Bishop Harry Jackson on Thursday told a crowd attending the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in D.C. not to throw gay marriage opponents under the bus.

Jackson, a minister at the Hope Christian Church in Belstville, Maryland, objected to the District's adoption of a gay marriage law. The Supreme Court recently announced without comment that it would not hear Jackson's challenge to a D.C. Court of Appeals ruling that upheld the city's right to prohibit a referendum on the issue from going to voters. Jackson and the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) have said they will work with Congress to strike down the law.

At CPAC, Jackson suggested that gay marriage leads to the normalization of being gay.

“If you change marriage, you redefine the family, you redefine the family, you redefine parenting, you redefine parenting, you must of necessity redefine education. And in that redefinition that's where we get Heather has two mommies and a generation of kids as young as five years old are told that they are to be gay allies in the state of California.”

“It is absolutely about the next generation and those who are for same-sex marriage are working strategically against your and my best interest.”

“Don't throw us under the bus,” he added.

“Don't push all the social issues over into the corner and say, 'It's just for those religious fanatics.'” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

Later on, he added, “I'm telling you, it's not inevitable that marriage is messed up by the other side. I'm telling you, America can be saved.”