CHARLOTTE, N.C. — At a time of increased attention to the Democratic Party’s platform plank supporting gay marriage, Rev. Jesse Jackson not only said he supports gay marriage, but told Human Events that in his capacity as a minister, he would perform a marriage of gay couples “if I was asked to.”
Arriving at the Press Center at the Democratic National Convention here, the Rainbow Coalition head and 1988 Democratic presidential hopeful told reporters he had “no problem” with the pro-gay marriage plank that has upset many of his fellow black clergymen.
“Beginning with the Voting Rights Act of 1965, to the inclusion of blacks, Hispanics, 18-year-olds, and women, opportunities are now unlimited,” said Jackson, adding that he had “no problem with that relationship — (couples of the same gender marrying).”
Reminding Jackson he was an ordained minister, Human Events asked whether he would perform a marriage ceremony between persons of the same gender.
“If I was asked to,” he replied without hesitation.