Harry Jackson, head of the Maryland-based, African American-attended Hope Christian Church, testifies in front of the DC City Council on a hearing about a bill that will allow gay and lesbian couples to be married in the District of Columbia. Jackson makes the argument here that Washington, DC has been subject to unfair voting practices since it was created. He speaks in terms of "we," as in "we the voters of DC," and demands the Council grant residents the right to vote away the civil marriage rights of gay men and lesbians. Harry Jackson has made a career of opposing marriage equality in the District for at least the past year, even though he has not lived in the District most of that time. His claim of residency had been in dispute until very recently.
After Jackson's long speech about the history of voting in the District, and the need for a referendum to halt the adoption of marriage equality, Councilman David Catania asks him two questions -- 1) Does he know that the the only time an advisory referendum was placed on the ballot in DC to dimish the rights of a minority was in 1865 to block the voting rights of black males, and that it passed by an nearly unanimous vote? 2) How many times has Harry Jackson voted in the District in the last 10 years? Jackson's answer is none at all.
He has never voted in the District, yet is lecturing the elected members of the DC City Council about the importance of the District's hard-fought history of voting rights.