When ESPN’s Chris Broussard condemned NBA player Jason Collins for being gay, his comments spoke only to his beliefs about homosexuality, not about marriage. That didn’t stop the National Organization for Marriage from claiming him as their own. Jennifer Roback Morse, who heads up NOM’s Ruth Institute, told Lutheran Public Radio’s Issues, Etc. that Broussard “required more courage” to share his Christian beliefs than Collins did for being the first professional athlete in one of the country’s major sports to come out as gay:
MORSE: I think he required more courage than the basketball player did. I mean, it requires no courage at all today to say “I’m gay.” It’s my understanding [Collins] got a phone call from the president congratulating him on his courage. Well how much courage can it take if the president’s going to pick up the phone and give you a personal phone call, you know? But in the meantime, this fellow who says, you know, ‘I’m a Christian, and I believe that sex belongs in marriage and it belongs in man-woman marriage,’ to say that, now that will bring the whole wrath of society down upon your head. So that’s the guy that really required the courage and I give him a lot of credit for it.
Listen to it (via Equality Matters):
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Morse’s insensitivity to the coming out process is not surprising. She believes that gay people can simply “stop acting in a gay way,” and that same-sex couples merely have “friendships.” In the interview, she added that Broussard might as well be a Ruth Institute spokesman “because he’s there saying all of these sins are sexual sins,” confirming that her mission is a religious one, not one with society’s best interests in mind.