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Tue Jul 31, 2012, 07:55 PM

Coretta Scott King on the subject of Gay rights:

Lesbian and gay people are a permanent part of the American workforce, who currently have no protection from the arbitrary abuse of their rights on the job. For too long, our nation has tolerated the insidious form of discrimination against this group of Americans, who have worked as hard as any group, paid their taxes like everyone else, and yet have been denied equal protection under the law.

I believe all Americans who believe in freedom, tolerance and human rights have a responsibility to oppose bigotry and prejudice based on sexual orientation.

I still hear people say that I should not be talking about the rights of lesbian and gay people and I should stick to the issue of racial justice. 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 brother- and sisterhood for lesbian and gay people.

We have to launch a national campaign against homophobia in the black community.

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. This sets the stage for further repression and violence that spread all too easily to victimize the next minority group.

Gays and lesbians stood up for civil rights in Montgomery, Selma, in Albany, Ga. and St. Augustine, Fla., and many other campaigns of the Civil Rights Movement. Many of these courageous men and women were fighting for my freedom at a time when they could find few voices for their own, and I salute their contributions.

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Reply Coretta Scott King on the subject of Gay rights: (Original post)
Raster Jul 2012 OP
uponit7771 Jul 2012 #1
longship Jul 2012 #2
riderinthestorm Jul 2012 #3
Raster Jul 2012 #9
riderinthestorm Jul 2012 #13
panader0 Jul 2012 #4
chknltl Jul 2012 #5
HankyDub Jul 2012 #6
nolabear Jul 2012 #7
Raster Jul 2012 #8
nolabear Jul 2012 #12
William769 Jul 2012 #10
DeSwiss Jul 2012 #11
goclark Jul 2012 #14
pnwmom Aug 2012 #15
Raster Aug 2012 #17
Le Taz Hot Aug 2012 #16

Response to Raster (Original post)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 08:04 PM

1. AMEN AND AMEN!

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Response to Raster (Original post)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 08:15 PM

2. Wow! Just Wow! nt


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Response to Raster (Original post)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 08:16 PM

3. This is great but I wish she'd gone that last step and said she was for marriage equality nt

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Response to riderinthestorm (Reply #3)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 09:41 PM

9. She did. See below:

Coretta Scott King gives her support to gay marriage

POMONA, N.J. (AP) The widow of Martin Luther King Jr. called gay marriage a civil rights issue, denouncing a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban it.
Constitutional amendments should be used to expand freedom, not restrict it, Coretta Scott King said Tuesday.

"Gay and lesbian people have families, and their families should have legal protection, whether by marriage or civil union," she said. "A constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages is a form of gay bashing and it would do nothing at all to protect traditional marriages."

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2004-03-24-king-marriage_x.htm

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Response to Raster (Reply #9)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 10:18 PM

13. Yay!!! Another kick! nt

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Response to Raster (Original post)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 08:19 PM

4. Yes. "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

Thanks to Coretta and Martin

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Response to Raster (Original post)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 08:32 PM

5. She makes me proud to be an American!

THIS erases the embarrasment brought about by all the anti-gay sickos who our media has been paying attention to recently.

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Response to Raster (Original post)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 09:12 PM

6. Remember

 

Bayard Rustin...

Tom Kahn...

and a million others...

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Response to Raster (Original post)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 09:22 PM

7. When did she say this?

Just curious.

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Response to nolabear (Reply #7)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 09:27 PM

8. It's a collection of quotes....

...many of them just before she died.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2004-03-24-king-marriage_x.htm

Coretta Scott King gives her support to gay marriage

POMONA, N.J. (AP) The widow of Martin Luther King Jr. called gay marriage a civil rights issue, denouncing a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban it. Constitutional amendments should be used to expand freedom, not restrict it, Coretta Scott King said Tuesday.

"Gay and lesbian people have families, and their families should have legal protection, whether by marriage or civil union," she said. "A constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages is a form of gay bashing and it would do nothing at all to protect traditional marriages."

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Response to Raster (Reply #8)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 10:09 PM

12. Thanks!

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Response to Raster (Original post)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 09:55 PM

10. Recommended.

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Response to Raster (Original post)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 09:57 PM

11. Yes!




K&R

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Response to Raster (Original post)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 10:26 PM

14. K and R

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Response to Raster (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 12:16 AM

15. She took this position way back in 2004. Good for Coretta! n/t

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Response to pnwmom (Reply #15)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 12:21 AM

17. yes she did, and she NEVER wavered in her support for gay rights...

...even when the ugly spectre of black christian homophobia began to manifest in earnest - even from her own daughter - Mrs. King stood solid.

This country and all it's citizens owes a great debt of gratitude to both Dr. and Mrs. King.

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Response to Raster (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 12:18 AM

16. Amazing

K & R

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