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Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

Posted on: July 12, 2011 12:25 pm
Edited on: July 12, 2011 12:35 pm
Posted by Ryan Wilson

The fight for equal rights often transcends race, gender and socio-economic boundaries. And while the world of professional sports isn't the first place you'd expect an open and frank discussion about sexuality, there have been current and former athletes who've supported a person's right to their sexual orientation.

Four years ago, former center John Amaechi became the first NBA player to come out publicly. In recent months, NFL players Brendon Ayanbadejo and Donte Stallworth publicly supported gay marriage (as have former Giants player Michael Strahan and Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash).

We can now add former Cowboys wide receiver and Hall of Famer Michael Irvin's name to the list. Appearing in the new issue of Out, Irvin says that his decision to take a stand had to do with his relationship with his gay brother, Vaughn, who died of stomach cancer in 2006. According to the magazine, this is the first time Irvin has spoken publicly about his brother.

More details via WABC:
In the article, Irvin describes how his brother's sexual orientation contributed to his own issues. He says that he found out his brother was gay sometime in the 1970s when he found him wearing women's clothing. He was rattled by the experience and has since figured out that it contributed to his own womanizing behavior.

"And through it all we realized maybe some of the issues I've had with so many women, just bringing women around so everybody can see, maybe that's the residual of the fear I had that if my brother is wearing ladies' clothes, am I going to be doing that? Is it genetic?" Irvin said to Out. "I'm certainly not making excuses for my bad decisions. But I had to dive inside of me to find out why am I making these decisions, and that came up."
Irvin credits his father with helping him accept his brother's lifestyle and now says the African-American community should support marriage equality.

"I don't see how any African-American, with any inkling of history, can say that you don't have the right to live your life how you want to live your life," he said, according to the magazine. "No one should be telling you who you should love, no one should be telling you who you should be spending the rest of your life with. When we start talking about equality, and everybody being treated equally, I don't want to know an African-American who will say everybody doesn't deserve equality."

There have been detractors, too. In June, former Super Bowl hero David Tyree said gay marriage "will be the beginning of our country sliding toward, it's a strong word, but anarchy."

But Irvin, who had his share of off-field trouble during his playing days, has no such hang-ups. "If anyone comes out in those top four major sports, I will absolutely support him. ... When a guy steps up and says, 'This is who I am,' I guarantee you I'll give him 100 percent support."

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Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2011 5:43 pm

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

the object of sex is to reproduce. if you can't reproduce you shouldn't be together.  I guess this is the Julius Ceasar way of life we livin

Since: Jul 13, 2011
Posted on: July 13, 2011 5:09 pm

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

water based lubes are better. dummy

Since: Jul 13, 2011
Posted on: July 13, 2011 5:07 pm

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

why should we listen to what that cokehead has to say anyway. just put down the scissors and walk away.

Since: Jul 13, 2011
Posted on: July 13, 2011 3:08 pm

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

there is this wonderful thing called fact-finding that I highly recommend to you before you start spouting off or parrotting what you clearly don't know is fact.  Nobody chooses their orientation.  Do you remember deciding that you would be whatever you are or did you just discover certain feelings?  (And anyone who says they CHOSE is basically announcing to the world at large they're fighting their natural tendency, which is the opposite of what they have 'chosen'.  Nobody chooses to be gay.  why on earth would you ?)

Second, there are no legal rights for gay partners on the federal level, and since all states defer to the federal except for five, or worse, have voted to add discriminatioin to their state constitutions specifically, there are only limiited legal rights afforded same-sex partners.  Your employer is not required to offer your partner insurance coverage, pension beneficiary status, or even include them in company 'family' events.  Your social security benefits are not available to your partner, nor are theirs availlable to you.  If you die, the title to your home does not pass to your survivor automtaiclly, and they can be kicked out.  The military cannot have you on the list of people to contact if your partner dies while serving, because the relationship is illegal.  You do not own joint property automatically.  You can't give them half of your house without paying gift taxes on the value.  You do not have next of kin rights or privileges.  You can add some of these things by going through very expensive processes with a lawyer or three, but not all of them have to be recognized, and no married person has to have that expense.

Whoever has told otherwise is a liar.  Repeating them makes you one as well, so take this opportunity to be informed and stop spreading this nonsense.

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2011 1:44 pm

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

Baylor Faithful, first of all there isn't any evidence to support your assertion that orientation is a choice.  There is conflicting research about whether it is genetic or not, but that doesn't make it a "choice" any more than you "choose" to be an ignorant fact-inventing d-bag.  What it all boils down to is whether someone's orientation should in any way limit their rights, priveleges and responsibilities as a citizen.  Other than people like you making up facts or quoting the bible (not a legit source for determining constitutional rights) there hasn't been a single valid argument against gays in the military or gay marriage or even gay teachers in school.  For my money, I want the best and brightest defending my country, raising families in my neighborhood and teaching my kids, regardless of their race, creed, gender or orientation.  It does not the least bit negatively impact my life if my neighbor were to marry a guy other than to maybe have one MORE person who gives me the evil eye over my not doing enough with my lawn.

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2011 1:39 pm

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

If two guys or two ladies want to get married to each other and that brings them happiness than let them.  Why should a politician or a judge have the right to decide how anyone wants to live.  Heck marriage ain't all that great anyways all you wish is you were still single and it gets irritating having to file divorce papers and pay exorbitant legal fees. 

Politicians have f'ed it up for everyone with their so called "good judgement".  Legalize prostitution that will put more girls to work and I could use a nice no strings attached brothel to visit when I get the urge. 

Since: Dec 2, 2009
Posted on: July 13, 2011 1:37 pm

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

If they allow gay marrige, then the price of oil will keep going up because there is gonna be a huge demand for lube products. Also if they allow gay marriage all kids will turn gay because they will think its ok, this is after of course they shoot everyone because of Call of Duty and other violent video games. I just wanted to show that people that Ive never met, and never will can cause so much havoc in my life, I think im gonna give up. I mean really, why should I mind my own business and worry about my own life?

Since: Nov 1, 2009
Posted on: July 13, 2011 1:21 pm

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

Yes but the lawmakers in many states have said marriage is between a man and a worman so for homosexual to desire marriage is wrong?  I personally do not have anything against homosexuals as they are people just like the rest of us but the more me lower our standards to what has to be considered normal only opens us up to more brash issues that we need to consider.  The slope is getting very very slippery!

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2011 12:34 pm

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

Dumb? who says its dumb? There are organzations like MAMBA who would argue otherwise. wHO the FCK are you to say its not worthy of protection status? Don't you get it? with every breath you breathe your ridicualous logic betrays your actual sense of credibility.

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2011 12:31 pm

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

hey Dick wack homosexuality used to be a crime too. why is it a crime? Because we say it is. wTF are you to say its wrongt to do. MAybe it shouldn't be a crime?

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