On Friday night, the San Francisco Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People held a fundraiser that approximately 450 people attended. The main purpose of the occasion was to celebrate the election of Barack Obama, the first African American president. However, many African Americans refused to attend the event to protest the San Francisco NAACP’s support of same-sex marriage.

San Francisco NAACP’s president Reverend Amos Brown, as reported by San Francisco-based KTVU news, stated that many NAACP members boycotted the annual fundraiser because of the NAACP’s support of same-sex marriage. Reverend Brown in particular has been a vocal supporter of same-sex marriage and spoke at numerous rallies encouraging Californians to vote against Proposition 8. The San Francisco NAACP officially views Proposition 8 as a civil rights issue. According to the official view, Prop 8 discriminates against homosexuals in the same way that segregation laws discriminated against African Americans and other people of color in the past.

Rev. Brown stated that many African American religious leaders boycotted the fundraiser because of the NAACP’s official view on Proposition 8. Many African Americans feel that same-sex marriage is a moral issue, and not a civil rights issue. Like most churches across California, numerous African American churches condemned same-sex marriage as a religious issue and encouraged its parishioners to vote for Proposition 8. In fact, exit polls conducted after Proposition 8’s passage showed that a majority of African Americans voted in favor of Proposition 8.

Barack Obama opposed Proposition 8, though on numerous other occasions during his Presidential campaign, he stated that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.

You can see Rev. Amos Brown speak on the issue in the below video: