Martin Luther King Jr

On the eve of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a group of ministers has claimed that the late civil rights leader would not have supported same-sex marriage or LGBT rights.

The Chicago-based Illinois Family Institute (IFI) – which describes itself as “a non-profit ministry dedicated to upholding and re-affirming marriage, family, life and liberty” – made the claim in a media statement.

It rejected any analogies between the civil rights movement and the gay rights movement. “For years, homosexual activists and their allies have manufactured and exploited an absurd and offensive analogy between homosexuality and race in order to advance their moral and political agenda,” said the ministers.

“Homosexualists use the heroic battle to end racial discrimination as a Trojan Horse to eradicate moral judgments about homosexual conduct. All civilized persons – particularly African-Americans – should be outraged.”

IFI said that “homosexualist organizations” are exploiting the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement “in order to achieve their morally dubious and intellectually vacuous goal”.

The organisation reiterated the belief that homosexuality “is defined by desire and voluntary sexual acts” and it not like race which is “100 percent heritable, absolutely immutable and carries no behavioural implications”.

Martin Luther King, Jr is recognised as one of the most prominent leaders in the African American civil rights movement. He was assassinated in 1968 and his life is commemorated in a national holiday on the third Monday of January each year in the US.

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