Former rugby star Ben Cohen recently revealed that he would be okay if his daughters “turned out to be gay.”

The openly straight Cohen, 36, retired from rugby in 2011 and launched the StandUp Foundation to combat homophobia and the bullying of LGBT teens. Cohen is particularly interested in promoting greater acceptance in the world of sports.

“I would have no problem with that at all,” he told

“We've created an environment where our kids can be open to talk about how they feel and home's a happy place.”

“If my kids turned out to be gay, I wouldn't have an issue with that at all, so long as they were happy and they could talk to me about it,” he added.

Cohen and his wife Abbie are raising twin 6-year-old daughters Harriette and Isabelle.