Torii Hunter, right fielder for the
Detroit Tigers, talks up Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson's
opposition to gay marriage in an ad for the Republican's re-election
The 39-year-old Hunter claimed that he
was misquoted two years ago by the Los Angeles Times when he
said: “For me, as a Christian … I will be uncomfortable [with a
gay teammate] because in all my teachings and all my learning,
biblically, it's not right. It will be difficult and uncomfortable.”
“If you know me you know that I m not
anti anything and to be portrayed as anti-gay in this article is
hurtful and just not true,” he said in 2012.
In the 60-second radio spot for
Hutchinson, Hunter reminds listeners that Dr. Martin Luther King said
that men should be judged by the content of their character.
“Today we often pre-judge political
candidates by their party label. I'm asking you to consider Asa for
his actions,” he says.
He adds that Hutchinson is “committed
to the principles” African-Americans hold dear, “like a strong
faith in God, equal justice for all, and keeping marriage between one
man and one woman.” (The audio is embedded on this page. Visit
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points to a 2013 poll which found that the percentage of
African-American Arkansans that support marriage equality is greater
than the percentage of Arkansans in general, 47% compared to 38%.