“The struggle for civil rights in America as envisioned by Dr. King is ongoing, and I am personally very honored and proud to be able to call some of its greatest leaders my close friends and allies: people like Bishop Harry Jackson, Bishop George McKinney, Bishop David Hall, Pastor Eugene Rivers and so many others. And of course, there is Dr. King’s own heroically pro-life, pro-marriage niece, Dr. Alveda King. The true legacy of the Civil Rights movement cannot be praised too highly. I say the true legacy of the Civil Rights movement because these great men and women know, as well as you and I, how that legacy has been hijacked by those who try to claim it for the purpose of redefining marriage and imposing a radical redefinition of the family on our society. They know — as we all know through simple common sense — that this hijacking is a travesty and an insult.” – Hate group leader Brian Brown, declaring that Martin Luther King would have opposed same-sex marriage and LGBT rights.
Here’s just three of the inconvenient facts missing from Brown’s message: 1) “Heroically pro-life, pro-marriage” Alveda King has had three divorces and three abortions. 2) MLK’s widow, Coretta Scott King, was an ardent supporter of same-sex marriage and LGBT rights. From her famous 2004 speech to the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force: “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.” 3) The chief organizer of MLK’s historic 1964 March On Washington was Bayard Rustin, an openly gay black man who last year was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal Of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.