Michael Skupin is ready to talk.
The ex-contestant said in a statement:
The 54-year-old explained that he's turning to religion following his arrest, adding:
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Sometimes the apple falls VERY far away from the tree…
The daughter of famous civil rights defender Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is sticking to her stance AGAINST same-sex marriage!
Bernice King, an American Baptist minister and youngest child of Dr. King, has even gone so far as to use her father's name in the fight to end same-sex marriage rights in the U.S.!!!
“[My father] did not take a bullet for same-sex marriage.”
In the August issue of Atlanta Magazine, Bernice King once again sounded off on her opposition to LGBT rights, saying:
"I value marriage between a man and woman. Spiritually I value that. Psychologically I value that.”
While Dr. King's own attitude toward homosexuality is all but unknown, several close to him believe he would be greatly in favor of gay rights. Including his late wife, Coretta Scott King.
Before Coretta passed away in 2006, she spoke on the issue of same-sex marriage and equality for ALL and stated that she knows for sure that her husband would have fought for LGBT rights if he had the chance. Coretta disclosed:
“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 brother- and sisterhood for lesbian and gay people.”
While Bernice King maintains that she disagrees with her mother, she made it clear that the issue of same-sex marriage never came between them while Coretta was alive. Bernice explained:
“When my mother was living they tried to pit us against each other. I love my mother and she loved me. They couldn’t divide true love."
You're right, Bernice. No one can divide or separate or end true love. Whether it be the love a daughter has for her mother, or a husband has for his wife, or two people, regardless of their gender, have for each other!
It saddens us to think that a woman who was raised by such a great man who cried out for freedom for EVERYONE could still have a place in her heart for hate.
But we have our certainty that Bernice King will not join her father on the right side of history. Because love will always win, no matter how hard the fight may be.
Perhaps Bernice should reexamine Dr. King's acclaimed 'I Have A Dream' speech. Because we are all created equal and all deserve the same liberties afforded to ALL Americans.
Let freedom ring!!!
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