UK rugby star Ben Cohen and retired MLB player Billy Bean cheered two recent Supreme Court rulings related to gay marriage.

The openly straight Cohen retired from rugby in 2011 and launched the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation to combat homophobia and the bullying of LGBT teens. Cohen is particularly interested in promoting greater acceptance in the world of sports.

Bean announced he's gay in 1999 and talked about his experience in his 2003 memoir Going the Other Way: Lessons from a life in and out of Major League Baseball. Bean was an outfielder and a left-handed hitter who played in the MLB for 8 years ending in 1995. He played for the Detroit Tigers, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the San Diego Padres and Japan's Kintetsu Baffaloes for one season. He currently resides in Los Angeles, where he sells real estate. Bean recently joined Cohen's foundation.

“As LGBT people, a lot of us are used to conforming to whoever we're with and we've learned to suppress who we are,” Bean told gay glossy The Advocate at San Francisco Gay Pride. “But the Supreme Court rulings have made it easier for us to really share who we are going forward.”

Cohen added: “There's no doubt it's an historic moment and a step in the right direction to drive cultural change.”

“I think the Supreme Court's rulings are a huge step towards furthering the education of how the next generation will treat one another,” he added.