The controversy arouses every several years.


In another place, Alveda King said that "God hates homosexuals" and that her uncle would agree with her positions on the subject.

(Source: MARTIN LUTHER KING'S NIECE LEADS AUGUSTA RALLY OF GAY-RIGHTS FOES

),

In 1997, King's niece "denied that homosexuality is a "civil rights" issue. Homosexual "marriage" can never succeed, because God will not recognize it.

When the leader of the African-American gay community told King that homosexuality was "bondage," she urged him to remain open to the possibility of finding a way out of it. (SOURCE: Mass. News).

This was after an anti-gay group claimed, on behalf of one of King's associates, that King would have denounced the gay-rights movement. The group spread fliers in Miami, quoting "the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, a Birmingham, Ala., civil rights leader.

''Dr. King and I were not crusading for homosexuality,'' he said, according to the flier. ``I've heard Dr. King speak out against homosexuality on many occasions. It is wrong to equate homosexuality with civil rights.''

What his biographers say========================I also read some biographical pieces on King, and courtesy ofAmazon.com, also read parts of other biographies. The biographersusually do not refer to any opinions regarding homosexuality, except regarding two issues.

A second, connected, issue, is King's alliance and friendship with Bayard Rustin, an open gay man, who organised the 1963 rally in Washington and in general was one of the most important figures in the Civil Rights Movement's history.

King did not shun Bayard through most of their relations because of his homosexuality, excluding an episode in 1960, where King him from his staff, following a comment by by Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. on "immoral element" in the civilrights movement.

(See: PBS, "Brother Outsider" ).

Books and Sites===============

The autobiography of Martin Luther King (See parts and passages).

However, the book is available at libraries and bookstores. Forexample: http://stabikat.staatsbibliothek-berlin.de:8080/DB=1/SET=1/TTL=1/SHW?FRST=2

Volume I : Born to Serve, January 1929-June 1951

Volume II : Rediscovering Precious Values, September 1951-November 1955

Volume III : Birth of a New Age, December 1955-December 1956

Volume IV : Symbol of the Movement, January 1957-December 1958

Articles by King http://www.stanford.edu/group/King/publications/articles.html

A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. http://www.stanford.edu/group/King/publications/speeches/

A Knock at Midnight: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of ReverendMartin Luther King, Jr.http://www.stanford.edu/group/King/publications/sermons/index.html

Several places where you could read citations from books about King and Homosexuality:

www.amazon.com - "search a book" function. Doesn't apply to all books, but adds information.

www.questia.com - searches and presents text from books and articles.Full text requires purchase.www.kobv.de - a German site (in German, and I apologise if you cannotread this language), where you could check - among other things - ifyou could get full text citations of books and articles.

Please note that these writings by King do not include reference tohomosexuality, as such couldn't be found in his public expressions.

About Rustin and his relationships with King: Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin by John D'Emilio (Free Press) http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0684827808?vi=reviews

My search strategy, besides the above mentioned databases and others, was to search Google for the terms:"luther King" and "homosexuality OR homosexuals"

I hope this answered your question. Please contact me if you need anyfurther clarifications before you tip/rate this answer.

Comments Subject: Re: what are martin luther king's opinion/views on homosecualityFrom: alison985-ga on 18 Feb 2004 16:26 PST

You should also see the PBS biography of "Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin."

http://www.rustin.org/http://www.pbs.org/pov/pov2002/brotheroutsider/

The biography suggests that Bayard would have been the name we knowtoday instead of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had Bayard not been gay.As it was he was a top adviser to Dr. King.



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