"If it wouldn’t have been for my mom’s obituary and my partner’s name being Julie and not Chris or Pat or whomever, I wouldn’t be in this situation right now. It would be Wednesday, 8th period, badminton tournament.”
I was not recognized as being the husband, I wasn’t recognized as being the partner.Roger Gorley • Discussing the situation he faced as he was forced away from the bedside of his partner, Allen, at a Missouri hospital earlier this week. The men, who have been in a civil union for five year, share power of attorney and make medical decisions for one another, but the nurse at the Research Medical Center in Kansas City did not recognize this. Gorley was arrested after a member of Allen’s family asked him to be removed. He was given a restraining order, which he plans to fight in court.
Who on Gods earth is this person saying he’s coming out of the closet in the NFL?— Christopher Clemons (@chrisclemons91) March 26, 2013
Chris Clemons, star defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks, clearly either unaware or unconcerned about diving into the deep end. He tweeted this on Tuesday, and subsequently defended his remark to incredulous respondents — he insisted he wasn’t homophobic, but that the idea of a player coming out was “selfish,” an example of “trying to make themselves bigger than the team.” Of course, the extent to which an active NFL player coming out would make them “bigger than the team” is a function of the league’s permanent, ongoing state of repression on this issue — no player has ever publicly revealed their homosexuality. This all stems from a report last week that one player was strongly considering coming out, and at the risk of editorializing, we hope he does. Such a move, in the major American sport with perhaps the greatest reputation for homophobia, would render this man a legitimate civil rights hero. And rightly so.