Every so often I get really down because of things going in on my family. Being a Gay Christian is a pretty massive struggle in this broken world of ours. I don't think my Mom will ever really understand that these two things are completely compatible, and that God is fine with my relationships with other Men. I believe he affirms my relationships because they follow the Biblical model for healthy relationships. I don't sleep around. I want to get married one day.
MD is getting ready to have a general vote on my civil rights. The right for me to get married in MD one day if I move back to the state where I grew up and where my family still lives. I don't think my Mom will be voting in favor of the law. I don't think any of my family still in MD will. That's a bitter pill to swallow. I believe they are hiding their ignorance and prejudice behind Jesus, and that makes my heart very heavy with sorrow.
My spirits were lifted, however, when I came across this collection of quotes from the late Dr. King's wife, Corretta Scott King:
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