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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."
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Since: Apr 18, 2009
Posted on: May 23, 2011 6:33 pm
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Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: May 23, 2011 6:33 pm
 

Steve Nash supports gay marriage in NY video

What did he mean when he said"I am one of them". Is he a supporter, is he gay, or both. I would support gay marriage, although I am definitely not gay. Steve Nash looks gay with that Clay Aiken haircut.



Since: Mar 4, 2008
Posted on: May 23, 2011 6:29 pm
 

Steve Nash supports gay marriage in NY video

It does take courage to do it in the sports world, which has extreme hobophobia as a whole. 



Since: Mar 14, 2010
Posted on: May 23, 2011 6:25 pm
 

Steve Nash supports gay marriage in NY video

It doesn't take courage to bandwagon the gay rights movement. Especially in the liberal media. It would be courageous for some NBA player to back the hockey agent. Because he would get ripped by the media for sharing his opinion and probably fined too.


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Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: May 23, 2011 6:24 pm
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Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: May 23, 2011 6:14 pm
 

Steve Nash supports gay marriage in NY video

I am getting sick of steve nash sticking his nose into elections in this country !! Just go back to vancouver and stay out of our business.



Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: May 23, 2011 5:56 pm
 

Steve Nash supports gay marriage in NY video

Wow, jacky. thats quite the pulpit you're on. I'm guessing that you're actually that crazy preacher dude who was calling for the end of the world to happen this weekend,.How'd THAT work out for you?



Since: Dec 14, 2010
Posted on: May 23, 2011 5:54 pm
 

Steve Nash supports gay marriage in NY video

the scariest part of this story (and all the stories "coming out" supporting gay/lesbian marriage are the reader comments.  50 years ago, people were saying the same thing about interracial marriage - in fact, an amendment to the US Constitution was drafted.  I long for the day when love is what rules and marriage is a commitment based on love and honor.  Thank you Steve Nash - I appreciate your courage on and off the court.



Since: Jul 12, 2010
Posted on: May 23, 2011 5:37 pm
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Since: Mar 6, 2010
Posted on: May 23, 2011 5:19 pm
 

Steve Nash supports gay marriage in NY video

What do you expect from someone who grew up in the People Republic of Canada? People like Steve Nash long for the good 'ole days of smoking weed, and free love. Except of course if it's Steve Nash's own girl, in which case Steve Nash's whole view just goes up in flames doesn't it? Steve Nash being pro-homosexual marriage is about as surprising, and newsworthy, as water being wet.


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