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10/24/2012

Audio: HOLY WOW–Maryland Marriage Alliance repeats 'right side of eternity' thing (this time in an ad)

by Jeremy Hooper

In the wake of the "worthy of death"/"wrong side of eternity" controversy, the Maryland Marriage Alliance has put out a new radio ad featuring Alveda King making the same afterlife prediction:

"Hello, I'm Dr. Alveda King, the niece of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I understand the civil rights struggle. During the Civil Rights Movement, we were working for access to education, to decent housing, jobs, and healthcare. As a minister, I believe that the NAACP leadership and gay rights activists have formed an unholy alliance by trying to convince you and me that marriage should be redefined. We did not define marriage and we cannot redefine marriage. Marriage, by definition, is a holy union between one man and one woman. Gay and lesbian couples already have rights under Maryland law, like priority hospital visitation, sharing property, tax exemption, adoption, and the list goes on. It's possible to be tolerant of gay and lesbian rights without redefine marriage—God's holy union. Some preachers are saying that gay marriage is inevitable and that they want to be on the right side of history. Well I believe that we are on the right side of history and the right side of eternity. Support marriage as God's holy union between one man and one woman—vote against Question Six."

I am speechless. This is an official campaign ad—for a campaign opposing *CIVIL* marriage, remember—that is telling voters that voting for discrimination against gay people will put them on the right side of eternity (i.e. in heaven). WOW! Just—wow.

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**MORE EARTH-BOUND REMINDER: The woman who actually shared her life, heart, and marital bed with the slain Dr. King had a much different view:

CORETTA SCOTT KING QUOTES
"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 Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dream to make room at the table of brotherhood and sisterhood for lesbian and gay people."
-March 31, 1998

Like Martin, I don’t believe you can stand for freedom for one group of people and deny it to others", she would tell black civil rights leaders angered by gays and lesbians comparing their struggle to their own. She would quote her husband and say, “I have worked too long and hard against segregated public accommodations to end up segregating my moral concern. Justice is indivisible."
-June 23, 1994

"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 and it would do nothing at all to protect traditional marriages."
March 24, 2004

"We have a lot more work to do in our common struggle against bigotry and discrimination. I say "common struggle" because I believe very strongly that all forms of bigotry and discrimination are equally wrong and should be opposed by right-thinking Americans everywhere. Freedom from discrimination based on sexual orientation is surely a fundamental human right in any great democracy, as much as freedom from racial, religious, gender, or ethnic discrimination."
November 9, 2000

"We have to launch a campaign against homophobia in the black community."
June 8, 2001

"Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity and personhood. This sets the stage for further repression and violence that spread all too easily to victimize the next minority group."
April 1, 1998

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