Gay-marriage opponents are making the same arguments that white supremacists made decades ago against civil rights for blacks, Georgetown professor and MSNBC contributor Michael Eric Dyson said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Dyson was responding to Ralph Reed, chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, who argued that opposing gay marriage did not make someone a bigot, pointing out that President Obama opposed gay marriage until May 2012. Traditional marriage, as a foundational institution of Western civilization, should be “protected and defended,” Reed said.
“I got to say this,” Dyson interjected. “The same argument was made in defense of white supremacy against African-American people. The very same argument: it will destroy civilization, it will undermine the American family, it will challenge our civic institutions, it will unravel our civil polities.”
Dyson defended Obama’s “evolution” on the issue of gay marriage, saying: “In the American culture, yes, people can change their mind, they can evolve, they can grow, they can think that one thing was true then, another thing is true now.”
“Most Americans believed 50 years ago one thing about issues of race, now they believe something different,” he said. “As we make a move toward progressive realization of what is enlightened viewpoints, your [Reed’s] affirmation of marriage for those that are heterosexual goes against people who are affirming their right as same-sex people.”
Rachel Maddow’s expression (at the 1:15 mark) says it all.