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Rashad Evans Signs Kluwe/Ayanbadejo Brief in Support of Gay Marriage

It’s sometimes easy to forget that the cultures of our professional sports are not isolated from the rest of society, and that the two affect each other. This is easy to spot when looking at the issue of LGBT rights: the same way that professional athletes are still hesitant to accept a gay teammate, a person can still be fired for being gay in twenty-nine states. Progress is slowly being made on both fronts, as last week, NFL athletes Chris Kluwe and Brendon Ayanbadejo filed a Supreme Court brief arguing that not only is California’s Proposition 8 unconstitutional, but also that professional athletes have an important role in promoting tolerance in society.

The outspoken equal rights advocates [Author Note: By the way, if you haven't read Kluwe's rebuttal to Maryland state delegate Emmett C. Burns Jr., who tried to persuade the Baltimore Ravens to stop Ayanbadejo from voicing his stance on gay marriage, go read that now.] have recently caught the attention of one of our sport’s most popular fighters, Rashad Evans. Evans has not only signed their brief, but he also issued a strong statement in support of gay marriage. As he told Outsports:

“I’ve never been a homophobe, never understood what that is all about. I knew some people who were gay and never cared about their sexuality. But at the same time, I didn’t fully understand the issues around gay people until my friend BA started telling me about his full public support for gay marriage. We talked about the issue and I decided its not enough to not be against a minority, if you want things to go better for them you have to speak up with them.

“I’m a UFC fighter, a macho-type sport. I am a heterosexual guy in a tough macho sport, which is exactly the reason I feel a duty to say I support gay marriage and gay rights.

“I have nothing to gain personally from supporting this issue, and that’s the point. Society as a whole is better when there is equality, and I want to live in a country where everyone has the same rights because we all benefit from that.

“What people overlook is that is isn’t a sex issue, its a love issue. There’s no justifiable reason for trying to get in the way of two people who love each other.

“I have kids. I don’t want them growing up in a society where they, or their friends, could be second class citizens based on which person they fall in love with or who they want to be happy with.”

Despite what the naysayers want us to believe, the UFC has been very progressive as of late. Not only did an out lesbian headline UFC 157 -all while Dana White voiced his support for gay fighters, mind you – but now one of the sport’s most prominent fighters has taken a clear stance in support of gay rights. The struggle for equality may be far from over, but both of these examples are a huge help.


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TheCrooner- March 10, 2013 at 5:40 pm
Da're incredible.
mma4ever- March 10, 2013 at 4:45 pm
As long as da dick goes in da pussy who cares what colour u are.
Dizzylittlelord- March 10, 2013 at 3:20 pm
i see bigotry against same sex marriage along the same vein as interracial marriages. 50 years ago a white woman and a black man getting married was as frowned upon as same sex marriage is today unfortunately. grow up people. times change, who the hell are you to tell people to tell other people who to love. 50 years down the line i hope this conversation looks just as ridiculous as the racial ones do now.
TheCrooner- March 10, 2013 at 8:35 am
Haha sorry dude. Just start eating scallops or clams. He doesn't give a shit about them.
dranokills- March 10, 2013 at 8:28 am
look at all the fags and fag hags come out of the woodwork. good job CP you know how to bring these motherfuckers to light don't ya?
Thumblaster- March 10, 2013 at 8:27 am
If your gay so the fuck what, do what ever you want to do,but dont try and shove it down everyones throats.( no pun intended) the fag bashing homophobe is as big of an asshole as the dude in a denim bananna hamock or assless chaps making out with his buddy in public to prove some point.keep your sexuality private, it's all good but I dont need to have it forced on me. Hot lesbians can do anything they want anywhere they want.
KungfuJaysus- March 10, 2013 at 7:44 am
Fuck! I eat the hell outta some shrimp. Thanks a lot!
TheCrooner- March 10, 2013 at 7:32 am
Hey mrtrue, do you eat shrimp? Because eating shrimp is also an abomination in god's eyes. Same as wearing linen and wool at the same time. But I'm sure you would never touch a shrimp because that would warrant the same punishment as a man laying with another man which is how it is worded in the Bible. And it's really only mentioned twice but the no eating shrimp thing is mentioned 7 times. You sure have a pretty swell guy to look up to.
dranokills- March 10, 2013 at 8:25 am
you are complete fucking moron.....end trans.
KungfuJaysus- March 10, 2013 at 1:47 am
Wow, some people are fucking stupid. Makes me sad I defended the rights of biggots for 20 years of my life. If it bothers u what other people legally do then u need to get a more interesting life or a less miserable one. I'm not gay but I also don't care if others are. Worry about yourself. Let me guess, we should kill all the blacks and Mexicans too, right? And what about those evil interracial couples! Sooooo evil! Fucking idiots.
dranokills- March 10, 2013 at 8:24 am
nawww we should only kill you.
Mrtrue- March 9, 2013 at 11:33 pm
Iam very disappointed in Rashad Evans in his support on gay marriage. This speaks very well for your morals and beliefs and you just accept something like that just because it makes it easy for you but trust me it does not make it easier for everybody. I sincerely hope the rest of the fighters in the organization who call themselves Christians speak the truth on gay marriage when they are approached with what's there opinion.....I hope you never get the belt back now
dranokills- March 10, 2013 at 8:23 am
enrikk- March 9, 2013 at 11:52 pm
Out of curiosity, Mrtrue, do you believe that God helps him who helps himself?
dranokills- March 9, 2013 at 11:06 pm
enrikk I said shhhhhh, it's gonna be alright. stop letting loose your "stunning" venom.
seth, well durrrppp , haven't you already figured out all us real MMA fans are ignorant meatheads.
enrikk- March 9, 2013 at 8:54 pm
Also, it's pretty sad that you think having two K's in my name has any significance at all. By the sound of it, I'm guessing the local Alcoholics Anonymous group is tired of getting voicemails from you about how your car broke down.

But I'm done talking with you, drano. Can someone take the time to explain the above joke to him, please?
enrikk- March 9, 2013 at 8:48 pm
@drano "Why is this news?"

Hopefully it will stop being news soon, drano, but not before people stop giving a fuck whether other people are gay or not. But, mind you, this is also in the same country where racists recently started trolling the US Supreme court saying, "Well we have a black president now, so that means regular minorities don't need anymore protection, right? Can I get a [sieg] heil yeah?"

Also, I laugh at the irony of you calling me gay when you clearly have the same ailment that mma4ever does. Keep trying to "pray it away" buddy.
SethF- March 9, 2013 at 8:35 pm
Why is it news that a high profile MMA fighter has signed a brief heading to the Supreme Court concerning the rights of our fellow men and women, while most mainstream athletes are still too afraid to stick up for their own gay teammates? Are you fucking serious? Way to fuel the "MMA fans are just ignorant meatheads" stereotype, bro.
dranokills- March 9, 2013 at 8:08 pm
Oh and BTW I guess from reading these stupid posts that enrikk (spelled with 2 K's none the less) is VERY gay. Well bully for you fudgepacker, try not to get too butthurt over mma4ever's small words. Relax, nobody is gonna take the hamster out of your ass until you WANT them to, ok pal. shhhhh, it's ok.
dranokills- March 9, 2013 at 8:02 pm
But who gives a fuck? why is this even news?
So bored we have to talk about gay rights? Why not fisherman rights, or the rights of people who like to eat insects..........who gives a fuck!?!
enrikk- March 9, 2013 at 7:53 pm
Struck a nerve? Hahah, no, it's just endlessly amusing to me when stupid people like yourself try to speak with authority (on anything). But that's just the icing to the already-delicious-cake that is your assertion that homosexuality only exists because "sometimes people forget to remind each other not to have sex with their own gender".

I mean, really, how must that work in your life? Do you have the Ted Haggard iPhone app that reminds you every five minutes not to suck dick, or what?
mma4ever- March 9, 2013 at 6:42 pm
Struck a nerve with all u bitchs huh ..and if u read what i wrote then u got what i said so fuck ur grammer and ur sensitivity .
enrikk- March 9, 2013 at 6:25 pm
1) There are 7 billion people on the planet and you're worried about whether enough straight people will be around to fuck and keep our species going?

2) If you need to be TOLD to have sex with women, then you're already gay as hell, pal

3) Your "morales"? You mean morals? You're really not good at this English stuff, are you? Go ahead, keep justifying the stereotype that says no one should ever listen to you. Better for history, anyway.
jason414- March 9, 2013 at 5:37 pm
If you like watching lesbians, that's gay.
mma4ever- March 9, 2013 at 4:10 pm
It affects my morales when u have a parade an march that shit down city sreets.....shoud have ur own washrooms to...
jason414- March 9, 2013 at 5:37 pm
You can't get through the street? Oh, you poor poor dear.
TheCrooner- March 9, 2013 at 2:03 pm
mma4ever probably lives in a trailer in the middle of nowhere and beats his buck toothed wife when his Budweiser supply runs out. Oh and learn the difference between there and they're.
Ryan Meleedy- March 9, 2013 at 1:36 pm
Why anyone would ever care if two men or two woman want to be together is something I'll never understand. It doesn't affect anyone but those two involved. No one is going around telling straight people that they can or cannot marry certain people based on their looks or religion. It's the same thing. Unless it directly affects you, or your living situation, or hurts you in some way, I say stay out of peoples personal business and relationships.
mma4ever- March 9, 2013 at 1:36 pm
I knew it . Put the fags on a island and see how long they last. Its not about who they fuck but who they love...are u retarded evans. If there married then there probably fucking and if u think its ok to to teach ur son that some like it in the ass ur veiws are fucked .
BaghdadBob- March 9, 2013 at 1:06 pm
That's gay, Rashaad.