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What Did Martin Luther King Jr. Say About Same-Sex Marriage?

Faith and Freedom with Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver and BarbWire’s Matt Barber… An 11-minute weekday radio program discussing hot topics in the area of religious liberty, the sanctity of human life and the family.

Where would Martin Luther King, Jr. stand on the issue of same-sex marriage? Some say that he would be supportive of this because it’s a so-called “civil right.” But not so fast. Let’s look at what he actually did say, not hypothesize what he would say, because it’s very clear where he stood on this specific issue.

Mat Staver: Matt, you recently wrote an article in, and the title of it is Why MLK Would Have Opposed ‘Gay Marriage.’  Tell us about why you wrote the article and what you found.

Matt Barber: Well people, you know the Left, Mat, the secular Left, we see that they have coopted the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. You notice that they always refer to him as “Dr. King,” you almost never hear them make reference to the fact that he was the Reverend Martin Luther King, that he was a pastor first and foremost. And that he was a Christian pastor. And that in his speakings, for instance we know his niece Alveda King has said that he was unequivocally pro-life, he was unequivocally pro-family, pro-marriage. And that he stood firm on the issue of marriage, and recognized that homosexual behavior was, as he said in his own words, “was problem in need of a solution.”

He addressed this in a letter in Ebony magazine to a young man who indicated that he was struggling with same-sex attraction. Martin Luther King Jr. said:

Your problem is not at all an uncommon one. However, it does require careful attention. The type of feeling that you have toward boys is probably not an innate tendency, but something that has been culturally acquired. Your reasons for adopting this habit have now been consciously suppressed or unconsciously repressed. Therefore, it is necessary to deal with this problem by getting back to some of the experiences and circumstances that led to the habit. In order to do this I would suggest that you see a good psychiatrist who can assist you in bringing to the forefront of conscience all of those experiences and circumstances that led to the habit. You are already on the right road toward a solution, since you honestly recognize the problem and have a desire to solve it…


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