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May 21, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Monday Eye Openers: NAACP supports civil marriages; Paul continues to collect delegates

NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous

NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous (Photo courtesy of naacp.org).

NAACP Supports Civil Marriage
The board of the NAACP, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, passed a resolution on Saturday in support of civil marriages. In a public statement, NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous said, “Civil marriage is a civil right and a matter of civil law.”

This move comes in the wake of President Barack Obama voicing his support for same-sex marriage, and concern that such support may divide the black vote.

Obama’s endorsement has also catalyzed significant shifts in African-Americans’ view of same-sex marriage in North Carolina. After Obama’s announcement, African-American support for same-sex marriage or civil unions rose 11% in North Carolina. Such shifts, however, came too late to impact the vote on Amendment One — which passed overwhelmingly and wrote into the North Carolina constitution that the only legal domestic partnership is a marriage between one man and one woman.

Paulites Keep the Hope Alive
Ron Paul officially suspended any active campaigning in upcoming primary states last week. In his announcement Paul said, “Our campaign will continue to work in the state convention process. We will continue to take leadership positions, win delegates, and carry a strong message to the Republican National Convention that Liberty is the way of the future.”

Most see the cease and desist of active campaigning in new states as effectively making Mitt Romney the Republican nominee. However, many Paulites haven’t gotten the message.

Numerous passionate Paul supporters have voiced to the media and on multiple Paul-related web sites that they will carry on to both state conventions and the national convention in an effort to award Paul more delegates. Some supporters have even gone so far as to declare that due to their convention tactics of securing delegates, that Paul is still a viable nominee.

Over the weekend Paul garnered 12 of the 13 at-large delegates in Minnesota — meaning 32 of the 40 Minnesota delegates headed to the Republican National Convention in the fall will be there in support of Paul.

Kucinich Breaks Up with Washington
When Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D) lost his longtime seat representing the Cleveland area in the 10th district for the U.S. House of Representatives back in March, pundits and the press were abuzz wondering whether Kucinich would court Washington State residents for the chance of a new seat.

Kucinich finally put the gossip to an end last Wednesday when he announced that he would not seek office in the Evergreen State. In an e-mail to supporters he broke some Washingtonian Democrats’ hearts saying, “After careful consideration and discussions with Elizabeth and my closest friends, I have decided that, at this time, I can best serve from outside the Congress.”

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