Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Tim Hardaway signs same-sex marriage petition after once saying he hated gay people

There was once was a time when former NBA star Tim Hardaway said he hated gay people. In fact, that time came as recently as 2007.

Now, Hardaway has apparently changed his opinion, becoming the first person to sign a petition to allow same-sex marriages in Florida.

On Wednesday, the former Heat guard signed the "Equal Marriage Florida" petition in an effort to put a proposed constitutional amendment legalizing same-sex marriage in the state on the November 2014 ballot.

The petition must receive nearly 700,000 signatures from registered voters to have a chance to make the ballot. If approved, Equal Marriage Florida would define marriage as the union of two persons and would eliminate a gay marriage ban approved by voters just five years ago.

In 2007, Hardaway came under fire for telling a Miami radio interviewer that he didn’t like gay people and acknowledged he was homophobic.

“I hate gay people, so let it be known,” Hardaway said. “I don’t like gay people and I don’t like to be around gay people. I am homophobic. It should not be in the world or in the United States.

After enduring a host of financial sanctions and being barred from activities at an NBA All-Star weekend, Hardaway began a long road toward tolerance, telling another interviewer about the incident, ”I’m going to do whatever I can to correct it.”

Hardaway has been true to his word. He has been actively involved in trying to establish equal rights for the gay community ever since those controversial comments.

Wednesday's support of same-sex couples comes only a couple months after Hardaway reached out and endorsed NBA veteran Jason Collins for coming out as the first openly gay athlete in any of the major professional sports.

Via The Palm Beach Post

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