Did Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech include the LGBT community?
Bernice King has previously made headlines for saying that her father “did not take a bullet for same-sex marriage.” And that might very well be true. One thing’s for sure, carrying junior’s legacy has been no easy feat for the youngest child, particularly when she takes up her own causes and voices her own opinions.
In Bernice King’s latest sit-down with Atlanta magazine, which was noted by author Rebecca Burns as part of her story on the minister and CEO of the King Center, King discussed the King family dynamic and the strained relationships between herself and her siblings, Martin III and Dexter, over the running of the King Center and the MLK legacy altogether.
Before having wrapped up the dialogue, Burns asked King about her stance on gay issues, to which the minister replied:
People have labeled me homophobic. If I was homophobic, I wouldn’t have friends who are gay and lesbian, so that can’t be true. But because I have a certain belief system, I am now the enemy. And I’m not the enemy. I have love for everybody, period. I don’t think it’s my role and responsibility to take on a platform unless God calls me to do it. That’s not something I feel called to do.
I value marriage between a man and woman. Spiritually I value that. Psychologically I value that. I know that the absence of my father in my life had its cost.
When asked about marrying her gay and lesbian friends, King frankly stated, “I wouldn’t marry them. But I don’t dictate that. That’s society’s call.”
Does Bernice King have a responsibility in helping champion the rights of ALL human beings, or is she well within her right to separate the church and state?