NFL Players Union comes out in support of gay marriage.

This just made my day.  NFL Players Union president Domonique Foxworth has posted an article at USA Today that…it’s just fucking awesome.

Athletes have long been among the most prominent agents for social change. We are proud of our role on the front lines of civil rights. We have stood up for issues that are bigger than the game we play, and though the topics debated may change over the years, the principle is the same: We fundamentally believe that all people deserve equal rights.

That is why, as president of the NFL Players Association, I’m standing with the majority of Americans who support the freedom to marry.

This simple endorsement of equality might surprise some people. After all, recent headlines around the NFL have focused on a preoccupation with draft eligible players’ sexual orientation. And, of course, we have yet to count an openly gay player among our teammates. Nonetheless, many NFL players see what everyone else in this country sees — the growing support for marriage equality. We believe that denying people basic rights and protections simply because of who they are and whom they love is wrong. It’s an unconstitutional breach of our right to equal protection under the law.

Hell yes.  Take that, Matt Birk.

The whole piece is made of win.  I just want to post the whole thing.

Recently, two NFL players, Minnesota Vikings Chris Kluwe and three-time Pro Bowler Brendon Ayanbadejo of the Ravens, filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court supporting the freedom to marry. I applaud their action — and all the other players who have announced their support, including the executive director of the NFLPA, DeMaurice Smith. But as important and helpful it is to have Brendon, Chris and many other athletes step forward, we know a favorable ruling by our nation’s highest court would move this conversation light years ahead and demonstrate that equality in this country means just that — equality for everyone.

It would be in the best interest of all Americans for the Supreme Court to strike down discriminatory legislation that denies gay and lesbian couples the right to marry. Its decision won’t change the face of this country — that’s already happening — but it will reaffirm America’s commitment to equality.

Being gay is not a choice.  You know how I know?  I very much want to be gay (or even bi) for Chris Kluwe.  So much.  Curse you straight women and bi/gay men!

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Kaoru Negisa

    Chris Klewe is one of the reasons why being attracted to men can be so rewarding. Then you realize he’s straight, and your dreams are crushed. Then you remember we live in a world with John Barrowman and Matt Bomer, and all is right again.

    • Nate Frein

      Just because I can’t touch doesn’t mean I can’t look.

      *stares at picture and drools*

      • Noadi

        That’s certainly my point of view when it comes to John Barrowman and Neil Patrick Harris. Not that I’d have a chance to do more than stare and drool even if they were straight.

  • Loqi

    Kluwe is definitely my favorite Vikings player. I want to see him on the field as much as possible. Especially when they play the Packers.

  • andre

    I’m really not sure that athletes are “among the most prominent agents for social change” or that they should tout their “role on the front lines of civil rights” because both of these statements are specious. (Case in point, they are making this announcement that is in line with the opinion of a majority of Americans. Quite the leadership.) However, bravo for the NFLPA for doing the right thing right now.

  • Darren

    Great… Now we are going to have the Gay Male Trophy Wife…

    • Silent Service

      If I wasn’t already married, I would gladly volunteer to be a trophy hubby for the right athlete. I better hit the gym first though.

      • Nate Frein

        I never understood the problem with “trophy spouses” (spice?).

        I mean, it seems perfectly acceptable to enter into the relationship with a clear understanding that the trophy is in it to look pretty for the rich person, and the rich person will provide materially for the trophy. Both have clearly defined desires, and clearly defined responsibilities.

        What I don’t understand is why drama needs to enter into the equation.

  • baal

    I’m bi and slutty but still find myself actually attracted to a rather small number of people. I’m sure if they were being intentionally sexual, I’d be more interested generally.

    • baal

      I should also mention that there is hope for you yet JT. I can remember a time when I was only straight. My tastes have shifted and broadened quite a bit as I’ve aged.