The strongest opposition to same-sex marriage within the black community has come from church leaders, whose opinions may not be swayed by the N.A.A.C.P. In its resolution, the board appeared to be sensitive to those objections, reaffirming its support for religious freedom.
The NAACP's endorsement could potentially bolster support for Mr. Obama with a key constituency: black Democratic voters who remain skeptical of same-sex marriage in the upcoming Presidential election in November. Black Democratic support for President Obama, which was overwhelming in 2008, will need to stay at 2008 levels in key swing states such as Ohio. Pennsylvania, and Florida if he is to be reelected.
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