Rev. Al Sharpton Supports Marriage Equality (VIDEO)


Reverend Al Sharpton has made a video for the Human Rights Campaign’s Americans for Marriage Equality drive.

In the video, Sharpton says that as a baptist minister he doesn’t have the right to “impose his beliefs” on anyone else, and so if gay and lesbian couples want to marry “that’s their business.”

Watch it below:

Statement from the Human Rights Campaign:

“Al Sharpton has always fought against discrimination, even in the face of adversity,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese.  ”And while the fight for marriage equality won’t be easy, fairness and equality for gay and lesbian couples will ultimately prevail.”

The Rev. Al Sharpton is a Baptist minister and longtime civil rights activist.  In 2004, he campaigned for the Democratic Party presidential nomination, and spoke out in favor of marriage equality at an HRC Presidential Forum moderated by ABC News.  ”[Asking me if I support gay marriage] is like asking me if I support black marriage or white marriage.  The inference of the question is that gays are not human beings and cannot make a decision like other human beings.”  Sharpton’s National Action Network has been successful in increasing voter education, providing services to those in poverty, and supporting small community businesses.  Presently he is the host of MSNBC’s PoliticsNation.

Previous offerings in this campaign come from Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Oscar winner Mo’Nique, civil rights legend Julian Bond, Emmy Award winner John Leguizamo, acclaimed Broadway playwright Katori Hall, American footballer Scott Fujita, and The Good Wife’s Josh Charles, among several others.

This follows HRC’s New Yorkers for Marriage Equality series that ran last year in the run-up to New York legalizing marriage equality.

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Image taken from campaign video under fair use, no infringement intended.


Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener4 years ago

Good on him!

timothy m.
timothy m.4 years ago

Who cares what Sharpton thinks?

The guy made up a vicious lie to destroy another man's life and got famous off of it. Everything Sharpton has in life -- and I'm guessing it's a lot -- derives from his dishonestly.

Shame on Care2 for attaching any importance whatsoever to the opinions of this parasite.

Andrew Carvin
Andrew Carvin4 years ago

In order to be a homophobe it has to occupy a significant part of your brain, and this means that homophobes are thinking about men/women rubbing penises/vaginas together in a 24/7 gay porno. That’s an awful lot of gay thoughts for supposedly straight people who hate gays. I bet even gay people don’t think about gay stuff as much as homophobes do.

Homophobes (aka Anti-Gay Movement) are not protesting against bestiality, pedophilia (with/without a priest involved), rape, sexual exploitation, or any other form of non-consensual sexual act in which a victim is forced against their will to participate

The Homophobes are protesting a private sexual act being performed by two consenting adults.


Homosexuals = fighting for the right to control their own behavior.

Homophobes = fighting for the right to control other peoples behavior.

Rosemary Graf
Rosemary Graf4 years ago

Right on! Keep up the good work.

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton4 years ago

Good for him.

Ceejay R.
Ceejay Robinson4 years ago

As a long time follower of Rev Al Sharpton, I am happy to see others are realizing he is not the clown many have made him out to be. Yes, he made mistakes with some issues he supported, but he has been man enough to admit he was wrong. Keep fighting for all of us Rev!

Chad A.
Chad Anderson4 years ago

I am not a big fan of the Reverend, but he has been surprising in many ways recently. This is a great move!

Frances C.
Frances C.4 years ago

Vasi, Good post. I am not a vegan, but since I cut way back on the amount of meat I consume I have been able to keep my weight at a good level. We know that as we get older it's harder to maintain. So less meat and more veg, berries, nuts, salads, all kinds of fruits... Keeps us much healthier.

And, yes it is refreshing to find a Rev who is not judgemental, and is for equal rights for all.

I am so glad that President Clinton changed his lifestyle, we need more people like him helping the world. I hope he has a long and productive life.

John Coleman
John Coleman4 years ago

Don't confuse the "Rev" Al with a real clergyman!!!!!!! He is a race huckster posing as a "religious leader:.

Diana Bair
Diana Bair4 years ago