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WNBA star Sophia Young bashes same-sex marriage

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When it comes to the ever-present national debate about sexuality, marriage equality and sports, most people have been focused on gay, bi and trans male players in sports and ignoring the perspectives of women on the matter. But rising WNBA star Sophia Young recently chimed in on the matter of same-sex marriage and, much to everyone’s shock, disapproved of marriage equality.

Last week, the San Antonio Shooting Stars forward took to Twitter and voiced her opposition to same-sex marriage in San Antonio as the city debates and a new anti-discrimination bill.




However, as some have noted, it appears that Young is confused about the bill that is being debated in Texas, which doesn’t allow same-sex marriage in any of its cities. San Antonio’s City Coucil isn’t debating marriage equality, it’s actually deciding whether or not to offer nondiscrimination protection for individuals based on sexual orientation and gender identity within already existing legislation.

After receiving a backlash from fans, Young responded by tweeting a religious statement about her political views.



Young’s comments didn’t sit well with WNBA President Laurel J. Richie, who sent a statement to the Huffington Post, respectfully disagreeing with Young’s tweets.

“Sophia has the right to express her point of view, however, I do not share her view,” Richie wrote. “The WNBA supports diversity and we are committed to the equal and fair treatment of all people.”

Indeed, It’s quite surprising that Young has taken such an anti-LGBT rights stance considering that a considerably large portion of the WNBA’s fan base is LGBT. Perhaps even more perplexing is the fact that, despite Young’s stance, she has chosen a profession where women are constantly going against the grain of traditional gender norms and many of her respected teammates and colleagues are openly gay or bisexual, something which is rare and has been applauded in the world of sports. But perhaps Young missed the memo on riding the wave of progress, which is totally her choice to make.

But she’s not the only one in sports making disapproving comments of the LGBT community. Check out some other offenders below. – nicholas robinson


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  1. Notya Biznes on September 2, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    She’s not bashing, she’s sharing her opinion. Funny how that is looked down on when it’s going against the (current) popular opinion… She has a right to say “I don’t agree with this” and not be ridiculed for it.

    • who cares on September 4, 2013 at 4:51 pm

      No see, you’re wrong. Gays and lesbians should have all same “god” and lawfully given rights as every human being. Its not that she shouldn’t be able to express her opinion, its that her opinion doesnt matter, because this shouldn’t be a debate in the first place. I cant stand jesus freaks, especially on their soapboxes.

      • anniethomas on September 4, 2013 at 5:11 pm

        Why is that gays feel that their rights, opinions should not be challenged and just because Christians quote what is in the bible they are labeled Jesus Freaks? If you have issues with those of us who believe in God’s word then your issue is with God, not us. Take it to Him good luck because you will need it.

      • Notya Biznes on September 5, 2013 at 9:55 am

        How does that make me wrong? She has every right to express her opinion. It doesn’t matter one iota if her opinion is popular or not. That is her right. Stop acting like people can’t speak out on gays. Her opinion doesn’t matter to YOU, but a large part of the population agree with her. Again, that’s whether you like it or not.

      • Notya Biznes on September 5, 2013 at 10:03 am

        “Gays and lesbians should have all same “god” and lawfully given rights as every human being.” – By the way, this is why church and state are separate. The “state” can do what they want, legalize what they want all they want, but God’s law is the true “law of the land”, and we will ALL (notice I said ALL) be judged accordingly.