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Jesse Jackson Hopes Maryland Voters Approve Marriage Equality

JacksonmarriageVenerable civil rights leader Jesse Jackson told Michelangelo Signorile in an interview last week that he'd like to see Maryland voters approve marriage equality there.

Comparing the vote to 60s-era votes on racial civil rights, Jackson told the Sirius XM radio host, "I remember in 1964, the dealbreaker then was, 'Should we have the right of public accommodation [for blacks]?' They tried to make blacks having public accommodations a single issue. At that time race was the dealbreaker. But we’ve overcome that. I would hope that people would respect people’s basic fundamental rights. If you don’t believe in it, don’t engage in it. But don’t deny other people their basic civil rights."

With regard to marriage equality as a concept, rather than as a vote in Maryland, Jackson said that our culture has expanded its understanding of love, and that our laws need to follow suit.

The culture has had to expand… For so long we thought it was a sin for blacks to have freedom. We thought it was a sin for black and white men and women to interrelate. We’ve grown in our appreciation of the fact that we live in our faith, and our faith may live under the law. All citizens deserve constitutional protections. You know, you have a right not to agree with interracial marriage but no one should be denied rights under the law.

An August poll of Maryland voters shows support for equality ahead by about 14 points: 54 for the law with 40 against, according to Hart Research Associates. A survey from March had 51 in favor and 43 against.

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  1. God Bless Jessie Jackson, a real African American Christian leader who knows how his fellow man has oppressed and kept his people down and how these same people are keeping LGBT people down and oppressed today. The time has come to free the LGBT people and give them their equal and Civil Rights and freedoms as all Americans.

    Posted by: Mike | Sep 13, 2012 12:10:10 PM


  2. God Bless Jessie Jackson, a real African American Christian leader who knows how his fellow man has oppressed and kept his people down and how these same people are keeping LGBT people down and oppressed today. The time has come to free the LGBT people and give them their equal and Civil Rights and freedoms as all Americans.

    Posted by: Mike | Sep 13, 2012 12:10:16 PM


  3. I don't know what Reverend Jackson feels about Gay people personally (and that aint my business), but he's been speaking out for civil rights for Gay since the mid-1980s. And that was before any prominent nationally known politician (that I know of).

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Sep 13, 2012 1:08:23 PM


  4. Jesse Jackson NEEDS TO KEEP HIS STUPID
    NI--ER-ASS MOUTH SHUT!

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Sep 13, 2012 8:21:06 PM


  5. Derrick, Rev. Jackson was one of the first African-American leaders to publicly support civil rights for Gays. Hell, he was one of the first prominent public leaders of any race to speak out for civil rights for Gays. Rev. Jackson has long been a friend to the gay community. And, he's long been a hero of mine.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Sep 14, 2012 11:52:20 AM


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