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Watch: Alveda King Speaks At NOM Event In Atlanta

Martin Luther King, Jr.'s niece, Dr. Alveda King, spoke in front of another lowly attended NOM event during the Atlanta stop of their Hate-a-Palooza "Summer for Marriage Tour."


Even with an ever-growing population in the US and all over the world, King told the small crowd that humans could face extinction if gays and lesbians were allowed to marry.

Said King:

"I come from a long line of Christian soldiers...we know that people of virtually every faith and culture agree that marriage is a union between a man and woman...marriage of a man and a woman remains the guard against human extinction."

Marriage equality supporters once again greatly outnumbered those of NOM's attendees - only 30 bigots showed up this time. By contrast, about 300 people supporting marriage equality counter-protested the event. One local NOM supporter said he was "so disappointed more people didn’t show up.”

NOM has faced low attendance at their rallies since the start of their tour, but, according to the GA Voice, Brian Brown is now saying that bigots are staying away because they feel intimated by the harassment they've faced from marriage equality supporters. As we've seen before, apparently blocking someone's view is what they consider harassment. Guess they're still painting themselves as victims.

Watch King's speech as well as a follow-up interview, AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. The only way this utterly ignorant "extinction" argument works is if EVERYONE is gay and hiding it so that God won't smite them.

    And if that's really how the world works, God is seriously messed up and deserves no worship.

    Posted by: jexer | Aug 8, 2010 11:42:51 PM

  2. It's despicable that she is using the King name to give her clout to be able speak out on such an issue. I suspect Dr. King would be for marriage quality if he was around today despite his evangelical background.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Aug 8, 2010 11:45:07 PM

  3. Why doesn't anyone ever ask the question: did extending the vote to women change the meaning of suffrage? Did the Loving decision change the meaning of marriage?

    She takes a very curious line in that interview that she is more qualified than Coretta Scott King to claim the mantle of MLK because his widow shared no dna with him, whereas she does. If that shared 25% qualifies her to speak for MLK, would 12.5%?

    Or does it only take one drop?

    Posted by: melvin | Aug 8, 2010 11:48:09 PM

  4. How ironic.

    Posted by: DD | Aug 8, 2010 11:50:05 PM

  5. Dr King would be ashamed of his niece.

    Posted by: Kevin | Aug 8, 2010 11:50:41 PM

  6. Jexer - In the extinction argument there is an unspoken assumption that heterosexuality will be unable to compete in a free market.

    Posted by: melvin | Aug 8, 2010 11:52:07 PM

  7. Extinction what in the world? She think that stopping gay marriage will save mankind! There is no way I would ever go straight and I dont need to marry to have kids.

    Posted by: duane | Aug 8, 2010 11:52:52 PM

  8. Human extinction? I take the white race would cease to exist if only African-Americans only married each other. Using her logic that's an excellent argument against African-Americans marrying each other.

    Posted by: Silverlakejim | Aug 8, 2010 11:57:04 PM

  9. Wow, I never knew that gayness was so irresistible that when given the choice the whole world would be gay??? Do these people realize just how insane they sound?

    Posted by: Mike | Aug 9, 2010 12:08:05 AM

  10. As a black straight "christian" woman she has reviewed her status and determined that she can achieve no more rights therefore it is time to campaign to deny other group...

    Posted by: True Words | Aug 9, 2010 12:12:48 AM

  11. I'm more and more pleased everyday that these people appear increasingly out of touch...

    this woman brings great shame on Dr. King's legacy. Very sad.

    Posted by: stephen | Aug 9, 2010 12:19:03 AM

  12. "we know that people of virtually every faith and culture agree that marriage is a union between a man and woman.."

    Oh really? I think the billions of muslims, Africans, Jews, Mormons and others from cultures that do or did practice polygamy would disagree.

    PS: I wiki'd this woman--she also speaks out on behalf of the prolife movement and worked at the Toqueville Institute, which defended the tobacco companies and argued against reducing the production of B2 bombers. Unsurprisingly, her doctorate is just honorary.

    Posted by: dizzy spins | Aug 9, 2010 12:46:34 AM

  13. NOM should just give it up. At this point, their popularity is falling even faster than Xtina's.

    Posted by: River Kali | Aug 9, 2010 12:59:05 AM

  14. That's just Ms. King (at best). Dr. is not a title she earned or deserves.

    Posted by: Mike B. | Aug 9, 2010 1:18:46 AM

  15. just follow the money, folks. Alveda King was paid for her appearance; the only way NOM can get "speakers" for their failed freak show is to pay 'em cold hard untaxable (in the form of a "gift" or an honorarium) cash.

    Posted by: Ron Oliver | Aug 9, 2010 2:13:26 AM

  16. River just wants everyone to know he reads Perez Hilton's blog. Good for you!!

    Posted by: David | Aug 9, 2010 2:37:40 AM

  17. "I still hear people say that I should not be talking about the rights of lesbian and gay people. But I hasten to remind them that Martin Luther King Jr. said, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’ I appeal to everyone who believes in Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream, to make room at the table of brotherhood and sisterhood for lesbian and gay people."

    -Coretta Scott King

    Posted by: boone68 | Aug 9, 2010 2:40:42 AM

  18. Ah the Extinction argument. How silly. I just saw "The kids are all right" Hetero sex has became obsolete now that we have artificial insemination. The world will not go extinct as long as we have lesbians and guys willing to jack off for $ 60.00 to $90.00 a pop.

    Posted by: Tom in Long Beach | Aug 9, 2010 4:16:02 AM

  19. This is the best argument that NOM can come up with? If gays can marry, the human race will end? They're really THAT stupid? So if gays can't marry, we're saving the human race? Wow... I didn't realize we had SO much power over humanity. Very impressive. I can see why Alveda is so terrified of us. We hold ALL the cards!

    Posted by: David in Houston | Aug 9, 2010 4:42:46 AM

  20. I saw Alveda King speak in Dublin. The meeting was called Human Dignity and Civil Rights, and I expected it to be on the history of the civil rights movement, but it was all about abortion. She did slip one reference in about protecting marriage of one man and one woman (I hate that phrase, as the singular is designed to link marriage equality with polygamy). While I can sympathize with opposition to abortion, even if I wouldn't agree with it, she clearly took the most hardline stance, against the morning-after pill and even contraception. She's clearly had a hard life that shaped her views, by finding refuge in a particular strand of Christianity, but it's a shame that she gets so much notice simply because she's a King. I should have Googled her going to that talk of hers. Is it any wonder people tolerated monarchy for so long if there's some remnant of that attitude still there, a respect granted because of shared DNA, as she puts it.

    There's something very much based in the Platonic idea of the forms in their fear that any change in the legal form of the family will change the family for everyone. The Platonic state tries to set up what it thinks should be the ideal, rather than dealing with humans as they actually are, in all their diversity.

    Posted by: William Quill | Aug 9, 2010 5:54:42 AM

  21. Face it people, chrisitans especially black christians are strongly anti-gay. Likely that Dr King himself would have opposed our rights but would possibly have had the good grace to admit the hypocrisy of such a stance.

    Gays are at the bottom of the pile in terms of acceptance and social status that is why Judge Walker's judgment is so important.

    Even the gays in the nazi death camps were shunned by the other inmates, there is no equality in oppression - we have only ourselves to rely upon.

    Posted by: arch | Aug 9, 2010 5:56:03 AM

  22. @Melven- Wait... if "In the extinction argument there is an unspoken assumption that heterosexuality will be unable to compete in a free market." ... How ironic. You'd expect the right wing to be arguing AGAINST regulation of the free market... not for it. ;)

    Seriously though... all women that support 'traditional' marriage should be classified as 'chattel' and automatically deprived of their right to vote. Oh... right. As usual the Christians get to pick and choose what rules they think are important, and we don't.

    Bloody hypocrites.

    Posted by: jexer | Aug 9, 2010 6:47:24 AM

  23. I had the feeling throughout the interview that Alveda is stuck in some kind of ideal world - God is her support, the decisions of human judges are irrelevant, there are no races but the human race, all we need is love. Sounded like some hippie on pot. I highly respect her suffering, her activism and commitment to racial justice and equality, but she seems to be clueless when it comes to the hard realities of laws, prejudice, dangers of popular votes on the rights of minorities, need for legal guarantee of rights. And what does allowing same sex marriages have to do with the survival of straight marriages and the propagation of the human race? Certainly same sex marriages had nothing to do with her divorce.

    Posted by: John Patrick | Aug 9, 2010 7:43:15 AM

  24. So am I to assume that only 10% of the population is heterosexual, and not the other way around? I don't know, but I know many gay friendly people in traditional one man one woman unions who keep popping out babies like there was no tomorrow, even knowing their
    families and friends would fully support them if they were to"come out" Still, the greatest threat to man,s existence, is overpopulation,
    not gay marriage.

    Posted by: Richard W. Prouse | Aug 9, 2010 8:03:29 AM

  25. Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity and personhood.

    -Coretta Scott King

    Posted by: Keith | Aug 9, 2010 8:58:04 AM

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