Jesse Jackson told a conservative that he would perform a marriage for a same-sex couple if someone asked him.
“Beginning with the Voting Rights Act of 1965, to the inclusion of blacks, Hispanics, 18-year-olds, and women, opportunities are now unlimited,” Jackson said to Human Events during last week’s Democratic National Convention. Jackson added that he had “no problem with that relationship — (couples of the same gender marrying).”
Jackson has been outspoken in his support of gay rights in recent months. Earlier this year he called for federal protections for gay marriage, likening it to the federal government’s protection of civil rights. “If the states had to vote on slavery, we would have lost the vote,” he said. “If we had to vote on the right [for blacks] to vote, we would have lost that vote.”
Other civil rights leaders have been vocal in their support for gay marriage. The NAACP endorsed same-sex marriage following President Obama’s personal endorsement of it in May. Polls of African Americans has also found that support had dramatically jumped — a swing of 18 points in just two weeks — following Obama’s statement of support.