Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s wife, who sadly passed away just five years ago at the end of this month, spoke in 1996 at the Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Pride Festival in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park, in support of full gay and lesbian equality. Like her husband’s, her words rang as true then as they do now, and fly in the face of their daughter’s, Bernice King, who said in 2004, “I know deep down in my sanctified soul that my father didn’t take a bullet for same-sex unions.”
Mrs. King, Martin Luther’s wife, said at the Festival, “I believe all Americans who believe in freedom, tolerance and human rights have a responsibility to oppose bigotry and prejudice based on sexual orientation.”
Today, the twenty-fifth anniversary of the observation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a Federal holiday, it’s important to remind those on the right that Dr. and Mrs. King, despite the short-comings, short-sightedness, and surprising bigotry of their daughter Bernice and niece Alveda, recognized that equality is equality. It knows neither skin color or orientation.
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