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CNN's Kyra Phillips Hammers Former NFL Player David Tyree Over Anti-Gay Marriage Statements: VIDEO


CNN's Kyra Phillips questioned NOM spokesperson and former New York Giant David Tyree over statements he made in a recent video for NOM that same-sex marriage would lead to lawlessness and anarchy.

Phillips challenges Tyree with a 23-year study from the UCLA school of law proving that kids raised by lesbian parents gained more respect for diversity and differences than kids raised by straight parents, and that same-sex couples have strong marriages.

Tyree is only left with the argument that "it's unnatural."

Phillips demands he clarify that as well. She definitely gets props for this segment.


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  1. Damn! What I want to know is why hasn't Kyra Phillips interviewed Maggie Gallagher or the other NOM heads?! She's armed with facts and loaded for bear. This guy is a typical NOM supporter but he's low-hanging fruit, too easy to pick off. I want to see Maggie Gallagher answer these questions, not this schmuck.

    Of course she and the other NOM faces studiously avoid interviews where they are actually called upon to defend their position so I don't think that will happen, even though it really should. If they really believe in their position they should be able to defend it and, as this interview proves, "I don't like the idea of it" is NOT a defense.

    Posted by: Codswallop | Jun 17, 2011 3:37:25 PM

  2. Hmm, although I agree, this is like bullying someone who is slow.

    Why don't they EVER do this with the Perkins of the world?

    Posted by: Rowan | Jun 17, 2011 3:39:33 PM

  3. From his Wikipedia Page:
    "Tyree battled with crack and alcohol addiction from an early age, and in 2004 was arrested for drug possession. Tyree reports that he has been sober after then-girlfriend Leilah became pregnant with their second child"
    So he had at least two children out of wed-lock (they have four total) Has an arrest record, and was a drug addict. Yeah, throw some stones there you ignorant has-been.

    Posted by: Brian | Jun 17, 2011 3:40:45 PM

  4. Gosh! This is long over due. Great job Kyra! You punned that dude, why should he impose his beliefs to the rest of his state? OMG! I think that's more anarachy. If he believes that the U.S. would sink after same sex marriage will pass, then he needs to go to Iran so people here could be more happy with them lives, and I would love to see my country less bigoted! This is enough!

    Posted by: Love | Jun 17, 2011 3:49:22 PM

  5. He's self-fish!!! Why should he impose his values and beliefs to others??? Thats my big questin and really irks me. The intolerance, and arrogance of these people like him these days. He's black, but it seems he forgot all the rights his ancestry were fighting for decades ago. He looks foolish and dull when Ms. Kyra scolded him with facts versus his own personal bigot beliefs!

    Posted by: Yuli | Jun 17, 2011 3:58:32 PM

  6. So if being gay is normal shall we open up the floodgates? Can I have multiple wives? Is anything wrong with that since I don't hurt anyone? Can I marry my brother or sister? Can I marry my dog? Where does it end?

    Posted by: John | Jun 17, 2011 4:32:26 PM

  7. Seems he didn't have such a good go of it without the cue cards

    Posted by: Oliver | Jun 17, 2011 4:34:02 PM

  8. It's a pity Kyra is not versed on the Bible to point out to the BIGOT that Polygamy was the original marriage structure that came out of Adam and Eve. Kyra should have asked David, how many wives does he plan on having and when will he include some concubines to the list? Since David is insisting that Marriage has always been between a man and a woman, Kyra should've asked him if he was aware that King David and Johnathan were married?

    That would choke him up badly, because these church-goers who only know how to follow what the Church tells them, DO NOT know what the Bible really teaches. They are going by DELIBERATE twisting of scriptures, done to suit an EVIL agenda by man; it's ironic how these homophobes always talking about the "gay agenda" when they were the ones who started an AGENDA to persecute gays. Does David know how far gays would've got today if the EVIL CATHOLIC CHURCH hadn't turned the world against gays?

    David will learn his error one day to come, I pray that it will be in his lifetime.

    Posted by: Putt | Jun 17, 2011 4:35:44 PM

  9. Good for him for being anti-gay! There's no condemnation for that! Looks like a bunch of people are anti-straight.

    Posted by: B.D.Kuchera | Jun 17, 2011 4:36:24 PM

  10. Much props to CNN's Kyra Phillips for being the calm voice of reason. I will start watching her work more on CNN.

    However, we are continuously over-estimating the intelligence of the main stream public though. Is there even a way to solve that intellect problem?

    Posted by: Kyle | Jun 17, 2011 4:46:52 PM

  11. I'm sorry but it makes me sick seeing an African American male saying these discriminatory, homophobic remarks. His argument was made by white people agains blacks in regards to ending slavery, voting, marrying white people, being in the military, and on and on. It is DISGUSTING to see someone of an oppressed people oppress other people themselves. This man clearly does not know his history and should keep his mouth shut. He doesn't even know what 'anarchy' means!

    Posted by: james Brown | Jun 17, 2011 4:54:08 PM

  12. John, you and all of your ilk who want to marry your brothers and your dogs, start organizing and make your case. Gays have been struggling for their rights for over forty years now. We've taken to the streets by the millions. We're represented in government, in most families, in fact, we're represented pretty much everywhere you look. Where are your fellow brother-marriers and dog-marriers? Stand up and be counted John, and then say in forty years or so, get back to us and let us know how your movement goes.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Jun 17, 2011 5:05:20 PM

  13. If we look at history, it's "unnatural" for a black man to be POTUS. I wonder what Davey thinks about that?

    Posted by: Oliver | Jun 17, 2011 5:22:27 PM

  14. I too really wish she'd pressed him on interracial marriage. Regardless of the fact that I believe Loving v Virginia was a high-point in the history of civil rights in America, it certainly altered the way that we defined marriage in this country. He seems completely unaware that his arguments against SSM dovetail perfectly with the bigoted arguments used against interracial marriage in the years leading up to the Loving case.

    Also, as someone who was in a polyamorous triad for eight years (and we had a religious marriage ceremony) and knows lots of happy healthy poly folk and in some cases, their children, I really wish people on both sides of the SSM issue would leave us out of it.

    Posted by: Winter | Jun 17, 2011 5:28:25 PM

  15. @Sam: "The IQ of a turnip." Bwah! I intend to steal that phrase and work it into as many conversations as possible over the weekend.

    Oh, and brava, Ms. Phillips!

    Posted by: TimInHouston | Jun 17, 2011 5:36:48 PM

  16. Whatever Mr. Tyree majored in at Syracuse
    University but for sure we know it wasn't logic.

    Posted by: FrankJ | Jun 17, 2011 5:55:58 PM

  17. Oh NO, Maggie G didn’t give him the FAQ sheet, left his ass hanging in the wind. Some NOM underling is going to be fired. The CNN lady didn’t even get to touch on former miscegenation laws and go that route, would have been a slam dunk. Again America looks towards professional athletes to answer vexing social issues, which makes a lot of sense right. I mean who are more insightful than jocks. What an illuminating debate.

    Posted by: NE Rich | Jun 17, 2011 6:00:00 PM

  18. Another sad example of black homophobia.

    Posted by: FrankJ | Jun 17, 2011 6:00:42 PM

  19. The intellect of a boot.

    Posted by: FrankJ | Jun 17, 2011 6:03:11 PM

  20. Sadly the whole basis of this nonsense
    is "I am better than you!" How is it
    possible for a heterosexual couple to
    fly to Las Vegas, get drunk, go to
    a sleazy "marriage chapel" and get married
    by an Elvis impersonator, then have that
    marriage recognized in all 50 states while
    two gay men together for 20 years are denied
    a marriage license? This is absurd.

    Posted by: FrankJ | Jun 17, 2011 6:12:44 PM

  21. She let him off too easily. Like a fool, he talked about marriage as it existed at the founding of the US. She should have asked him: "How do you feel about the fact that in the 1960's the US Supreme Court re-defined marriage by ruling that states must let blacks and whites marry? Didn't that re-define marriage in those states?" The more people like this guy who speak without anything except their religious beliefs as the foundation of their opinions, the clearer it will be to reasonable Americans that their position is without evidence or fairness.

    Posted by: MiddleoftheRoader | Jun 17, 2011 6:23:00 PM

  22. Gotta give props to Kyra for handling this situation very well and challenging this fool on his stupidity. As for Tyree, I appreciate the fact he was allowed to publicly broadcast just how ignorant he truly is. People like him help our cause and our advancement. Because no-one educated or sane wants themselves to look like or associate with someone like that, for obvious reasons.

    Posted by: Francis | Jun 17, 2011 6:28:04 PM

  23. write to CNN write to Kyra Phillps thanking her for the integrity she brought to the interview...she could have easily let him off the hook and spew his hate...she was amazing. Please write to her.

    Posted by: chris | Jun 17, 2011 6:29:19 PM

  24. How did she nail him? Can two men or two women procreate with one another? If same sex marriage was "right" none of you mockers and scorners would even have been born. Smh. God ordained marriage between A MAN and A WOMAN. Shes states facts. Tyree states the TRUTH. The end is truly near.

    Posted by: Meel | Jun 17, 2011 6:34:20 PM

  25. Kyra could have done more, but the general point was made, that Tyree is ignorant and made out (and by extension, the group and mentality he's advocating) as a fool on national TV.

    BTW, John, where does it end? Common sense has already answered that question for millions. Too bad you seem to lack that.

    The feeling of threat, the insecurity and baseless fear towards LGBT citizens by people like John and Tyree is more and more untenable a position to hold in modern society. Progress is a slow process but progress is coming.

    Posted by: Francis | Jun 17, 2011 6:36:20 PM

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