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Video: Gay and lesbian people included in Martin Luther King’s ‘unfinished dream’ at 50th Anniversary

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  1. The late Dr King’s wife, Coretta Scott King, went on record saying that she believed her husband would have absolutely supported the LGBT rights movement. She knew him best of all.

  2. Derek Williams 25 Aug 2013, 3:59pm

    Remarkable, not only for the courageousness and matter-of-factness of its utterance, but that it didn’t elicit boos from the audience.

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  4. On balance, I think it’s true that King would PROBABLY have supported LGBT rights. We have to be honest with ourselves though and admit that it’s easy to come to that conclusion simply because we WANT to think he would have supported gay rights. He’s an icon and we would like to think he was on the right side of history. But we don’t really know what he thought on the issue. In the same way that we would all (including atheists like me) like to think that Jesus was anti-slavery, even though there is little evidence that he actually was.
    Having said that, I think it’s great that whoever rewrote the speech decided to include this, as there are stubborn sections of American society who refuse to see the equivalence between black civil rights and gay rights.

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