NOM Attacks Obamas For Inviting Gay Athlete Jason Collins To State Of The Union
January 28, 2014 10:40 am ET by Luke Brinker
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) criticized First Lady Michelle Obama for including gay former NBA player Jason Collins among her State of the Union guests, declaring that "in today's gay-affirming culture ... we don't think 'coming out' is particularly heroic."
A January 28 post on NOM's blog suggested a list of seven athletes who would have made suitable State of the Union guests, including conservative Christian football player Tim Tebow. Instead, NOM charged, the Collins invite showed that the White House was more interested in "having his sexuality shoved at us":
No, instead of any of these, the President has chosen to bestow such honor and admiration on Jason Collins - and presumably solely for his coming out last year as the first openly gay player in the NBA.
For what it's worth, in today's gay-affirming culture - where being gay or lesbian is celebrated constantly in the entertainment world and highlighted seemingly daily in the news - we don't think that "coming out" is particularly heroic.
We assume that Jason Collins has done some fine things as a person to better society and help those in need. We'd be more interested in learning of those efforts than in having his sexuality shoved at us by the man that Newsweek dubbed, "the first gay President."
NOM's homophobic tirade against Collins' attendance is merely the latest sign that despite the organization's insistences, the marriage debate is far from its sole focus. NOM has made perfectly clear that it takes issue with gay people themselves, not merely their right to marry, having denounced homosexuality as "evil" and "a sin."