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Professional Bowler Scott Norton Becomes First Openly Gay Male Nominee For ESPY Award

Professional Bowler Scott Norton has become the first openly gay male to be nominated for ESPN's Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly (ESPY) Award. Norton, who came out publicly in 2011, has been nominated for the Best Bowler ESPY. Outsports reports:

Scott"After such a monumental week for LGBT rights, what an incredible feeling to be a part of something to take us a step even further towards equality," Norton told Outsports. "I am so excited to be the first of what I hope will be a long line of world-class openly gay male athletes nominated for this prestigious award."

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Norton was made nationally famous when ESPN aired video of him kissing his partner, Craig Woodward, after a tournament earlier this year; It's believed to be the first celebratory "gay kiss" ESPN has ever aired.

While no gay man has ever been nominated for an ESPY either before or after coming out publicly, several out lesbians have been nominated for ESPY Awards in the past. This year, Brittney Griner has been nominated for Best Female Athlete and for Best Female College Athlete.  

And if you would like to help Norton and Griner win their respective ESPYs, you can vote HERE


Gay Pro Bowler Scott Norton and His Husband Speak Out About Their Marriage: VIDEO

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Outsports' Cyd Zeigler sits down with gay pro bowler Scott Norton and his husband Craig Woodward to talk about their marriage, and what the Supreme Court Prop 8 decision might mean to them as residents of southern California.

Norton also made headlines in January when ESPN aired a shot of the couple kissing after Norton beat five-time champ Jason Belmonte at the 2012 PBA Chameleon Championship in Las Vegas in November 2011.

Norton had come out of the closet six months earlier in an article for the Professional Bowlers Association.

Watch Norton and his husband discuss all that, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Rick Santorum Stops Boy from Bowling with Unmanly Pink Ball

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The Human Rights Campaign criticized Rick Santorum after Reuters reporter Sam Youngman tweeted about an incident that took place at a bowling alley campaign stop in Wisconsin earlier today.

Bowling_santorumTweeted Youngman:

"You're not gonna use the pink ball. We're not gonna let you do that. Not on camera." Santorum to a young fella bowling with him

Said HRC's Fred Sainz in a press release:

“This is another example of Rick Santorum intentionally making ignorant statements that have a real impact on LGBT people. Whether he’s comparing our marriages to inanimate objects, saying our children would be better off with a parent in prison as opposed to two loving same-sex parents, or calling open military service a ‘tragic social experiment;’ he’s proven that he thinks LGBT people are second-class citizens not worthy of dignity or respect. In this case, he’s advancing tired gender norms by implying a boy should be ashamed or embarrassed to use a certain color bowling ball...Kids have enough to worry about. They don’t need Rick Santorum telling them that using a pink bowling ball is a bad thing."

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