TNT aired a special tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during Monday's pre-game show to Orlando's 109-106 loss to the Celtics. The package included an interview with the anti-gay Rev. Bernice King, youngest daughter of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr, new chair of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and pastor at scandal-plagued Bishop Eddie Long's New Birth Missionary Baptist Church.
"His daughter said something that was very interesting," Barkley noted. "People try to make it about black and white. He talked about equality for every man, every woman. We have a thing going on now, people discriminating against homosexuality in this country. I love the homosexuality people. God bless the gay people. They are great people. We have discrimination against Hispanic people in this country and we need to answer to that."
Barkley first came out in favor of gay rights in August 2006 and said, "I'm a big advocate of gay marriage. If they want to get married, God bless them." In February 2008, Barkley slammed evangelicals and Republicans as "hypocrites" and "fake Christians" for opposing marriage equality.