Bishop Harry Jackson has warned lawmakers in Maryland that there will be a price to pay for supporting gay marriage.

The Maryland House on Friday shelved a gay marriage bill already approved by the Senate after supporters conceded the measure would fail.

Jackson, a minister at the Hope Christian Church in Belstville, came to prominence fighting against the District of Columbia's law, now in its second year. 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.

Jackson also played a greater role lobbying against Maryland's effort than previously publicized.

In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, Jackson explained the role of the church in reversing the tide.

“It took the church coming out, the black church telling its representatives, 'Don't listen to the party leadership. Understand that you are going to have to come back to you own community and they see you sort of as lemmings who are willing to just march off to your death, when ... there will be a price to pay.'”

“We have got to remove those folks who are willing to be anti the will of the people.”

“So, we are going to begin to identify legislators and we are going to vote some folks out of office. We are going to stop gay marriage in its tracks,” Jackson added. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)