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Thursday, February 2, 2006

Coretta Scott King Supported Gay Rights

"I don’t believe you can stand for freedom for one group of people and deny it to others."

"Constitutional amendments should be used to expand freedom, not restrict it."

"I've always felt that homophobic attitudes and policies were unjust and unworthy of a free society and must be opposed by all Americans who believe in democracy."

"Gay and lesbian people have families, and their families should have legal protection, whether by marriage or civil union. A constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages is a form of gay bashing..."

"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 [his] dream to make room at the table of brother- and sisterhood for lesbian and gay people." Coretta Scott King (1927-2006)