The Rev. Jesse Jackson said, in a recent interview with conservative media outlet Human Events, that he would perform a same-sex wedding ceremony if asked by a gay or lesbian couple. This came on the heels of Reverend Jackson urging Maryland voters to vote in favor of a ballot measure that would bring marriage equality to the state.
“The culture has had to expand,” Jackson explained in another interview with Michelangelo Signorile of the Huffington Post. “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.”
The bill, signed by Gov. Martin O’Malley in March will make Maryland the eighth state to legalize same-sex marriage. Jackson appears to be targeting Maryland’s sizable African-American contingent with his remarks. Voters will decide on the issue in November elections.
Listen to the full interview at the Huffington Post.com.