From the Advocate on line
A 50-year-old civil rights organization founded by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is seeking to oust the president of its Los Angeles chapter over his support of marriage equality in California, reports The New York Times.
The Atlanta-based Southern Christian Leadership Conference has threatened to remove the Reverend Eric Lee, who actively worked to prevent the passage of Proposition 8, the California ballot measure to ban same-sex marriage.
Lee told the Times that his work against Prop. 8 created tension with black clergy, but said he believes that banning same-sex marriage “is a clear violation of civil rights and I have to speak up on that.”
In May, Lee received a call and two subsequent letters from the national board of directors of his organization threatening him with suspension or removal. The organization has a publicly neutral stance on the issue.
The local board of directors, who confirmed Lee knowing his stance on marriage equality, stand behind the reverend and his actions.
Lee says he sees failures in the leadership of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference; he told the Times, “Dr. King would be turning over in his grave right now.”