Republicans are preparing legislation that would ban gay athletes from joining the National Football League (NFL).
Sam Stein at Huffington Post reports a Republican lobbyist is preparing legislation that would ban gay athletes from playing in the National Football League, a move some Republicans believe is necessary to prevent American society from sliding into indecency.
Raw Story reports Washington lobbyist Jack Burkman issued a statement saying that his firm, J M Burkman & Associates, is currently preparing the legislation that would ban gay athletes from playing in the NFL.
In the statement Burkman wrote “We are losing our decency as a nation. Imagine your son being forced to shower with a gay man. That’s a horrifying prospect for every mom in the country. What in the world has this nation come to?”
Burkman said work on the legislation began after college football star Michael Sam publicly revealed he is gay. If drafted, Sam would be the first openly gay player in the NFL.
Mediaite reports Burkman said:
“I felt that if the NFL doesn’t have any morals, and people like [Commissioner] Roger Goodell, who are just go-along-get-along guys, just want to appease advertisers, appease corporate America and all that stuff… I figured, well, it is time for conservatives in Congress to step in and define morality for them.”
Republican legislation attempting to ban gay players from the NFL only reinforces the notion that the GOP brand has become synonymous with bigotry, hatred and ignorance.