1. mymy says

    Yes, I believe Dr King supported gay rights.

    Rev. Peter Johnson, one of Kings “lieutenants” once told me that the topic of gay rights came up between King and his father MLK Sr, who was a baptist preacher himself. MLK Sr. strongly disagreed with Dr. King. In fact, they did not speak for months.

    Dr. King finally convinced MLK SR., stating that “we cannot be fighting for our civil rights over here, but it’s okay to discriminate, over there”

  2. Dale says

    @MYMY Well said. I wish we could convince the GOP Evangelicals of same.

    “We cannot be fighting for our civil rights over here, but it’s okay to discriminate, over there.”

  3. Caliban says

    Considering Coretta Scott King’s statements in support of gay rights, at times quoting her husband’s own words and attitudes on the matter (and who would know better?) I think it’s safe to say MLK would support gay rights.

    From a speech CSK made in 1994: “For too long, our nation has tolerated the insidious form of discrimination against this group of Americans, who have worked as hard as any other group, paid their taxes like everyone else, and yet have been denied equal protection under the law…I believe that freedom and justice cannot be parceled out in pieces to suit political convenience. My husband, Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” On another occasion he said, “I have worked too long and hard against segregated public accommodations to end up segregating my moral concern. Justice is indivisible.” Like Martin, I don’t believe you can stand for freedom for one group of people and deny it to others.”

  4. Caliban says

    Here’s an interesting factoid from that article. Guess who was standing with MLK’s daughter Bernice King when she made her homophobic statements? “Bishop” Eddie Long, best know now for the accusations by several young men from his congregation that Long seduced them into sexual relationships. Long settled those claims out of court by paying off his accusers.

    Internalized homophobia strikes again!

  5. wtf says

    um, hello, Bayard Rustin was his mentor, colleague and close friend, and Bayard would NOT have aligned himself or worked so hard with someone who was bigoted towards gay people as Bayard was OUT, even then. C’mon guys. Read your history.

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