Harry R. Jackson, Jr.

Last Friday night I experienced the realization of one of my “bucket list” targets. I have always wanted to be a guest on Larry King’s renowned program. Joy Behar led the evening discussion instead of the bespectacled, suspender-wearing, television and radio icon. The subject matter: California’s Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment designed to protect marriage.

The gay marriage activists interviewed on the program used their time to minimize the crushing defeat they received once again at the hands of the people of the nation. Fortunately, the California victory for pro-traditional marriage reversed the decision of a vigilante court that had undone the previous popular vote of an entire state. This decision marks the end of an era and the end of a way of thinking about gay marriage. This election demonstrates the final defeat of the inane argument that gay marriage is an extension of the civil rights movement.

On Tuesday November 4, the nation was shocked that all three marriage amendments on the ballot in Arizona, California, and Florida passed. Polls and pundits alike were betting on the gay community and their massive ground game to defeat social conservatives’ efforts to protect marriage.

A second major surprise was that the marriage amendments won because of the moral stance of black voters. Exit polls confirmed that blacks all over the country voted overwhelming for the marriage amendment. Surprisingly, 71% of blacks in Florida and 69% of blacks in California voted in favor of establishing constitutional bans on gay marriage. In both Florida and California the black vote largely determined the outcome of the contests.

The entire week after the election, scores of gay friendly bloggers, writers, and pundits vehemently expressed their outrage. The Internet and other media buzzed with vitriolic anti-black rhetoric. Amazingly, gay opinion leaders accused blacks of betrayal, ignorance, and hate mongering. Roseanne Barr, a world famous “intellectual,” made the following statement: “...they went out of their way to misuse their votes (no doubt at the behest of the immoral and hateful pastors and clergy) to isolate and punish a small minority of citizens, and to deny them basic civil rights.”

Wayne Beson of the Huffington Post made this condescending comment, “Uneducated people---black, white, and Hispanic—often derive their power from physical strength. They perceive gay as weak and antithetical to real manhood…uneducated people…react to the environment round them, which often rewards homophobia.”

Harry R. Jackson, Jr.

Bishop Harry Jackson is chairman of the High Impact Leadership Coalition and senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, MD, and co-authored, Personal Faith, Public Policy [FrontLine; March 2008] with Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council.