A coalition of black churches has denounced a move by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to endorse same-sex marriage.
The NAACP passed a resolution this weekend endorsing same-sex marriage as a civil right and opposing any efforts to "codify discrimination or hatred into the law."
The action comes a week after President Barack Obama came out in support of gay marriage.
The NAACP's board voted at a leadership retreat in Miami to back a resolution supporting marriage equality, "calling the position consistent with the equal protection provision of the U.S. Constitution."
"The mission of the NAACP has always been to ensure political, social, and economic equality for all people," Chairwoman Roslyn M. Brock said in a statement.
"Civil marriage is a civil right and a matter of civil law. The NAACP's support for marriage quality is deeply rooted in the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution and equal protection of all people," NAACP President Benjamin Jealous said.
Rev. Anthony Evans, with the National Black Church Initiative, opposed the president's and the NAACP's endorsements of same-sex marriage. He warned that Obama and the NAACP will lose support among black churches for their stand.
"We love our gay brothers and sisters, but the black church will never support gay marriage," Evans said. "It is and always will be against the ethics and teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ."
The National Black Church Initiative is a faith-based coalition of 34,000 African American and Latino churches comprised of 15 denominations.