Just like the Energizer Bunny, the publicity-hungry gay-bashing Bishop Harry Jackson is relentless in his campaign to prevent same-sex marriage in the District of Columbia. Despite a June ruling by the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics that would prevent a ballot initiative, the anti-gay pastor announced he will file a new initiative request with the elections board today, reports the Washington Post.
"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. Sometime this fall, council member David A. Catania (I-At Large) is expected to file a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the District. Because of legislation passed in May, gay couples married in other states already may have their marriages recognized in the District....Many observers say Jackson, who registered to vote in the District in April, will have difficulty convincing the board that its previous ruling should not also apply to the latest proposed initiative."
Jackson is ramping up pressure and released a YouTube video encouraging out-staters to contact their congressmen and circumvent the DC home rule. Michael Crawford, the black gay activist, blogger and president of the same-sex marriage advocacy group D.C. For Marriage told WUSA 9: "I would think that the people concerned about the breakdown in marriage look at divorce rates. It's a matter of civil rights."
The District boasts one of the largest black gay communities in the nation. The majority have remained silent as Jackson and former Mayor Marion Barry have race-baited this debate. Pam Spaulding also observes the silence. "[Jackson] is going to pit the black community against the largely white out LGBT community there, framing it as the 'privileged white gays' working to deny black voters the right to vote on an issue. That's a powerful, sick message to cultivate. And he will do it. And there will be precious few out POC stepping up to refute his charges."
WHEN YOU JUMP, the WUSA-9 report and Jackson's video message. Back gays in DC also were also strangely silent on Tony Randolph Hunter's fatal gay-bashing and the outrageous misdemeanor plea deal for his killer. Obviously circuit parties and barbecues are far more important this time of year.