NAACP and gay rights

Thank you for the Opinion page article "Black Leadership Is Ripe for Reform," April 20. It is always important to make sure leaders follow up on speeches with action. I am disappointed, however, by the author's allegation that the NAACP's endorsement of the gay rights agenda shows little regard for the black community. His reasoning is that it can't reconcile this endorsement with the "thousands of local ministers and churches that constitute the heart of communities from Harlem to East L.A...." How woul d he justify withholding that support from thousands of black gays and lesbians and gay and lesbian ministers who also constitute the heart of communities from Harlem to East L.A.? Caryn-Amy E. King,,Hopkinton, Mass.

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