One of the most hated players in the NHL, New York Rangers forward Sean Avery, courageously voiced his support for New York marriage equality this week. So why the hell has Todd Reynolds, vice president of the Canadian hockey management group Uptown Sports bothered calling Avery’s support “misguided”? If he feels that way about Avery’s 30-second video, imagine how he must feel about the 6 years of legalized gay marriage in Canada.
Reynolds later defended his comments saying, I believe in morality and I believe in right and wrong. I know many people with different view points for what is right and wrong… But I’m a little disappointed in some of the response. If you oppose a viewpoint, you’re immediately targeted by some people as a hater, a bigot, intolerant, homophobic and many other terms. That’s obviously not the case for people who know me. … I don’t hate anyone. And I’m certainly not a bigot. But I believe in marriage between one man and one woman.”
Todd’s father and president of Uptown sports Don Reynolds the defended his son’s comment by opining that the majority of Canadians don’t support gay marriage because “man and woman were created to be married, not man and man or man and horse, you know?” Wow. Man and horse, eh? Maybe Don and Rick Santorum should go on a moonlit boatride.
AfterElton put it best:
A quick lesson for Todd: if you put “marriage” in scare quotes when describing the legal, state-sanctioned union between two people of the same sex, then you are a bigot.
When you deny committed gay and lesbian couples the 1,138 federal benefits that come along with legally-recognized marriage, then you are in fact a bigot.
When you defend such exclusion by hiding behind your faith while you continue to indulge in “other abominations” unto the Lord like ingesting shrimp and wearing clothes made of two fabrics, you are in fact a bigot and what’s worse, a hypocrite.
We’d also say to Todd that if your nearest analogy to same-sex marriage is bestiality, then you’re not only a bigot, you’re also a freak.
That being said, we’re wondering whether we’ll hear from any of the players that Uptown Sports represents. How do they like being represented by freakish bigots?