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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: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: July 12, 2011 11:18 pm

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

And the hits just keep on comin'......................Cool

The Nuke

Since: Feb 28, 2011
Posted on: July 12, 2011 11:08 pm

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

The beauty of the Constitution is that it can be changed by ammendments. They then become part of the constitution and US citizen rights are protected by the original constitution and the ammendments. Don't confuse a group's claim to rights with actual rights guaranteed within the constitution.

Since: Feb 28, 2011
Posted on: July 12, 2011 11:00 pm

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

Jed - you are the ignorant one. Ammendments are part of the constitution moron.

The Fifteenth Amendment (Amendment XV) to the prohibits each government in the United States from denying a citizen the based on that citizen's ", , or previous condition of servitude" (i.e., slavery). It was ratified on February 3, 1870.

That ammendment was added to the Constitution after Civil War.

Get you facts straight before calling someone else ignorant.

Since: Jul 12, 2011
Posted on: July 12, 2011 10:49 pm

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

wpscooter - Thanks for the exhibit of your ignorance.  Races were not protected by the Consitution.  You may recall that slavery was kind of a big issue up until the Civil War.  Perhaps you thought that took place before the Constitution which was ratified in 1788 (you'd be wrong, of course)

Here's a hint - you are confusing a single phrase in the constitution with one of the many amendments and laws that have been passed since then. 

Since: Apr 17, 2007
Posted on: July 12, 2011 10:34 pm

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

It is quite unbelievable how most on here who disagree with those who don't have an appreciation for "gay marriage" call names and have an absolute belief that they are RIGHT (and those they disagree with are wrong).  Your opinion is not right.  It's an opinion.

Since: Aug 20, 2008
Posted on: July 12, 2011 10:25 pm

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

Pls explain this to me..... we have separate bathrooms for the different sexes. However, a gay man goes into the men`s bathroom. Does this make sense? I am not sure what I am suggesting....maybe a 3rd and 4th bathroom for gay men and gay women. I dont know, just seems against common sense.

Since: Feb 28, 2011
Posted on: July 12, 2011 10:13 pm

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

flywms - Races are protected by the constitution. You cannot be discriminated against based on race, gender or religion. That is why interracial marriages are protected. No where in the Constitution are there protections for sexual preference. Until the constitution reads no discrimination of citizens based on sexual preference, then they are not protected by the constitution.

Since: Mar 20, 2011
Posted on: July 12, 2011 10:01 pm

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

The Constitution provides ALL U.S. citizens equal protection under the law. This is why bans on interracial marriage were deemed unconstitutional and struck down. The lifting of bans on same-sex marriage is inevitable. There's simply no basis or justification for it in the Constitution -- quite the opposite.

Hooray for Michael Irvin in taking this stance. The homophobic posters here would probably be shocked to learn how many of their sports heroes, over the decades, have been gay.

Since: Feb 28, 2011
Posted on: July 12, 2011 9:52 pm

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

kstudg - I never said I hated anyone. I am not trying to impose my beliefs on anyone. I just don't want them imposing their beliefs on me. Secondly, I never claimed to be from the south or a Christian. You are assuming that I am both. Check out all my teams - Celtics, Steelers and Dodgers. You are the one that is jumping to assumptions and judging based on a team of which I am fan. I am talking about the law and the Constitution, not the Bible. I am sure Jesus hates no one, but he does hate sin. It says it in the Bible many times. Therefore, it is your interpretation as to what is sin?

Since: Jul 4, 2011
Posted on: July 12, 2011 9:47 pm

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

Let the population of each state decide on issues like these.  That's the only way to avoid the anger (on both sides) caused by these dividing issues.  Federalism is the best form of government for large, diverse populations like America.  Also this has nothing to do with sports so it really has no business here. 

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