Staver: Boycott Sports Teams That Support Marriage Equality

Mat Staver, the dumbest lawyer in America not named Larry Klayman, is very upset that three major sports franchises — the New England Patriots, Tampa Bay Rays and San Francisco Giants — signed on to a brief supporting marriage equality. He thinks Christians should boycott them for it.

According to one of America’s leading pro-family lawyers, people who support biblical marriage should show their discontent with some of the highest-profile sports franchises in America that have officially announced their full-fledged endorsement of homosexual “marriage.”

The Super Bowl champion New England Patriots and the World Series-winning San Francisco Giants, along with Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays, have joined many other businesses and organizations in filing legal briefs at the nation’s highest court in support of homosexual marriage.

Constitutional lawyer Mat Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel, has also filed a legal brief in the case with the Supreme Court of the United States — in support of traditional marriage. He clearly states his case about sports teams that decide to dabble into politics and weigh in on this issue.

“I think we ought to vote with our dollars and not support those sports entities, those sports organizations, or those businesses that literally are hostile to our faith and to the very foundational values of God’s natural created order of man and woman as the union of a husband and wife in marriage,” Staver declares. “That’s so fundamental. If they can’t get that right, how can they get anything else right and how are they deserving of any of our respect or our support?”

But gee Mat, your partner in bigotry Matt Barber says that when liberals boycott companies for not supporting equality, that’s “economic terrorism.” And why focus on the sports teams? They were just three of nearly 400 companies to sign that brief. I think all you bigots should boycott every one of those companies. That means no more drinking Coke or Pepsi, no more ordering from Amazon, no more Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. In fact, you won’t be able to use computers anymore because both Apple and Microsoft signed the brief. So did Intel, Oracle and Cisco, so you can’t use the internet because of all those pro-gay routers and chips. You can’t send email anyway, since the sendmail program was written by a gay man. Good luck with that.

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  • eric

    Fine by me. Reduce demand and maybe football ticket prices will descend from “absurd” to merely “outrageous.”

  • alanb

    Staver is just trying to build on the momentum of all of the other wildly successful boycotts by the religious right such as Victoria’s Secret, and Urban Outfitters, and JC Penney, and all of the hundreds of other targets that were forced to declare bankruptcy.

  • Kamaka

    one of America’s leading pro-family lawyers


  • teawithbertrand

    “hostile to our faith”

    None of these teams is “hostile” to your faith. I am, though.

  • peterh

    @ #1,

    Because of that (some family members actually attend from time to time) I find the best view from my living room couch. And I can “support” such godless behavior without ever being detected. (No, I do not have a “spy-TV.”) :)

  • cptdoom

    I am so sure the fans of Super-Bowl champions the New England Patriots, the vast majority of whom live in marriage equality states, are really going to give up on the team – and it’s extremely popular, traditionally married superstar quarterback – because of TEH GAY.

  • colnago80

    Hey, Staver should be calling for a boycott of Apple, Inc. because its CEO is an out of the closet gay man.

  • John Pieret

    And why focus on the sports teams?

    Because sputtering ineffectually at sports teams might get them a little notice, especially during the lull between the Super Bowl and March Madness, while sputtering ineffectually at Coke, Pepsi, Amazon, Ben and Jerry’s, Apple, Microsoft, Intel, Oracle, Cisco and all the other major corporations that are on board with marriage equality will go completely unnoticed.

  • John Hinkle

    According to one of America’s leading pro-family lawyers, …

    Wow, FAIL right out of the box.

  • whheydt

    Um…sure… Like his boycott is going to work in San Francisco.

  • dugglebogey

    Seriously. The New England Patriots have a guy who’s about to be convicted who played for the team, and the fans don’t care. The quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers is probably a rapist and the fans don’t care. Does anyone really thing the fans care if the team supports marriage equality?

  • Dr X

    Biblical marriage: Arranged marriage? Multiple spouses? Marriage between pregnant 14 years old girls and adult men? Marriage only if your loins are too heated to wait for the end times?

  • Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    @dugglebogey: Hernandez was released by the Patriots the same day he was arrested, which was only 9 days after the murder. What do you think the fans should do about that now?

  • Joseph Sexton

    So, if enough fundies boycott the Patriots, some of us un-bigoted folks might have a shot at getting tickets? OK. Works for me.

  • raremomentsoflucidity

    I read an article on Alternet that I feel gives an accurate summary of recent crazy RW Christian behaviors.

    (Sorry, I haven’t figured out tags yet- f’ing noobs, sheesh).


  • scienceavenger

    The quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers is probably a rapist and the fans don’t care.

    But it was a natural heterosexual rape, duh.