As marriage equality becomes inevitable in D.C. the chorus of anti-gay religious leaders opposing such legislation is becoming louder. Anti-gay crusader Bishop Harry Jackson and a host of black ministers converged on Freedom Plaza in D.C. on Sunday to protest pending same-sex marriage legislation with an estimated 150 supporters.
The Washington Blade reports:
Jackson, who is leading the fight against a same-sex marriage bill introduced by gay Council member David Catania, announced at the rally that he would begin Monday a 21-day fast to help build support for a ballot initiative on marriage.
“It’s about the next generation. It’s about marriage and the family,” he said. “This is definitely not a civil rights issue.”
A review of the rally’s crowd indicated that about 95 percent of the people were black. Several of the speakers said whites, Latinos and members of other ethnic groups were among those strongly opposed to same-sex marriage.
Mayor Adrian Fenty has said he will sign the bill. Once he does so, it goes to Congress, where it must undergo a 30 legislative day review. Gay rights supporters in Congress have said they believe they have the votes, with the backing of House and Senate Democratic leaders, to defeat any attempt to overturn a D.C. same-sex marriage law.
There is video of Sunday's rally via YouTube user MissingPeacePro. The visual image of a crowd of black people opposing the civil rights of another minority while invoking God is painful and infuriating to watch. The constitutionality of the separation of church and state just doesn't seem to resonate with them.
Get into the "end of marriage as we know it" hysteria in the video below: