Rev. Jesse Jackson Calls on Pastors to Support Obama’s Backing of Gay Marriage

Rev. Jesse Jackson has joined Rev. Al Sharpton in supporting President Obama’s call for support behind gay marriage.   Jackson even went so far as to compare the gay marriage issue to the fight against slavery and laws that kept blacks from marrying whites.

“This is a bold step in the right direction for equal protection under the law for all citizens,” Jackson told the Los Angeles Times.

Jackson then called for black preachers to address the issue with their congregations on Sunday.  He mentioned that gays and lesbians are fighting for the country and teaching America’s children.   He even said that they are leading congregations within many black churches.  He urged Americans to remember that gay marriage isn’t taking rights from anyone else, but rather, opening the door for everyone to have the same opportunities.

“You may choose your mate, but you cannot deny someone else the right to choose their mate,” Jackson said. “The law protects you from being abused. It doesn’t threaten your lifestyle for someone else to have the right to exhibit their lifestyle,” he later added.

Al Sharpton’s statements were in lockstep with those of Rev. Jackson.

“I salute President Obama’s statement today supporting same-sex marriage,” the Rev. Al Sharpton said in a statementthat went on to add: “This is not about mine or anyone’s personal or religious views. It is about equal rights for all. We cannot be selective with civil rights. We must support civil rights for everybody or we don’t support them for anyone.”

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  1. onmyway2012 at 2:02 pm

    Great thread. Keep up the fight Christians, Jews,and other faiths. We shall not be moved by the Latest spiritual warfare against us. We choose God over the world. We choose Yeshua over the good of this world, especially those corrupting the word fire their item political gain. Pray for the lost and holds fast to our Savior.

  2. Spencer at 2:58 pm

    Isn’t it interesting that the Bible can be so comtemporary eventhough it was written many years ago? There is an account in Jeremiah 36: 23 that speaks of a king who just didn’t like what some parts of the Bible said, “And it came to pass, that when Jehudi had read three or four leaves, he cut it with the penknife, and cast it into the fire that was on the hearth, until all the roll was consumed in the fire that was on the hearth.” This is exactly what we are doing today, here in 2012. Wow!

  3. becky at 5:34 pm

    am I my brothers keeper? the Bible says so. thinking maybe the Rev’s need to reread God’s Word. He wiped out clans of people for the sins they kept practicing. Shame on them for encouraging others to do wrong.

  4. Ginger Brown at 9:19 pm

    People! People! People! Who Bobby sleeps with at night will not affect my ability to get a job, or my child’s ability to get a lower college tuition. Why don’t you think about the great things our President has done? You’re feeding into the Republicans hand. They want you to be so affected by this issue that you will not see the big picture, thus allowing them to win. Please remember that it was the white christians back in the 40’s and 50’s that would afterwards dress in bed sheets and burn crosses in our yards; they were the main klu-klux clansmen. Please read “JRA”s comments above; so well said. What difference does it make to you who your neighbor loves? All I want my brother to be is happy and to live in peace. I’m sure that’s what Jesus wants. I have been wishing that there could be a class for little boys and girls who are born in the wrong body. They are so sad and confused. At an early age they know, but are so afraid. Especially if they live in a “christian” home. Some go into deep depression and some even commit suicide. These kids need help. You can quote the bible to them till they turn blue but that is not going to change who they are. I am a born again christian and I do know the Lord, but I also see these kids and young people and I know that most of them are the way they are by no fault of their own. Furthermore, we have to live here on earth. There are so many great things our President is trying to do for this country. Please don’t be blindsided. If you feel so strongly about this, let God be the judge. Barack has to be the president for all people; the straight as well as the many who you call not so straight. That does not make him a bad person, nor those who support him in his efforts to reach out to all people. Please stop the maddness and get back on track with our ultimate goals.

    • Minister Kendal Richardson at 9:44 pm

      1 Timothy 3:1-5, 13-16

      1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

      14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; 15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.

    • bobel at 9:59 pm

      Many of you are letting your emotions rule your head and heart. Like Ginger Brown indicated, look at the good things Barack has done. In an effort to reach equality for all Men Women and Children. when I read comments saying 40% of the men in black churches are gay, sorry but your figures do NOT Equate to the data and facts done professionally. The population has about 15% gay/bisexual/lesbian people. and these folks did not choose to be GBL .. if they did choose, as some think, then we can say, “they chose to be gay when YOU chose to be straight.
      Did YOU CHOOSE YOUR SEXUALITY? of course not.
      All any person wants is the “Right” to love their companion, to share in life’s journey, to raise their children and to find happiness. I know many gay same gender loving devoted parents with children, raising normal happy children in happy homes where the parents are respected and the children are also, all living in peace and harmony. Many gay couples adopt kids from broken homes where the straight parents hated each other, fought all the time and abused the kids. So BEFORE you go “preaching” know your facts, understand human sexuality and development, understand child rearing and parenting.
      Gay couples want the same rights as YOU have in your marriages.
      and IF YOUR MARRIAGE is strong, a gay married couple with equality is NOT going to shake your marriage.
      The answer really lies in the Heart. Christian couples (straight or gay) who love the LORD, have strong marriages and we all could learn from them… It isn’t in their water! but in their heart.
      Vote in November, if you vote for the one you will get what he says or “doesn’t say” and if you Vote for Barack you will get a man doing for others what he feels will honor them as the Declaration of Independence so states. Blessings Folks,
      in Jesus Name.

  5. Dollarsdoug at 9:42 pm

    Coming soon: teaching children in public schools nationwide about having 2 mommies and 2 daddies. This isn’t just a civil rights issues, people!

    It has already reached epidemic levels in the black community: more and more young men and women are declaring themselves gay. Nearly 40% of the yung men in churches in the black community are gay, and that number is growing in young women….

    Why should it matter to me?, you say…Think it through: it’s population control, and the genocide of the undesirables. Gays cannot reproduce outside of themselves, unless they go to sperm banks or become heterosexual for a time just to concieve….

    They’ve finally found the solution to the “Negro problem”, a problem that’s been hampering the country ever since 1865, when slavery was outlawed.

    They’re using:
    1. unemployment-don’t give the men the jobs, give them to the women. Create more strife between them, and this devastateds the black family,, and this ensures their eventual extermination.

    2. disease-black people die in greater numbers from the worst diseases, and it’s getting worse.

    3. abortion: kill them in the womb, before they are born. Blacks make up 1/3 of all abortions, to the tune of 1,400 every day. Now, we are at zero to negative population growth, and homosexuality only keeps us from reproducing…

    4. homosexuality: turning men to women and women to men undermines the family again. Ever hear of Sodom and Gomorrah? Now, this isn’t the end-pedophilia will be legalized soon, or turned into a misdemeanor instead of a felony. Or children will not be safe at all-and there will be less fathers to take pedophiles on…

    We die at a rate of 2,000 every day from abortion, disease, murder and accidents. Adolf Hitler and the Nazis killed only 1,369 Jews/day from 1933-1945. The Hutus killed 1 million Tutsis in 90 days at a rate of 10,000/day.These are all genocides.

    No one seems to care. We’ll be exterminated in less than 100 years. It’s happened here before: look at the Native Americans…(“But there are some of them left!” you say. hitler didn’t kill all the Jews, but he certainly tried, and so did the U.S…)

    Now, Rev. Jesse Jackson is rallying church pastors to support gay marriage. As one elder used to say:”Some folks gon’ bust hell wide open!” Good Christiasns, indeed!

    *Note: ever wonder why the pastors are sooo silent about the 1,400 black abortions everyday? Don’t they realize that God can count???

  6. Dollarsdoug at 9:53 pm

    I am fully aware that Bayard Rustin was a very important adviser to Rev. Dr. ML King. He was also a gay man who had to flee the South under cover of night to avoid persecution.

    I want us to understand that we should love our homosexual brothers and sisters without condoning their lifestyle. We shouldn’t condone it, but we also shouldn’t readily condemn them, because we ourselves aren’t perfect, either.

    Love the sinner, hate the sin. Never forget that this behavior isn’t proper. People are just making this seem OK, and it really isn’t. Obesity-or gluttony, perversity, lust, fornication, hate, etc. are sins that affect all of us.

    None of us is righteous, no not one!

    However, I don’t believe that this call for sexual rights isn’t for justice, it’s more a matter of genocide, as I said earlier.

  7. Brother Hiram at 2:17 am

    (Isa 5:20) Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

    A “woe” in the scriptures is a curse. Those on this forum who are calling truth and righteousness, “bigotry and intolerance”, and calling tolerance and understanding for homosexual marriage, “the love of Jesus” are cursed. Stop letting these false leaders and “reverends” deceive you. These men are paid very well for doing what they are doing. Repent, and follow the TRUE MESSIAH who did not come to destroy the TORAH, but to fulfill it.

  8. bobel at 12:17 pm

    http://www.danoah.com/2012/04/a-teens-brave-response-to-im-christian-unless-youre-gay.html
    **This story about a young boy and his fears is worth reading, copy and paste in your URL … It is a lesson for every Christian mother and father on how to be a loving example of our Heavenly Father’s Love and an example of Jesus Christ. It spoke to my heart, and I realized how easy it is to explode, hate and push people away. Please read the article with the Spirit of Truth and an Open Heart. God may just Speak to YOU too.

  9. Spencer at 1:29 pm

    If one lost soul is saved it is worth it all. I think that this is a great place to do Gods work,obviously there are alot that come on here that are lost! We should defend and stand up for Gods word, I feel it is the least we can do considering what Jesus went though for us! Of course using or expressing anger while discussing God’s Word is against God’s will. However, we are also told to, “Go and teach all nations (people), baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe ALL things (to include this topic) whatsoever I have commanded you; and, lo I am with you always, even unto the end of the world” – Matthew 28: 19-20. People will do and say anything to keep the Word of God from being expressed, but there are a few of us who are ashamed of the Gospel because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes. Arguing God’s Word is wrong, speaking God’s Word is something else entirely.

  10. 4holiness at 12:40 am

    jesse and al are wrong and they will have to answer to God on judgement day for their support of a position that is contrary to the Holy Bible.

  11. Rev. Michael David at 1:47 pm

    Be under obligation to no one – the only obligation you have is to love one another. Whoever does this has obeyed the Law. The commandments, “Do not commit adultery; do not commit murder; do not steal; do not desire what belongs to someone else” – all these, and any others besides, are summed up in the one command, “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” If you love others, you will never do them wrong; to love, then, is to obey the whole Law. Romans 13:8-10

    Any thoughts on what Paul is saying here? Is it too hard to understand? Is it too simple, does it need to be expounded on?

    • Brother Hiram at 2:40 am

      @ “Rev.” Michael David:

      So, how do you believe love fulfills the law? By expressing itself through the keeping of the commandments, or by replacing and supplanting them? In other words, do you see love and law as an either/or relationship, or do you see them working together?

  12. MARY at 7:26 pm

    Jesse Jackson should’ve dropped that Rev from his name a long time ago. Who takes him seriously anyway/ And Al Sharpton-who really cares?

    I can understand some people supporting gay rights. There are people walking around here supporting all kinds of rights. However, how can a born-again christian support gay rights? I wouldn’t say it was right, even if I were involved in a homosexual relationship. If you’re going to believe the Bible, you have to believe the whole book, not bits and pieces.

    Then, there are some people who will support almost anything for political gain or to hog the spotlight. People, you just have to do what’s right in the eyes of God and not worry about the attacks that will come once you do.

  13. Brother Hiram at 3:12 am

    We as the so-called “blacks” are the last people in the world who need to be endorsing the sin of sodomy. It is sins like that, along with idolatry and the worship of other gods, that got us put on the slave boats in the first place ( Deut. 28:68 ). The reason why we are in the condition that we are in is because our forefathers made a covenant with the Most High over 3,000 years ago and broke it many times over.

    The Bible was written by us, about us, and for us ( and for all others who will believe it and walk therein ). We were called to be a “kingdom of priests” and a “holy nation”, but we blew it, and that is why the gentiles have had dominion over us for over 2,000 years now. The bright side of all this is that for those of us who repent, return to the Father’s laws and commandments ( Deut. 30:1-10 ) and walk in the Way of His Son, the Messiah of Israel, He will turn our captivity raise us up to be the mighty, righteous nation that He intended us to be from the beginning.

    Brothers and Sisters, let’s get it right this time. All the king’s horses and all the king’s men ( civil rights movement, traditional christianity, judaism, islam, black nationalism, etc. ) have not been able to put us back together again. Only a righteous repentance will move the hand of the Most High to turn our national captivity. Let’s stop learning the ways of the heathen and return to the ancient paths. Shalom.

    • Minister Kendal Richardson at 4:09 am

      @brotherHarim Indeed, preach sir! Absolutely correct. Thats Sound Doctrine. Most people dont like the truth, but thats the absolute truth!! I stand with you. We sold our ownselves in slavery and we still doing it today, compromosing for endorsements and money. The love of money is the root of all evil. And thats that. God is the same God yesterday, today, and forever more, He changes not. I lived a homosexual lifestyle and I never agreed with it, then or now. I have denounce and renounced Homosexuality in and over my life. I was not born that way. I am who God created me to be and thats who I am. Who God says I am. not what I want or think I was. Thank God for deliverance. You can be delivered, if you want to be. Thats a fact!! Bless you sir. Keep standing

  14. enelson7 at 8:52 pm

    Leviticus 18:22 – “‘You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination” Revelation 21:22-27 – “22I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb. 24The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. 25In the daytime (for there will be no night there) its gates will never be closed; 26and they will bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it; 27and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” Romans 1:18-32 – “18For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,
    19because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.
    20For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.
    21For even though they knew God, they did not £honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
    22Professing to be wise, they became fools,
    23and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and £crawling creatures.
    24Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them.
    25For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
    26For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural,
    27and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.
    28And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper,
    29being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips,
    30slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents,
    31without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful;
    32and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.”

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