Bishop Harry Jackson believes that the late Rev. Martin Luther King would oppose gay marriage.

Jackson, a minister at the Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, Maryland, came to prominence fighting against the District of Columbia's gay marriage law, now in its second year. After the Supreme Court announced without comment that it would not hear Jackson's appeal to a ruling that upheld the city's right to prohibit a referendum on the issue from going to voters, he and the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) said they would work with Congress to strike down the law.

At a press conference urging the House to approve a defense bill that includes an amendment that would hamper repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” the law that bars gay and bisexual troops from serving openly, Jackson was asked if Dr. King, considered the father of the African-American civil rights struggle, would endorse gay marriage.

“Yes. Very specifically, yes,” Jackson said. “Because it's against what is clearly written in Scripture. And if you listen to any of his messages, that clarion call to scriptural accountability even to the point when his own house was firebombed and folks came up in Montgomery armed and ready to go fight folks, he said 'no, no, no, we will turn the other cheek.'”

“So there was not just a tacit biblical acceptance or kind of whitewashing, if I can use that phrase, certain kinds of behaviors and say this is Christian, this is not. I think there was an inherent commitment to those issues in our social culture,” he added. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

Jackson, who in April said gay marriage is part of “a Satanic plot to destroy our seed,” is the latest in a string of Black ministers opposed to the notion that gay rights are civil rights.

At a March rally in Iowa, Rev. Keith Ratliff, a prominent leader of the NAACP, called on the gay community to stop “hijacking” the civil rights movement.

And just last week, in response to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's claim that gay marriage is a civil right, state Senator Ruben Diaz Sr., also a minister, chided Bloomberg for making the comparison.

“There is no just comparison between America's struggle to overcome the evils of slavery and the promotion of the lifestyle of homosexuality,” Diaz wrote.