Is Gay Marriage A Civil Rights Issue? Martin Luther King’s Niece Doesn’t Think So

- By Bossip Staff

Many liberals and left leaning activist might argue that the famed civil rights leader would have been front and center opposing the recent attempts to ban same-sex marriages, viewing today’s battle as an extension of the civil rights movement.

However, in all respects, King Jr. was very conservative in his beliefs and while he fought bravely against race and gender discrimination and oppression, nowhere in his writings did he mentioned explicitly his stances on whether or not gay rights were a matter of civil rights. Surely gay rights had to be as much as an issue in the 60s as they are today.

And while we’ll never know the answer to King’s stance for sure, we do know that the King family itself has been split for years over the idea of gay rights, particularly same-sex marriage, and whether the civil rights leader would have championed the cause of the full acceptance and equality of access for GLBT persons.

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