Pastors Boycott San Francisco NAACP Event

Published November 24, 2008

Posted Nov. 24, 2008 – Some San Francisco pastors decided to boycott the city's annual NAACP Banquet in protest of the civil rights organization's stance on same-sex marriage.

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The group opposed the Rev. Amos Brown's, pictured above,  much publicized support for the civil rights of gay people to marry.

"Tonight our national president, Ben Jealous, will be here to show he stands with us. And for the state president, Alice Huffman, to be here to say, 'We stand with you,' I think it speaks volumes," said Rev. Amos Brown, the San Francisco NAACP president said Friday night.

There were 460 reservations for Friday night's dinner, reported San Francisco 's ABC7. According the NAACP, some longtime contributors and pastors in the Black community chose not to attend the fundraiser, the TV station reported.

"That's troubling to me when I see that people who have always come forth to support us are not there at the forefront today, when we have so many issues before us, not just the Prop 8 issue," said Minyon McGriff, NAACP upcoming vice president.

Do you believe the organization betrayed the Black community and church by its support of gay marriage or do you believe same-sex marriage is a civils right cause?  Click "Discuss Now," on the upper right, to have your say!

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