Sunday, August 08, 2010

MLK’s niece likens gay marriage to genocide

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Dr. Alveda King
Dr. Alveda King

One has to wonder how Martin Luther King, Jr. would have felt about being related to this wholly different Dr. King. Speaking at a recent anti-gay marriage rally in Atlanta, Georgia that was set up by the National Organisation for Marriage and that, amusingly enough, was wholly drowned out by the pro-LGBT counter-protestors who turned up:

Alveda King: This former state legislator and current embarrassment to the King family wanted to come off as a loving grandmother. That helped soften the blow of this line she delivered: “It is statistically proven that the strongest institution that guarantees procreation and continuity of the generations is marriage between one man and one woman. I don’t know about you, but I’m not ready to be extinct and none of us wants to be. We don’t want genocide, we don’t want to destroy the sacred institution of marriage.”

Bumper sticker translation: Same-sex marriage equals genocide. Seriously. She’s the niece of the icon of social justice who’s right-hand man was a gay.

If I may be so bold as to play the Devil’s Advocate for Miss Loonybin King here for a moment, I would posit that maybe she expressed herself poorly and didn’t really mean to claim that same-sex marriage leads to genocide as we think it. Given her other remarks about “continuity of the generations” and her fears against going “extinct”, I think that maybe she meant “genocide” in the sense of all the children who wouldn’t exist as a result of homosexual couples, children who would be created through heterosexual reproduction. As in, same-sex marriages = incompatible with procreation = less babies = lower rate of life = genocide. (Or something.)

Admittedly, though, this is one hell of a stretch as far as convoluted logic goes. Chances are she really is just a homophobic nutcase, and apparently, living proof that “But he/she’s related to someone cool!” isn’t a very credible appeal.

(via Blag Hag)