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Rev. Slams Civil Rights, Gay Rights Link

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Breaking with several state- and national-level leaders of the NAACP, an Iowa-based preacher who heads a chapter of the country's oldest civil rights organization said he is sick of gays and lesbians "hijacking the civil rights movement."

Rev. Keith Ratliff Sr., president of the Iowa-Nebraska chapter of the NAACP, added there is "no parallel" between the civil rights movement of the 1960s and the gay rights movement, and to draw such a correlation is "an insult," according to The Des Moines Register.

Ratliff was speaking at a rally earlier this week for allowing a referendum on marriage equality, which has been legal in Iowa for nearly two years.

Other NAACP leaders like National Board Chair Julian Bond, President Benjamin Jealous, and Chairwoman Roslyn Brock have all expressed their support for gay people and have been working to expand the scope of their focus on social justice to include gay rights.

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