A prominent member of the Iowa/Nebraska branch of the NAACP has resigned as branch president and national board member over the organization’s decision to endorse gay marriage. The Rev. Keith Ratliff Sr. of the Maple Street Missionary Baptist Church in Des Moines says that he is leaving because he feels that the national organization did not respect the wishes of its membership by supporting President Obama on the issue.
“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 said in the statement.
Ratliff has spoken out against gay marriage in the past, and even sought out an amendment to the Iowa Constitution on the issue. The amendment would define marriage as being between one man and one woman.
Ratliff claims that there is a biblical reason for his opposition:
“This isn’t a private interpretation, a Burger King religion, and by that I mean a ‘have it your way’ religion.”