"Let me tell you how black people think about this. The issue is: Blacks were brought here in slave ships. They were enslaved. The laws of states discriminated against them for a hundred years. Civil rights is a black issue. Now everybody in America wants to be black -- the feminists, the gays, the illegal immigrants. What civil right are they being denied?''
''[Gays] do have civil rights. Oh, yes they can [get married]. No one can marry someone of the same sex. Neither can you. Neither can you. Neither can I. Don't say this is equal rights. [Marrying whomever you want] That's absolutely not the purpose for marriage.''
"[Supporting civil unions] Because we don't need one more nail in the coffin of marriage in America. Because destroying the family has done such a great thing for people in America and the black families? It has nothing to do with the church.''
''It is because of what liberals did to the black family that we see how important a mother and father are. Mommy and daddy must be married to one another.... It has nothing to do with the church. It has to do with civilization. And civilization requires the family, which means a mother and a father raising the child."
Conservative activist, columnist and author Ann Coulter speaking on the Larry King Show. She was debating Marc Lamont Hill, a professor at Columbia University, about whether gay marriage qualifies as a civil right or not.
Hill is an African American. and Coulter put forth flawed, insular arguments that are frequently brought up by religious black conservatives, Hill argued on the show that gays should have full equal "civil rights" -- that everyone straight and gay should be allowed to marry whomever they want. He said he'd prefer that everyone be allowed a legally recognized "civil union," leaving "marriage" to be defined by religions. (CNN)
Coulter made headlines this weekend along with a gay Republican group. She was brought in to give a speech at the gay group's fundraising convention. Coulter made the comment then that marriage is not a civil right because gays aren't black (as if there are no black gay people?).
Coulter stands opposed to gay marriage and many other issues fought for by most members of the gay community. So, the convergence of minds at the event seemed to stupefy many in the LGBT community.
It was reported that some in the audience found her racially tinged remarks uncomfortable, which seems odd since the gay Republicans' leader defended the group's decision to use her, and her anti-gay rights remarks, with this:
"Ann is someone who we disagree with on issues like marriage, but is also one of the funniest, most provocative, and – yes – controversial conservatives out there. Ann’s participation in Homocon helped this organization raise a substantial amount of money, money that will help us continue to push our agenda of common-sense conservative solutions to the challenges facing gay and lesbian families."