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.

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  • AxelDC

    Quit trying to make your personal religious beliefs the law of the land. You helped to ruin many families’ lives by denying them the benefits of marriage equality.

    If you don’t like gay marriage, don’t marry another man, and let other people live their own lives. Mormons have a difficult time with that last concept.

  • Shannon1981

    Good Riddance to bad rubbish.

  • Pete n SFO

    It’s a slippery slope…

    If this trend continues, you’re not going to be able to hate homos anywhere anymore.

    Sad, sad, bigot, huh?

  • Cam

    Funny how he tries to claim that his religious beliefs are “Personal”. Thats funny, if they were so “Personal” then why was he spending money to be certain that the rest of us HAD to abide by them?!

    Well done for posting this story Queerty! This is why I think a blog like this that presents a gathering of gay news is so valuable!

  • AxelDC

    He does have 5 kids….

  • Marlene

    Too bad, Petey! America rebelled against religious tyrants who ruled with an iron fist… and made sure religious tyrants weren’t welcome in the government, either!

    But then when one’s religion is wrapped in theocratic political rule, tyranny, bigotry, misogyny and hate, don’t whine darling when you get called on the carpet!

  • alan brickman

    5 kids…now that’s so “tryin”..maybe he should get a reality show…

  • Wayne Sunday

    Out of curiosity, is Peter Vidmar perhaps a Mormon or an evangelical Christian? That might explain his behavior in the past. I’d really like to know.

  • Marlene

    @Wayne Sunday:

    According to Wikipedia, Petey’s a Mormon.


    MEMO TO PETER: Your “personal religious beliefs” cease to be just that when you spew your hatefull disgusting beliefs in public in an attempt to deny millions of United States citizens equal rights……

    Kudos to both Johnny qWeir for calling out this vile bigot, and to karma for making this hatefull scumbag lose his looks and turn as ugly on the outside as he is on the inside……….

  • hf2hvit

    @AxelDC: so what? I used to do a married man with 5 kids–said he was “bi” when we met…a month after he disappears, he calls me yelling “I was bi when I met you and you turned me GAY!”

  • Cam


    It was YOUR fault…must have been your cologne. ;)

  • mikeincleveland

    i have always found it amazing that people who have personal religious beliefs always want to make public enforcement of them.

    if we’re going to start making religious doctrine the law of the land, then they better start working on that law to stone teenagers to death when they get out of hand…cuz that’s all in the Bible too…

    maybe these conservatives need to start behaving like the Libertarians they claim to be down deep and mind their own fucking business and stay out of ours…


    @mikeincleveland: Lets not forget the little nugget that states that both parties that commit adultry should be put to death…..Funny the rightwing nutbags never seem to want to enforce that one. Possibly because it would wipe out 3/4 of their leadership……….

    These scumbags who always wrap themselves around the flag and wish to “defend the constitution” always seem to neglect one of the founding principals of this country: The separaton of church and state. Our founding Fathers were truly wise men in this matter. They belived in religious freedon. Yet they made sure to ensure that one’s beliefs as a reslut of said religious freedom should not enable those who hold those beliefs to deny any rights to any citizen of the United States.

    Our rights to guarantee equal protections and benefits under the constitution should not be subject to anyones beliefs…….

  • Marlene

    Sorry Mike… the religious reicht have this delusion that the world revolves around their perverted interpretation of a Bronze Age book of myths and tall tales and just like their counterparts 60-plus years ago, they must spread their rule over an entire country, then the world.

  • AxelDC

    @Wayne Sunday: Vidmar is very definitely Mormon.

  • AxelDC

    @Cam: Religious beliefs cease to be personal when you turn them into political campaigns and legal fights to impose them on others.

  • Mike in Asheville

    @Marlene: Hi Marlene: just a preemptive thank you for the “religious reicht (sic)” which I will put to good use. BTW, “reich” is without a “t” at the end; though you may be trying to ensure a link with “right’s” “t”.

    And I invite you and all others to two that I use regularly: Maggot Gallagher // Repugnantans


  • TMikel

    If he had kept his personal beliefs to himself, he would not be in his current situation. Good riddance!

  • Marlene

    Mike — I use the term “religious reicht” as a combination of “religious right” and “reich”, the Nazi term for their rule.

    If you take a close look at the propaganda spewed by both the Nazis, then Falwell and his ilk, you’ll see striking similarities. Two perfect examples are “The Eternal Jew”, and “Gay Rights, Special Rights”. Goebbels must’ve been smiling from whatever hell he’s in when the latter movie was made, because they used the *exact* same techniques he used!

    The kids in “Jesus Camp” who’re seen touching a cutout of Shrub act eerily similar to the German kids indoctrinated into thinking Hitler was their savior, worshiping him.

  • Dick

    Don’t let the door hit ya

  • Cam

    The Mormons and other groups like Target’s CEO need to realize that they don’t get to promote bigotry and then fall back on “Gee, it’s our religion” anymore.

    They are now labeled bigots. So before you order all the people in your churchs to donate to something like Prop 8, you better think about all the fallout you will get over the following years and years.

    So now, instead of having a Mormon rep to the International Olympics, they only have the stigma of having a Mormon forced to resign due to bigotry. Nice PR for the Mormon Church there isn’t it?

  • Jack E. Jett

    What is wrong with Mormons? Why are they ALL socially and mentally disabled? Is it the result of all the incest?

  • Marlene

    @Jack E. Jett:

    It’s not that, Jack… it’s the tenets of the “faith”. Remember… the LDS was invented by a shyster and huckster, not unlike the cult begun by L. Ron Hubbard.

    Go visit Utah… you’ll find the state is more or less a theocracy.

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