"When the question is asked about marriage, most people then dig into their beliefs," said Hilary Shelton, the NAACP's senior vice president for advocacy and policy, noting that many black people attend church. "So when the question's asked about marriage, you find that most will say, well, my religion doesn't support that. But if you ask them if people should be able to legally enter into those contracts, you'll find the numbers go up astronomically."
"It's no coincidence that the shift is happening as we encounter economic turmoil that is being felt disproportionately among blacks, such as mortgage foreclosures, loss of jobs and economic devastation in major Northern hubs," said Hilary Shelton, director of the NAACP's Washington bureau. "With major changes and less racial devastation in the South, people are finding their way back."