Minnesota Lynx star Seimone Augustus is hoping to marry her girlfriend in Minnesota.

The 28-year-old Augustus, who earned MVP honors while leading the Lynx to the 2011 WNBA championship, is speaking out on a proposed constitutional amendment which would define marriage as a heterosexual union in Minnesota.

Augustus' May proposal to her longtime girlfriend LaTaya Varner also marked her first public statements on her sexual orientation.

“I felt like it was the perfect time for me, being on a platform where I can make a change with my voice and my situation,” she told the AP. “Maybe inspire someone else to come out and be comfortable with themselves. Or maybe someone else's parents will see my parents saying that it's OK to be with your child and love your child unconditionally regardless of your sexual preference.”

“I told her it's a very huge step,” Varner said. “Not everybody can do it. … It's a major move when anybody can take those next steps.”

The couple said they wish they could marry in Minnesota but are planning a May wedding in nearby Iowa. Augustus added that defeat of the amendment would give her hope that someday she could marry in her adopted state.

“I'm hoping [marriage equality] passes 'cause then we're able to have a nice wedding here and actually be able to legally do it here instead of having to go a few hours away to Iowa or somewhere like that to have it done. You want to be able to do it in a city that for one embraced me and has been my second home for the last six or seven years; and is her home. This is where she's from. To be able to share a special moment in Minnesota history.”

“I just never understood why someone else's love life and who they love and who they choose to be with affects so many other people's lives,” she said. “Is it a scare of, 'Gay people are going to be running around and everyone's going to turn gay?'”

“I never understood the whole point of opposing or hating someone else's happiness.”