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  1. Shame on “Rev” Jesse Jackson!

  2. Comra, shame on you, you nutter.

  3. Excellent news, well done Jesse Jackson you are now fully on the right side of history.

  4. … history of madness!!

  5. Mihangel apYrs 8 Dec 2010, 1:34pm

    Comra is yet another one of those birds of passage who alight on this site and troll around.

    If we don’t feed them and ignore them they flutter off to be a pain elsewhere. They usually have opinions and quote “facts” straight off of the fundie songsheet – at best research that was old when the century turned, at worst twisted opinion passed off as true

  6. This is excellent news. Rev Jesse Jackson is a very influential civil rights leader in the US and his words are likely to have a positive effect on many, particularly in American black communities.

    One more person has made it clear that discrimination is wrong, on any basis.

  7. Well done Jesse Jackson! A tireless campaigner for equal rights and, that rare bird in American politics, an articulate advocate of social democratic values.

  8. What a great news story! That’s really cheered me up. I’m not religious at all, but when ministers of religion can be reasonable and clear-minded like this it goes some way towards everyone just getting along… sort of :)

  9. Absolutely wonderful news! This is going to have a huge impact on the American southern Baptist denomination which is one of the most vocal in opposition to marriage equality. Well done, Rev. Jackson, you epitomise the message of Dr. Martin Luther King that everyone should be equal.

    Now to get our own politicians and Ben Summerskill proactive and make it happen.

  10. What brilliant news! Rev Jackson is a great man who understands what true equality is.

  11. Yeah, finally. Better late than never, eh, Jackson? Pity you didn’t think to open that gob of yours so much BEFORE Proposition Hate was voted on, and FOR, by so many (Sub-saharan-) “African” Americans in California.

  12. It’s a shame that it took so long for this civil rights hero to come to these conclusions but I’m sure glad he finally did.

    Bravo Mr. Jackson. Welcome to the party, and to the 21st century of civil rights struggles.

  13. westcoastkid 8 Dec 2010, 3:58pm

    With all due respect to the Reverend Mr. Jackson, his reputation is now so sullied by allegations of infidelity and financial irresponsibility that any endorsement at this late date by him is DOA if not indeed detrimental to our cause as far as the general public is concerned.

    This (once) great figure has now been reduced to speaking on the rubber chicken circuit at gatherings of little consequence.

  14. Can anyone confirm if the useless Stonewall organisation in the UK has done ANYTHING to achieve marriage equality since their announcement that they support equality.

    Or was it simply a bare-faced lie to rescue their absurd awards dinner (where Stonewall’s leader Ben Summerskill was not even nominated for ‘Bigot of the Year’ for his homophobic campaigning against marriage equality in the UK?)

    Why has Summerskill not been sacked yet for his vile homophobia?

    Why has Stonewall done nothing on marriage equality.

    Who is Stonewall answerable to?

    How does Stonewall set its agenda?

    Is Stonewall a help or a hindrance to LGBT equality?

  15. David in Indy 8 Dec 2010, 6:24pm

    Reverend Al Sharpton is also a supporter of LGBT equal rights.

  16. Go Jesse!

  17. Learn from Jackson’s mistakes not his words. He increased the feeling of segregation ten fold with his campaign trail in the 70s.

  18. TheSuburbanBi 8 Dec 2010, 11:44pm

    There have been vocal opponents to LGBT rights in the black community of America, but there is also a long history of vibrant support, even amongst the religious groups and churches who are usually said to oppose LGBT human and civil rights.

    The late Corretta Scott King was an avid ally, as is the Pentacostal Bishop Carlton Pearson (who wrote The Gospel of Inclusion), Rev. Dr. Dennis Wiley (Why The Black Church Should Support Gay Rights), Minister Gerald Palmer, and now Jackson — add to that the voices from Africa like Desmond Tutu, who just recently posted a brilliant open letter about LGBT rights in Africa…. I’m very pleased things are moving in the right direction.

  19. Thank heavens! For years I’d been proud that the very first vote I cast was for Jesse Jackson in Michigan’s 1984 Democratic Presidential Caucus. A few years ago, he shocked me with his opposition to gay marriage. Now I can be proud again.

  20. This is wonderful news and It would be good to see more Christians adhering to the teachings of the Prophet they so revere as opposed to them and hating on everyone.

  21. Pedram Fidel Borhan 15 Dec 2010, 8:18am

    Frankly Rev. Jesse Jackson’s comments are unacceptable that is if you are a christian. It is one thing to be a social activist promoting a more tolerant and inclusive society that “works for everyone” and respects all people.

    A Reverend on the other hand must get his affirmations from the Bible. I vividly remember the story of Sodom and Gomorrah led only to destruction.

    A democratic society, in both socialist and capitalist version of it seeks to (or should seek to) be a protective wing for all its inhabitants thus not promoting hate and intolerance.

    A church on the other hand must speak the truth that is in accordance with the holly book but do so without condemnation of members. As we all know, the judgement lies solely with the father in heaven.

    In my opinion a Reverend must know that. As once a true admirer of Mr Jackson I am truly coming to appreciate more and more once again, what the Bible has thought us, that is: trust God and not Man.

    Let us love and respect our LGBT brothers and sisters but at the same time letting them know the truth and have them reach their own conclusion. Remember Reverend: the body is a temple of living God.

    Pedram Fidel Borhan

  22. Anointed One 5 Jan 2011, 3:48am

    Now I know these are the last days. Rev. Jackson I am not from the United States, but I respected you because you stood up for the truth based on God’s Word, but I really don’t know about now, you really surprise me. Truly the spirit of deception has entered the world, and Rev. Jackson is now controlled has been deceived. God help Rev. Jackson, please don’t hold this charge against him. Rev. Jackson, I suggest you repent, and stand up for the truth as based on God’s Word, or else, drop the “Rev” on your name.

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