Rev. Keith A. Ratliff, Sr., pastor of the Maple Street Missionary Baptist Church in Des Moines, Iowa has another duty – head of the local NAACP chapter. The registered Democrat has announced that he supports Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats. Why? Because Vander Plaats says it’s his goal to pass an executive order to halt marriage equality in Iowa. That’s a reach beyond his powers as Governor, but there you have it. Via On Top:
“I know that Bob Vander Plaats is not afraid to stand up for what is right,” Ratliff said. “That takes courage.”
“He’s talked about the importance of defending the institution of marriage. … That takes backbone and determination. That’s what I want in my governor – and that’s why I’m standing here today to show my support for him,” he added.
Ratliff, a board member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the nation’s oldest civil rights organization, also said he will actively campaign for Vander Plaats.
As we ponder extreme anti-gay views endorsed by yet another black pastor (who says this endorsement is not in his capacity as NAACP director), who not only cannot separate church and state, look at the contrast with the leadership in the NAACP national, Chairman Julian Bond.
NAACP board chair Julian Bond spoke at the National Equality March in Washington, D.C. saying he was proud to stand with gay and lesbian citizens in their quest for equal rights:
“Rights for gays and lesbians aren’t special rights in any way. It isn’t special to be free from discrimination, that is a universal entitlement of citizenship,” Bond said. “That many had to struggle to gain these rights makes them precious. It does not make them special. … When others gain their rights, my rights are not diminished in any way. My rights are not diluted when my neighbor enjoys protection from discrimination. He or she becomes my ally in defending the rights we all share.”