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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. ESPNNY.com 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."
Comments

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: May 23, 2011 10:45 pm
 

Steve Nash supports gay marriage in NY video

Iltarion3, I very much agree with you on your support of gay marriage. Your stance is both commendable and laudable.

I disagree with you on your take on the equal rights represented by the issue. The equal rights that are being violated are not represented by the gender a person can marry. As you say, those rights are exactly equal. Every person has the same, unlimited right to marry a member of the opposite gender.

However, what is being violated is the right to the pursuit of happiness. A prohibition against gay marriage prevents a gay man from his pursuit of happiness while it does not prohibit a straight man from his pursuit of happiness. It is this unequal state of affairs that makes this an equal rights issue. Add the 1,138 different federal statutory provisions that take marriage into account to this inequality and we have a very, very unequal situation indeed.






Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: May 23, 2011 10:30 pm
 

I don't support it

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




Since: Jan 10, 2008
Posted on: May 23, 2011 10:25 pm
 

Steve Nash supports gay marriage in NY video

Nash is a Canadian.  What do you expect?




Since: May 26, 2009
Posted on: May 23, 2011 10:13 pm
 

Steve Nash supports gay marriage in NY video

You sir, deserve to be favorited!!!




Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: May 23, 2011 9:59 pm
 

Steve Nash supports gay marriage in NY video

A phobia is defined as persistent or irrational fear. It is not an applicable term in the context of homosexuality. Those who do not embrace homosexuality do not fear those who practice it, nor are they irrational, or afflicted with some type of malady. The simply don't agree with the practice of homosexuality, and are repulsed and disgusted by it. If a person is standing in a pasture eating cow pies, it would be incorrect to say we are fearful of the person because we don't agree eating manure, or that we are "manurephobic". We simply find the act of eating cow pies distasteful and repulsive. Also, the fact that we don't support the eating of cow pies doesn't mean that we "hate" those who do. To each their own. It's their right to eat what they want. However, the pie eaters cannot demand that we accept and approve of their diet, and suggest that there is something wrong with anyone who doesn't eat cow pies. Finally, if those who do not support homosexuality are truly "homophobic", then can we assume that all who do not subscribe to Christianity are simply "Christophobic", and have an irrational fear of God? Are all non believers "afflicted" with a malady?



Since: Mar 4, 2008
Posted on: May 23, 2011 9:11 pm
 

Steve Nash supports gay marriage in NY video

lmao "hobophobia"




Since: Apr 13, 2011
Posted on: May 23, 2011 8:36 pm
 

Steve Nash supports gay marriage in NY video

i'm sure you meant "homophobia", not "hobophobia"...LOL




Since: Jul 16, 2008
Posted on: May 23, 2011 8:32 pm
 

Steve Nash supports gay marriage in NY video

I support gay marriage. 

That being said, I find a number of things curious about this. First, Steve Nash is a member of the Phoenix Suns. Secondly, he's Canadian. Third, what is with the NBA and the gay rights kick? Surely there are causes that affect more people, like lets say cancer research, that the NBA could get behind. Is the NBA a sports league or a political lobby?

Lastly, again, though I support gay marriage and will vote favorably on any ballot you send me, this is NOT an equal rights issue and I'm not going to present it as such even though I support it. Unequal rights means that I have a right that you don't. This is not the case. The law states that a man must marry a woman and that a woman must marry a man. That is it. Black and white. So, I have the right to marry a woman, a gay man has the right to marry a woman. We have the exact same right. NEITHER of us have the right to marry a man. The fact that a gay man may want to marry a man while I don't makes no difference whatsoever. The law is completely blind to what either side wants, which is exactly what the law should be.

The fact is that gays and lesbians need the law changed. Period. They present the issue as one of unequal rights so that they can contest any negative law passed (Prop 8) in the state supreme court  under the Equal Protection Act. This is exactly why this "marriage equality" rhetoric is used. It is nonsense.

Instead of engaging in meaningless rhetoric how about we discuss the REAL reasons why the law should be changed? 



Since: May 23, 2011
Posted on: May 23, 2011 7:03 pm
 

Steve Nash supports gay marriage in NY video

When will sane people stop caring what a bunch of dumb jocks have to say about political issues...kinda like hollywood, who cares?



Since: Jul 12, 2010
Posted on: May 23, 2011 6:45 pm
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