Alveda King Denounces NAACP’s Support of Same-Sex Marriage

In the wake of Friday’s announcement by the NAACP that it is supporting same-sex marriage (which I wholeheartedly applaud), the anti-gay right has made quite a fuss.

Alveda King, niece of civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr., had this to say:

“Neither my great-grandfather an NAACP founder, my grandfather Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr. an NAACP leader, my father Rev. A. D. Williams King, nor my uncle Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. embraced the homosexual agenda that the current NAACP is attempting to label as a civil rights agenda,” says King, founder of King for America and Pastoral Associate for Priests for Life.

“In the 21st Century, the anti-traditional marriage community is in league with the anti-life community, and together with the NAACP and other sympathizers, they are seeking a world where homosexual marriage and abortion will supposedly set the captives free.”

Wow, strong rhetoric.  I’d love to be able to ask Dr. King if he felt that all civil rights were worthy of protecting.

Rev. Clenard Childress, founder of, had this to say:

“The homosexual community is demanding that their lifestyle be legitimized and viewed by society as a lifestyle that is right. We are subjected to the distasteful alignment of homosexuality with the ‘Civil Rights Movement’ and with the argument that gay rights should be guaranteed under the Constitution. These two issues are incompatible.”

I could not disagree more.  As for the “distasteful alignment” he mentions, it appears that he has forgotten what the term ‘civil rights’ actually means.  That disturbs me greatly.

In sharp contrast to the anti-gay views, Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO of the NAACP said last Friday:

“Civil marriage is a civil right and a matter of civil law. The NAACP’s support for marriage equality is deeply rooted in the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution and equal protection of all people.”

Yes, yes, yes!  Applause.  Civil rights for all.  What a concept.


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