PROTEST: Civil rights group NAACP accused of 'abandoning its core mission' by supporting the policy
SEVERAL U.S black clergy members protested the NAACP's recent decision to endorse same-sex marriage at the civil rights group's annual convention in Texas.
The Coalition of African-American Pastors [CAAP], headed by Reverend William Owens, reportedly said that the NAACP had 'abandoned its core mission', by supporting the policy.
Owens told The Huffington Post: "This is supposed to be an organization for black people who were beaten, who were mistreated and who were enslaved."
"You're advocating for something that's not normal, that's not natural. It's still out of line, it's against moral law," he added.
He continued: "Gay marriage is leading us down a bad path. Our young people are already hurt. They're already damaged."
The news comes after U.S president Barack Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage.
Obama told Good Morning America: “I’ve always been adamant that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally.
"I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and neighbours when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together."
"When I think about those soldiers or airmen or Marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell' is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married," he added.