The Rev. Keith Ratliff, who serves as president of the NAACP's Iowa-Nebraska conference and also pastors Maple Street Missionary Baptist Church in Des Moines, Iowa, said in a statement that he was leaving "due to the NAACP's position and support of same-sex marriage."
"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," said Ratliff in a statement released on Wednesday.
Ratliff told The Des Moines Register last month that he was praying over his decision after the national board of directors endorsed the president's position. Obama had announced last month that he believes same-sex couples should be able to get married.
The Christian Post attempted to contact the national NAACP office for a comment but did not receive a response prior to publication.
While the NAACP's support of President Obama's evolved position on same-sex marriage was issued in late May, the group's board of directors had voted earlier this year to support what some gay activists call "marriage equality."
Ratliff's reaction to the same-sex marriage issue is not the first time black pastors have publicly stated their opposition to the issue, instead voicing their support for traditional marriage.
Pastor Ken Hutcherson of Antioch Church in Washington State, has long stood for the biblical view of marriage and has been harshly criticized by both black and white liberals over his stance. He is also supportive of Ratliff's decision to resign.
"It's about time someone associated with the NAACP has a backbone," Hutcherson told The Christian Post. Read more..