President Obama took time off from his very important golf games and celebrity partying to call the NBA player who came out of the closet yesterday.
A groundbreaking pronouncement from NBA veteran Jason Collins — “I’m gay” — reverberated Monday through Washington, generating accolades from lawmakers on Twitter and a supportive phone call from President Barack Obama.
Hours after Collins disclosed his sexuality in an online article, Obama reached out by phone, expressing his support and telling Collins he was impressed by his courage, the White House said.
Collins, 34, becomes the first active player in one of four major U.S. professional sports leagues to come out as gay. He has played for six teams in 12 seasons, including this past season with the Washington Wizards, and is now a free agent.
Collins’ declaration in a first-person account posted on Sports Illustrated’s website garnered particular attention from Democrats, many of whom have recently announced their support for gay marriage despite opposing it in the past. Obama announced his support last year during his re-election campaign.
Organizing for Action, a grassroots group run by Obama loyalists that grew out of his 2012 re-election campaign, offered its support for Collins as well, writing to Collins on Twitter on Monday that the group’s supporters “stand with you today.”
And first lady Michelle Obama chimed in on Twitter on Monday afternoon to applaud Collins.
“So proud of you, Jason Collins! This is a huge step forward for our country. We’ve got your back!” the tweet read. It was signed “mo” — signifying that the first lady personally wrote the message.
Former President Bill Clinton also voiced encouragement, releasing a statement that asks fans, NBA colleagues and the media to support and respect him. Clinton said he has known Collins since he attended Stanford University with his daughter Chelsea.
The Democrats can’t race to a microphone fast enough to show that they are the “compassionate,” open minded ones who care about the discriminated. Only gays are not discriminated against in our society. They are put in a position of honor and esteem on TV, Hollywood, politics and now sports. This guy Collins has an immediate and powerful excuse whenever he doesn’t perform well: his opponents are gay bashing.
Obama and the Democrats are doing this without any thought on what it will do to society. No culture has ever embraced gay rights to the point of marriage. Maybe there’s a valid reason for that like, say, children’s welfare, continuity of the nation, implications for marriage.
It is a nasty vote grab and that’s all.