The NFL: An Unlikely Ally

October 2, 2012

If you would have told me 5 years ago that some of most vocal allies would be players from the NFL, I don't think I'd have believed you. But more and more we're hearing from footballs stars, like Brendon Ayanbadejo and Chris Kluwe, about their support for gay marriage. Kluwe recently and quite hilariously defended gay marriage to a Maryland state delegate after he discouraged Ayanbadejo from speaking favorably on passing gay marriage in their state. His explanation that gay men "won’t magically turn you into a lustful cockmonster," is probably my favorite quote of the year. And while there are those in the NFL who are just as vocal about their bigotry, like Baltimore Raven's Matt Birk, it's encouraging to have such outspoken advocates in a sport so routed in machismo.

If you aren't already a football fan, does this newly found support make you more interested in watching the game? If not, do these 32 incredibly hot reasons change your mind?

If you are already a sports fan, what team do you root for? Me, I'm a Philly boy so my heart belongs to the Eagles.

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It's amazing how people from all walks are out there supporting something that people of GLBT have been trying to get. This shows the love people have for one another and the equality they prefer to bestow upon others who have been persecuted for centuries of being someone who they can't help being. Homosexuality isn't a cancer, or plague; only the minds of indifference makes it that way. Man doesn't know the actualities of what God wanted from his creations, except the unconditional love he has for us in return. Let's keep this broadness of love spreading!

If there is/was a God who practiced unconditional love, we'd never have known the centuries of oppression the writer speaks of. Love is not conditional under any circumstances, it is a gift of our spirit to another/others without expectation.

Amazing perhaps, but it's also the result of a whole lot of blood, sweat, and tears from activists who have put in a lot of effort to put this issue as well as gay rights in general on the table. The last of the generations that condemned gays are dying off, and younger generations who form their opinions around the Internet, television,movies, etc. are generally more supportive. It's just not "cool" anymore to a lot of younger people to be disapproving of gays and gay marriage,etc. Sadly, ignorance, homophobia, and narrow-minded religious zealots still exist, particularly in non-urban areas. The "heartland" is still all too often the "hate-land." I would never assume that NFL players or young people in any sport are all down on gays. Quite the contrary, I'll bet most of them have gay friends or family members. It may not yet be a complete touchdown, but we've sure come a long way on the playing field, and yes, that's "amazing."

" and younger generations who form their opinions around the Internet, television,movies, etc."

... while that may prove...
... short-term benefit...
... to some...
... that thought...
... as a whole...
... concerns me greater...

... for what quarrels there may be...
... with modern or historical application...
... of various tested wisdoms...
... those avenues you cite...
... are more bastions of confusion than calm...
... curious benefactors indeed...

blessings.

laeth

Oh we gonna clash. Battle of the Turnpike. Here We Go Steelers, Here We Go!

canadian bear here, who is a long time 49ers fan,, from the Montana days,, and like the Patriots and Cowboys because I have lots of buddies in those areas,, but ya gotta love football beef...

we all need our toys and games. I don't prefer football, but appreciate the disipline any sport requires if played well. I wish I felt comfortable around football lovers, it would make my life easier. Good luck to the all the teams, may the best team win.

Go NFL!!! :-)

Jets fan here. :-(

Poor Jets, ran into a buzz saw last week against the Niners. Guess Ryan oughta bring on the Scripture boy Tebow...NOT.

I appreciate the support the LGBT community is getting from some NFL players. But there is still a long way to go. Former players are coming out, but no active ones are and that speaks to the hostility they still feel in the locker rooms and training facilities. I don't doubt there are many gay players in all American professional sports who would come out if they believed they would get unconditional and unqualified support.

Nor is it just the professional ranks where the culture has to change. We have yet to see a player on a major college athletic team come out and likely for the same reasons their professional brethren have kept silent. Sports is one of the last redoubts of heterosexual power and privilege in our country and there is still considerable resistance to welcoming openly LGBT people in its ranks. When that resistance is finally overcome, then we will see the announcements we are waiting for.

But it Could turn some into a lustful cockmonster once they realize how (relatively) easy it is to get laid compared with the nightmare known as trying to date a woman.

Always been a Big NFL fan, Texans is the team I am pulling for. Just a well rounded group of super athletes , OK JJ Watt is just damn HOT! lol. Besides , they are the true sports heros, in causes and support,