The U.S. Olympic committee recently chose ex-Olympian gymnast Peter Vidmar—a man who donated $2,000 and protested publicly in favor of Prop 8—as the American liaison for the International Olympic Committee and London games organizers. And openly gay Olympic ice skater Johnny Weir is not happy. He said, “I certainly wouldn’t want to be represented by someone who is anti gay marriage. It isn’t just about marriage, it is being allowed equal rights as Americans. The fact this man who is very publicly against something that may be represented on the American team is disgraceful.” Nevertheless the USOC stands by their decision saying that they respect Vidmar’s freedom of religion and the right of others to disagree with him, but that they chose him as a “tireless advocate” and inspiration in the world of sports.
Both Weir and the USOC are right in their views, but at least Vidmar won’t be judging women’s weightlifting or the men’s synchronized diving competitions.