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Dr. Joseph Lowery On Marriage Equality: VIDEO

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The Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery is everywhere, all of a sudden, and not for the first time. The estimable, 90-year-old Rev. Dr. is the founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Black Leadership Conference; he led the Montgomery bus boycott after Rosa Parks's protest and led the Selma To Montgomery march ten years later. Just last week he signed his name to a letter from black civil rights leaders endorsing Barack Obama's support of marriage equality, and now he's making his case on TV.

Note that the Rev. Dr. has undergone his own evolution on marriage equality. Just four years ago, he was adamant in his support of civil unions, but was uncertain about the "m"-word:

I've never said I support gay marriage. I support gay rights and I support civil unions. Like a whole lot of people, I have some difficulty with the term gay marriage. Because deep in my heart, deeply rooted in my heart and mind, marriage is associated with man and woman. So I have a little cultural shock with that. But I certainly support civil unions, and that gay partners ought to have all the rights that any other citizens have in this country.

Now he views the issue a little differently, as he explains to Rev. Al Sharpton AFTER THE JUMP ...

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  1. I hear that President Obama’s stance on gay marriage may cost him dearly with the more religious parts of the black community. We need more people like Rev. Dr. Otis Moss. And we also need to remind our African-Americans brother's and sisters that under the pre-1978 Mormon Chruch policy, black men of African descent could not hold the priesthood in this way, and were also prohibited from participating in the temple Endowment and sealings, ordinances that the church teaches are necessary for the highest degree of salvation. And please know that Mitt Romney was 31 years old in 1978 (A grown ASS man that never saw anything wrong with this policy)

    Posted by: Josh | May 19, 2012 2:35:26 PM


  2. Thank you Dr. Lowry for your lifetime of service in making this world a better place for every human being, and for helping to unify where others seek to divide at yet another crucial moment in civil rights history.

    Posted by: castaway | May 19, 2012 3:01:52 PM


  3. b e a u t i f u l

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | May 19, 2012 3:34:54 PM


  4. Wonderful! So many of the "old lions" of the Civil Rights movement have spoken up FOR marriage equality, and it's a younger generation of self-proclaimed "religious leaders" who came later and don't see the hypocrisy in advocating for prejudice against others.

    Posted by: Caliban | May 19, 2012 3:52:07 PM


  5. the very idea that some of you white gays revert back to being simply like any other white folks with that patronizing paternalism feel the need that you have to remind the African American community of any goddamn thing is at the heart of the problem in many respects.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | May 19, 2012 4:08:59 PM



  6. the very idea that some of you white gays revert back to being simply like any other white folks with that patronizing paternalism such that you feel the need that you have to remind the African American community of any goddamn thing is at the heart of the problem.

    that cleans it up...somewhat, I guess

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | May 19, 2012 4:29:08 PM


  7. @Caliban

    and now the NAACP has endorsed marriage equality

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | May 19, 2012 4:32:01 PM


  8. @ChiTown Kev, Apparently some people DO have to be reminded, regardless of their race, that the Bible was used to defend the practice of slavery, Jim Crow laws, anti-miscegenation laws, etc. That it has been used to support not just prejudice but atrocities isn't just opinion or a debatable point of history but cold, hard fact.

    And a history of prejudice and oppression isn't a "get out of criticism free" card when you advocate for prejudice against others. That goes for gay people as well.

    I disagree with blaming the black community for the passing of anti-gay laws or for homophobia in general, but that doesn't mean that things couldn't or shouldn't change for the better or that one's race or religion makes them immune from criticism.

    Posted by: Caliban | May 19, 2012 4:53:58 PM


  9. @caliban

    I agree with you but I don't think that white gays are the best ones to make that particular argument.

    (I use that argument all of the time in talking to black straight folks, especially the churchified ones)

    Posted by: Chitown kev | May 19, 2012 5:58:21 PM


  10. "I have some difficulty with the term gay marriage."

    Then just call it marriage. Duh. Many thanks for the change of heart.

    Posted by: Max | May 19, 2012 6:23:33 PM


  11. Josh is correct and we need media outlets like CNN to continue to feature people like Dr.Joseph Lowery on television more often instead of Tony Perkins. Where is the movement to get this done? The petitions and organizing? We have to start now.

    Posted by: Lazlo | May 19, 2012 8:02:27 PM


  12. Of all people, the minister should know that separate but equal is neither. Having two terms for the same type of institution (civil unions and marriage) defies logic and is impermissible under American law.

    Posted by: J Ascher | May 19, 2012 8:15:11 PM


  13. the snark of the post is ridiculous, but not surprising

    Posted by: wondermann | May 20, 2012 1:08:32 AM


  14. What a beautiful, wonderful man. Thank you Dr Lowery.

    Posted by: Giselle | May 20, 2012 2:22:11 PM


  15. "I have some difficulty with the term gay marriage."

    Then just call it marriage. Duh. Many thanks for the change of heart.

    Posted by: Max | May 19, 2012 6:23:33 PM

    UGH This MAX FAGGOT!

    Posted by: CHRIS DACHOCOLATEBEARCUB | May 20, 2012 10:00:29 PM


  16. respect

    Posted by: just_a_guy | May 20, 2012 11:43:29 PM


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