I agree with the June 23, 2012 article about the Southern Baptists saying gay rights are not civil rights. This came a day after they elected their first African-American president in a historic move that strives to erase its legacy of racism. Southern Baptist passed a resolution opposing the idea that same-sex marriage is a civil rights issue. The resolution acknowledged that gays and lesbians sometimes experience "unique struggles," but declares that they lack the "distinguishing features of classes entitled to special protection". They go on to say "it is regrettable that the homosexual rights activists and those who are promoting the recognition of the same-sex marriage have misappropriated the rhetoric of the Civil Rights Movement."