April 6, 2013

Gay Pro Athletes, Sanford Sins Again, Ronald Reagan And Gay Marriage: 3 Stories You'll Care About

NFL's logo, Mark Sanford and Ronald Reagan

Gay Professional Athletes In The NFL

1. Various news organizations are reporting that four active players in the National Football League are considering whether to publicly “come out” of the closet, and tell the world that they are gay professional athletes.

Gay Rights Activist and NFL player Brendon Ayanbadejo was released this week by the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. In a Baltimore Sun article, Ayanbadejo mentioned the possibility that some players were talking about a public announcement. 
"I think it will happen sooner than you think," Ayanbadejo told the Baltimore Sun. "We're in talks with a handful of players who are considering it. There are up to four players being talked to right now and they're trying to be organized so they can come out on the same day together. It would make a major splash and take the pressure off one guy. It would be a monumental day if a handful or a few guys come out."
South Carolina’s Sanford A Hypocrite And Bigot

2. The disgraced former governor of South Carolina Mark Sanford is running in a special election for a seat in Congress. Sanford has asked South Carolina voters to forgive him for lying to them about an extramarital affair, and for using taxpayer money to pay for his international travel to visit his mistress. Lucas Grindley wrote about the former governor’s hypocrisy for the Advocate.
CNN's Jake Tapper asked how Sanford would respond to voters who ask, “Who are you to deny love between two men or two women, when you are somebody who talks about following his heart, regardless of the laws and traditions of the state of South Carolina? Why are you sitting in judgment of same-sex couples, when you have had the life you have had?” 
Sanford, who voted for the Defense of Marriage Act while a member of Congress before, denied he was being judgmental. He compared himself to President Clinton, who signed the act but changed his mind on it and now supports marriage equality. 
"If you are a conservative, you believe in this notion of federalism, that one size does not fit all, and that we shouldn't have prescriptive answers coming out of Washington, D.C. for any of the different things that ultimately we've got to resolve as the family of Americans," Sanford said. A solution "for all 50 states," he argued, "does not make sense."
If you’re anti-gay, you’re a bigot in South Carolina, and a bigot in Washington, DC. If Sanford was concerned about the “family of Americans”, he would support marriage equality unequivocally. Sanford's bigotry and hypocrisy is stunning.

Ronald Reagan & Gay Marriage
3. Ronald and Nancy Reagan’s daughter Patti Davis told the New York Times that the conservative philosophy that government should stay out of people’s private lives is consistent with the principles of marriage equality. Davis said if the 40th president were alive today, that he would support gay marriage.


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