Ben Jealous, the president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), has suggested that civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would have supported gay rights.

Jealous on Saturday accepted on behalf of the NAACP the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) National Equality Award at the latter group's 16th Annual National Dinner at the Walter E. Washington convention center in Washington D.C.

In his acceptance speech, Jealous honored civil rights icon Bill Lucy, “who thirty years ago stood up at a tough and contentious union convention and said that the fight for LGBT rights and the fight against racism were one in the same.”

“As Dr. King once said to a teacher of mine, 'You're comfortable with your coalition, your coalition is too small.'”

“As an American people we celebrate the many times that our nation has lead this world away from hate and ever towards hope. And so in this precipitous moment, when we as a movement are on the brink of massive change and tremendous progress. Here we are less than 50 years removed from when my parents' own marriage was illegal in our home state of Maryland. When here we are finally at a place where we can be confident that the day will come when marriage equality will be the law of the land in every single state.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

The NAACP endorsed marriage equality in May.