Martin Luther King III, the eldest son of the assassinated black civil rights activist, Martin Luther King, has said that his father would have backed gay rights. Coretta Scott King, his mother, has actively supported gay rights and equal marriage.
“What I know, for sure, is that dad was beyond the average person in terms of what he chose to embrace and accept,” King III told Michaelangelo Signorile.
“One of the most significant persons – the most significant person in fact – who helped to organise the March on Washington was Mr. Bayard Rustin. And Mr. Bayard Rustin was openly gay”. Mr. Rustin was awarded the Medal of Freedom posthumously by President Obama recently.
“The point is, if dad had problems with gays I don’t think he would have embraced someone in such a significant role. I think that as he worked to advocate for civil and human rights, he was talking for everyone, not just for people of colour”.
Saturday was the 50th Anniversary of the now historical “I Have A Dream”speech by MLK in 1963, and thousands of people gathered for the march which ended at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington.
In the interview with Huffpost’s Michaelangelo Signorile, Signorile states:
“King III noted that even his sister, Rev. Bernice King, who’d said in 2004 that she didn’t think her father would support gay rights, has evolved. In 2012, she said that civil rights included those who are “heterosexual or homosexual, or gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender.”
“My sister’s position has continued to moderate,” he said.”
Martin Luther King’s daughter Bernice King was formerly a congregant of the now infamous homophobe Bishop Eddie Long, of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. Long himself was involved in a scandal with four youths, accused of preying on them, as he pretended to minister to them.
King III also said that he might be in favour of a boycotting next year’s Sochi Winter Olympic Games because of the Russian government’s anti-gay stance:
“It’s certainly something to consider as a strategy. I have supported many boycotts throughout my life. I would not be against a boycott, particularly for a very important issue. The goal is to get as many countries engaged and to support it as possible”.