NAACP Leader Resigns over Gay Marriage Issue

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An NAACP leader has stepped down because of the group's support for gay marriage. 

Wednesday, Rev. Keith Ratliff, who pastors the Maple Street Missionary Baptist Church in Des Moines, resigned as president of the Iowa and Nebraska branches of the civil rights organization.

Ratliff said he began reevaluating his future with the NAACP last month, when the group's leadership endorsed same-sex marriage at a meeting in Miami. 

In a statement about his decision, he said "I want to thank the NAACP for the privilege to humbly serve in such an organization and thank all those I had the privilege to work with in the states of Iowa, Nebraska and throughout the country."

Ratliff has long opposed gay marriage. He has spoken at rallies, seeking an amendment to the 2009 Iowa Supreme Court ruling that gave legal status to civil unions involving same-gender couples. 

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