Jesse Jackson’s View on Same Sex Marriage
Jesse Jackson is first and foremost an advocate of equality. He believes that everyone has the right to choose, to act and to achieve what they deem is necessary providing that the actions are done without hurting anybody else. He is a civil right fighter and Jesse Jackson does not want anyone to feel subjugated in a situation where their rights are being oppressed. Jesse Jackson stands for the right of everyone and to stop discrimination against a certain religious sect, race, gender and sexual orientation.
However, the Reverend Jesse Jackson had initial conflicting values on marriage. He had stopped short in his opinions on same sex marriage, or gay marriage, whether to ban or support it. The reverend Jesse Jackson was brought up in a values system where marriage was between a man and a woman who went into union for love and commitment. This union will be sanctioned both by the human laws and God. However, when it comes to same sex marriage, Jesse Jackson cannot deem to say it can be sanctioned by God. In the end, Jesse Jackson emphasized his belief on the right of everyone to choose and that marriage should not be based on sex orientation but of the willingness of two people to love and commit with each other. And as an Equality advocate, Jesse Jackson has to consider the equality in marriage as well.
Jesse Jackson thinks that the banning of same sex marriage or the Proposition 8 is a form of discrimination. Jesse Jackson stated that everyone needs to have “equal protection under the law”. This statement does not exclude the gay community. This would mean that Jesse Jackson saw that every person, even the third sex, has the right to choose whoever they want to share their life with and that the law must be able to provide and allow a person of this civil right. Jesse Jackson believes that the law is not for the white people or female and male alone but for every American people.
Jesse Jackson advocacy in equality enforces his views in the right of gay people to be married with whom they want to. This is how the reverend Jesse Jackson sees fit for discrimination to end and to will his lifetime desire of equality. Because of this advocacy, Jesse Jackson cannot implement what he thinks personally as wrong to someone who has every right to do what he wants, as long as this wants will not hurt or step on other people’s right. Jesse Jackson further stated that as a civil right supporter, he cannot be one of those who start discrimination on a certain culture, religion and for this instance, sexual orientation.
Jesse Jackson iterated his views on how Proposition 8 will perpetuate a second class citizen where the Reverend Jesse Jackson, as an African-American, had often experienced. The anti-same sex marriage will go against the right of equality and the right of the third sex to enjoy the privileges an American should have. Jesse Jackson believes that marriage is an elemental right in every person whether they are straight or gay, black or white.
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