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New Orlean Saints Linebacker Scott Fujita Speaks Up for Gay Rights


New Orleans Saints linebacker Scott Fujita talks about why he is endorsing the National Equality March and why he supports gay rights in an interview with Dave Zirin in the Huffington Post:

Fujita "By and large in this country the issue of gay rights and equality should be past the point of debate. Really, there should be no debate anymore. For me, in my small platform as a professional football player, I understand that my time in the spotlight is probably limited. The more times you have to lend your name to a cause you believe in, you should do that...A year ago or two years ago, I remember reading about an initiative that was proposed in the state of Arkansas. It was some kind of measure that was aimed at preventing adoptions by single parents. Now, the way I read that and the way that I translated that language was that only heterosexual, married couples could adopt children. As an adopted child that really bothered me. I asked myself, what that is really saying is that the concern with one's sexual orientation or one's sexual preference outweighs what's really important, and that's finding safe homes for children, for our children. It's also saying that we'd rather have kids bounce around from foster home to foster home throughout the course of their childhood, than end up in a permanent home, where the parent, whether that person's single or not, gay or straight. Either way, it doesn't matter. It's a home that's going to be provided for a kid who desperately needs a home. As an adopted child, that measure really bothered me. It just boggles my mind because good, loving homes for any child are the most important thing."

Fujita, who is straight, married, and has kids, also discusses homophobia in the locker room and whether or not his views on gay rights make him a target for mockery among teammates.

Adds Fujita: "I have no concern about that whatsoever. I know who I am. My wife knows who I am. I don't care one way or the other Dave. I imagine that when some of this gets out guys in the locker room might give me a hard time, and they always give me a hard time. They call me the Pinko Communist Fag from Berkeley. I'm used to it. I can take it all."

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  1. Yes, I want to say "thank you" to Mr Fujita also. And I also, I want to say "thanks" to Mr Brandon Ayanbadejo (Baltimore Ravens)who is receiving some harsh criticism because of his support for Gay Americans' struggle for civil rights. Some conservative writer actually took Ayanbadejo to task publically because of this issue (as reported on Rod McCullom's blog).

    Oh, and lets not forget to thank pro-athletes Will Demps and Charles Barkley for their support also. It aint easy for any straight guy to be called a "homo lover".

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Oct 8, 2009 12:22:57 PM

  2. a real man

    Posted by: rick | Oct 8, 2009 1:44:44 PM

  3. SCOTT FUJITA is one intelligent and well spoken man. i hope his career morphs into something even bigger than it is now. he is one cool guy.

    Posted by: STEVE RICHMOND | Oct 8, 2009 2:01:00 PM

  4. It is wonderful to see someone of such stature and position stand up for what is right. I loved how he said in this day and age it should not even be an issue or debate let alone finding it's way on ballots in the form of initiatives to take away rights from people because of their sexual orientation.

    Posted by: Dee Ireland Lewis | Nov 17, 2009 11:53:29 AM

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