( The Root ) -- Leaders of the NAACP said on Monday that their affirmation of marriage equality -- implicitly supporting widespread efforts to make same-sex marriages legal -- was a response to political groups who have been using the issue of same-sex marriage as a "wedge issue."
Benjamin Todd Jealous, president of the 103-year-old civil rights organization, and Roslyn M. Brock, its chairman, both said that the NAACP's national board had been driven to action not by President Obama's recent comments in support of same-sex marriage but by attempts from political conservatives to use gay marriage to rouse conservative voters. The press conference was held at the organization's national headquarters in Baltimore.
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