Over the weekend, ESPN aired an openly gay professional athlete embracing and kissing his partner after a bowling win.

Scott Norton won the 2012 PBA Chameleon Championship in Las Vegas held in November. Norton defeated the 2011 champion, Jason Belmonte, to win the title.  ESPN did not air the event until this Sunday, gay sports blog Outsports.com reported.

After wining the championship, Norton was shown embracing and kissing his partner, Craig Woodward. During the telecast, ESPN announcers referred to Woodward as Norton's husband or spouse. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

In 2011, the couple entered a domestic partnership in California, just months after Norton publicly announced he's gay.

“It is extremely important for me to come out to show other gay athletes, both current and future, that it is important to come out to show that we are just like everyone else,” Norton said in a statement. “Being gay doesn't define who I am as a person or as a professional athlete … It's important to show people that being gay has nothing to do with one's ability to do anything as a man, least of all compete at the highest level of sports.”