According to second vice president and Talladega County President Hugh Morris, “once the governor understood what a historic event this shall be, he offered to participate as well. That was a real blessing.”
Morris and other NAACP representatives met with Bentley at his office in Montgomery to discuss the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act and other issues.
Morris went on to say, “the NAACP's objectives and purpose shall be to improve the political, educational, social, and economic status of African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities; to eliminate racial prejudice; to keep the public aware of the adverse effects of discrimination; and to take lawful action to secure the elimination of racial discrimination, to seek legislation and policies at the local level, or at other levels if requested by the state or national office, which advance the programs and policies of the association; and to oppose legislation and policies which are adverse to the programs and policies of the association consistent with the efforts of the national organization and in conformity with the Articles of Incorporation of the association, its constitution and bylaws, as directed by the Board of Directors.”
That being said, he continued, “the NAACP has opposed and will continue to oppose any national, state or local policy or legislative initiative that seeks to codify discrimination or hatred into the law or to remove the Constitutional rights of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) citizens. We support marriage equality consistent with equal protection under the law provided under the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution. Further, we strongly affirm the religious freedoms of all people as protected by the First Amendment. Civil marriage is a civil right and a matter of civil law. The Bible is not opposed to your civil rights. The NAACP takes no religious stance on this issue.”
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