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Avery joins N.Y. push for equal marriage rights

Posted on: May 9, 2011 2:01 pm
Edited on: May 10, 2011 3:08 pm
 

Rangers forward Sean Avery has always been a true individual, never afraid to speak his mind or be himself. That includes his recent move to contribute to a movement in New York for equal marriage rights.

In a 30-second video he recorded, Avery is seen looking at the camera, espousing his belief in people being allowed to marry the person they love.

"The places I’ve played and lived the longest have been in West Hollywood, Calif., when I played for the L.A. Kings, and when I moved to New York, I lived in Chelsea for the first four years," Avery said in a phone interview with the New York Times . "I certainly have been surrounded by the gay community. And living in New York and when you live in L.A., you certainly have a lot of gay friends."

UPDATE: Uptown Sports, a firm that represents many players (see the list here ), doesn't seem to agree with Avery's point of view, criticizing the forward for joining the movement. Per tweets from Todd Reynolds, the firm's Vice President and son of the owner:

Very sad to read Sean Avery's misguided support of same-gender "marriage". Legal or not, it will always be wrong.

To clarify. This is not hatred or bigotry towards gays. It is not intolerance in any way shape or form. I believe we are all equal...

But I believe in the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman. This is my personal viewpoint. I Do not hate anyone.

His recording joins a list of New York-area celebrities joining the fight, but is the first coming from an athlete. Similar movements in other states have had advocates from pro sports, specifically Ravens LB Brendon Ayanbadejo in Maryland while the Suns' Grant Hill and Jared Dudley recorded a PSA to discourage antigay language.

In addition to his on-ice notoriety as a class-A agitator (surely you remember this ) and off-ice instances like his infamous "sloppy seconds" remark regarding his ex-girlfriend Elisha Cuthbert's relationship with Dion Phaneuf, Avery has been active in the fashion world. He took an internship with Vogue magazine and hasn't hidden his interest in fashion.

"People have been calling me names for 10 years just because I like to wear nice suits," he told the Times . "It’s going to take a lot to get me upset or to get under my skin. I’m OK"

There still hasn't been an openly gay active male athlete in a professional American team sport. There have been a few players to come out across the globe and former NBA player John Amaechi revealed his homosexuality after his playing days finished.

On the ice, which always seems to be an afterthought with Avery, he scored three goals with 21 assists for the Rangers last season.

-- Brian Stubits

Category: NHL
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Since: May 11, 2011
Posted on: May 11, 2011 10:02 am
 

Avery joins N.Y. push for equal marriage rights

Ihave been a Ranger fan for 37 years and a season ticket holder for 11 years if Avery is a Ranger next year goodbye to my season tickets He probably likes Obama to



Since: May 10, 2011
Posted on: May 10, 2011 8:38 pm
 

Avery joins N.Y. push for equal marriage rights

Todd Reynolds thinks that denying gays equal rights is not hatred or bigotry?
Imagine if this agent had written:
"Very sad to read Sean Avery's misguided support of women "voting". Legal or not, it will always be wrong. To clarify. This is not hatred or bigotry towards women. It is not intolerance in any way shape or form. I believe we are all equal...  But I believe in the sanctity of democracy between one man and his vote. This is my personal viewpoint. I Do not hate anyone."  Or if Todd Reynolds had written "Very sad to read Sean Avery's misguided support of blacks "riding the bus". Legal or not, it will always be wrong. It is not intolerance in any way shape or form. etc."  No rational American would tolerate such arguments.  The issue is equality, pure and simple.  Good on Sean Avery for publicly supporting equality.



Since: May 10, 2011
Posted on: May 10, 2011 7:30 pm
 

Avery joins N.Y. push for equal marriage rights

Hey Ass-

The other 50% of the people in this country that do respect marriage that don't cheat on their spouses and do stay married are against relationships that are abominations.  And its no joke when upstanding citizens take a hard stance against something they feel very strong about.  Talk about being intolerant, you are very intolerant and ignorant.



Since: Mar 5, 2011
Posted on: May 10, 2011 3:11 pm
 

Avery joins N.Y. push for equal marriage rights

@Wilcoam, there's your problem. Tolerance is completely paradoxial. If you're telling people who believe in absolute truth to be tolerant, then you're being intolerant of such people. You're just as guilty at that point according to your own words.

And someone also said that the USA is not based on "religious nuts". Problem is, our country was founded so that we could worship freely without the government pressuring us, hence separation of church and state. You can't have a country that has no boundaries. Our country was built on mostly Biblical principles. Seemingly, we're holding those up less and less. And since then, we've had more lying, cheating, and everything that goes along in our politicians. This past decade was the worst yet, and it seemingly doesn't end.

I'm just saying, you have to choose what to be tolerant or intolerant of. I wish our country would lay something out for us of what we're about. I'm not even sure anymore. That way, people would be able to reference what we stand for besides Freedom.

And no, Freedom isn't tolerance. Freedom is being able to talk civil and freely to someone about differences, and accept that you don't get along, rather than just "tolerate" everything.

If you're going to talk tolerance, you have to realize you're being completely intolerant to the people who believe in absolute truth. And that's not what our country's cornerstone is. So I'm really not getting the patriotic vibe from this tolerance thing.

The vibe thing is purely opinion, however, the tolerance/intolerance thing is fact. Making sure that's clear before someone comes along crusing with CAPS lock and tearing me a new one. All I ask for is respect.



Since: May 9, 2011
Posted on: May 10, 2011 1:24 pm
 

Avery joins N.Y. push for equal marriage rights

Homosexuality will never be defined by love.  It will never be defined by marriage.  And it surely cannot be defined by children.  It is defined by sex.  Period.  
Actually, your definition of homesexuality is more defined by hate, ignorance, racism, sexism, and intolerance, than by anything else you mentioned - I applaud that you feel secure enough in your hate and ignorance to spout your beliefs, but then you will be called out on it for what it is, sexual intolerance, nothing more, nothing less - A gay person should not have to sit in the back of the bus because you are intolerant, they deserve nothing less than the same rights you have, period - Just saying  



Since: Feb 9, 2008
Posted on: May 10, 2011 1:20 pm
 

Avery joins N.Y. push for equal marriage rights

Why do people put so much credence on celebreties', musicians' and athletes' opinions, aspecially concerning moral and social issues? These 3 groups are not ordinary citizens in their lifestyle, outlook or financial means and although talented, they are not any more intelligent or wiser than the rest of us. Since when have athletes especially contributed to elevating any society, or nation, or culture? The function of religion and education have been the driving forces of western society and culture which then flowed through into government. So my main point is that the opinions of athletes on anything outside of sports is no more meaningful than yours or mine. At least I graduated from college Cum Laude by taking my own classes, doing my own assignments, taking my own tests and not being above everybody else due to being a jock. Do not get me wrong, I do love sports to include playing them and I am athletic and had no trouble making the teams, but at the college level I was purely a student in pursuit of my degree.     



Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: May 10, 2011 11:12 am
 

Avery joins N.Y. push for equal marriage rights

Hes gay....this comfirms it ill give it about 3 years after hes out of the nhl to come out of the closet



Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: May 10, 2011 11:07 am
 

Avery joins N.Y. push for equal marriage rights

Hold up, not sure this is exactly him coming out of the closet. Supporting gay marriage and actually being a homosexual are two very different things. Whether you like the guy or not, he says what he thinks and marches to the beat of his own drummer.  This probably buys him some brownie points with the NHL, and if you know anything about the fashion industry, its mainly run by gays. And since he has an interest in Fashion for his post NHL life, this was a VERY smart move for him. 

While I could really care less about the topic of gay marriage,  good for him for standing up for what he believes in.



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