August 5, 2010 at 12:29 pm EST | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Jackson blasts gay judge in Prop 8 ruling

Bishop Harry Jackson, the Maryland minister who’s leading efforts to oppose same-sex marriage in D.C., said the gay judge who ruled against California’s Proposition 8 on Wednesday took away voting rights from blacks.

“This is a travesty of justice,” Jackson said of the ruling by Judge Vaughn Walker of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

“The majority of Californians — and two-thirds of black voters in California — have just had their core civil right to vote for marriage stripped from them by an openly gay federal judge who has misread history and the Constitution to impose his San Francisco views on the American people,” Jackson said in a statement released by the National Organization for Marriage.

“The implicit comparison Judge Walker made between racism and marriage is particularly offensive to me and to all of us who remember the reality of Jim Crow,” he said. “It is not bigotry, it is biology that discriminates between same-sex couples and opposite-sex couples.

“To make a marriage requires a husband and a wife, because these unions are necessary to make new life and connect children to their mother and father. Judge Walker’s slur will not stand the test of time and history, [and] we demand that Congress and the Supreme Court act to protect all Americans’ right to vote for marriage.”

Jackson apparently was linking a passage in Walker’s ruling comparing state bans on same-sex marriage to state laws that once banned interracial marriage. A U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1967, Loving v. Virginia, overturned state laws that prohibited interracial marriage on grounds that such laws violated the constitutional rights of interracial couples seeking to marry.

Walker ruled that Proposition 8’s ban on same-sex marriage violated the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection and due process clauses.

“Bishop Jackson’s claim is part of a cynical attempt by NOM to wrap its anti-gay bigotry in the cloak of the Black Civil Rights Movement with the goal of mainstreaming their radical right-wing agenda and the hope of making inroads into the African-American community,” said Michael Crawford, co-chair of D.C. for Marriage. “Bishop Jackson’s intellectually dishonest reasoning to enforce marriage discrimination against gay and lesbian families is very similar to the language used in previous years to deny African-Americans the full rights and responsibilities of American citizenship. No one should be fooled. NOM and Harry Jackson have no more interest in civil rights than denying gay and lesbian families equality.”

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

  • Ministrel Jackson as I put it should stick to the shouting and stomping he does on Sunday Mornings….and stay clear of making comments of subjects which he learns about watching the tube….He is not a judge, nor lawyer…so the travesty of justice
    as he so puts it really is coming from his mouth.
    Why is it that whenever there is confrontation in society the media tends to only interview african-american clergymen and have them speak for the masses?
    There are more than enough college-educated people of color who can weigh in on this issue, oppose or agree.
    Marriage is stated as being an institution (created by
    man)..and so it goes mistakes will be aplenty…

  • Almost 50 years ago, the California Legislature passed the Rumford Fair Housing Act, which banned discrimination against “colored” renters or buyers. About 2/3 of California voters overturned the Rumford Act when they passed Proposition 14, which, like Proposition 8, amended the California Constitution, this time to say that Californians could refuse to sell or rent to anyone for any reason. Eventually, the Supreme Court ruled that Proposition 14 violated the 14th Amendment, and it didn’t matter if 100% of Californians had voted for it — it was discrimination, and unconstitutional.

    Maybe Bishop Jackson should read up on the subject a little.

  • Anyone who stayed awake during first-year constitutional law could tell you why Bishop Jackson is talking nonsense. Then again, I see no reason to believe that Bishop Jackson cares about the truth at all.

  • Bishop Jackson should start reading the Bible and stop being a heretic who substitutes his own ideology for theology. His exegesis of the Bible is appalling, his interpretation worse. This so-called “bishop” was consecrated by no one, and assumed the mantle out of his own lust for power. Power motivates his desire to dominate others, where through heresy or through statements like this one about Prop. 8. True Christians should renounce “Bishop” Jackson’s heresy for the lie it is. His statements are like those of Balaam’s ass.

    • I’ve never seen him show any knowledge of the Bible beyond the parts about homosexuality. Shockingly, the “liberal” MSM never call him on his egregious misstatements, but instead print everything he says as Gospel.

  • Every group has its people with a birth defect . for Jackson, his problem is the reversal of his alimentary canal.

    If only I had a couple of radical Arabic friends., who would toss this creep into chains, and sell him into slavery in the Islamic world where the practice still exists.

    But with his obsessive mental disorder called hatred, I don’t think even that could get through to him

    Q. What do you call someone who is so obsessed with what consenting, age appropriate people do in their bedroom?

    A. The word begins with P, ends with T, and has a V in the middle.

  • Jesus didn’t withhold benefits from the prostitute, but Bishop Harry Jackson clearly deems himself as having greater divine intellect. I hear Bishop Jackson on behalf of Hope Christian church saying:

    “I/We are better than you, spiritually speaking, so We have the prerogative to lobby and to fund secular government to withhold these or any other set of humanitarian benefits that We see fit (even though Jesus himself didn’t set that example for us). We know better!”

    Jackson takes the self-appointed position of judging others, again unlike Jesus. Is THIS the leader that they want? Hmmm?

    Generally, Religious Leaders do none of Jesus’ Authentic Work withholding protections and benefits from any class of citizens, by insisting on imposing their religious opinions into secular government. When will Religious Leaders really LEAD? When will they begin to absorb the true messages of Jesus as a whole and relate his intended heart to others, rather than being lead themselves by hateful biases?

    Bishop Jackson also blatantly exploits earnest Black Californians who are surely smart enough to see Jacksons actions for what they are. I for one don’t think for a single moment that Black Americans, having experienced their obvious oppression, would wish to have any other group to be submitted to such similar discrimination. “We want ours, but you can’t have yours because we don’t like you (for whatever differences we may have)”? “ You can have some, but not you” ?? “Equality applies to you, but not you”??? No Wayyy!

    Equality means Equality under the United States Constitution. The best way to get respect is to give it.

    Jackson has some spiritual growing yet to do. Lead on!

  • I find it so ironic, that in the aftermath of Prop 8’s passage, when African American voters were singled out as a major factor in it’s passage, there were outcries from African American groups. Now you have this. If California African American groups don’t rip Harry Jackson over this, then they’ll look like hypocrites in my eyes. Hopefully this won’t be the case.

    • Why would they look like hypocrites? And African Americans were singled out PURPOSELY and our white sisters and brothers in the LGBTQ community truly let us know how they felt about the entire race! So much for LOVE right!

      All African Americans are NOT homophobic. And we pay this ignoramous no attention and focus on getting marriage equality and maybe you should too!

  • Brian Brown, President of NOM (Nat’l Org for Marriage) says in a letter, “Judge Walker is right that this is a civil rights question, it’s a question of OUR civil rights!”

    So, they want THEIR civil right to vote on OUR civil rights. Uh, how crazy is THAT?! Accordingly, then, I demand MY civil right to vote on whether we should reconstitute “Traditional Entertainment” from centuries ago, and begin feeding evangelical christians and mormons to the lions.

    Will you take a stand, and restore OUR civil rights to be able to vote for this? It should never have been taken away from the people. Two Thumbs up!

  • Don’t miss the connection between five assaults against gays and the hatred that black ministers — like this freak are spreading. Why isn’t this piece of scum treated like Fred Phelps? Do you think there is a difference? Blacks need to get on this guy.

    • Bill from reading another posting on here you did.I think you personally have a problem with African Americans. Obviously you just like the media focus on negativity and like to use it against African Americans as a weapon. That’s a typical caucasian who has issues with Blacks. But hey that’s you If you adnmit your hatred for Blacks then some of them will admit their hatred of us Gays.


  • BHJ needs to go away. He is now claiming that he has several ex-gays who attend his church. Judging from photos on his website and youtube videos the “ex-gays” that attend his church must relapse Monday morning. What self-respecting gay man or lesbian would go to a church like his? Someone should organize a protest of his church.

    • Most everyone is in the closet for some time – that is who attends those churches. It just seems our black brothers and sisters stay in a little longer that most, especially the brothers. Why? You should ask them.

      Preacher man – I know a little redneck white town in Southern Maryland that would outlaws blacks totally if it were allowed.

      Get it you idiot! A majority can not allowed the legal actions of a minority because of the “ick factor.”

      You are fool sir who is clearly running for office. Maybe you and the Greedy Lying Freak Palin should team up.

  • @@Bojan Tronick – totally agree. The ex-gay movement is a hate crime. This fool needs to go away. I can’t help but wonder if he is a closet case. What else would fuel such hate and continued interest? If anyone knows that he is on the down-low, send the info to the Blade and let’s out him.

  • DC Live has a lecture for all of us about how the hatred and homophobia spread by Jackson and his ilk of black ministers have NOTHING TO DO with the LEARNED HATRED by young black thugs toward the gay community. Such foolishness and myopic blindness.

  • People like Bigot Harry Jackson will never change their opinions, their brains have ossified and are no longer capable of growth. The wailing from the haters about the 7 million people who wanted to enshrine bigotry into the California constitution is sad. A majority, no less. WRONG! A majority of the people of voting age did not turn out to vote in the 2008 election. Some because they are not legal residents of the state, some are not citizens, some are in jail. Of the registered voters, only 62% voted even though Californians can vote by mail now. In 2008 California had 21,969,364 registered voters 13,743,177 ballots were counted that leaves 8,226,187 registered voters who weren’t concerned enough to vote either way. So altogether, less than one third of registered California voters opted to cast their votes for bigotry.

  • I don’t buy the bull argument made by “Rev.” Jackson that heterosexual marriage is better for children – and it is certainly not so in the black . The facts report a very different reality, “Rev.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics for 2007 (the latest year of recorded data) 40% of children in the U.S. are born to single women, this is a blended number. The breakdown is: 28% to white women; 51% of Latinas; and 72% to Black women — again 72% to black single women! “Rev. Jackson,” own the implications of this data, it is YOUR community that is doing the MOST damage to the raising of children. Face it, “Rev. Jackson” you’re the threat.

  • Rev. Jackson is missing a big piece of his knowledge of the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution. Claiming that black California voters were denied “their core civil right to vote for marriage” he is missing the point Ted Olsen made so eloquently and logically in his case on behalf of the gay couples in the suit to overturn Proposition 6. As Olsen explained so clearly, on Fox News no less, the Declaration of Independence recognizes that all humans are entitled to “certain inalienable rights,” including the pursuit of happiness; the US Supreme Court has, in case after case, determined that marriage is one of those inalienable rights; the US Constitution guarantees “equal justice under the law” for ALL Americans. Therefore, the “right” to marriage is guaranteed to ALL Americans by the very founding documents of this nation. No one can vote to strip anyone else of those rights–no matter how much they “disapprove” or dislike, no matter how many votes they line up on their side. Now it’s up to the Supreme Court to affirm what is, really, already in the law–to overturn the unconstitutional Defense of Marriage Act, to keep Proposition 8 overturned, and to blot out the unconstitutional amendments and other state and local efforts to disenfranchise gay Americans of their/our FULL equality.

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