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Rashad Evans: “I support gay marriage and gay rights.” | UFC NEWS

With the addition of the first openly gay/lesbian fighter Liz Carmouche to the UFC, its no surprise more fighters are coming out to support same sex marriage and gay/lesbian rights. UFC light-heavyweight fighter Rashad Evans has become the latest pro athlete to urge the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn bans on same-sex marriage.

“This isn’t a sex issue, it’s a love issue,” Evans tells Outsports about why he is petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to approve same-sex marriages.

Evans signed a brief to the Court started by NFL players Chris Kluwe and Brendon Ayanbadejo. Evans was asked by Outsports why he is now compelled to stand up for same sex marriage?

Rashad Evans issued this statement:

“I’ve never been a homophobe, never understood what that is all about. I knew some people who were gay and never cared about their sexuality. But at the same time, I didn’t fully understand the issues around gay people until my friend BA started telling me about his full public support for gay marriage. We talked about the issue and I decided its not enough to not be against a minority, if you want things to go better for them you have to speak up with them.”

“I’m a UFC fighter, a macho-type sport. I am a heterosexual guy in a tough macho sport, which is exactly the reason I feel a duty to say I support gay marriage and gay rights.”

“I have nothing to gain personally from supporting this issue, and that’s the point. Society as a whole is better when there is equality, and I want to live in a country where everyone has the same rights because we all benefit from that.”

“What people overlook is that is isn’t a sex issue, its a love issue. There’s no justifiable reason for trying to get in the way of two people who love each other. 

I have kids. I don’t want them growing up in a society where they, or their friends, could be second class citizens based on which person they fall in love with or who they want to be happy with.”

It’s great to see the UFC allowing their talent to speak freely and use their widespread visibility to help an issue like gay/lesbian rights. Whether or not a person agrees or disagrees about the topic is not the point, it’s being allowed to express your opinion and let your feelings on a topic be known. It’s great to see a company not trying to control their employee’s and letting them use their freedoms as they chose to use them.

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59 Comments to Rashad Evans: “I support gay marriage and gay rights.” | UFC NEWS

  1. k says:

    yuck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Respect For evans says:

    Mad respect for Evans.

  3. Rampage says:

    Ewww please we dont need fags around here.

  4. UFC 84 Forever says:

    A bit surprised this is news, but good on you Evans!

  5. KIDD433 says:

    I thought he wiggled his ass like a bitch.Especially in the Machida fight…

  6. The Way Of The Dutchman says:

    I think it’s a positive thing.

    I still don’t understand why gay people want to ruin a perfectly good relationship and their lifes by getting married. But they should get the same equal opportunity to be miserable like the rest of us.

  7. everyone says:

    youre a pussy if you think gays deserve any different treatment than straight people.

  8. Garv says:

    I do have to like him a bit more now..

    Very cool.

  9. Khaos says:

    Rashads full of shit , through out the whole of the ultimate fighter show with rashad and rampage he was saying homophobic insults to Tooki and rampage.. Bet rashad wouldn’t say that if his son was gay… Marriage is between a man and a woman let gay people create there own tradition..how can u have a Christian gay wedding when god does not permit this…don’t fuck with the man upstairs! Peace

    • B-rad says:

      Its a definitly a bit too late to be messin with the big man upstairs. Its not a big deal tho, the worlds probly about to end anyway, The next pope is suppose to be the last pope before christ returns,Obama is more than likely gonna defile the holy temple when he goes to Israel on the 20th, so all this doenst mantter anyway

    • dum says:

      religion was created 3500 sumtin years ago to brainwash idiots like you. everything you just said is because it was stated by ignorant people who wrote a fairy tale that everyone believes.

      • There's Someone... says:

        … Who’s going to HELL!!!! Have fun spending eternity begging for any relief, but not bale to get any bit of it. you can thank YOUR IGNORANCE for that one.

        • HA says:

          Have fun wasting the rest of your life praying the your sky wizard for eternal happiness only to die and disappear from existence like everything else does. You can thank your stupidity for that.

        • There's Someone... says:

          HA, have fun getting a pineapple shoved up your ass in Hell. No, No you will be wishing for that once you see how Hell really is.

  10. B-rad says:

    two halves cant make a whole without a hole!

  11. magoo says:

    And people wonder why this earth is so messed up….smh

  12. BT says:

    Gotta love the internet. No accountability for being ignorant.

    Also, non christians get married. Narrowminded fools prevent the social evolution of humanity and the internet gives them a platform to spew their discriminatory bullshit.

    • Hulk Smash says:

      Oh look, it’s yet another lib calling Christians ignorant. Last time I checked we founded this county. Take your progressive garbage to Europe.

      • dfresh says:

        fuck you and fuck your god you ignorant ass, piece of shit. This country was NOT founded by christians, you would know this if you weren’t, obviously, mentally retarded. Look up the Treaty of Tripoli jackass. You delusional fucks need to stop talking to sky daddy and read a fucking book once in your life(and i don’t mean the fictional trash you call a bible either).

      • Jimmy says:

        Where did you ever get this from? – I’d love you to provide evidence.
        The founding Fathers were running from Christian oppression in Europe.

        ” the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion”
        Written By George Washington
        Submitted for Approval by John Adams
        Ratified UNANIMOUSLY by the U.S. Senate in 1797

      • LOL@you! says:

        Actually this country was founded by people who were escaping religious persecution. So in a way, you are now the reason this country was founded. Unfortunately, you were what was wrong and what the Founding Fathers were trying to get away from.

        No one has called Christians ignorant….It’s the argument that gays are yucky, behind the guise of being Christian, which is ignorant.

        I guess none of you like Joe Rogan either, right?

      • jbeamazing says:

        Hulk Smash if you read the bible it would tell you not to judge other people its retards like you that expose your cult as fake

  13. Gargoyle Wrestling says:

    Hey dipshit BT, its called FREEDOM OF SPEECH!!! I am going to interject a bit of biology here. First of all homosexuality goes against nature. It is an unbalanced condition that does not produce the continuance of a species, therefore, an aberration or a deviant condition to life. It’s kind of like a disease. like the flu. An abnormality. Now, when we talk about society, or how humans deal with other humans, I believe we should, as Christians or civilized people, live by the Golden Rule. Do unto others as you would have them due unto you. They should have equal rights under the law. BUT, we should also remind people that homosexual relationships are deviant in nature and unbalanced. Usually bringing heartache and stress throughout life. Nature gets rid of things not in tune with its continuance.

    • dfresh says:

      I think someone is trying too hard to say hes not gay…its ok if you like penis Gargoyle, only assholes care about stupid shit like that.

    • Juggernaut says:

      except for the fact that there are animals with homosexual relationships…the baluga *sp whales at the point defiance zoo for one. Just because it doesn’t provide for the continuance of the species does not really matter at this stage of the game. Earth is over populated as is. We can barely sustain our populations. So your assessment does not matter. Also most homosexuals I know have just about as much heartache and stress with their relationships as heterosexual couples. There is no difference man. Love is love. It does not have to be about reproduction. And in fact we have humans have more or less pulled ourselves out of natural selection anyway so nature is hard pressed to get rid of things not in tune with its continuance. Look at the Greeks, they had homosexual relationships all the time. And that was how many thousand years ago? Homosexuals are not a new thing man.

    • Nick Collins says:

      Your comment shows you have no understanding of biology. Firstly sex is not simply for reproduction its also a sign of dominance and a way to secure bonds even between the same sex. Also the chemical reaction in a homosexual brain when they see an attractive person of the same sex is identical to that of a straight person when they see an attractive person of the opposite sex.

      Simple reasoning and complex science say everything you said is false, try harder next time.

    • GRT 3000 says:

      I’m going to interject some intelligence here – @GW is a dumb ass who thinks he’s smart, so don’t listen to him. Homosexuality is a phenomenon that exists in ALL species; so if it goes against nature…than every living thing on the planet is officially fucked. which is clearly not the case, and as such blows your Sunday school education straight out of the swamp. And if good Christians live by the Golden Rule, than they will die by the Golden Shower. never has the words of a good man been so twisted and defiled by such power hungry Draconian douche-bags. & if I might add, just to bring things full circle; there is some hard evidence out there (much of it found in the bible), that proves @JC (the man himself) was indeed a homosexual. that’s not slander kids…just the facts.

  14. Dddddddd says:

    Wowie,you guys took the hook on this one. Goldamn I thought it was pretty funny that they put this article in here to do what it did. It isn’t about what you believe it’s about our reaction as supposed bloodthirsty spectators. They know we’re fighters on this site and some of us would fight to protect gays while some of us would fight gays to protect ourselves. One thing I can’t grip is how ole golden boy up there ^ can tell ya to accept it for the sake of the golden rule
    and then remind you that you have a reason to not accept the same thing on a scientific level. I’m a spiritual person and what I read told me to hate these people for science so Gargoyle can have a clear conscience and receive good from
    his karma. One more thing in an overpopulated world that has so many orphans, having people that can’t necessarily have children of their own could possibly help balance things out it seems to me? Does this not produce continuance?
    To produce hate disguised as science can be scary to me
    not gay people

  15. Dee says:

    It always amazes me how we have so much going on in this country and same sex marriage seems to always make the headlines. Now I turn to a sports webpage and I have to be bothered by it as well. I mean this world has its priorities ass backwards. I mean if I say that I’m against for logical reasons then I’m considered a bigot. Look BJPENN.COM LETS KEEP POLITICS OFF THIS WEBPAGE. I COME HERE FOR MMA NOT POLITICS.

    Hey Rashad there are also people out there that love their pets what do you say to that? Are you going to campaign for the nut job who brings his goat to the Jerry Springer show trying to convince everyone that he’s not an idiot? Just get your butt out there and fight and leave the politics to Congress.

    • Juggernaut says:

      you just went full retard…democracy and republic both mean the thing of the people! PEOPLE! Who are the people? We are. So the next time you say leave politics to congress you realize that you are why our country is fucked up. Congress is so diametrically opposed to itself that it is paralyzed. Grow the fuck up and realize it is our responsibility to talk about these things.

  16. Harry Thomas Jr says:

    Personally I support domestic partnership rights but not gay marriage simply due to the fact is that you can’t procreate from the dawn of time regardless of your religious beliefs marriage and union was and is still determined between man and woman. I personally feel that it’s not a HATE issues, nor is it a LOVE issue. It’s a MONEY issue because certain states recognize domestic partner rights. But the issue at hand is if you two guys and/or woman that live together and one passes away because certain states have those funny laws one partner may or may not receive certain benefits like a Heterosexual couple would. I’m in the military you can have a partner now and be upfront about it but you wont receive any financial benefits. They don’t recognize any type of marriage certificate.

  17. jdog says:

    Okay here is the deal. I am not gay, nor do I think it is right in the natural world. Nature says we must reproduce period. BUT…….. who am I to judge a person that does something that does NOT affect me??????????????? Who am I to say who can and cannot be in love????? Why should I be able to have perks simply because I married a woman???? I agree with Rashad, I also have gay friends and I am okay with that. They are probably more discreet than most heterosexuals including myself. Also if we do not stand up for their rights it won’t get pushed to the fore front. I may not agree, but I also feel that it is not my place to judge, when their time is up god will judge them, so we shouldn’t do that now. Besides, that is why the world is so messed up, people only stand up for things that affect them, not things that can help others that doesn’t affect them. Rashad is starting to get my respect back, but it is funny how he comes out with this AFTER all the things he said on TUF

    • BarzOnTheWindow says:

      Judgement is the FIRST step in discernment. Without it, you would NEVER come to any conclusion about ANYTHING. No nation, no government, no country, no great thinker, no philosopher until NOW (which I call the age of ANTI-wisdom) has EVER called for gay marriage. Einstein, Aristotle, Buddha, -you name them, has ever called for gay marriage. Even the Greeks, and the Romans who were OPENLY gay did not support gay marriage … and I am not arrogant enough to think myself superior to them. “Never tear down a fence until you know the reason it was put up,” -Bertrand Russel

  18. Adam says:

    People who keep saying gay marraige shouldn’t be allowed cause it’s not “normal” or “natural” are idiots.
    People born with skin conditions, mental disabilities, and physical problems are not “normal” and yet nobody is talking about taking THEIR rights away. People should be allowed to love and get married, whether or not you think so. Science shows that people are born with the attraction towards the same sex NATURALLY, and you guys still bash it and those people because God says? That’s like saying you hate people with brown hair…just cause you believe blonde hair is natural. God loves EVERYONE whether you believe in him or not, whether you have tattoos, whether you cuss, drink, smoke, go to church or not,or whether you prefer getting porked in the rear. God made people this way, so the fact that MAN says that God’s says its evil is bullshit. It shouldn’t matter to anyone else…but bigots will be bigots, i guess.

  19. BarzOnTheWindow says:

    I support traditional marriage -which already makes EVERYTHING equal! Gay, straight, you, us, THEM, etc … with traditional marriage, you can marry someone of the opposite sex, just like EVERYONE ELSE! -PERFECTLY EQUAL

  20. ... says:

    Ok. So first thing first. Everybody has the right to do and say what they want. But understand it first. Gay aren’t born gay. For someone to just say oh they were born that way. It’s not their fault… That bs. I’ve been and met enough gay people to know they were not born that way. Ask around. And you’ll see that somewhere in their past year something happened that turned them to feel that way. Ive asked and I noticed that in most cases it’s child abuse. Sadly. But true. There are other different reason. But that’s just an example. After that a lot of people are just turning just to make a statement or be their own individual. IMO that’s just a way to make people feel bad. Because if you were born a certain way then it’s really not your fault. But if you decided to turn because of whatever reason then just deal with the fact that some people are not gonna support you. And to sum up just think outside your world. America seems to be so messed up because They just wanna please everybody. And if you don’t agree with it or like something then you are a bad person. So being normal and right makes you bad? America has probably the biggest gay population. Can anybody realize why. It’s not because other countries don’t allow it. Or because there’s something in the air that makes people gay here. It’s because of the type if society that we live in. And the thing about nature and animals have sex with their own gender stuff it’s silly. Because I understand one person being curious and wanting to do other things. But this is not whats happening here. It’s people wanting to be with another person of their same gender forever. I believe that a lot of the reason why it’s because their attention for love. But imagine we are allowing so many things just to make people happy. “Equal”. We are not equal. Man and women are not equal. By nature. So this country tries so hard to make everybody equal but we are not. I’m not saying men are better or anything. Just that we are not same and trying to make everybody the same it’s stupid. You can hit another guy and nothing happens. But if you hit a woman not only jail time. But you’re a bastard. But if a woman hits a man. Nothing happens. So yeah. Not the same. If gay people wanna be gay. So be it. But understand that ure not the same and should not be treated the same specially if you chose to be that way. Again I’m the nicest guy you’ll ever meet. I’m respectful and would never say anything bad to a gay person. Not because I’m scared but because I do respect. But also understand the facts. Imagine if I say I wanna marry my sister. Or I like underage girls. How sick and crazy that sounds. Well 50years ago we felt the same way about gay people. So I can’t say that in some years from now that won’t be possible. You basically have to put it up there and spread it and next thing you know they have to make it legal to make it equal.

  21. BJpenn fan says:

    Now that fighters are stepping up for gay rights, how long till the first fighter stands up for pedophelic rights?

  22. jbeamazing says:

    He is standing up for people nothing wrong with that,but for all the people pissed on here and acting homophobic is probably because you secretly want to suck balls straight people could careless about who gets married

  23. Ainokea says:

    Damn, went from rashad, to people saying he’s homophobic, to ignorance, to the Bible, To Gay Rights, to closet fags… hella off topic.

  24. GRT 3000 says:

    wholly-crap, look at this article…one mention of the word gay & MMA fishies just dive on it. not sure what that says exactly (but I could surmise that most critics are likely gay themselves – but only the spineless closet type)

  25. The Way Of The Dutchman says:

    lol the ones against are most likely afraid they find dick delicious.

  26. KIDD433 says:

    I didn’t realize that many fags keep up with MMA news.No wonder theirs so many GSP fans on here.They like watching a greased up guy dry hump another guy and call it dominant

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