Bernice King, who likes to open her arms to the gays only to slap them in the face, now wants to play victim. As in, I'm not the enemy. I've got some gay friends. See them? They are gay. My friends.
The daughter of the civil rights icon is back at it, this time dismissing LGBT equality as a “preference” and bragging about her gay friends in the same breath as she proudly proclaims that she, a pastor, would never marry them.
Her latest salvo comes during an interview with Atlanta magazine when she replies to a question about prejudice and LGBT rights with some dismissive answer about flavored ice cream.
When it came to addressing prejudice, your father battled direct issues like voting rights and access to public facilities. Your mother was outspoken in support of gay and lesbian rights. What do you see as the next front?
There will always be prejudices, no matter how much we try to dwell upon getting to a place where we don’t have prejudices. The irony in my father’s situation is, he talked about integration, integrated neighborhoods, and yet he lived in a black neighborhood. His heart was not hostile or hateful toward another race. But people have preferences. A lot of times what we call prejudices are preferences. How do you get to a place where everyone likes all vanilla ice cream or all lemon custard? They don’t. I like my vanilla and you like strawberry and we’re not hustling and fighting over vanilla and strawberry and making a mess out of it.
We’re going to have to find a way to settle down and accept our shortcomings and our differences, period, and give people room to exist in that space.
What I struggle with is when we disagree. People have labeled me homophobic. If I was homophobic, I wouldn’t have friends who are gay and lesbian, so that can’t be true. But because I have a certain belief system, I am now the enemy. And I’m not the enemy. I have love for everybody, period. I don’t think it’s my role and responsibility to take on a platform unless God calls me to it. That’s not something I feel called to do.
When my mother was alive they tried to pit us against each other. I love my mother and she loved me. They couldn’t divide true love. We had good conversations concerning this whole issue. But I think we have to be careful in our nation that we don’t demonize everyone who doesn’t agree with us. It’s almost coming to the place where people feel, “If I don’t agree, then I will be ostracized.” And that’s unfortunate. The issues and concerns that I keep hearing about are that people address certain rights, and there are ways to do that without changing what has never happened before in civilization. I value marriage between a man and woman. Spiritually I value that. Psychologically I value that. I know that the absence of my father in my life had its cost.
But hey, gay friends!
So, your gay and lesbian friends, you wouldn’t want them to be able to marry?
I wouldn’t marry them. But I don’t dictate that. That’s society’s call.
King isn't shy about her opposition to gay marriage, though when she took over the Martin Luther King Jr. Center last year, she threw out an olive branch to LGBT folks. She gave them lip service during the MLK March & Rally in January 2012.
But she walked hand-in-hand with anti-gay Bishop Eddie Long—the megadaddy who likes his men dirty and his gay sex shenanigans with younger guys—in a 2004 march supporting a proposed state ban on same-sex marriage and saying her father “did not take a bullet for same-sex marriage.”