What would Martin Luther King Jr. say if he found out one of his close relatives supports limiting the civil rights of others? This is the case with his niece, Alveda King, who has recently appeared on a Maryland ad saying gay marriage is an “unholy alliance.”
“I believe that the NAACP leadership and gay rights activists have formed an unholy alliance by trying to convince you and me that marriage should be redefined,” she says in the ad, recorded for the anti-gay Maryland Marriage Alliance.
Then she slams Missouri Rev. Phil Snider, who gave a pro-gay speech at a Springfield City Council hearing on the city's nondiscrimination ordinance just a few days ago.
“Some preachers are saying that gay marriage is inevitable and that they want to be on the right side of history. Well I believe that we are on the right side of history and the right side of eternity. Support marriage as God’s holy union between one man and one woman—vote against Question Six,” she continued.
Question Six is Maryland’s ballot measure that, if passed, would legalize gay marriage in the state.
Contrary to Alveda King, Corretta Scott King, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s wife and Alveda’s aunt, was a supporter of gay rights.
“I believe all Americans who believe in freedom, tolerance and human rights have a responsibility to oppose bigotry and prejudice based on sexual orientation,” Corretta said at the Atlanta Pride Festival in 1996.
WATCH: Alveda King’s anti-gay ad