention today.

But make no mistake. The pain of discrimination is still felt in America. By African-American women paid less bor doing the same work as colleagues of a different color and different gender. By Latinos made to feel unwelcome in their own country. By Muslim-Americans viewed with suspicion, simply because they kneel down to pray to their god. By our gay brothers and sisters still taunted, still attacked, still denied their rights.

(Big applause)

On the 45th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, discrimination cannot stand. Not an account of color, gender, how you worship, or you who love. Prejudice has no place in the United State of America. That’s what the NAACP stands for. That’s what the NAACP will continue to fight for… as long as it takes.

While generally supportive of gay rights, the NAACP refuses to take a position on gay marriage.

Post by ILO on 07/16/09 at 4:41 pm