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NAACP President Ben Jealous Receives HRC National Equality Award
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/07/12
Last updated on: 10/08/12
 
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Benjamin Jealous.

On October 6, 2012 at the Human Rights Campaign National Dinner in Washington, D.C., Chad Griffin presented the National Equality Award to NAACP President Ben Jealous, who was instrumental in moving his organization to support marriage equality.

Jealous, who became president of the legendary 103-year-old civil rights organization in 2008, led the NAACP to endorse marriage equality in May 2012. As David Edwards reported in The Raw Story on May 21, 2012, when Jealous spoke to reporters about the decision, he became emotional.

"Our calling as an organization is to defend the U.S. Constitution," Jealous told reporters in May. "We are here to speak to matters of civil law and matters of civil rights."

With his voice trembling Jealous said, "I'm a bit moved. My parents' own marriage was against the law at the time and they had to return here to Baltimore after getting married in Washington, D.C. And the procession back was mistaken for a funeral procession because it was so quixotic to people to see all these cars with these headlights on, having to go from one city all the way to the next just so they could have a party after they got married in their own home. This is an important day."

In presenting the award to Jealous on October 6, Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin revealed that his very first meeting on the job was with Jealous.

 
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