In order to get an idea as to the relationship between the Civil Rights Movement of the 60's and the Gay Civil Rights movement of current times, I will take a look at Dr. Martin Luther King's family.
Though it is not certain as to where Martin Luther King would stand on these issues today, it is assumed that he would back us whole-heartedly. His daughter, Bernice King, disagrees. In 2005, she had the audacity to light a torch at her father's grave to begin a march against gay marriage. The march was organized by none other than the bigot Bishop Eddie Long. If you are not familiar with this villain, you should be: Bishop Eddie Long uses the word of god to make a lot of money, spread hate, and get away with his inappropriate abuse to his ex-wife and his sexual conduct with multiple young male members of his congregation. His congregations was hardly effected by these allegations, as his sermons made sure of. If only his congregation would read the news once in a while.
As for MLK's niece, Aveda King: she recently labled the effect of gay marriage "genocide". She stated, "I don't know about you, but I'm not ready to be extinct, and none of us want to be."
I should mention that Aveda has been divorced: how in the hell are you going to support the institution of marriage after failing an attempt at marriage? Aveda also used her lineage and the symbology of her uncle's effort to support an anti-abortion campaign. Please pardon my french, but FUCK YOU. You shame your family's name, and prolong the oppression of a minority that many of your people belong to.
On the other hand, MLK's wife, Coretta Scott King, rightfully supported the gay civil rights movement:
"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 everyone who believes in Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dream to make room at the table of brotherhood and sisterhood for lesbian and gay people."
RIP Coretta Scott King. We need you, and people like you, to lead these minorities to greater pastures.