Rev. Keith Ratliff Sr. of the Maple Street Missionary Baptist Church in Des Moines issued a statement saying he was stepping down from the NAACP national board and as Iowa/Nebraska state conference president “due to the NAACP’s position and support of same-sex marriage.”Ratliff has been talking about leaving the NAACP since the national board voted in favor of a resolution supporting marriage equality.
“I want to thank the NAACP for the privilege to humbly serve in such an organization and thank all those I had the privilege to work with in the states of Iowa, Nebraska and throughout the country.” Ratliff said in a statement. He was unavailable for further comment Wednesday.
Ratliff has been an outspoken critic of same-sex marriage rights and has spoken at Statehouse rallies seeking an amendment to the Iowa constitution to undo a controversial, landmark Iowa Supreme Court ruling in April 2009 that gave legal status to civil marriages involving same-gender couples. The proposed constitutional amendment would define marriage in Iowa as only between one man and one woman.'
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
President of the Iowa/Nebraska NAACP Quits Over Gay Marriage Support
Rev. Keith Ratliff Sr., the branch president of the Iowa and Nebraska branch of the NAACP, has announced his resignation from the organization -- which isn't surprising given his long-standing and outspoken opposition to GLBT rights: