A new video entitled the "The Pulpit Initiative" encourages pastors to speak out against gay marriage on "Pulpit Freedom Sunday" on June 9.
The video is produced by the Christian-based law organization, Alliance Defending Freedom, which advocates pastors speak out on political topics from the pulpit, which is a violation of IRS rules for tax exempt non-profits such as churches.
In the opening of the video, a picture of Martin Luther King Jr. appears with other pastors of the past.
While Dr. King never spoke about gay rights, Boston.com recalls that his widow Coretta Scott King said in 1998:
I still hear people say that I should not be talking about the rights of lesbian and gay people and I should stick to the issue of racial justice. But I hasten to remind them that Martin Luther King Jr. said, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’ I appeal to everyone who believes in Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream to make room at the table of brother- and sisterhood for lesbian and gay people.
However, Dr. King's daughter Bernice King said in 2004:
I know deep down in my sanctified soul that he did not take a bullet for same-sex unions.
The video warns that the U.S. Supreme Court could "redefine marriage" this summer on two cases.
Several anti-gay pastors appear on the video, including Bishop Harry Jackson and Pastor Jim Garlow, who claim: "Religious freedom is profoundly endangered right now and it hinges on one issue more than any other and that issue is the definition of marriage."
Pastor Garlow does not say exactly how "religious freedom is profoundly endangered" by the cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, which involve gay marriage, not religious issues.