Reverend Keith Ratliff, up until recently, was the president of the Iowa-Nebraska chapter of the NAACP. Unfortunately, Reverend Keith is one of those who supports certain kinds of discrimination. You see, the NAACP supports marriage equality, because they walk their talk about equality and freedom for all people. Not Reverend Keith:
The Rev. Keith Ratliff, president of the Iowa-Nebraska conference of the NAACP, has decided to leave the civil rights organization over the national board’s decision last month to support same-sex marriage.
Ratliff, pastor of Maple Street Missionary Baptist Church in Des Moines, told church members this week he was resigning from the NAACP, church secretary Debra Brooks confirmed Wednesday.
Ratliff has been an outspoken opponent of same-sex marriage, saying marriage should be between a man and a woman. During a March 2011 Iowa Statehouse rally by supporters of a state constitutional amendment to ban same-gender marriage, Ratliff complained that gay rights activists had “hijacked” the civil rights debate.
“There is no parallel” between gay rights activism and the civil rights movement of the 1960s, said Ratliff, whose church has a predominately black membership. “That is an insult to the civil rights movement.” He added, “Deviant behavior is not the same thing as being denied your right to vote.”
The late Coretta Scott King, Benjamin Jealous, Julian Bond and many other prominent Civil Rights leaders disagree, Reverend Ratliff.
[h/t Timothy Kincaid]