Anti-Gay Pastors Profit Off NOM’s Race-Wedging Strategy

Bishop Harry Jackson has become the face of inequality in Washington, DC and Maryland over the past few years, leading the resistance against same-sex marriage. It’s no secret that he’s been closely aligned with the National Organization for Marriage, but Mother Jones magazine noticed he was paid for his services. Now, much of NOM’s finances remain hidden behind their 501(c)(4) status, but in 2010, paid Jackson at least $20,000 through its 501(c)(3) Education Fund, funneling the funds through his High Impact Leadership Coalition. This is clear evidence of NOM’s race-wedging strategy to “find, equip, energize and connect African American spokespeople for marriage.” Most recently, the NOM-supported “Coalition of African-American Pastors,” which includes Jackson, has been flaunted to the media, despite being a one-issue organization with seemingly only a dozen measures. The world may never know how much those anti-gay spokespeople are being paid off to try to turn black people against gay people.