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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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