Al Sharpton Stands Up for Gay Rights

Al Sharpton Stands Up for Gay Rights

The reverend explains his position powerfully on WWHL.

By Chelsea Brady

The fight for gay rights is perhaps the defining civil rights issue of the 21st century, and on last night's Watch What Happens Live, Andy Cohen asked one of the most iconic public advocates to ever take to a podium — Rev. Al Sharpton — to explain why the issue is so powerful for him.

Sharpton agreed with Cohen that he's been questioned by fellow leaders about his pro-gay-rights stance. "Oh yeah. When I first came out, I was widely criticized," Sharpton says. "A lot of my old friends said, 'What are you doing?' "

But Sharpton articulated his position very clearly: "I think you can't be for civil rights for anybody unless you're for civil rights for everybody."

Watch the Rev. Al Sharpton share his views on the gay rights movement and tell us in the comments: do you think Sharpton explained his perspective well?

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