Every year, LaGrange College brings in a Martin Luther King Jr. speaker. This year, the speaker was the Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock of Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church, who spoke to a packed Callaway Auditorium. And yes, politics entered into his speech.
I first heard Dr. King speak in person at a Spelman College chapel service during my senior year in college. Dr. King was just 31 but he had already gained a national reputation during the successful Montgomery Bus Boycott five years earlier.
Obama's statements fall short of unqualified support for same-sex marriage, but they go to the heart of Calif.'s No on 8 campaign themes (equality and dignity), and the Calif. campaign would be wise to incorporate them in advertisements.