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Rev. Jesse Jackson Will Marry Same-Sex Couples

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Monday Sep 10, 2012
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During the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., , Rev. Jesse Jackson told reporters that he supports marriage equality and that he would have "no problem" with performing a marriage ceremony for a same-sex couple, the conservative website Human Events reported.

"Beginning with the Voting Rights Act of 1965, to the inclusion of blacks, Hispanics, 18 year olds, and women, opportunities are now unlimited," Jackson said and added that he had "no problem with that relationship - (couples of the same gender marrying)."

Jackson’s support echoes that of President Barack Obama, who accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination on Thursday and said earlier this summer that he supports marriage equality. The DNC also proved to be a record presence for gay men and women as the majority of the political party embraced LGBT rights, the Associated Press reported.

Additionally, the Democratic Party, for the first time, added marriage equality to its party platform.

When Human Events asked Jackson if he would marry a same-sex couple the reverend said, "If I was asked to."

"We’re taught that being gay is a sin to be overcome through conversion. Without that you go to Hell," Jackson was quoted saying in a May article by TIME. "If your theology is rooted in that view, then there’s not much room to grow."

In April 2011, Tommy Bennett, an openly gay man who worked at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition alleged that Jackson harassed and fired him because of his sexuality, Wikipedia notes. He filed a complaint with the City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations against the reverend and the organization.

But not everyone was pleased with Jackson’s statements. When the conservative website Life Site News reported the story, a number of its readers reacted and left comments.

"Thuh Rev-uh-rund mmmmm-Jack-sohn, wants to help sodomites perpetuate their sewer habits of perversion which they freely choose to do. What gaineth a man if he wins the world but loseth his soul, Mr Jackson?" one reader wrote. "OH MY God!!! Now I know our nation has turned against the moral values of the bible. when a man that has been preacing the gospel for many years says he will perform a ceromony for gays," another posted.

Comments

  • Anonymous, 2012-09-10 10:09:24

    Yeah, like anyone would settle for Jesse Jackson officiating when prayers of "converting" Jerry Falwell or Billy Graham to the dark side would make it so much more memorable.


  • Anonymous, 2012-09-11 04:41:51

    too late for Falwell, DEAD ya’know!


  • Anonymous, 2012-09-11 12:17:16

    Huh, I thought he seemed less obnoxious and full of "haterade" these days. :)


  • Anonymous, 2012-09-11 12:51:10

    The unfortuate thing here is Rev. Jackson doesn’t have any real sense of theological and biblical understanding of the holiness of God. This is pure civil rights nonsense, and by that I mean to use the civil rights movement as an excuse to ordain and sanction sexual perversion is simply horrendous! God will judge a man that embraces and approves what HE has declared to be an ABOMINATION! This is so tragic and that is why people don’t take men like Rev. Jackson and Al Sharpton serious; they are "ministers" inthe sense of being political spokespersons, not men that communicates the heart of God.


  • Anonymous, 2012-09-11 13:03:30

    Why do I have the feeling that you’re one of those women who gets undressed in the dark and have never looked at their cooter for fear of turning into a piller of salt?


  • Anonymous, 2012-09-12 20:13:00

    The Rev. Jesse Jackson, unlike homophobes who use abuse religion and read the Bible out of scientific and historical context to justify their hate, is a true Christian who understands God’s call to all people as equals. I would suggest to the anonymous commentator who wrote the above attack on Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton that he or she read independent and unbiased research on homosexuality and stop using God to justify bigotry.


  • Anonymous, 2012-09-20 03:26:17

    Jesse Jackson is believed to be a homosexual himself! That is coming from people that know him very up close. He is a "reverend" in name only which was typical of Black men of his generation. He never preaches the Word of God, just politics as I’ve heard him in person. He and Al Sharpton are without question, considered to be nothing more than complete jokes in the Black community!


  • Anonymous, 2012-09-20 03:27:13

    The word is Rev. Jackson himself is a bi-sexual man!


  • Anonymous, 2012-09-20 09:44:17

    People tend to believe what is not true when it comes to those courageous persons who stand up for the equality and rights of African Americans, Hispanic people, Muslims, Jews and LGBT people. At this time, anyone standing up for the equality rights of LGBT people, Muslims and Hispanics is subject to being accused of either being Gay, Muslim or having a Hispanic background. The truth is that the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Al Sharpton both are strong Christian men who stand for equality of others and refuse to abuse the Bible by using to justify bigotry.


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