Allowing gay couples to marry amounts to “genocide” and will lead to the “extinction” of the human race, said the niece of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at a National Organization for Marriage rally in Atlanta on Saturday.
Speaking from the steps of the Georgia state capitol building, “Dr.” (as she refers to herself) Alveda King, emphasized the procreation aspect of the gay marriage debate and voiced her concerns that legalizing gay marriage would mean genocide.
“It is statistically proven that the strongest institution that guarantees procreation and continuity of the generations is marriage between one man and one woman. I don’t know about you, but I’m not ready to be extinct and none of us wants to be. We don’t want genocide, we don’t want to destroy the sacred institution of marriage.”
King, daughter of the late slain civil rights activist Rev. A. D. King, also spoke of her family’s commitment to strong marriages, including her uncle and “his lovely wife.”
She made no mention that Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King Jr.’s wife, has spoken out in favor of gay marriage on numerous occasions and was a speaker at Atlanta’s Gay Pride festival in 1996.
(Note: King’s doctorate is an honorary degree, presented to her in 2001 by Saint Anselm College, an undergraduate institution.)
The Atlanta rally is latest stop in the NOM‘s 23-city anti-gay “Summer of Marriage” roadshow, and attracted a crowd of — wait for it — about 20 supporters (although some reports say it was as high as 35, but we’re not counting the NOM speakers or the media).
The rally was outnumbered, as an estimated 300 gay marriage advocates rights lined the sidewalk across the street from the state capitol building, in a silent counter-protest to the NOM event.
Next stop for the NOM is a rally in Orlando on Sunday. In counter protest, hundreds – maybe thousands – of LGBT citizens and gay rights supporters plan a rally to celebrate and, as they promise in their press release, “spread a message of equality for all Americans.”