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Peter Vidmar Resigns As Olympic Liaison Over His Bigoted Past

Peter Vidmar has resigned his post as chief of mission for the 2012 U.S. Olympic team amid today’s controversy over his history as an anti-gay Prop 8 supporter. In a press statement, Vidmar said, “I wish that my personal religious beliefs would not have become a distraction from the amazing things that are happening in the Olympic movement in the United States. I simply cannot have my presence become a detriment to the U.S. Olympic family. I hope that by stepping aside, the athletes and their stories will rightly take center stage.” Yes Mr. Vidmar, and we wish that Prop 8 hadn’t passed due to bigots like you. But now that he’s gone maybe the U.S. Olympic Committee will select a more progressive person who supports all of the U.S. athletes, not just the ones who don’t want a same-sex marriage.