At a press conference held on Monday, NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous reiterated the group's support for gay marriage.

At the NAACP's quarterly board meeting in Miami on Saturday, the 64-member board approved a resolution which calls gay marriage a “civil right and a matter of law.”

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“It is the responsibility and the history of the NAACP to speak up on the civil rights issues of our times,” Jealous said at the press conference held at the 103-year-old civil right organization's national headquarters in Baltimore. “We are both proud of our history and challenged by it. Challenged to never allow threats to equality for all people go uncontested.”

“As marriage equality has expanded to an ever expanding number of states, there have been other states that have taken to once again enshrining discrimination in their constitutions. I should point out that our country had a great history for many decades of always using constitutions to expand rights. And this development turns us in a dangerous direction,” he added. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

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