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Rev. Jackson has ‘no problem’ with performing same-sex marriage

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.

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Rev. Jackson has ‘no problem’ with performing same-sex marriage

“Beginning with the Voting Rights Act of 1965 … opportunities are now unlimited,” said Jackson

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.

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John Gizzi has come to be known as â??the man who knows everyone in Washingtonâ? and, indeed, many of those who hold elected positions and in party leadership roles throughout the United States. With his daily access to the White House as a correspondent, Mr. Gizzi offers readers the inside scoop on whatâ??s going on in the nationâ??s capital. He is the author of a number of popular Human Events features, such as â??Gizzi on Politicsâ? and spotlights of key political races around the country. Gizzi also is the host of â??Gizziâ??s America,â? video interviews that appear on HumanEvents.com. Gizzi got his start at Human Events in 1979 after graduating from Fairfield University in Connecticut and then working for the Travis County (Tex.) Tax Assessor. He has appeared on hundreds of radio and TV shows, including Fox News Channel, C-SPAN, America's Voice,The Jim Bohannon Show, Fox 5, WUSA 9, America's Radio News Network and is also a frequent contributor to the BBC -- and has appeared on France24 TV and German Radio. He is a past president of the Georgetown Kiwanis Club, past member of the St. Matthew's Cathedral's Parish Council, and secretary of the West End Friends of the Library. He is a recipient of the William A. Rusher Award for Journalistic Excellence and was named Journalist of the Year by the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2002. John Gizzi is also a credentialed correspondent at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. He has questioned two IMF managing directors, Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Christine LaGarde, and has become friends with international correspondents worldwide. Johnâ??s email is JGizzi@EaglePub.Com

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