Expect another gay marriage endorsement
from the world of professional sports later this week when Giants
owner Steve Tisch releases a video.
Sports' Off The Bench is reporting that the Human Rights
Campaign's (HRC) New Yorkers for Marriage Equality Campaign will
release a 30-second video later this week featuring Tisch.
Last week, 39-year-old former Giants
defensive end Michael Strahan became just the third professional
athlete behind New York Rangers winger Sean Avery and Phoenix Suns
point guard Steve Nash to star in a video for the campaign that began
In the video, Strahan says he feels
“it's unfair to stop committed couples from getting married” and
urges New Yorkers to support Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to make New
York the sixth state to legalize gay marriage. (The video is
embedded in the right panel of this page.)
endorsement created the most controversy – either because he
was the first or because of the hockey player's reputation as an
agitator – opening a previously mostly silent discussion on
homophobia in professional sports.
Other professional football players
have also expressed support, including Baltimore
Ravens wide receiver Donte Stallworth, New
England Patriots safety Bret Lockett, Carolina
Panthers linebacker Nic Harris, and Baltimore
Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo.