Michael Crawford

Anti-gay minister calls on anti-equality activists to undercut home rule in DC

Filed By Michael Crawford | September 01, 2009 1:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics, The Movement

Bishop Harry Jackson is stepping up his attacks against gay and lesbian families. He has stated his plans to seek a Prop 8 style ballot fight to ban marriage equality in DC. A previous attempt by Jackson and other anti-marriage activists to repeal the recently marriage recognition law failed when the Board of Election and Ethics ruled that a referendum on the issue would violate the D.C. Human Rights Act.

From the Washington Post:

Jackson sent out a statement Monday stating that he and other opponents of same-sex marriage would file an initiative request with the elections board Tuesday.

If approved by the board, the initiative would give District residents an opportunity to vote sometime next year on whether to legalize same-sex marriage in the District. Jackson, who says he believes that most city voters oppose same-sex marriage, is hoping his proposal will slow efforts by the D.C. Council to legalize those marriages.

In his zeal to promote discrimination against gay and lesbian families Jackson has called on anti-marriage activists across the country to undercut D.C.'s home rule by urging their members of Congress to overturn any attempt by the D.C. City Council to provide equal protections for gay and lesbian families.

Joining him in his efforts to attack gay and lesbian families are the Family Research Council and the National Organization for Marriage. NOM recently moved it's headquarters (and $6 million budget) to D.C. to fight against marriage equality for the city and the nation.

Hear Harry Jackson in his own words:

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