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Steve Nash supports gay marriage in NY video

Posted on: May 23, 2011 2:37 pm
Edited on: May 23, 2011 5:40 pm
Steve Nash and the Human Rights Campaign issue a video in public support of a gay marriage proposition in New York. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Homosexuality and gay rights have leaped to the forefront of the public discourse surrounding the NBA in recent weeks. 

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On Monday, Phoenix Suns All-Star guard Steve Nash added his voice to the discussion, by partnering with the Human Rights Campaign, a group that lobbies for equal rights, to release a video spot in support of a gay and lesbian marriage rights proposition in New York state.  

In the spot, Nash looks into the camera to make a personal appeal to his fellow New Yorkers. "Hi, I'm Steve Nash," he begins. "I spend my summers in New York and I love playing at the Garden. A growing number of professional athletes are speaking out in support of gay and lesbian couples getting married. I'm proud to be one of them."

The video then cuts to a graphic that reads: "New Yorkers support full marriage equality. Do you?"

Then Nash concludes: "Join me and the supermajority of New Yorkers who support marriage equality."

Here's a look at the video.

The spot comes at a time of peak interest around the NBA.

Rick Welts, the president of the Suns, publicly revealed that he is gay recently. Charles Barkley said that all NBA players have played with gay teammates. Grant Hill and Jared Dudley filmed a public service announcement about how harmful the word "gay" can be when used in a derogatory manner. Kobe Bryant and Joakim Noah have been caught on camera using gay slurs, sparking a discussion about the use of such language.

Steve Avery of the New York Rangers filmed a similar spot recently and drew criticism from some circles. reported that Avery's experience, as well as Welts' decision, led Nash to participate in the campaign.
Nash had been considering appearing in the video for months. According to HRC vice president of communications Fred Sainz, the NBA star ultimately timed the release to support Welts and New York Rangers forward Sean Avery, who experienced a backlash among hockey fans after making a similar video. NHL player agent Todd Reynolds called Avery's support for the issue "misguided." Many anonymous commenters on message boards harshly criticized Avery for his support of the proposition, which Gov. Andrew Cuomo has advanced. Cuomo is hoping for a vote by legislators in June.
When Bryant was fined $100,000 for his comments, NBA commissioner David Stern made his position on the issue clear: “Kobe Bryant’s comment during last night’s game was offensive and inexcusable. While I’m fully aware that basketball is an emotional game, such a distasteful term should never be tolerated. Accordingly, I have fined Kobe $100,000. Kobe and everyone associated with the NBA know that insensitive or derogatory comments are not acceptable and have no place in our game or society."

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: May 24, 2011 3:27 pm

Steve Nash supports gay marriage in NY video

AnotherServant, please do some research on the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution before continuing this discussion. It does not work the way you believe it does. Rather, as quoted from the source (

825.pdf), “The Establishment Clause prohibits government actions that would provide preferential treatment of one religion over another or preferential treatment of religion generally over nonreligion.” This does not merely restrict the government from making a national religion. Rather, this makes for far more limiting shackles on what can go into our laws.

For example, the case of Epperson v. Arkansas (1968) was specifically overturned by the Supreme Court on grounds that the "overriding fact is that Arkansas’ law selects from the body of knowledge a particular segment which it proscribes for the sole reason that it is deemed to conflict with a particular religious doctrine; that is, with a particular interpretation of the Book of Genesis by a particular religious group." The majority opinion continues on and also says, that the "state has no legitimate interest in protecting any or all religions from views distasteful to them."

This ruling is right and proper. It is also for the protection of religions everywhere in the United States. This is because many different religious views are fundamentally incompatible with each other. If Congress had the power to enforce religious views by passing laws based on religious doctrine, then only one religion will win. Every other religion will lose. Given the amazing religious tolerance we already have in the United States, I can't imagine why any sane religious person would want to risk that freedom on the tenuous chance that his religion would be the one that the United States Congress chooses to enforce.

Your example of equating gravity to your religious views is misguided at best. Gravity can be tested, measured, and independently verified. We have used those results for many things including building bridges, launching men to the Moon, and investigating the very nature of space-time itself. Your religion cannot be measured, tested, and independently verified. Rather, it is as many religious people have told me, a matter of faith.

You are free to have such faith. In fact, I will fight to the death for your right to have such faith because I believe that highly in freedom. The price you have to pay for the freedom to worship as you see fit is that you have to allow everyone else to worship - or not - as they see fit. The only way to do that is to leave religious dogma out of the laws of the United States.

Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: May 24, 2011 2:06 pm

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“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion”

- Sowell, I'm pretty sure this means that our government shall not create a national religion, but I'm no lawyer. It does not mean they cannot make a law derived from the Bible as you assert.

Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: May 24, 2011 2:00 pm


Sowell - If you don't believe in gravity, yet you jump from the roof of an 8 story building, you will nonetheless hurt yourself badly (and likely die). Same thing with God's Kingdom. You may not believe, but your disbelief has zero impact on whether it is reality or not. And, trust me, it IS reality.


My religious views? I'm talking about God's views! I'm just trying to obey the one true God and keep my eyes on His Kingdom, not the things of this world. Like I said, I love gay people. But I love God supremely. "Every knee shall bow."

Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: May 24, 2011 1:08 pm

Steve Nash supports gay marriage in NY video

This is a full court press (pun intended) on a social agenda by the media including CBS. Oh by the way, the playoffs are in progress. You'd think there would be enough news of note there for a sports site to focus on, but day after day the lead story is some social issue that atheletes are either pushing which CBS and the media also want to push or have violated in some way that CBS and media cannot allow to stand.

Can we just get playoff coverage please? Can you save all the social agenda stuff for the off-season when we can safely ignore it. Because seriously CBS, I don't come to this site to discuss social issues. Not that they don't occassionally make sense as part of a discussion related to the success or lack thereof of a team or individual player, but not as the headline stories during the playoffs that have nothing to do with the success or failure of either team for goodness sakes!

Since: May 24, 2011
Posted on: May 24, 2011 12:49 pm

Steve Nash supports gay marriage in NY video

I didn't realize that if I think my neighbor's wife is hot, I can go to jail.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: May 24, 2011 12:19 pm

Steve Nash supports gay marriage in NY video

So, is Steve Nash going to marry another guy?  It sure sounds like he's paving the way for that announcement.  Meanwhile, the NBA is demanding that everyone accept this lifestyle as normal, whether you like it or not.  Men marrying other men?  Seriously?  With all the very serious problems going on in this country, and in the rest of the world, and gay marriage is at the top of the priority list for the NBA?  With NBA players using the infamous four letter F word on court (the one that rhymes with luck), that gets ignored like it is no big deal but God forbid a player gets caught on camera using a word that is offensive to homosexuals.  The NBA needs to get its priorities straight.  Yes, I said straight.

Since: Aug 19, 2007
Posted on: May 23, 2011 11:20 pm

Steve Nash supports gay marriage in NY video

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion”This means two major things, both of which are very important. First, no religious doctrine can be used to formulate the laws of the United States. In exchange for this, Congress is prohibited from crushing any religion like a bug.

Hey Sowell, our laws are based on the Ten Commandments! 

Since: Apr 13, 2011
Posted on: May 23, 2011 11:20 pm
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Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: May 23, 2011 10:56 pm

Steve Nash supports gay marriage in NY video

But scripture is clear; Marriage is between a man and a woman, and apparently Steve Nash doesn't know that.

Please keep your religious views out of the laws of the United States of America. The first 10 words of the First Amendment of the Constitution make this point very clear:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion”

This means two major things, both of which are very important. First, no religious doctrine can be used to formulate the laws of the United States. In exchange for this, Congress is prohibited from crushing any religion like a bug.

I don’t ask this of you for my sake, but rather for the sake of your religion. In order to maintain a set of laws that does not destroy your religion, it is absolutely necessary that your religion does not invade those laws. It is in your own self-interest to maintain that bargain.

Since: Aug 16, 2010
Posted on: May 23, 2011 10:50 pm

Steve Nash supports gay marriage in NY video

Are the rating that bad for the NBA that their trying to please homosexuals?
Please! One hundred thousand and fifty thousand dollars for a homosexual slur.
I'm so sick and tired of political correctness in this country. Thats one thing thats hurting us in this great country.
I remember when the word gay meant lame or dumb not that your a homosexual.
If I'm offending anyone by using the word homosexual instead of gay I'm not sorry cause the word gay means your happy!
I guess I'm just a old fashion and wish athlets would just play their sport and stop using there fame to push an agenda.    &nbs
    Go Dallas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

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