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No on 3's use of Dr. King's image 'shameful'
Cincinnati Enquirer, The (OH) - Sunday, October 24, 2004
Throughout the City of Cincinnati generally and within African-American neighborhoods specifically, one finds
campaign literature that link the image of a young Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to the No on 3 campaign.
The campaign literature is designed to make the reader believe that Dr. King, Mrs. Coretta Scott King and The King
Center do not support the repeal of Article XII. In fact, Mrs. King and The King Center do support the repeal of Article
The King Center went further and stated that connecting Dr. King to No on 3 is "shameful."
I have spoken with Mr. Lynn Cothren, personal assistant to Coretta Scott King for more than 21 years. Mr. Cothren
shared with me that Mrs. King does not support any type of discrimination. Furthermore, as a representative of The
King Center, Mr. Cothren stated that no one from the political action committee contacted them for permission to use
Dr. King's image on any literature.
In Los Angles on Feb. 8, 1998 Mrs. King stated, "I have been an outspoken supporter of full civil and human rights
for gay and lesbian people for many years In my travels I still get comments from people who say I shouldn't be
talking about the rights of lesbian and gay people, and I should stick to the issue of racial justice.
"Well, that's basically the same thing they told my husband, Martin Luther King, Jr. when he began to speak out
against the Vietnam War. He responded by saying 'I have fought too long, (too) hard against segregated public
accommodations to end up segregating my moral concerns. Justice is indivisible.'
"Like Martin Luther King, Jr., I also feel strongly that justice is indivisible, and that it is plain wrong to allow
discrimination against any minority. The civil rights movement that I believe in thrives on unity and inclusion, not
division and exclusion."
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