Davina Kotulski

Rev Jesse Jackson to speak out against Prop 8

Filed By Davina Kotulski | December 05, 2010 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: International Human Rights Day, Jesse Jackson, marriage equality, Michael Petrelis, Prop 8, same-sex marriage

Back in 1990, when I was 20 years old and a college senior, I was thrilled at the opportunity to shake the sweaty hand of Rev. Jesse Jackson after he spoke at Portland State University about equality and civil rights. As a butch lesbian, I'd had plenty of opportunities to feel the sting of discrimination in the jesse-jackson-WI-0109-lg.jpgworkplace and hate speech directed at me on the streets, on campus and throughout the city.

So I was particularly disheartened when I heard that Rev. Jackson did not initially support marriage equality, as reported in 2004, following Gavin Newsom's issuance of marriage licenses in San Francisco and the Massachusetts Supreme Court decision to allow same-sex couples the right to marry.

But as times change, minds change, and Marriage Equality USA Media Director Molly McKay has announced that Rev. Jackson has reached out to make supportive remarks for marriage equality to those gathered outside the court house and beyond as we wait for the 9th Circuit to review Judge Walker's decision declaring Proposition 8 unconstitutional.

On Monday, December 6, 2010 from 7:30am - 9:30am, Marriage Equality USA is co-hosting a Pre-Prop 8 Hearing Community Gathering at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Courthouse at 7th St and Mission. Rev. Jackson is scheduled to broadcast his supportive remarks for marriage equality and the Repeal of Prop 8 from Chicago via his cell phone to the sound system set up outside the courthouse.

This is an exciting development as Rev. Jackson, who joins a growing number of esteemed national African American civil rights leaders including Congressman John Lewis, Rev. Al Sharpton, and Presidential Candidate Carol Mosley-Braun, speaking out in vocal support of marriage equality for same-sex couples.

Tune in to my tweets as we hear from this important Rainbow Coalition Leader and hear his stand for equality for all!

I will be at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Courthouse and blogging live at davinakotulski.com about the gathering and the proceedings.

A Gathering of Another Kind

According to a Reuters Africa article, last month the majority of United Nations delegates voted to 79 to 70 to "delete from a resolution condemning unjustified executions a specific reference to killings due to sexual orientation." Thankfully the United States was not one of those delegates that voted for its deletion. However the U.S. delegates could have voted against the final resolution, but they abstained instead.

Activists across the globe are calling for protests to raise awareness of this anti-gay vote from the United Nations. There will be two protests in the United States. One in New York near the UN headquarters and the other at the San Francisco UN Plaza since the UN was chartered in San Francisco.

Bay Area Activist Michael Petrelis feels that this is an important way LGBT people and our allies can honor International Human Rights Day and encourages LGBT people outside of California and New York to host their own international speak out.

(Photo via Esquire.com)

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This is actually pretty wonderful of him and clear sign that, even though too slowly, some evolution is occurring. I still have my "Jackson for President" button up on my bulletin board. I think concentrating on getting endorsements from activist clergy of color is an excellent way to approach any future efforts at legalizing same-sex marriage. We need their help.

I will certainly second your last two sentences -- in Indianapolis, the Black Gay Pride group has been looking for clergy members from black churches who will endorse their group, and for years they have not been able to find a single one who will do so publicly.

OTOH, on the national level, things have not been so bad ... two that weren't named above are Joseph Lowery, who has been supportive for decades; and Michael Eric Dyson, an ordained minister, who has been part of the NBJC faith effort since its beginning.

Regan DuCasse | December 5, 2010 5:20 PM

He's an adulterer and had a child out of wedlock with the woman who wasn't his wife.

I'm not so sure we should be impressed by marriage equality supporters, whose own marriages were damaged by adultery or divorce.

At least I suppose, like Mayor Tony Villarigosa, he's not so hypocritical as to say marriage is sacred, and ONLY men and women marriages are blessed by God, while pointing a finger and condemning gay relationships more exemplary than their own.

Davina Kotulski | December 6, 2010 10:12 PM

I hate to say it but that's what the anti-gay guy that called us faggots most of the morning was screaming when Jesse Jackson was reading his message of support.

Frankly I'll take Jackson's support. He has made many "marriage mistakes" if you will. But so has John Edwards and last I heard marriage for same-sex couples was against his religion.

Bottom line-people are human, but let them be human supporting equality for others, rather than seeking to deny it or take it away.