The National Organization for Marriage
(NOM) has come to the defense of David Tyree, whose support for the
organization and its goals was recently highlighted by LGBT groups
when the former NFL player returned to the New York Giants.
Tyree, who this week was
hired by the Giants as the team's next director of player
development, joined NOM in 2011 to oppose passage of New York's law
allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry.
In a NOM video, Tyree said marriage
equality would lead to “anarchy.”
Tyree says gay marriage would lead to anarchy.)
On Friday – the same day a
second judge struck down Florida's restrictive marriage ban –
NOM devoted two blog posts to Tyree. The group has also kept mum on
events in Colorado, where a federal judge on Wednesday knocked
down the state's marriage ban and Attorney General John Suthers
is scrambling to stop
Boulder County from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.
NOM President Brian Brown claimed that
like former Mozilla
CEO Brendan Eich, Duck
Dynasty star Phil Robertson and real estate moguls the
Benham Brothers, Tyree was being discriminated against for his
opposition to marriage equality.
“That's right – they're at it
again,” Brown wrote. “[T]he radical gay activists who claim to
be all about 'tolerance' are on the frenzied witch-hunt and demanding
that the Giants fire Tyree.”
“Tyree should be as free to voice his
values as anyone else in our country without having to fear reprisals
In a separate post, Brown compared the
“hailing” of Michael Sam, the NFL's first openly gay player, to
the criticism the Giants have received over Tyree's hiring.
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is
“proffering a rulebook with two sets of guidelines: one for them,
and one for everyone else. All views should be treated equally, says
HRC – but some views should be treated more equally than others.
The bottom line is that Tyree has been picked as a 'loser' because of
his views, just as Sam has been picked as a 'winner.' Their
performance on the field, it seems, is of less importance to all the
football fans at HRC and in the media.”
And while Sam's drafting has nothing to
do with marriage equality – the group's single focus – Brown
pressed on, defending retired NFL coach Tony Dungy's comments about
not wanting to coach Michael Sam.
Collins responds to Tony Dungy's comments on Michael Sam.)
“[W]hat has happened with Dungy is
another example of the gross double-standard same-sex marriage
activists want to apply to every aspect of public life. Remember I
said I'd return to the matter of Michael Sam's award last week?
Well, consider things this way: Sam has been awarded a high honor in
the NFL without having set foot on the field during a game of
regulation play. He has also already faced an awkward scheduling
difficulty because of a proposed documentary offer he accepted before
committing to the NFL, which presented potential conflicts with his
team obligations. The point is that it is evident that Sam's
orientation has already been a distraction from football. If you
turned on ESPN over the last few days hoping for news of football,
you would not have seen so much about pass completion statistics and
running yard averages relevant to the upcoming season. You'd have
seen instead a whole lot of talking about the drama of gay rights.
Is Tony Dungy a 'bigot' for saying that he personally would rather
not deal with any such and just do what he got into his career to do,
which is win football games?” Brown rhetorically asked before
turning to the task of asking for money.