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Monday, September 26, 2016

Bill Clinton Salutes NBA Center Jason Collins For Coming Out, Calls It An ‘Important Moment’

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In a cover story for Sports Illustrated, Washington Wizards center Jason Collins became the first athlete in one of the four major professional sports leagues to come out as gay.

Former president Bill Clinton immediately saluted Collins in a statement.

I have known Jason Collins since he was Chelsea’s classmate and friend at Stanford. Jason’s announcement today is an important moment for professional sports and in the history of the LGBT community.

It is also the straightforward statement of a good man who wants no more than what so many of us seek: to be able to be who we are; to do our work; to build families and to contribute to our communities. For so many members of the LGBT community, these simple goals remain elusive. I hope that everyone, particularly Jason’s colleagues in the NBA, the media and his many fans extend to him their support and the respect he has earned.

President Clinton has evolved along with the country on the issue of marriage equality. He signed the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996 but has become a leading voice in the effort to overturn the law so that “all people no matter where they live can marry the people they love.”

Earlier this month, Clinton received GLAAD’s Advocate for Change Award. His speech detailed this country’s long effort to become “a more perfect union” and how his daughter Chelsea informed his own views on LGBT rights.

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  • JDavidS

    Collins has balls… Good on him. A gutsy move. And he’s to be applauded for it.

  • The fact that Collins’ admission made national headlines highlights how far behind we are, on social matters, compared to other developed countries. Equality should not be a debatable topic, it is a right that, by now, ought to be indisputable.

    • CPAinNewYork

      I personally do not care if Collins is a homosexual or not. All this airing of his personal sexual preferences is publicity seeking. It will be interesting to see if some heterosexual players beat up on him.

  • itsfun

    Bill just believes he now has less competition for the girls.

  • exdemo55

    Jason Collins and all who support what he is doing are shaking their fists in the face of God. Romans 1:

    18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. 24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator–who is forever praised. Amen. 26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion. 28 Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.

  • CPAinNewYork

    Arvid: You feel for this nation’s future? Then put your money where your mouth is and go live somewhere else.