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. â€œFor 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. Weâ€™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.â€
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 Marylandâ€™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.