In a move that some called historic, the county’s oldest African American civil rights group voted Saturday to endorse same-sex marriage.
The National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People passed a resolution supporting gay marriage at a meeting of its board of directors in Miami, saying it opposed any policy or legislative initiative that “seeks to codify discrimination or hatred into the law or to remove the constitutional rights of LGBT citizens.”
....“Civil marriage is a civil right and a matter of civil law,” Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and CEO of the 103-year-old NAACP said in a statement.
Black civil rights was not about blacks; it was about the human condition. This is the truth revealed by that event, that social movement. An event (and here I'm borrowing and slightly altering—indeed simplifying—one of Alain Badiou's main concepts), reveals the truth. That truth can be Galileo seeing with his telescope the moons of Jupiter and suddenly realizing that small bodies orbit large ones—the next morning, the dawning fact that we are going around the sun and not the other way around. The matter does not end with seeing the truth, but being faithful to it. This shows the event's truth, which is not its isolation or singularity but its universality.