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Dallas sportscaster’s shocking response to Michael Sam coming out as gay

February 12, 2014 | By Abraham | 579 comments

Texas newsman Dale Hansen has some words about “the best defensive player in college football’s best conference” saying he’s gay before the NFL draft…

(via Reddit)

579 Comments

  1. seann says:

    No truer words have been spoken. I admire this man for his forthright words, and postive arguments regarding gays and the sports world. Kudos to those players that will not admonish Sam for his lifestyle and beliefs. To those naysayers, I hope that you can accept yourself, and your stilted beliefs.

    1. Julie Henry says:

      Impressive. I was afraid we were going to hear more anti-gay slurs. INSTEAD this broadcaster had a wonderfully open mind and heart. He was clear as a bell, we NEED to accept ALL of us, the SAME, and celebrate our differences instead of fighting about them and hurting each other. Great job from this reporter, I hope this video goes viral, I’m certainly sharing it on my FB page!!

        1. Nure says:

          I will agree that I did not expect his response that he made and it blew me away, I am very happy that he stood up and said something because it is not fair. I play rugby and my friend that plays on my team now was my first rugby coach and one of my first friends when I went on to play on the men’s team. Last year he came out told us he was gay, and we were happy that he felt comfortable to open up, why can’t a guy be himself when he plays the sport he loves… and it does not make you any less then a man, but it one hell makes a stronger one for having the courage to telling everyone.

          1. Chris says:

            Hollywood has done a lot of damage like they do with everything else when it comes to men and being homophobic, how many times in movies they have made a gay man hit on a straight guy and men think this is what’s going to happen on top men think diff about what goes thru a gays mind, bcuz if there was a naked woman changing in a men’s locker room everyone would stare and some would go further so in their minds they perceive this happening with a gay male changing with them…it’s going to take time and a club giving it a try to see the reality of it to be comfortable with it…let’s hope this can lead to change so the rest of gay men can live in peace within themselves and the rest of the world can finally accept that not all men are the same…. Good luck Michael cheers for you..

          2. Wanda says:

            I wonder why it was necessary for him to make the announcement that he is gay. Who cares??
            I don’t think it is anybody’s business.

          3. matt says:

            @Wanda Maybe he shared this information about himself to raise awareness that there ARE gay people in sports? maybe he did it so he could be an inspiration to other gays who are too scared to come out?

          4. Rune says:

            @Wanda:

            Some members of the press were digging rather heavily in his private life, so he choose to come out and say it himself, instead of the press running it as “SHOCK HORROR story” in a few months.

      1. Philipa(ozzypip) says:

        me too Julie. I thought oh no here we go again but it was a wonderful intelligent reasoned and humane response. I am not American. I don’t know who any of the people in the piece are but I liked what I heard

      2. Molly says:

        I too thought I was going to hear “slurs” Julie, & was pleasantly surprised. Good on this reporter…. what a wonderful broadcast from him. Good luck to the young man concerned. I am 68 y/o… my daughter “came out” 9 yrs ago (though I had always suspected)…. I also have some wonderful gay friends, talented & committed to their partners… without show or needing to “headline”… Good luck to the young man concerned & thank you to the “humane broadcaster”.. ( I am in Australia, so only know this from F/B)….

        1. Rebecca says:

          Mr Hansen did a wonderful job in his commentary…it’s already been shared to my facebook page twice…the only thing he left out and another thing that seems to be OK with most people is torturing dogs in and out of the dog fight ring……that mindset doesn’t go away..and there he is making big money in the game…..if Vic is in the lineup I won’t watch…..period….best of luck to ALL those that love and those that chose to be open minded

          1. heather says:

            Hey Rebecca – I just wanted to point out that by saying “If Vic is in the lineup I won’t watch….period…” and then talking about people being open minded, you sound a little bit hypocritical. I abhor what Vick did. I personally foster 14 cats, and we actually built separate buildings to house them so they can be comfortable. I love animals. I’m also a strict vegetarian.

            But I also have seen Vick repent, and it seems like he truly didn’t think about what he was doing. In the same way that people in the Renaissance loved bear baiting and Queen Elizabeth herself loved it, cultures and values change over time. We would be sickened at bear bating. Just as we are with dog fighting. I choose to forgive Vick because it seems like he is truly sorry, and I watch him simply to support his recovery, and welcome him into the fellowship of people who care for all beings and all life. I would hope that in wanting people to be open minded, you could also find some openness in your own heart for grace and forgiveness, especially when the perpetrator was ignorant of how he was hurting life, and has served his time and is truly sorry. Read about the work he’s done with the Humane Society and don’t be so quick to judge.

          2. Scott says:

            I concur, and refuse whioleheartedly to support any organization that would employ that animal, Michael Vick.

          3. Jake says:

            I disagree with ya’ll because you don’t even know the real story. He wasn’t operating a dog ring it was his family members at his residence. He has more than done his share of time and payment for the wrongs he committed. Ya’ll probably look at homeless people and don’t care, but if one stray dog gets hurt you get all up in arms. You have no right to judge him because he has saved more dogs than any of you.

          4. Vanessa says:

            Michael Vick is a felon in a long list of felons who are celebrated role models for the youth of today. The behaviour of some of the most revered sports heroes out there is absolutely unacceptable.
            If you want to know what is wrong with the youth of today? Why they don’t seem to be able to determine right from wrong?
            Just look to the role models that we have provided for them.

      3. Madeline Ford says:

        I, too, looked at the still picture and the heading and thought we were about to hear more anti-gay stuff. Good on Dale Hansen. He was, as you said Julie, clear, concise and to the point. I loved his points about players “we are comfortable with”. Well said Dale.

      4. Tim says:

        Just because he’s from Texas you expected a bunch of slurs and hate speech? You should be ashamed. I wasn’t expecting anything. However, I am surprised.

        1. Renee says:

          Not that I’ve read all the comments, but being I’m from Oklahoma, it wasn’t that it was Texas that made it so completely surprising – it was that it was coming from someone in sports.

        2. Mike says:

          Get off your pedestal. What’s wrong with having expectations consistent with numerous examples from past experiences (i.e. Texas [not Austin] = right wing = homophobia)? So we were wrong, who cares? We were open-minded enough to admit we were wrong and to recognize that the reporter is a decent human being.

          Ashamed? No, you should be embarrassed. Think before you type.

        3. Gerry Long says:

          Any time someone from Texas, Florida or Indiana speaks I would expect a “rant” because about 90 percent of the time that’s what it will be.
          Just playing the percentages here.

          Gerry

          1. Mary says:

            We are a “passionate” people with very strong beliefs! What is “brave” about coming out. Homosexuality is a sin PERIOD! We all sin, but coming out as a “GAY” would be like coming out as a murderer, or liar or many other things. We all need to “come out” and repent. That’s brave!!!

          2. Marty says:

            Sorry Gerry this is for mary. What the hell, you totally missed the point. Get your head out of that bible and educate yourself. You may also want to stop living in the 1930′s. Homosexuality is a fact of life, please refrain from these bigoted comments. If you read that antiquated crap called the bible with all its contradictions and omissions, then tell your parish or whatever the hell you attend to stop covering up for paedophiles. More crimes against humanity have been committed in the name or religion than any other cause, religion is the true terrorism in my books.

        1. Dale Seidel says:

          “Homosexuality is a sin PERIOD!” At last someone who has the straight poop, lays down her infallible judgment. Could you answer me something? Do you have a daughter, and if so, has she ever sassed you or been disobedient to you? Did you kill her? If the source for your judgment about homosexuality and sin is where I think it might be, the same source tells you to put your daughter to death just a few paragraphs later. How about you stop making moral judgments for me and I will continue to stop making moral judgments about you and any other person as an action beyond my job description? However, I will reserve the right to seek advice from Mary Almighty if I recognize my need to.

      5. Michael David Cilantro says:

        You are a caring and very compassionate soul and I strongly agree with you.Thanks for being part of this world and helping make it not only better but also brightening my day and so many countless others as well.

    2. Samuel says:

      Thanks for the support – please try to find another expression for “lifestyle”…being gay is not a lifestyle choice…or a belief. Michael was born that way – this needs to be brought to the general consciousness. No one chooses to be gay or straight. It is how it is. But thanks for the positive response.

      1. Charlie says:

        Thank you Samuel. I have to tell people constantly that I don’t have a “lifestyle.” That’s a condescending word if there ever was one. I have a life, full of friends, love, work, play, and service to my fellow human, whether or not they’re straight.

        1. Mark says:

          Exactly, thank you. When I hear the “lifestyle” word hung on my sexual orientation, here is my retort: I am a software engineer and hard-core snow skier, water skier and motorcyclist. I am single, a homeowner and mind my own business. My professional career and skiing is my lifestyle. So I ask folks like that, “what’s wrong with snow skiing?” when they make judgments about my so-called lifestyle. Generally throws them for a loop…

          1. Mike says:

            “what’s wrong with snow skiing?” -

            That is a great reply! I am going to use that too (only replace jogging for skiing).

          2. Marcus says:

            I believe the correct response when someone spontaneously and unreservedly supports you is, “thank you”.

        2. Randall says:

          “Lifestyle” is condescending but “homophobic” isn’t? I happen to find the gay lifestyle to be personally unappealing. The flamboyance, the cross-dressing (when applicable) and the public displays of affection. But this does not mean I have some sort of irrational fear of it (the definition of a phobia). Nor does it mean that I try to stop anybody from living this way. I mind my own business and I treat people with respect.

          But I do have a right to respectfully dislike a lifestyle, behavior, orientation, preference or whatever the polite term for it is. You by the way have every right to personally dislike any number of my lifestyle choices as well. And as long we can get along together, what difference does it make? Do I really HAVE to be personally okay with homosexuality? I can’t dislike it and still be your friend? That doesn’t sound like tolerance to me.

          1. Petra says:

            Sexual orientering is no more a lifestyle than the color of your skin. Saying you do not agree with someone being gay but still wanting to be their friend is just as ignorant as saying you don’t agree with a person being for example chinese, and then feel they are condesending for not wanting to be friends with you.
            Gha, saying you have every right to to “respectfully dislike the lifestyle” is no different from saying you have the right to be “respectfully racist”.

          2. FClarke says:

            Actually the definition of homophobia doesn’t refer to an irrational fear, it refers to a range of feelings from prejudice and antipathy to hatred.

            Your ‘tolerance’ doesn’t change the fact you are a homophobe, in the same way ‘tolerating’ black people whilst simultaneously denouncing all of them with sweeping and prejudiced generalizations doesn’t mean you’re not racist.

            You don’t have to be okay with gay people, I guess your ignorance is your lifestyle choice. But please don’t pretend you’re not homophobic just because you don’t ‘stop’ people falling in love.

            Also, you are clearly confused about gay people. Flamboyance has nothing to do with sexuality, and is found in straight people, too. Cross-dressing is overwhelmingly a straight activity conducted by married straight men. Public displays of affection are not unusual or confined to gay people.

          3. Ross Harrison says:

            We could amicably dislike each others lifestyle choices and agree to disagree; but when it comes down to opposing color, race, height, physical ability, gender and sexuality it just becomes bigotry.

            You can try and talk around it with free speech and (agree to disagree) openmindedness but the logic is fundamentally flawed; basically announcing “I can accept that they are gong to be that way due to nature but I’m still going to be an ignorant prick about it!”.

          4. corine says:

            So Randall; only straihgt people can show their affection in public? That is really open minded!
            Most gay people Iknow live pretty much like me. They have a job, a house and a partner for the long term relation. You’d be surprised how many people are “like that”without you even knowing it….scarry isn’t it?

          5. Kellie says:

            Randall – I agree with you. I have many friends who are openly gay and know that I disagree with their lifestyle choices; but, still accept them as people. They know that I base my disagreement on my religious beliefs. Yes, I think that being gay is a choice. I don’t think it’s as inflexible as the color of your skin It’s a matter of respect for them as a human being. That doesn’t mean I have to tolerate everything about them – just like they don’t have to tolerate everything about me. Some of the most intolerant people I’ve ever met are from the gay community. Just an opinion.

          6. traci says:

            I agree with Kellie and Randall. My religious beliefs cause me to live a certain way. I, too, have gay friends (albeit not as many as straight friends) but find myself more irritated (bad word but I can’t think of a better one at the moment) when someone defines themselves almost exclusively by their sexual orientation. I would much rather know you as the accountant, or the guy who loves baseball, the guys who plays really bad guitar, or the guy who broke his leg last summer than “the gay guy”. I belong to a really conservative church where some of the women don’t cut their hair or wear pants, but they don’t give me flack for having short hair and wearing jeans to bible study and I don’t mind or care that they wear long skirts and long hair. And we don’t have to discuss it frequently (or ever) either.

          7. Susan says:

            There’s absolutely nothing wrong with your point of view but, you’re getting slammed, anyway. All sorts of contortionist arguments are at the ready for dealing with your type of thinking. It’s a sort of counter-bigotry root in several different sources and having several different goals: anywhere from self-justification to political clout gains.

            But, it mostly has nothing to do with you: it’s all about keeping the party line straight. I’m a trans and I can’t voice a dissenting opinion about the LGBT community without experiencing the same thing you are X10.

            I finally just stopped listening to them: when a dog barks at everything, it becomes a pest.

        3. Patrick L. Bertlein says:

          Just an ally here (although I have difficulties saying I am straight, if that makes any sense) so I understand I do not have your perspective on this. For me though, I feel partially why people think it is a lifestyle is largely because gay’s have made it a lifestyle. It is treated like a scene, much like if you were a Goth or Raver, not a sexual practice as relevant as if a male/female couple do fellatio with each other. I understand this is partially due to simply trying to find guys/gals to hook up with, and for queer men some have difficulties with relationships, BUT I do not think the LGBT world is beyond criticisms (and some treat it like it is, which I think is a big problem).

          Personally, as the analogy stated earlier made it clear, I think you or anyone being gay is as relevant as the sexual practices any other person does, it does not define you, but I think the way I view a lot of gender/racial things is from a perspective not of this time or place.

        4. Carlton says:

          First I am NOT homophobic however a “lifestyle” is something that can be changed if absolutely required. If for example your life or your loved-ones lives depended on you being straight for one day, one week or a month. You can choose! Fortunately, you don’t have too and hopefully never will. That being said. A woman cannot choose this change, people of color cannot make this choice. Those who insist that they were born gay, maybe they were however, it is something that even though may be uncomfortable to do can be done…change. There have been several times in my life that I wished I could change the color of my skin for just one day so that I could see what it felt like to be white…but that isn’t something the I can do at a moments notice (for those who use Michael Jackson’s transformation as an example). Therefore, if you can change at a moments for whatever reason, it’s a lifestyle. I know a bit extreme but honest, which is something that is so lacking in our society.

          1. Thoughtful says:

            Ummmm….No. Can you make yourself be gay for a day? You could have sex with someone of your gender, and that doesn’t make you gay. It’s not a freakin hair color.

      2. mark says:

        Samuel,
        Nowhere in seann’s nor julie’s post did they include the word “choice”. The word, “lifestyle”, by definition, is an appropriate word. Your reply was unnecessary and disregarded the positive spirit of their sentiment.

        lifestyle – “the way in which a person or group lives.”

        1. Cindy White says:

          Implicit in your definition is a choice. “the way in which a person or group lives.” This suggests that there exist multiple ways and you have chosen one. For instance, no one would say that a person lives a caucasian lifestyle, a tall lifestyle, or say a twin lifestyle, and I have certainly never heard anyone discuss the hetero lifestyle. Yours is a distinction without difference.

        2. Griff says:

          And it is constantly misused. Example with two people who have just met.

          Mr A: Hi, I am gay.
          Mr B: Hi, I don’t approve of your lifestyle

          The above is an incorrect usage. Being gay is not a lifestyle. It is a state of being, for those of us who are gay, we believe 100% that it is an innate state of being. No choice involved. Not a lifestyle.

          Example with two people who know each other a little.

          Mr. A: Hi, I’m gay and I am a hipster.
          Mr. B: Hi, I don’t approve of your hipster lifestyle.

          No one is born a hipster. One chooses to live a hipster lifestyle. Not that there is anything wrong with that. Which leads to Mr. A’s response:

          Mr. A: Hi, I don’t approve of your judgmental lifestyle.

          So, to review: One chooses to live a lifestyle. One does not choose their sexual orientation.

        3. Sean says:

          Mark,

          Samuel was very thankful of the positive support and was merely trying to help inform people who may not truly understand. Being gay is NOT a lifestyle, even by your own definition concerning how people live. Being gay doesn’t say anything about your lifestyle as there is not a single thing you can say about someone who is gay (other than that they are gay) that is necessarily true of ALL gays. Not all gays listen to broadway, cut hair, or call each other gurl. In fact, not all gays even have relationships or sex with others of the same gender. Some get married and have kids, some don’t. Some are out, some aren’t. Some play sports, some don’t. Being gay is simply one characteristic of a person…it simply means that you are attracted to people of the same gender, it doesn’t mean anything about how you live. It is no more a lifestyle than being black or a red head.

          Sean

          1. Bob Spline says:

            Sexuality lies on a spectrum, and is not black and white. I have friends who are bisexual, of varying degrees, and some consider themselves homoSensual (everything but penetration with the same sex), and so on. Everyone has their thing, and ultimately this argument is bogus. Being ‘Gay’ is as much a label as being ‘Straight’. No one has to ‘Pick’ one or the other, and many are expressing that these days. Females and males are starting to explore truly pansexual avenues of thought and experience, and finding out it all feels good, to one degree or another. I have female friends who identify as lesbians, with whom I have had casual sex. I have female friends who also identify as lesbians that won’t ever have sex with a man, but have trouble loving a woman (but not a man). I have male friends who are 100% bisexual, and others who are 80/20 (or so they say.. they say they are just much pickier about same sex liaisons) We are as different as different can be, and I believe it is much more useful to start going beyond the ‘Gay’ vs ‘Straight’ divide, and start realizing that sexuality can’t be contained by a couple of words or paradigms.

            This video is fantastic, and for something on a news network, it is ground breaking, but as it relates to what is actually happening On The Ground with sexuality, it is 10+ years out of date. For there to be true equality of sexes, the idea of sexuality being polarized needs to be deprecated, if we are to make progress in the future.

          2. jen says:

            Exatly what I think too! It’s the fault of people trying to grasp for power that like to define a”third citizen class” that create so much trouble. Most people are naturally kind and naturally don’t care about one another’s personal lives; they just want to be good neighbors with their fellowman on earth. What really irks me is when people use religion for hate, both sides of the argument. Tearing down my church is no different than tearing down a gay person. I want to tell you what I believe so the readers know there’s a different view than what is portrayed by the extremists. 1. I believe we are all children of a loving Heavenly Father. 2. I believe Jesus Christ is the Savior for all mankind. 3. I keep the commandment to “Love thy neighbor” 4. I also believe the Savior when he said, “if ye love me, keep my commandments”, and I do love him. 5. The commandments are set up to be a means towards eternal life (to live in Heavenly Father’s presence), they are no a judgement stick against others. The purpose of life is to learn from our experiences through choice, sacrafice, and commitment to the plan. And the goal of the plan is to return us not just to heaven, but to Heavenly Father’s presence. 6. We are all on this earth together, we will all dwell in heaven and peace when we’re done, but I am striving to dwell with my Father in Heaven which requires obediancein addition to choice, sacrafice and commitment. 7. We should all do less judging of others and spend more time judging our own actions. I am a Latter-day Saint, a Mormon. I protect marriage because that is a part of the plan and people need to know it in order to preserve choice. Thanks for your time.

          3. Eric says:

            The word “lifestyle” connotes a whole set of beliefs, actions and preferences. The ONE and ONLY difference between a straight person and a gay person is who they’re attracted to. That’s it. There is as much difference in opinion, actions and preferences among gays as there is among straights. I understand. I grew up thinking that gays were those weird people wearing spangly thongs and wedding dresses and cavorting lasciviously in “gay pride” parades. Those were the only gay people I saw so that’s what I thought they were. I was always attracted to other guys, but those people turned me off big time so I figured I wasn’t gay. Wrong. Turns out the large majority of gay people don’t act or dress that way. Who knew? The costumed exhibitionists make interesting visuals so that’s all TV shows. You don’t see the accountants, doctors, cops, truck drivers, etc who are also in gay pride parades because they’re just regular folks and aren’t especially interesting. When I hear “lifestyle” I like to ask someone what the brown haired or blue eyed lifestyle is. How about the size 10 shoe lifestyle or the 20 lbs. overweight lifestyle? It’s just one of many physical (not psychological) attributes and doesn’t imply anything more.

          1. Dani says:

            Yes, as a heterosexual, that is a significant part of my lifestyle. It is not a “lifestyle choice”, but it is a lifestyle. Don’t confuse the two. I really think getting hung up on semantics very much detracts from the point being made here. Sometimes people are their own worst enemies.

        4. devon says:

          Football is gay men bending over in tight brightly colored pants tackling each other it reeks of gayness just like two man bobsled.

        5. Sandra Dee says:

          The thing is, you can be gay without acting on it, and have a heterosexual “lifestyle” and even a heterosexual partner. There is a recognizable gay culture, and it does tend to be less monogamous. Not all gays adopt gay culture, though.

          1. malou says:

            Homosexuals tend to be less monogamous? Ummmmmmm how many heterosexuals are cheaters? The figures should land at about the same. Openness is the real difference.

          2. Sallie Henry says:

            Sandra, be reasonable. A homosexual person can have a heterosexual partner? Some do, but has anyone asked the “straight” partner if he or she would have married that person had they known he/she was gay? Somehow, I don’t think so. We do tend to call it a “lifestyle” in the US. Perhaps that is technically incorrect, but then we call married couples a “lifestyle”. And, if you bothered to google him, you would see that Dale Hansen is a very well respected sportscaster and sports reporter/columnist here in the backwoods that is Texas. Give me a break and quit nitpicking and looking for mistakes. And yes, Dale Hansen is very far removed in age from the present generation of young people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t learn from him. I challenge to listen to that broadcast again and again and see if you can learn something about public speaking. Notice his eye contact (he doesn’t look off trying to figure out what to say next) and the fact that he doesn’t use crutch words like ah, oh, um, etc. I’m a proof reader, but I do not correct correspondence from my friends and send it back to them.

          3. Thomas says:

            Your Name is Sandra Dee and your going to judge. The only reason a gay man or woman would choose a hetro lifestyle is the fear of rejection from his friends and families. Who if they were true people in his life wouldn’t care who he/she loved. We don’t adopt a lifestyle it’s not a choice…. keeping a name like Sandra Dee is a choice perhaps you can adopt a grown up name, if you’re grown up yet….

        6. SteveP says:

          Mark,
          I’m straight and I understand the definition of the word “lifestyle.” BY DEFINITION it is NOT appropriate in describing being gay. Sexual orientation is not a lifestyle. He IS gay. I AM straight. They ARE homosexual. It’s difficult BEING gay in America, etc. Those are appropriate words.
          This is a huge misconception and in my experience SO MANY heteros have it in their heads this way.
          I hope you can see the difference. Being gay is not a choice, it’s not a lifestyle, it’s not a lifestyle choice.

          1. Jeff RoTull says:

            I’m not negating your point, but just out of curiosity, how about bisexuality, is that not a choice? Or do we consider that a third orientation?

        7. Jack Baker says:

          Mark,

          You are wrong. The word lifestyle implies choice. Yachting is a lifestyle. No one has to do it. Gays do not have a choice. And to say it is a lifestyle perpetuates the ignorance among many ignorant heterosexuals hundreds of millions of people on the planet are “choosing” to be ostracized by society.

      3. Renegadewriter says:

        Really? You hear lifestyle and you chose to debate whether or not you’re comfortable with that. A man far from our generation backed up and spoke with such conviction and fervour about a touchy subject and you still find a point to nit pick at. This frustrates me because you expect the world community to get it right on the first try. Everyone is trying to be more loving in this day and age, don’t make it more difficult by being the whistle blower. Don’t forget that thousands of years of religious and social “standards” are being manipulated to fit the social agenda of today. This isn’t going to happen over night. Be kind, for we are all fighting a hard battle.

        1. ror says:

          He was being positive and grateful for the support, he was just making a minor note. You don’t learn some of the information for a test and expect to pass for trying; consider someone as well-spoken and polite as Samuel a study buddy who just wants you know. “Lifestyle” is a word used by people who demean us and relegate the integral parts of our humanity to a choice. Drinking organic coffee, riding your bike everywhere, and getting tattoo sleeves is a lifestyle. Spending every second you aren’t at work camping and hiking is a lifestyle. Getting involved in hip hop culture and learning to break dance is a lifestyle. Wearing trendy clothes and spending every saturday night in a gay bar is a lifestyle. But being gay/bi/trans/etc isn’t a lifestyle, it’s just a thing you are. :)

          1. Mo says:

            I agree very much that ‘lifestyle’ when you consider it is not a correct description but I absolutely believe that we should applaud the sentiment of the attached and not get hung up on terminology. Do you really think that anyone who commented on ‘lifestyle’ really meant ‘ decision to be gay and live according to a stereotype’ or were they trying to use the English language to string together a positive inclusive sentiment in the best way they know how. I have heard my mother use the word Negro to describe an African American because she was trying with her limited experience to be polite and proper. She is of a different generation and wouldn’t say ‘black’ because for her that seemed rude. Of course that would offend many people because they would hear the word not the sentiment. (The conversation was purely to describe someone she had met. Not positive, not negative) Of course we should all be aware and educate but most of all we should try to take a deep breath, think carefully and look at peoples meaning and motivation. Otherwise we will all just become jaded and stop trying.

        2. Kay says:

          Dale Hansen never referred to Michael Sams sexuality as a “lifestyle”. That was commenter Seann who did. And just because someone supports you doesn’t mean their infallible. “Lifestyle” implies that sexuality it’s a choice. It’s not. End of story. Nobody needs to hate anybody for making that small error, but if I was the one walking around with a piece of parsley between my teeth, I’d like to know since it might be embarrassing for me.

      4. PB says:

        Samuel,
        Whether you or gay or not you live a certain style of life. If part of your life includes dating members of the same sex or opposite sex that is part of your lifestyle. No where did he mention Michael “choosing” to be gay. He did choose to come out to the world and should be heralded for his bravery in a sport that doesn’t support a homosexual way of life a.k.a lifestyle. This reporter should also be hailed a hero for a refreshing take on it. You however should remove the part in your lifestyle where you behave like a jackass.

        1. LivinginVA says:

          Did you even read his comment? He started with thanks for the support, then said “please use a different word,” explained why that was his preference and ended with thanks. How is that being a jerk?

          When one refers to “lifestyle” one usually does not refer to innate things, but things that people choose to do.

          Here’s my family’s lifestyle: no one plays or watches sports – ever (I think I can name more professional sports teams than my husband, but don’t necessarily know what sport they play), instead, we play board games, we follow politics closely and read random textbooks for fun. Most people would not call that a “straight lifestyle” simply because I’m straight – they would call it a geek lifestyle.

        2. Kelly says:

          Samuel,
          I’m sorry, but you’re wrong. That’s not the definition of the word lifestyle. It’s just not. Lifestyle doesn’t refer to things that EVERY human does. We don’t say, “What’s my lifestyle? Well I eat and I poop and I love other people,” because that’s just part of being human, not the style in which you live. Your lifestyle isn’t different than someone else’s because of the descriptors that go along with the people you love. When someone asks about your lifestyle, you don’t tell them “well, the person I’m in love with is: a man, African American, really tall, a little chubby, small feet, really big…” If you change any of the descriptors, your lifestyle doesn’t change. It doesn’t matter if I now love someone who is white, or if I now love someone who is a woman. No lifestyle change. People too often point to the differences, rather than pointing to how we’re all so much the same. We all eat and poop and love other people.
          Kelly

          1. SteveP says:

            Kelly,
            Please get a dictionary and look up lifestyle. Sexual orientation is not a lifestyle.
            That’s like saying being female is a lifestyle because you wear dresses and wear lipstick.

        3. Sarah says:

          This! This is perfect. There will always be things to argue about and debate and knit pick. If people could just look at what the other person is trying to express underneath the superficial words, look at what the other person’s intention was. Every person’s preferences and beliefs about the right words, the right labels, the correct way to say things is different. If we want tolerance from other people we must also be tolerant of their “mistakes” as we all work out what the world will look like and how people as a whole will talk about things in the future. Why make a negative comment about a message that is supportive and positive?

          1. Rita says:

            Sarah, I just have to insert a giggle here! These folks aren’t “knit picking”. Knitting is using yarn and a hook to make various things, like warm, cozy coverings for your bed.

            Now if you meant “nit picking”, that has a whole other meaning, just like “lifestyle”. If you are “picking nits”, you are removing lice eggs from a living creature, a dog, cat, or even a human.

            Just as you have pointed out, intent is everything, and words can have many meanings depending on the person, the era, the country where you live, your generation…

          2. Jeff RoTull says:

            Rita, not that I didn’t notice that error myself, but I sure hope you recognize the tremendous irony of your reaction to it.

        4. Samuel says:

          To set any misunderstandings straight – I, as a native Texan, think it is a great thing that this sports commentator has the guts to say things that will certainly get him negative responses from his neighbors and “friends”. At no point did I intend to write negatively of his speech…it is a landmark in Texas! I do, however, take issue with the word “lifestyle”. As someone pointed out in one of the replies (I did not know I would elicit such a response from so many people!) this term is used to intimate that people who are gay choose to be so. My own story is a long one with relationships on both sides of the fence. I have ended up living with a man because that is how I really am when I am honest with myself and the rest of the world. This is what Michael Sam said as well. It’s not about choice or “lifestyle” – it’s about honesty.

          1. jill bowler says:

            You are entirely and completely right Samuel – of course you are. This may not have been the ideal moment to make the point, however. This is an “elderly”, straight guy who works in a predominantly conservative world, rife with bigotry. Maybe we should celebrate his clear-eyed, rational and, I have to say, extremely articulate commentary first and deal with the semantics later. If you nit-pick every time someone tries to articulate a positive argument against homophobia you’ll scare the good-guys (and guyesses) away. Looking back through the comments on here, you have succeeded in shifting discussion away from the actual commentary and sent people scampering off to argue about a clumsy, non-PC choice of word in an otherwise rather magnificent attack on bigotry and hypocrisy. I am sure that was not your intention but it’s happened

            Oh look, I used the diminutive of guy in reference to women. Cut me some slack people. I, like Dale Hanson, mean well. xx :)

      5. Jeremiah Model says:

        Your not born that way I keep hearing this. To general knowledge we do not have gay genes. Its a traumatic event in the persons life. Emotional trauma. I know ex gays who have turned around. To say you born one way and can’t change is like tell me I was born angry and cannot change its a big lie. But I love everyone not bashing gays but this needs to be examined more.

        1. MerryGreenleaf says:

          Ok, firstly Mr. Model you should learn to get your grammar, punctuation and sentence structure correct before you start in on what you think you know about being gay. YOUR= YOU’RE (you are) Your sentences are fragmented and run on, and you don’t have a clue on how to punctuate. If you need to make an intelligent statement you should use correct grammar so you’re taken more seriously. The statement “I know ex gays who have turned around” makes absolutely no sense!
          Anger is an emotion. Being gay is not an emotion that can be changed or turned off. And Science has made some startling discoveries on how biology CAN affect an embryo in the womb and a child can be born attracted to the same sex. You need to do some more reading on the scientific research going on about the “gay gene.”
          If I was born Black and didn’t want to be Black, how in the world would I go about changing that?? Same thing with being born Gay. You are what you are and it just doesn’t matter as long as you treat people well. Jesus loves everyone!

          1. facefree says:

            Thank you MerryGreenleaf a.k.a. Grammar Police Chief…it’s a message board, not an essay contest.

          2. Gene in L.A. says:

            I would think that an “ex-gay” who “turns around” would be reverting to being gay, no? Not that changing one’s preference is possible. I wish I liked spinach, but I don’t.

          3. kay says:

            I love how you felt the need to personally attack him rather than address what you disagreed with about his comment. There is a large amount of debate in the scientific community in regards to the existence of a “gay gene”. I personally could care less whether there is or isn’t a gay gene. People can have sex with any consenting adult the choose if you ask me. You lose ground for you cause however when you attack him personally rather than address the issue.
            Also, Renegadewriter- I could not agree with you more! It’s the same idea as what I just said, don’t appreciate the good things he said, contradict the one word in the argument you disagree with?? who does that? It’s jargon, people say lifestyle get over all the politically correct nonsense. People are constantly changing what they think is the acceptable term for things, and it seems their intent in doing so is only to have hurt feelings, rather than to actually clarify communication. Ridiculous.

          4. T says:

            MerryGreenleaf I suggest you read the bible. Yes, Jesus does love everyone, He did however throw Satan out of Heaven for his unrepentance. Praying

          5. welly says:

            ‘ If you need to make an intelligent statement you should use correct grammar so you’re taken more seriously. ‘
            Perhaps your argument would be better put if you phrased the above comment more along the lines of
            ‘ If you wish to make an intelligent statement you should use grammar correctly, in order that you might be taken more seriously.’

          1. January says:

            i’ve chosen to be straight practically my whole life. been attracted to women as long as i’ve been attracted to men. no longer attracted to women, but there was most definitely a CHOICE in who i chose to express my sexuality with… i know people don’t like to hear that or believe that, but there you go. we are not animals bound by instinct.

          2. SteveP says:

            January,
            Sorry but you don’t get it. If what you say is true, then you are homosexual, as in gay. Just because you are also attracted to the opposite sex, and follow through with the sexual contact doesn’t make you straight sometimes. Having sex with people doesn’t make you what you are. If you are attracted to the same sex and feel romantic for the same sex then you are gay whether or not you decide to suppress it or act on it.
            Expression of sexuality is a choice. Being attracted to and having the ability to fall for someone isn’t.

        2. Theresa Chaney says:

          From your post I’m assuming you were both heterosexual. Do you have the ability to turn that around? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

        3. Cory says:

          If I had a choice I’d be straight. I would have always been straight if given a choice in the matter.. but I’m not! I’m also not going to live a lie, so I’ll proudly tell you I’m gay. And tell you that you are quite wrong my friend. Get to know a real gay guy before you speak such ignorant words, not someone who is clearly confused.

        4. Mike says:

          General knowledge? You mean the “facts” that the church and conservative republicans have made up to explain homosexuality? Are you gay? Are you a geneticist? Are you a psychologist? Then how do you have the ultimate understanding of gender identification? I know plenty of gays and lesbians who have never experienced any kind of trauma that would trigger homosexuality, in fact we have discussed plenty of times why people believe this and can come up with no answers. You are making generalizations and downright ignorant comments based on information that was fed to you from biased sources. Sources that look down upon other human beings based solely on who they are emotionally attracted to. You are the exact reason this country cant get out of the rut that religious politicians and uneducated southerners have dug is so far into. Who actually hates homosexuality for any reason other than what they were taught in Sunday school? You’re an ignorant prick. Keep your nose out of other peoples lives and worry about yourself only.

          1. kay says:

            You make a lot of generalizations and use a lot of stereotypes for someone who is so disturbed by being stereotyped. There are many so called ‘religious politicians’ and ‘southerners’ who support those who identify as homosexual and you alienate them (me) by becoming as bad as they all supposedly are.

          2. JANE says:

            No one cares, Kay. If your metric for support is be nice to me or I’m talking my ball and going home, you were never a supporter and no one wants your support. Rather than demonizing people for pointing out, correctly, I might add, that the people who are perpetuating this ugliness are overwhelmingly Christian and/or Republican and screaming that they’re not all like that, you could work to change the minds of those people from your place on the inside.

          3. Alex says:

            Jane-
            That is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. You are essentially proposing that because someone is Chistian and or Republican they can’t be on your team? Get a life. You’re every bit as bad as any of the anti-gay bigots out there. If being a democrat and/or non-Christian is what is required of me to support the Gay movement, you can count me out. You preach tolerance, yet label groups of people as perpetrators to your movement based on what you believe to be some all-encompassing definition of Republicans and Christians. Guess what? I’m both, and I believe it is none of my business what two consenting adults do in a bedroom. You’re the quintessential reason I despise the far left… “If you don’t believe in everything I believe in, your not wanted.” Guess what? Nobody wants to be on your team anyways.

        5. Calledoutofdarkness says:

          Jeremiah, I don’t care about your grammar…I agree. Personal experience tells me ALL sexual immorality, including homeosexuality and pornogrophy addiction alike, is a lie from the enemy. I know several people who claim to be gay, do I love them?? Heck yes, I do. Do I think they have been sold a lie from the devil? You bet I do! Does that make me better or different…nope, not other than the fact that the veil of lies has been torn away from me, praise God! Who ever you are and whatever you claim to be..your still a human, created to find the ultimate love of Jesus. I hope as you walk through this life, people speak the truth in love and you find you way to true freedom.
          Merry, you are right! Jesus does love everyone…especially the sick and the lied too. The enemy wants to kill, steal and destroy. Jesus came to stop all that and thank God he did! He died for my sexual sins (among all the rest of my sick sins) just as much as he did yours and everyone else’s. Ultimately….there should never ever be bashing if one another and I don’t think Jeremiah was doing that.

          Much love to you all!

        6. Tim says:

          It doesn’t matter. You’re born one way – with equal human, inalienable rights. That is the right to live a life afforded liberty and the pursuit of happiness, regardless of your sex, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, blood type, hair color, eye color, handedness, shoe size, IQ, name, favorite food, beliefs, values, ability to dance, etc etc. That is the point, and the only point, that applies to what this man said in the video, and it’s the most sacred founding principle of the United States that millions of men have given their life for. So enjoy your liberty and let others enjoy theirs. It wasn’t free.

        7. Blaise A says:

          Dear mr model
          not fully true that
          if your born one way you can change,
          you see i was nearly killed at birth for 6 hours,
          (had cord twice around my neck.) doing serious brain damage, (bad enough that docs tell your parents at 3 years old that you will be most likely severely mentally retarded,
          luckily i started talking at 4 now im high functioning autistic,
          i have been gay all my like & im starting to think that is why,

          I dont think its a choice, i think its chosen for you, by god,

        8. Blaise A says:

          Dear mr Jeremiah model
          not fully true that
          if your born one way you can change,
          you see i was nearly killed at birth for 6 hours,
          (had cord twice around my neck.) doing serious brain damage, (bad enough that docs tell your parents at 3 years old that you will be most likely severely mentally retarded,
          luckily i started talking at 4 now im high functioning autistic,
          i have been gay all my like & im starting to think that is why,

          I dont think its a choice, i think its chosen for you, by god,

        9. Chalky says:

          Jeremiah! And if there was a gay gene you’d then believe it’s not a choice? Where would a person who is gay get that gene from? Straight parents? Think it through buddy…

        10. James P says:

          Jeremiah,

          You don;t know any “ex gays”. you know gay people that are scared and repressed by religious extremists (or Christians as you Americans call them) into hiding their sexuality. For shame.

          oh and if people’s sexuality is shaped by their up bringing, what exactly happened to make you straight?

        11. Gloria says:

          I read an article that said “gay” genes do play a part. But if you use your logic then gays are victims and should be treated as such.

        12. Kimberly says:

          Jeremiah-
          Did a traumatic event in your life make you straight? Was it your choice to be straight? OR WERE YOU BORN THAT WAY? If someone told you that you needed to change who you love, lets say that your life depended on it, could you “decide” to love someone of the same sex? Or even someone from the opposite sex that you had no interest in, could you “chose” to fall in love? NO, CUZ IT’S NOT A CHOICE! You could no more decide or choose to be gay or straight then you could choose the color of your skin!

          1. Al says:

            If we can say its ok to act on what we feel, then we are in world of trouble. Life doesn’t come without obstacles. God doesn’t make mistakes. But he told us we have free will, meaning choices. If I say its ok for man to be with men base on what they feel, Then what am I saying to the man that is attracted to kids. Its what they feel. But I say he is wrong, and he is sick. Feelings get us all in trouble. Use your intelligence and make the right choice. Black is a reality and not a choice. So please stop measuring being gay to being black.

        1. Gene in L.A. says:

          If he does, and neither you nor I know if he does, it’s not what makes him gay. You can have sex with anyone, regardless of the sexuality of either, and it won’t change who you are. I could have sex with a woman. I don’t really want to, and it wouldn’t make me heterosexual if I did, but I could.

        2. Tim H says:

          Yea and all you straight guys pressing your women to ‘take it up the azz’, that’s got nothing to do with biology either. Hypocrite.

      6. Jay Bee says:

        Who used the word lifestyle? The broadcaster did not. I listened to it 3 times. He did say their “world”, but not lifestyle. I was also pleasantly surprised with his statement. Hopefully we are not too far away from equal rights for all.

      7. Tom says:

        Wow, I’m sorry to have to be direct about this Samuel, but if you are offended by the word lifestyle, then maybe we need to look at not saying anything at all. 20 years ago we had to stop using Gay, 10 it was homosexual, 5 we were ok with Gay again, and now it’s – well I have no clue anymore.

        I personally don’t see what the big stink is about a person who likes the same sex (Not sure if that’s ok or condescending or upsetting, I apologize for not knowing) being drafted. I was under the impression that people who like the same sex wanted equality, and not to be singled out, or called out.

        But in actuality what I observe is that we are being asked to look at people who like the same sex as being unique and worthy of additional attention or special status. Of actually being different.

        That’s fine, I accept it. I have no problem when my city puts up a gay pride flag (Not sure if its ok to say that either) even though it actually has a discriminatory aspect to it when the city clearly has a rule against special status flags being put up.

        I do know that being a person who liked people of the same sex in the past was difficult, that there was discrimination, I thing as a society we have come a long way by being accepting, tolerant, and calling out those who aren’t. I also thing we have come a long way if your biggest concern is when someone uses the word “lifestyle”. Especially when there is actually no malice in the structure that it has been used in.

        Samuel, You have offended me today with your condemnation, and arrogance. Maybe it’s time that you look in the mirror now, and understand that you are creating a rift between your community (not sure if that’s ok) and those who are trying to support you who may not have your depth of language political correctness.

        1. kay says:

          I couldn’t agree more! I had the same thoughts (is this ok to say, I’m probably offending someone) when I was responding previously and it is ridiculous.

          1. Tom says:

            Kay,

            I’m never sure what is or isn’t ok to say. No matter what is said, it will be put to the test by those whose agenda is unclear.

            The Written language is a funny thing I guess. I’ve read some very good posts whose intent was very supportive of not only the broadcaster’s opinion, and comments from the straight (can I say that) community, only to have someone nitpick about the use of a very inocuous word.

            This Samuel persons comments, and those who defend him, have missed the point entirely. When you come back at me with those kind of comments, my first inclination is to just avoid the subject all together, and ignore any complaints from the people who like the same sex people.

            Why? Because I just get the point that no matter what, it will never be enough for them to be accepted and treated as equal, but in fact to push the boundaries and expect everyone to give some sort of special status. That we must be fully indoctrinated in learning everything that upsets the community, regardless of the fact that no malice or insult was intended.

            What was a great story has been completed subverted by this Samuel character.

        2. Samuel says:

          Please point out the arrogant and offended bits. I posted a polite response and voiced thanks for the support. I’m afraid you need to look in the mirror and address some anger issues. I am thankful for the positive aspects of this whole thing and only take minor issue with the idea that being gay might be a choice which is what the use of the term “lifestyle” implies. You are not being direct, you are reading things into my text that were not there. Again, point out the arrogant or offended bits. I can’t find any.

          1. Tom says:

            “I do, however, take issue with the word “lifestyle”. As someone pointed out in one of the replies ”

            Condescending tone Samuel. You don’t like lifestyle, fine. I don’t like people changing context, which you have done.

            I might need anger management, after running out of patience with people like you who are never satisfied, who take issue with those who have no malice or intent.

            Your issue is with a word Samuel, it is sad that you have taken up so much space in this article, and have lost the main focus of the broadcasters words. because you don’t like a word.

            Your right Sam, you have made me angry. I suspect I’m not the only one. You’ve hijacked a great story.

            Please go to your own mirror, and deal with your anger issues as well, it’s obvious to me that your passive tones are in reality angry ones in themselves.

          2. Linda says:

            I’m just reading through these comments and trying to enlighten myself on the terminology. Now first off I only inquire because this seems to be an issue on this thread, not because I feel a natural need to categorize and label us all into our own pastures. My question or inquiry really is why the term “lifestyle” is so frowned upon. I don’t think it implies choice in orientation. We are what and who we are, I don’t feel as though that word could possibly make you less gay or straight or even imply to do so. I think there are multiple levels of difference between a homosexual who is in the closet to their family and friends and possibly to themselves, and a homosexual who is actively living open and freely. One life from the other does not make either person less gay. It’s all in the way we choose LIVE. You could be living a single lifestyle, a married lifestyle, a family lifestyle, a sporty lifestyle, a spiritual lifestyle. It’s a style in which you live….lifestyle. I think this term adds depth and description to a life and living openly gay or straight is also a lifestyle, much different than those who are not. It’s not my place to tell anyone not to take offense to the word, but I honestly just don’t see why anyone would. To relate this comment to the actual video, it think describing an athlete who recently came out to the public through the media, as embracing a “lifestyle” is correct. It doesn’t mean he was not homosexual before, but it implies that his life has changed and it has. Choosing to come out and change your lifestyle from being in the closet, to openness and freedom is a lifestyle change i think.

          3. Actor says:

            OMG!! Lay off Samuel already! He didn’t take things off topic. All of you that jumped on his comment like leeches did! He and applauded supported the sports caster’s message. He merely pointed out, quite correctly that the term lifestyle is misleading. That doesn’t detract from the sports caster’s message! It merely offers a deeper insight into finding acceptance that everyone should learn from.

            Here here Dale! And here here Samuel!

            Tom you should direct your anger to more worthwhile pursuits.

        3. Jeff RoTull says:

          After reading this far, I needed to go back TO Samuel’s original comment. Here it is:

          “Thanks for the support – please try to find another expression for “lifestyle”…being gay is not a lifestyle choice…or a belief. Michael was born that way – this needs to be brought to the general consciousness. No one chooses to be gay or straight. It is how it is. But thanks for the positive response.”

          Who is really at fault for shifting the debate so widely. Samuel for the very concise, polite expression of his issue with the word? Or all the people who have since replied to it in an arguably less polite (and inarguably less concise!!) manner?

      8. TM says:

        Very condescending. We’ve come a long way if your upset with the use of the word lifestyle. To bad your taking the focus off of the good, and stifling those who are trying to bring positives to this subject.

      9. Mark says:

        Well done, Samual. I was looking for the link to click to say something, and lo you had already said it perfectly. So now all I needed was a place to say: Well done.

      10. Ajay says:

        I wouldn’t completely disregard choice. You’re limiting the proliferation of liberated sexualities by saying you HAVE to be born gay and that you may not choose to do so.

      11. wallace says:

        Who cares about the label ‘lifestyle’ it is a positive message long over do. Commenting on the reference to lifestyle is about as petty as inferring that this broadcaster is making these comments for ratings. As a world community we are evolving. Taking an anal approach to everything is about as silly as the fanatics that take literally every story in a 2500 year old story … title “The Bible” ……. it’s a story !!!

        I just wish people would see comments as this broadcaster in the broader picture without pulling a word out of a 5 minute narrative and get into some long protracted debate about that word. Yes indeed that word may suggest that being gay is a lifestyle choice but minor point in this poetic broadcast should not bury the message.

      12. Stephanie says:

        I have always called it a “Lovestyle” it is how I love, not choose to love but just love. My lifestyle requires me to get up and go to work, on Wednesdays take out the trash, Sundays go to church and so on. That is the lifestyle I choose to live by. The way I love was and is not a choice. Thank you Samuel for pointing this out!

      13. Shane C. Bracewell says:

        Exactly Samuel, I concur. I was born straight, it’s not a lifestyle choice I’m also thrilled to hear this broadcaster tell it like it is.

      14. Kendall says:

        I get ya man, but seriously don’t pick out the one negative thing you could. It’s super semantic anyway. Finding the negative in a sea of positive only hurts. I really do understand how that is a bad way to put it, but it should be something easily looked over when compared to the intentions.

      15. pat says:

        I also agree with you regarding lifestyle. None if my gay friends would like this choice of words. I hope soon people will get it!

      16. lori brown says:

        I was happy but a bit amazed of this newscasters thoughts. He done good. America is still a society that is finding itself, and each time folks put themselves up to having someone form an opinion on them, based on just one aspect of themselves hopefully we come one step closer to “it doesn’t matter”,,,can he play football? ..Mr Sams is gay. and because he chose to comeout he has given a face to the dialogue in this country. hopefully soon we will see men like him who standup and announce who he is, in one aspect of his life, it will become unnecessary to say “I am gay” I am straight, I’m black, I’m this I
        ‘m that….And on the Michael Vick, controversy. don’t know the guy, but my son does. he did his crime he did his time and he is saving more animals, giving more to charity because of what he did than any collection of sports, business etc. of all the crap that celebrities in any venue do, this is probably one of the few that has not bought his way out of the problem It will be on his shoulders for the rest of his life. I deplored what he did, just as most do, but he paid for it and is now a supporter of those bringing a stop to that entertainment. time to carry on…

      1. Cameron Johnson says:

        It’s not very fair to say I have to rely on an argument in a book only you believe to be true. That’s like saying I believe that hamburgers are the greatest food known to man and telling a vegan he has to eat hamburgers because I believe that.

        1. Dave says:

          I love what folksinger Tom Paxton said, “It doesn’t bother me that God tells you what to do. What bothers me is when God tells you to tell ME what to do!”

      2. LivinginVA says:

        “Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.” (Ezekiel 16:49)

      3. Keenplanner says:

        Being a bigot and/or a christian is your personal choice. Your sexuality is endemic to who you are, like your gender. But I’m sure even you know that already, Phil.

        1. Russell says:

          I chose to be a Christian as much as you chose to be a homosexual.
          And you can’t tell me i’m wrong any more than i can tell you that you are. well, you can, but that would just be continuing the arrogance and hypocrisy of your community.

          You can’t demand acceptance without accepting. I don’t accept the homosexual “lifestyle.” if you take your ideals to their furthest conclusion, you have to be OK with not being accepted. You complain about Christians forcing our “book” or our “beliefs” down your throat, when in reality that’s actually what the homosexual community is doing to us.

          This “news” story is prime example. Why in the world are discussing the ways people like to have sex? that’s a private matter. It would be wildly inappropriate and laughable for me to share my wife and my sexual exploits on espn. Think about it.

          Christians, we can’t put our rules on people who aren’t in our club. it is our responsibility to share the Gospel. Let the Holy spirit do his Job. The Bible tells us that we aren’t going to be the majority. We can’t change anyone, only the Gospel of Jesus Christ can do that.

          G.O.S.P.E.L. God.Our.Sins.Paying.Everyone. Life.
          God created us to have a relationship with him.
          Our sin separated us from Him.
          Sins cannot be wiped away by Good deeds.
          Paying for our sins, Jesus Died on the Cross.
          Everyone who accepts Him has salvation.
          Life with Christ starts now and lasts for eternity.

          1. Beth says:

            The difference is, that you’re using your bible and God to actively block and take away the rights of others. You’ve decided your book is the reason people can’t get married or apparently even play football. Homosexuals are doing nothing to impact your life other than make you feel a little uncomfortable, which wouldn’t be an issues if you would accept the teachings of love and acceptance. I’m pretty sure if you look into your book that Jesus fellow was pretty big on those love and acceptance things.

          2. Jordan says:

            “I chose to be a Christian as much as you chose to be a homosexual.”
            There is a great deal of evidence that homosexuality is not a choice at all. Being Christian, on the other hand, clearly is. You could convert to any other religion you wanted, whenever you wanted. You could have no religion at all.

            “You can’t demand acceptance without accepting. I don’t accept the homosexual “lifestyle.” if you take your ideals to their furthest conclusion, you have to be OK with not being accepted. You complain about Christians forcing our “book” or our “beliefs” down your throat, when in reality that’s actually what the homosexual community is doing to us.”
            I’m going to assume this is directly in response to Keenplanner’s post, which was in turn a response to phil’s post. Keenplanner never said he didn’t accept phil’s Christianity. He did say phil was a bigot. That’s not the same thing. I think Beth already sort of addressed this, but basically no one is saying you shouldn’t be Christian or worship however you want. But there are people saying this gay football player should have not said he was gay.

            “This “news” story is prime example. Why in the world are discussing the ways people like to have sex? that’s a private matter.”
            We’re discussing it because coaches and players have said THEY are uncomfortable with a gay player. They are the ones who brought it up; the newscaster is just defending the player. Similarly, the whole reason the gay marriage debate exists is because for some reason, someone wrote marriage laws with the phrase “man and woman” rather than “two people”. See, leave sex completely out of it.

            “It would be wildly inappropriate and laughable for me to share my wife and my sexual exploits on espn. Think about it.”
            Here’s a list of what we know about the football players sex life:
            -He is gay. He is attracted to men.

            Here is what I know about your sex life:
            -You are straight. You are attracted to women.
            -You are married.
            -You have had “sexual exploits” with the woman you are married to.

            I know far, far, more about your sex life than that of this boy’s. He could be completely celibate, for all we know. He’s attracted to men, that’s it. If you heard two women in a bar saying they thought a guy was cute, would you say you knew to much about their sex lives?

            “Christians, we can’t put our rules on people who aren’t in our club. it is our responsibility to share the Gospel. Let the Holy spirit do his Job. The Bible tells us that we aren’t going to be the majority. We can’t change anyone, only the Gospel of Jesus Christ can do that.”
            Your first sentence is fine. Let gay people marry if they want. Just completely forget about the issue and it will go away, really. And you are in the majority in many, many places in the US by the way.

          3. Kimberley says:

            Russell, I am a Christian. I choose to attend a Christian church and study the bible. I was not born with Christianity as part of my physiology. Nobody was. In fact, the founder of Christianity was a dark skinned middle eastern Jew. For me it was simple, I loved the values Christianity taught about love and kindness to others and helping the less fortunate so I joined a strong church.

            I am also a gay woman who was born with a natural attraction towards the same sex. I did not choose my sexual orientation. When I was a little girl we had two gym teachers, a male and a female. I remember that all my little female classmates had a crush on gym teacher and I remember them saying ‘the gym teacher is sooo cute!” That was when I realized that I was different from my peers because I automatically thought they were talking about the female gym teacher (who I had a big crush on!). I was completely shocked when I found out they were all referring to the male and it just didn’t seem right to me.

            I had no choice in my biological make up. You don’t either. Could you choose not to be sexually attracted to the opposite sex. Or even better, could you force yourself to be attracted to the same sex? Of course not. Well, neither can we if we are truly homosexual. The only choice I have in the matter is to live openly and comfortably in my God given skin or to live an unhappy, miserable life closeted in the dark , forcing myself to make choices against my nature to please the majority of people who don’t understand.
            I am very fortunate that I attend a progressive, inclusive and life affirming congregation that focuses on teaching us the good things that Jesus tried to teach the Jews about love, honesty tolerance and faith. For me the real message of faith and hope has nothing to do with bigotry or man made religious rules and rituals. It’s all about true tolerance and loving my neighbours as myself.
            When I complain about someone being different, about somebody being gay or black or white or straight, or anything unique from the majority, I am actually complaining about God/Universe’s handiwork. I am actually saying that I know better than the Power that created life. I think that is pretty arrogant.
            Bravo to the sportscaster who spoke with humility, grace and conviction! It takes guts and heart for a guy from his world to stand up for the truth. Who cares about the choice of terminology? I am just grateful that he said it! It’s about progress…not perfection.

          4. Jeff RoTull says:

            See, I had no issue with the first three paragraphs of your post. Then I got to the fourth and fifth paragraphs, which made me change my mind – now I don’t like the first three either. Just a lesson in counter-productiveness.

      4. Alan Seeger says:

        So you are going to allow the results of a chance asteroid strike that occurred in 3123 BC to dictate your opinions on how other humans should relate to each other in ways that do not personally affect you at all?

        Typical sheep.

        1. Michelle says:

          I am proud to be one of Jesus’s sheep and if you honestly believe that this world was created by anything other than intelligent design then I am sorry for you for you are missing out on one of the most profound relationships possible to have.

          Kelly: I would love for you to tell me where you found that at, no, it is not ok and yes, the Bible is very clear on that, even though Sodom and Gomorrah was not destroyed due to it’s sexual sin but rather it’s lack of hospitality (most don’t even know that), it doesn’t change the fact of what the Word says. And for those of you who are quick to take a jab at the Bible, have you ever sought the truth of it? It can actually be proven by science, by prophecy, by archaeology, and of course by personal experience. I am sorry who you are doesn’t match up with what is right and wrong but you can’t just pick and choose the parts of the Bible you want to use and ignore the rest. (That goes for both sides of the debate here.)

          1. Jason says:

            Very well. Let’s not pick and choose parts of the Bible to ignore. I hope you don’t eat shellfish, then. Or pork. Or wear mixed fabrics. And while we’re at it, did you see that really awesome passage that tells you the guidelines for selling your daughter into slavery?

          2. rahul says:

            the same science that “proves the Bible” (whatever that’s supposed to mean) also proves that there is a gigantic invisible spaghetti monster that will suck me into its tooth filled maw if I don’t treat others with the same dignity and respect that I would like to be treated with.

            you don’t believe me? well i guess you’re missing out on the most profound relationship you could ever have with a gigantic omniscient head of noodles. a shame.

          3. Rob says:

            Ones relationship with God is a personal one that is between God and the individual. All sin is equal in the eyes of God the seven deadly sins are all the same in the eyes of the creator. So why is it ok to be slothful, or obese, or any of the other sins, yet the homosexual is targeted. I don’t see christianity targeting anyone else who are practicing other sins that are no worse in Gods eyes. The truth is christianity has been targeting people for centuries even killing people they don’t like, the bible is the bloodiest book ever written. No kids it’s a sin to be homosexual, but hey look here it’s ok to wipe out entire cultures if they are different than us, or believe in other Gods etc. Same people that ignore the fact that we are to be good stewards of our planet and not pollute it, no if you want to talk about only picking the parts of the bible that serve your own purpose sorry but it’s the christians that corner that market, they invented it. Not to mention how self centred the entire movement is and always has been, we are the chosen ones, you must be like us or you will die or worse! No one get’s the message of Christ to love one another, put one another first, love people into your way of thought, you must have something before you can give it away. The Christian movement doesn’t have anything to offer unless you adopt there theology in fact they don’t even like each other, they are always ridiculing other religions they are fragmented, and in disarray, with no message that is attractive to anyone anymore. If Christ comes back it will be for the sinners not the pharisees that surround us with there preaching about what is is right in the eyes of God!

          4. Nemle says:

            It actually can NOT be proven by science and in fact…archaeological and historical records DISPROVE several claims with the Bible. As for prophecy? There has been nothing prophesied in that book that a regular tarot reader couldn’t do the same. As for homosexuality, anyone who tries to understand the book in its original text and an understanding of the time it was written for context…would tell you that book says ZILCH about homosexuality being a sin.

          5. FormerThumper says:

            I have to laugh anytime I read the comments in an article that remotely relates to LGBT issues. Inevitably morality gets raised. So pointless.

            “…you can’t just pick and choose the parts of the Bible you want to use and ignore the rest.” That’s absolutely classic! Clearly you’re a biblical scholar. Leviticus 18:22, yeah? “Do not lie with a male as one lies with a woman; it is an abomination.” Then there’s verse 20:13, “If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their blood guiltiness is upon them.” Setting aside the fact that Leviticus is a chapter from the Old Testament, Michelle, since you’re so concerned with righteousness, let’s have quiz (call it a Piety Quiz if you want to)! I won’t list ALL 76 of the other rules in Leviticus, but that is how many others there are in addition to the “no homos” verses people like you always want to quote. For example: Have you eaten animal fat or blood? Oops, now you’ve got to be exiled from your people (v: 23-27). Have you touched an unclean animal or person? Bummer, now you owe God a guilt offering (a goat or a lamb is appropriate). How’s your hair looking? Not messy I hope (v. 10:6). Ever worked on a Sunday (hope not, this one’s bad v: 23:3)? Ever own property? Hope you didn’t sell it – at least if you want to get into Heaven (v: 25:23). And of course, all your clothes are made from identical fabric, right (v: 19:19)?

            I won’t even go into the endless ways that God tells Moses to prepare and sacrifice offerings – guilt offerings and sin offerings and peace offerings – carcasses everywhere! There’s a long list in Leviticus of things we’re not supposed to eat and people we are not supposed to have sex with, folks. Our mothers, our father’s wife, our sisters, granddaughters, half-sisters, aunts, uncle’s wives, on and on. Oh yeah, and no having sex with a woman while she’s having her period, either. Funny how the only thing anyone ever seems to bring up is that pesky verse 18:22. I recall a verse from Matthew about hypocrites and planks in eyes. Seems to me that until the verse-quoting homophobes are following the laws in Leviticus to the letter, they have no business using selective verses to make their case.

          6. Modesta says:

            If you honestly believe in only one god then I am sorry for you for you are missing out on some of the most profound relationships possible to have. Raise a horn to Thor, just for the experience.

          7. Jim says:

            Please. The Bible can be explained by science? I have a one word question that seems to have been omitted: Dinosaurs?

          8. Kimberley says:

            OK Michelle. I suppose you own slaves and sleep with your father. That’s part of the bible too. If you can find excuses for not following those examples, then you’d be pretty hypocritical to criticize others for not following other unfair religious beliefs.
            And no, there is no reference to being gay in the bible. There is lots of reference to promiscuity and orgies where everyone is sleeping with everyone but no direct reference in the New Testament to being gay. Further, there was actually no word in Aramaic for ‘homosexuality’. There is mention of men who were considered Eunichs , that is men who were allegedly born without male parts, who lived amongst themselves. Although I am no anthropologist or scientist or theologian, it sounds to me that these were probably the earliest records of homosexual men. They just didn’t have the language to support the facts.

          9. Glenn says:

            “It can actually be proven by science,..”

            See Michelle, just those few words make everything else you wrote completely meaningless. You could have written just those seven words and your post would have had equal value.

            And Kelly was making a joke, an effective one at that, when he said he looked it up and it says it’s ok. The fact that you took him seriously and wanted to know where he saw it is just further evidence of the decades of brainwashing you’ve undergone – even simple, obvious humor can’t be interpreted correctly (replace he with she if I got Kelly’s gender wrong).

      5. Modesta says:

        Of course, dude. Have YOU looked up Sodom and Gomorrah? if you do, you’ll see homosexuality is not why they were destroyed, but their lack of hospitality. Incidentally, the Sodom and Gomorrah myth is perfectly OK with gang rape.

      6. Priscilla says:

        Sodom and Gomorrah isn’t about homosexuality. It’s about lack of hospitality. So, you are okay with Lot offering up his virgin daughters to the town? What about when he fathered both of their children shortly after that?

      7. JANE says:

        A. That story isn’t about homosexuality, it’s about how you treat guests in your home. Lot offered to send his daughters out to be raped by the crowd, unless you think that’s a good lesson, you should probably let this one go.
        B. That story is also in the Old Testament, and contrary to what seems to be a bizarrely popular belief, Old Testament law does not apply to Christians. Jesus gave us the Commandments Christians are supposed to follow, he was remarkably silent on homosexuality.

      8. lori brown says:

        how sad that you feel that way….I always ask this question when folks say things like that….if it was your child, your brother your sister that has a different reality, would you turn them away? would Jesus have turned them away? probably not. hopefully not…people that dismiss folks that are “different” lose an opportunity to accept people as they are, and not as who we think they should be. and it does not matter what sex, race, gender, opinions they have. if u don’t want to know about them, all about them., than just ignore and move on. Stopping long enough to really hate someone takes a lot of time and effort. don’t waste your time trying to understand, and don’t waste theirs….

    3. AnnDeNaturesWeb says:

      “Kudos to those players that will not admonish Sam for his lifestyle and beliefs. ”
      And even more kudos to those who understand that you can simply say “…will not admonish Sam FOR WHO HE IS!” The term “lifestyle” is commonly–and incorrectly–used. Being gay is WHO SOMEONE IS, not a chosen lifestyle or something to believe in.
      I appreciate the good will, seann — but it really helps to use true terminology.

    4. fred searle says:

      Not what I expected to hear yet very profound and accepting. I liked the editorial as we should realize that others are different yet we are basically the same. Once you get over your homophobia and realize that none of this is contagious we could be more open to others orientation. .

    5. Ivan de la Jara says:

      Calls it “lifestyle” and “beliefs” is something pushed into people minds to force the voew that is a choice and its not. The correct word is “being”.

    6. J. Mealey says:

      Great words for great ideas. I hope it will, perhaps, help bring out those NFL players who have kept things under wraps. The world needs to get over this issue.

    7. Kay says:

      Wow! this is what more people old and young need to say if they believe it, I know it is the way most of us caring humans feel. Hurray for those who are willing to stand for what is right!

    8. WillR says:

      Seann, it’s good to see that you’re being just as negative towards the people you decry for being negative and hurtful. You go into detail when talking about how anyone who agrees with you is being forthright and admirable for NOT admonishing gay athletes, but then you go on to admonish people who might not share your view, implying that they have self-acceptance issues before disrespectfully calling their beliefs “stilted”. Y’know, just because someone disagrees with you, doesn’t mean that they’re a hateful, gay-bashing homophobe. But I guess when you’re posting on the internet, hypocrisy is totally okay because there’s no one here that will actually counter your statement.

    9. Will Ryan says:

      Seann, it’s good to see that you’re being just as negative towards the people you decry for being negative and hurtful. You go into detail when talking about how anyone who agrees with you is being forthright and admirable for NOT admonishing gay athletes, but then you go on to admonish people who might not share your view, implying that they have self-acceptance issues before disrespectfully calling their beliefs “stilted”. Y’know, just because someone disagrees with you, doesn’t mean that they’re a hateful, gay-bashing homophobe. But I guess when you’re posting on the internet, hypocrisy is totally okay because there’s no one here that will actually counter your statement.

    10. Justin says:

      I too thought I was going to hear a bunch of slurs. I had the same “here we go again” feeling. So after watching this video, I felt pretty bad. I realized that I was guilty of prejudging this man based on the fact that he was an older male sportscaster. Something I need to work on, I guess… That being said, I think this is fantastic and will be sharing it with as many people as possible!

    11. rrickarr says:

      What is shocking about this? This broadcaster is actually quite intelligent. And, he really sets the record “straight” when he mentions all the other types of behaviour that are openly welcomed.

    12. Sasha76 says:

      We have raised the tolerance towards gay lifestyle but as a trade-off we lowered the tolerance towards people who find this lifestyle as simply wrong. Catholic worldview considers homosexual lifestyle as wrong. You can’t get absolution of sin if you don’t accept it to be wrong. Simple as that. The levels of public agression is exponentially increasing and internet “lynch mobs” are getting braver everyday at mobbing Catholics because of their integral and universal version of Christianity.
      People can only tolerate gay lifestyle. I don’t care if my neighbour is truly, temporarily, occasionaly or persistently gay same as I don’t care if he is truly or occasionally monogamous. I can only tolerate his behaviour regardless of this. I am free not to care about aspects of other people’s sexuality the same as they are free to practice it freely. I don’t see many of you caring about my freedom in this context even though it is even part of my religious freedom. Religious freedoms are seriously endangered by agressive insisting on forcible acceptance of gay lifestyle on people who make substabtial effort only to tolerate it.

      1. Kimberley says:

        You are quite correct.The evolved world must make an effort to tolerate your fear based thinking. It is about live and let live. You thought like this when you accused Galileo of being a heretic and wanted to put him to death when he said that the earth circled the sun instead of the common religious belief that the earth was the center of the Universe. You thought like this when you all wanted to lock up Christopher Columbus for arguing against the universal belief that the world was flat. You all thought like this when you all said that man could never fly, if we were to fly God would have given us wings, you said. Thank God the Wright brothers didn’t listen to you.
        You thought like this when Jesus spoke of things that were different from what the masses wanted to believe and your kind put him to death. We still tolerate your arrogance and your ‘knowing better than God ‘ opinions. No one is lynching you or stoning you or arresting you or bashing you or barring you, or murdering you for your cruel, intolerant and closed opinions. Grow up dear. Recognize that it’s not a level playing field and the odds have been in your favor only due to centuries of superstitious beliefs and old, fixed ideas that no longer work.

        1. Sasha76 says:

          Yes, there are biggots around us. They can be found in any social group and they don’t like free thinkers. The best way to recognise them is by their self-righteous, preconceived and labeling rethorics such as yours.

    13. Andrew says:

      Good for you, Mr. Hansen. You live in America, not Putin’s Russia, and we can hardly criticize Putin’s bigotry, if we let our own bigots devalue our athletes because of their sexual orientation.

    14. Annie says:

      I , too, thought that this was going to be another anti gay piece. I am impressed that this man is so open and Godly. Good luck Sam and I pray that the stupid people do not hurt you physically or emotionally.

    15. Jack says:

      right on man! This guy might not even know but I’m if he was seen by a few teens that night he might have helped one of them.

  2. The Swede says:

    I don’t know anything about Dale Hansen, but from this I’d definitely say that he’s a good man!
    I truly hope that coming out won’t hurt Michael Sam on draft day! :-)

    1. Tex says:

      Swede,
      I know plenty about Hansen. He’s an abusive, alcoholic that repeatedly drives while intoxicated and berates those in the hospitality industry like no other. Just because he says something you agree with, doesn’t make him a good man. He’s a garbage and he only did this to score brownie points.

      1. Gene in L.A. says:

        Tex,
        The value of an idea has nothing whatever to do with the sincerity of the man who expresses it. Whatever you say Hansen has done is completely irrelevant to what he said.

  3. Kenny Campbell says:

    Some excellent, well-articulate points there, and I particularly salute this gentleman for being frank enough to acknowledge his discomfort with gay men, and then making it clear that he does not allow that discomfort to control his actions or his attitudes.

  4. Irena M says:

    I don’t understand why in the title of this video is the word “shocking”. Shocking, because it’s so shockingly intelligent? Or shockingly well-thought and expressed? Or, I should say shockingly honest and true?
    Anyway, I love every word of this gentleman’s message….

    1. Humours says:

      “Shocking” is a clickbait term. This web page sells advertising to all the ads you see on this page. It gets paid by the number of times people click onto the link leading to this page. Therefore, they use all sorts of terms to entice people to click on the link—hence “clickbait.” “[You'll never believe your eyes, the most amazing thing on the internet, the whole town is in uproar over] what this [woman, teen, soldier, priest, teacher] [did, said, showed, ate, killed] in front of [her family, his classroom, his friends, the congregation].” Interchangeable and usually misleading headlines.

  5. Jim says:

    Why is this a shocking commentary? Just because someone if older, white, male, and from the south, doesn’t mean he is a nazi of some sort.

    1. Blanca says:

      Oh I get it! Tolerance only runs one way! I’m not allowed to have an opinion unless it agrees with yours! Then I’m being tolerant. If I disagree with your choices, I’m called names. Nice.

      1. Charlie says:

        Opinions are not the same as hate or bigotry. I am tolerant of most humans, unless they demonstrate those very negative traits.

        1. Rosa says:

          People can and will have different opinions on how you choose to live your life. If you are a secure person, you won’t mind what people think. You can like the person and disagree with their personal life. That’s what tolerance really is.

      2. Steve says:

        Tolerance only runs one way: you stay the f*** out of my life and let me live it as I choose as long as it doesn’t harm you. So yes, you have to “tolerate” people that love differently than you understand. And if you espouse hate towards them, nobody has to tolerate the hate of the bigot.

      3. Greenwood Bob says:

        Blanca,tolerance is not whether you agree with how someone lives their life, it is how you treat others. It is best summed up by the phrase live and let live. You are not providing enough information, but I think it is safe to say that you have been called intolerant because you have expressed dislike or hatred for LGBT people. Guess what, that is not living a live and let live life. We have a word for tolerating hate, it is accomplice. If you, or someone else is expressing hateful opinions of others, decent people do not tolerate that BEHAVIOR. Opposition to civil rights is not something associated with tolerance. In fact, believing that some group does not deserve equal rights is a perfect example of intolerance.

      4. Seanumich says:

        I don’t care about you TOLERATING anything. Saying to tolerate INTOLERANCE is about as stupid an argument as you can make. It would be like you saying you don’t tolerate that blacks are equal to whites, or that WOMEN should not have a right to offer an opinion without a MAN telling them what to think first. I guess we should not call those people what they are either?BIGOTS,RACISTS AND SEXISTS?
        Oh, and before the “choice” issue comes up, your religion and political affiliation is a CHOICE, and would love to hear your argument that Jews should be given unequal because they donot believe Jesus is their saviour.

      5. Duh says:

        Oh, I get it! Tolerance only runs one way and back again once! I’m not allowed to have an opinion about your opinion on someone’s opinion, unless it agrees with your opinion about the first person’s opinion!

        What’s next? That you’ll have an intolerant opinion of my opinion about your opinion about the choices of a gay man? You are so reverse-reverse-reverse-reverse homophobic!

      6. Debs says:

        You people are using the word TOLERANCE as though it’s a good thing in this context.

        The dictionary definition of tolerance is “allow the existence, occurrence, or practice of (something that one dislikes or disagrees with) without interference.”

        I recognise that some people have different sexual and romantic urges to me, that I live in a multi-cultural society and that some people celebrate their faith differently. I EMBRACE all this and more as part of the great patchwork of life. There is nothing there to TOLERATE. I am INTOLERANT of bigots.

    2. Robert says:

      It is shocking because he calls out lots of NFL players for committing awful crimes against other people. It is rare that a news reporter comes out and straight up bashes people for being bigots

  6. DDM says:

    Love Dale but this isn’t unusual for him. In his ‘Dale Hanson Unplugged’ commentary segments he never holds back. You can check out some of his other segments at WFAA.com.

  7. Bruce Przybylski says:

    He said it in a way that even the Neanderthals who beat their wives for standing in front of the TV on Super Sunday would understand.

  8. Derek Williams says:

    I started off thinking this guy was going to get stuck into Michael Sam and abuse him because of his recent disclosure, and so was loaded for bear, but by the end I was on my feet applauding.

    Celebrate our differences. Yes!

  9. Phil Merritt says:

    Good for Dale Hansen! However it should be titled “Dallas sportscaster’s *awesome* response to Michael Sam coming out as gay”.

  10. Jack Waters says:

    Shocking because he’s read Audre Lorde and now a lot of other people who had NOT A CLUE will too hopefully.

  11. tom dearing says:

    as an openly gay man for 64 years who recently married (for love) to an incredible woman. Hats off to both the sports caster who spoke in the highest standard of journalism and to the proud football player…proud of you both. Live honestly with love and you will never go wrong.

  12. Ward says:

    I just want to say a big thank you to this man. I have been so discouraged this past week by remarks from Russian president, Putin and the IOC’s lack of leadership around humanitarian issues and upholding their own Olympic Charter. But this man gets it. He deserves a gold medal for this editorial.

  13. Bobby Dazzler says:

    Awesome. Especially the roll call of reprobates the NFL tolerates. And yeah, I didn’t expect this response, either!

  14. Sam Cuddeback says:

    Thank you for this commentary, Mr. Hansen! As an educator, I know you will be influencing positively many young people – and adults.

  15. MXX says:

    I will admit when I saw a middle-aged white Texas reporter saying “shocking” things about a homosexual, my first instinct was that I was going to hate this guy for what he was saying. I’m extremely glad Dale Hansen subverted all my biases and said something really profound.

  16. Lionel st Godard says:

    Well said Sir. You are a gentleman and a scholar. Wish there were more newsman like yourself , and as for Michael Sam we will cheer every game you play in ,God bless the team you play on .

  17. Iainthekiltman says:

    Well said. I am completely heterosexual, but I admire both this man’s bravery….and yours as well on behalf of my lesbian sister and my friends who happen to be gay. Thank you.

  18. heather says:

    I’ve never heard of this guy before but I like him already. What also impresses me is the lack (thus far) of ignorant comments by homophobes. Nothing ruins a good story about tolerance than a bunch of trolls.

  19. Smokey Behr says:

    Why did nobody celebrate Tim Tebow and his expressions of faith they way they’re celebrating Sam’s “coming out”? In fact, Tebow was mocked at every turn for everything that he did, just because he’s a devout Christian.

    You’re wrong about the government involvement. It’s not what goes on in the bedroom that they want to legislate, it’s the consequences that government and taxpayers shouldn’t be on the hook for.

    1. Ryan says:

      Why did nobody celebrate Tim Tebow and his expressions of faith? Because he was expressing his faith in a place and in a way that forced it upon others. They didn’t mock his professed Christianity. They mocked, and rightfully, his ridiculous displays of it. Humble. Pious. These words ring any bells? Not in reference to Tebow. That’s why the mocking.

      If Michael Sam goes out and flashes homosexual acts before tens of thousands of fans and the television cameras when his team does well, he’ll be mocked too. But I doubt someone with class would do that.

      See the difference?

      And what, exactly, is the government “on the hook” for? Health care coverage? Smoking is a lifestyle choice. Nope, no coverage for lung cancer for Medicare recipients, using your lack of logic (you see, homosexuality isn’t a choice, but you probably don’t understand that either). Come on. Bring in some facts and illustrate your point. It should be fascinating.

      1. Keenplanner says:

        Religion is a choice, or an addiction, some might say. Homosexuality is as endemic as the color of your eyes. You are a bigot by choice. I don’t have to have tolerance for your fear-based psychological shortfalls, but I can still love the sinner.

    2. Cooltunesrus says:

      Actually, they really didn’t start to mock his faith until he started making it ALL about his faith. Every play, every interview, every action had something to do with his faith. Most people are tolerant, but when THAT’S ALL that you are? You’re going to get mocked, sorry.

      Now, when it comes to gay sports figures, they tell you that they’re gay, the press makes a deal out of it, but if you talk to the player and ask him about the game he just had, he’s not going to say, “As a gay man, I think we worked the defense and the offense well. He’s going to talk to you about the game and leave that part of his life out of it. There’s your difference.

  20. Jeanine Allen says:

    Dale Hansen, I have lived in Dallas for almost 35 years and was never a fan of yours. That changed with your spot on piece about Michael Sam. I took courage for you to say what you did, just as Michael Sam showed courage by letting the world know he is a gay man. You both did the right thing. Hopefully more people will follow in your footsteps and it will help the world to be a better place.

  21. Merrily Snider says:

    Thank you Dale Hansen. When I saw the title of this article, I wasn’t sure what your comments would be. I am so pleased!

  22. TMS says:

    Whether or not you are impressed with this gentleman’s statement really does not matter. Whether or not you are shocked by his message really does not matter. A day is coming when literally scores of people will be shocked, and no amount of honest, forthright, eloquently spoken opinion will even matter. Only ONE opinion matters, and His better be yours

    1. Ryan says:

      When that alleged day comes, who’s going down and who’s going up? Hint: the loving people go up, the judgmental go down. Try not to get scorched.

      1. TMS says:

        Are you being judgmental, C? -or are you saying I can only speak to you in terms you understand? Open your mind, C. That’s what you and others like you want me to do. “Scores” is a term used to symbolize innumerable quantities. Stretch your brain. Don’t keep yourself in a box.

        1. Bob says:

          Sadly not. Scores means multiples of twenty. It always has done. It always will.

          As a brief aside you’ve got one life. If you chose to spend it worrying about what some invisible fella is going to judge you on you’re probably not making the most of it. I’d hate to waste my one go at life

  23. David Bey says:

    I can help you with that, Dale. One is politics, and the other is religion. And sports should keep its nose out of both.

  24. Dan Battisti says:

    Thank you for your insight into this issue. Sadly those so inclined to discriminate will continue to do so. Wouldn’t it be great if because of reactions such as yours, this becomes a non-issue sooner rather than later. Thanks again for having the courage to say what needed to be said.

  25. Dan says:

    Great message. Some of you really need to stop getting caught up in semantics. Lifestyle or not who cares. You should have paid more attention to the commentary

  26. Mark Hooper says:

    This was so eloquent it gave me goosebumps on top of my goosebumps. I get that way when someone presents an intelligent, elegant, logically sound argument. In this day and age of emotionally charged stupidity, a momentmlikemthismis like a fine wine! I hope the hypocrites of the NFL choke on the cork, too!!!

    1. Ryan says:

      Very nicely summed up. Yes, it’s not okay for you to be uncomfortable with it unless you’re forced to participate in a sexual activity you don’t enjoy. Yes, it’s not okay for you to be uncomfortable with it. Keep saying that. You’ll get it eventually.

    2. TW says:

      That’s the way it goes…. it’s okay to be gay but not okay to be Christian. Okay to murder innocent babies but we will house, feed, educate, medicate and “rehabilitate” the vilest murderers, rapists and child abusers. Its okay to “not know” about 4 killed in Benghazi but not okay to unknowingly have a lane closure on a bridge under you’re watch. Its okay to let veterans who have fought and suffered for their love of this country go hungry and homeless but we will spend trillions in aid to foreign countries who hate us. And on and on and on with the nonsense of this “great” nation and its political correctness. I won’t deny Mr. Hansen put his thoughts eloquently, nor will I argue the validity of some points he made. But I am pretty tired of being labeled racist, hateful, phobic, intolerant, narrow minded or bigoted simply because of MY DIFFERENCE of opinion, disagreement with someone else’s lifestyle, or whatever it may be called. The definitions of not even one of those terms fit me. What I am is another spoke in the wheel of diversity everyone seems to be so interested in until they realize that true diversity includes my lifestyle too. So how bout a little tolerance for my “choice” of belief which leads to my “lifestyle” of heterosexuality. Without which those living an alternative lifestyle wouldn’t have been created in the first place.

      1. NOT a Christian says:

        Cry me a river! Christians have persecuted the innocent for years! My father was a Nazarene Christian preacher and I was forced to learn that novel for many years. I lost track of how many horrible things that they did to people in their own book, not to mention modern day Christians. That religion claims to promote love and acceptance of ALL people, but they are ALWAYS the first to cast the stone and judge. They are responsible for Salem, they are responsible for holding back the black community for as long as they did and they are responsible for the influenced hatred towards the gay community. Hate is not something that people are born with, they learn it from others before them. Now that the gay community has the balls to stand up to the Christians and expose their ways, they want to cry wolf? Sorry, but you will get ZERO sympathy from myself or anyone that I know. The Christians had their time and now that time is gone. No wonder countries like Korea are turning their backs on Christianity at such an alarming rate, they finally realized the truth!!! With that being said, you can keep your hateful ways to yourself or just move to Russia, you will fit in quite nicely there.

      2. rahul says:

        no one is saying you’re not allowed to have a difference of opinion. it just so happens that your opinion is bigoted. if you can’t figure that out, then, well, there isn’t much hope for you.

      3. Travis says:

        Modern day Christians have such a twisted sense of logic and faith. Nobody is saying you can’t have your beliefs, but that is exactly what you tell people when you go on your tirades. You think that by someone else fighting for equality it somehow infringes on your rights, which happen to be bigoted. That’s the difference. Equality to you is an attack on your beliefs, while equality to anyone else is simply…equality. Maybe you should have a few more discussions with God before hating on other people.

      4. Anne says:

        We’ll spoken, totally agree, because we hold steadfast to our beliefs, I myself, without judging, not my job, am persecuted by a bunch so simpletons who could not understand Christianity if they tried. I don’t judge you, so keep your mouths shut, tired of all your progressive crap!

        1. Glenn says:

          I agree with you – I couldn’t understand Christianity if I tried. After all, you’ve tried for a lifetime and don’t understand it yourself.

  27. Brendt Wayne Waters says:

    I’m sure the folks at Comedy Central will be happy to know that viewership for “The Daily Show” skews a bit older than they thought.

  28. Jack says:

    Well, with it being Texas, the Governor is already on the phone and Westboro Baptist are already picketing the station. Focus on the Family are calling for a boycott and Chick Fil’A have pulled their advertising money.

    Doesn’t matter if this was the right thing to say, money talks.

    But well, said, sir. Well said.

  29. jamie says:

    Great commentary. But where is there even an ounce of evidence that being a gay and awesome football player will affect his future in the draft? Homeboy has a great speech..that is.in the event Michael is mistreated, but he’s assuming he will be and he’s assuming football fans, who just want wins, would sacrifice that just to be anti-gay. Great speech. But Straw Man.

  30. DM says:

    It’s hard to imagine this being better done by anybody, anywhere.

    It’s so good, I ran the clip twice. And forwarded it to a bunch of people.

  31. Neil S. Friedman says:

    This should be replayed at every NFL game next season! Criminal activity being more acceptable than an individuals sexual preference is just one example how some macho, aggressive athletes have their heads up their asses!

  32. Barbara says:

    I can not applaud this sport caster enough. I admit I was going to view this thinking…not another person that will go with this issue the wrong way.
    Instead, he spoke truth in words, saing things that people do not want to hear but are true. The fact that this is headline news….and such a challenge for the football world to embrace is stunning…as had so reminded us that I past….we have accepted murders, domestic violence, animal abuse, drug and prostitution…they can overlook this, but being gay is a talking point??! come on….people we can do better.
    I praise this athlete and sports anchor….and am sorry that both will have to hear nonsense due to others who judge without understanding.

  33. Beth says:

    Wonderfully put! I think that once Sam settles into a team it will become the non-issue that it should be to begin with.

  34. David Shaughnessy says:

    Who is this man???? I want him to run for public office! He’ll get my vote!!!!!!

    The sad thing is that when I saw this posted on Facebook and I saw “TEXAS”…my bigotry allowed me to think Mr. Hansen would say something awful. When I heard his commentary, I was elated and so proud of Mr. Hansen. As a heterosexual man, who completely understands and respects gay men and women and their lifestyles…indeed, does anyone really understand how much we owe to the “gay” sensibility!….I applaud this commentary and wish that we could stop being such hypocrites where this subject is concerned. Mr. Hansen….you just got yourself another fan!!!

  35. Barbara says:

    good for you Dale!!! we all have our own opinions, but I do know that I believe the Bible, and I’m the only one I have to account for!!! Happy Valentines Day…

  36. TMS says:

    Will someone speak out about my courage if I call a presser tomorrow and come out as a heterosexual?!? No!
    I am trying to understand why people want to announce their sexual preference if all they want is to be treated like everyone else. This seems to be counter-productive in that way. Also, if men who object to showering with a gay man are going to be forced to do so in the NFL, why couldn’t a heterosexual man be allowed to shower with women athletes if he so chooses. I mean, what’s the difference? The fact that some of the women may object shouldn’t matter if that doesn’t matter as far as the men are concerned.

    1. Beth says:

      TMS, most people will assume that you are straight. It isn’t something that you need to tell people. You would probably never point out the fact that you are right handed or that you can walk. I will agree with you on one point, which is that people shouldn’t have to come out. People come out now because they must. It it harder to hate a concept than an individual. When it no longer matters, it will cease to be an issue. Notice how no one has to fight for women’s suffrage anymore?

      1. TMS says:

        You are exactly right – I would never announce any of that to the world not because I assume everyone knows already, but because it is no one’s business. “When it no longer matters?” – It doesn’t matter now. You keep All of your preferences to yourself and I will keep mine to myself. I want to know WHO decides whose feelings, emotions, and beliefs will be validated. Who is the authority? This is really laughable. We need to make ourselves comfortable with something although we are in total disagreement. Is that really fair to all involved? You do want to be fair, correct? And, seriously, a man being accepted into an NFL locker room shower is the same as women gaining the right to vote? Hilarious!

        1. Butch Queen says:

          When the police start raiding churches….then you can talk about being a subjugated minority. Until that day happens you do not have the right to tell me to tolerate your intolerance. The problem is people do not keep their feelings and emotions private. They turn them into laws and social practices. And it takes a loud, vocal minority, to say WE’RE MAD AS HELL and we’re not going to take it anymore. Gay men and women do not want to take down your churches, your businesses (I’ll gladly take my money elsewhere if i’m ever refused service), or your sports. We just want the same equal protection under the law that has been afforded to white, christian, land owning males since 1776

          1. TMS says:

            But you shove it in my face. And, I’m just supposed to drop a belief that I have- just as strong as yours. Why is my wrong and yours right? Who says? There is an Authority and you are ignoring it. …and, it’s not me.

        2. Jeremy Tenenbaum says:

          TMS: “It doesn’t matter now” is incorrect. A person’s sexual preference is immensely important — if people are prejudiced against it.

          Perhaps your (presumed) heterosexuality “doesn’t matter” because it’s accepted and celebrated everywhere — in your town, in your church, in movies, in books, in the news, and around the world. Oh, no one needs to know about your individual sexuality; they assume you’re heterosexual, and you’re accepted and rewarded for that presumption. Homosexuality “matters” because so many people still consider it controversial and wrong and dangerous and lesser. Laws are made against it; people are fired and abused and killed for it. We’re having this discussion because of it.

          Sam, and other homosexuals and transsexuals, *must* be public about their sexuality so long as it’s a basis for treating them as second or third class citizens. Your discomfort hearing about these things — your desire that these issues stay hidden so that you don’t have to think about things that make you uncomfortable — isn’t a justification for their continued suffering.

          1. TMS says:

            I am not made uncomfortable by things with which I simply disagree. Why, by your own admission, have these issues been “considered wrong”? When were they first considered to be wrong? I am going to suggest that these were deemed “wrong” when “right” was created. I am so thankful that many people respect God’s creation and initial encouragement to reproduce. If no one had chosen (and it is a choice) to respect that then you wouldn’t exist, nor would I. Actually, the only thing makes me uncomfortable is inexplicable ignorance -which seems to be rampant in this thread, especially.

  37. Scott Cash says:

    You should be commended, sir! I am a hetero male and I support any and all love. Thank you for putting forth such an understanding and loving response to something so normal. Same love!

  38. ebart6421 says:

    Such a crock of B**s**T. He said we were comfortable with the things he mentioned. SAID WHO! There wasn’t one thing he mentioned I was comfortable with. As for a Gay in the NFL….still not comfortable with that and I’ll bet most of the players aren’t either. Once again we’re bigots because we don’t believe in the same as the LGBT. So we can’t have our own beliefs? You can have yours and force them on us but when we speak our mind against the LGBT, we are a**es. How one sided is this? So tired of having your beliefs forced on us but when we proclaim our Christian beliefs, we are wrong to do so. SUCH HYPOCRISY!!!!!

    1. rahul says:

      no one is saying you can’t proclaim your beliefs. but if you think you’re beliefs aren’t bigoted you’re lying to yourself.

    2. Travis says:

      No, you are the hypocrisy. You claim to be the riteous people, the morally correct, the “good” Christian faith, but just as YOU said, you want to speak “against” the LGBT community. You want to discriminate. You want to judge. You don’t want something you are terrified of to ruin your way of life. In reality, people speak up in support of stories like this not to be against anyone, but to seek the simple ground of equality. That’s all they want and speaking up is the only way because people like you keep pounding them back into the shadows because it somehow hurts your “rights” as Christians. You are a disease and I can’t wait until your bigoted, shallow, self-serving, hypocritical breed dies out.

    1. Bunny says:

      So we ban marriage then? A public ceremony and official notification of who you love and, by definition, your sexuality.

  39. Brian says:

    Sir-
    Thank you for your incredibly brave and insightful words of support. It seems Mr Sam could use all the support from places like Texas he can muster. Mr Hansen, you are to many a hero, for speaking out.

    The thing is, there’s another Truth that cannot be ignored.

    Gay men ALREADY play in the NFL. They are already accepted as part of the team, having made the plays, survived all the initiations and bonded with the other players- all the while hiding their real Selves. There has been no locker room shenanigans that I have ever heard of to date. Indeed, there has been no fracas at all.

    The only difference is that this one lone man has said that he is gay before joining a team.

    I close with this one question: The team he is about to leave, did they feel harassed or compromised in any way? Somehow, I doubt they did.

    Thanks again.

  40. Gary Campbell says:

    What a wonderful, thoughtful and insightful commentary. I came out to my family years ago and was rebuked. The word that kept recurring in their reasoning was “uncomfortable”. Today, as in yesterday, they just need to get over it.

  41. Sean says:

    I’m a straight male and still think your a civil rights hero. Texas sports caster gives one of the most clear, coherent, messages I’ve seen in a long time

  42. Lisa T says:

    I must admit my own pre-judgement…Mr. Hansen and the phrases “Dallas sportscaster”, “college football”, and “shocking response” + Michael Sam and gay = inspiring, proud, best feel good moment of the day…wow! Go Humanity and Go Michael!

  43. Jeremiah says:

    I really wish we would stop comparing gay rights to civil rights. Oh wait I forgot, it’s a sin to be black in America too.
    Carry on.

    1. Lawdoc says:

      You’re kidding, right?

      Why does every armchair journalist with an extra-chromosome believe the world gives a rip about their uneducated and ignorant opinions? Please, can we just have one more plague? The gene pool has become a cesspool of stupidity.

    1. Butch Queen says:

      Oh dear… sweet heart the Oilers left Houston in the 90s and moved to Nashville to become the Titans… A new team… the Texans now play in Houston…

  44. Andy says:

    Dude, I don’t know who you are but you are my favorite sports analyst ever. I would watch games that you commentated just to here that kind of insightful analysis. Thank you.

  45. Fiona says:

    I cringe every time I hear “lifestyle” and “choice”. I believed that for a long time, it was the way I was raised. When my son came out to me, I had to educate myself. I since found out that a first cousin of mine was also gay.

    I now long for the day when no one needs to announce their sexuality, it shouldn’t matter and it does not need to be NEWS.

    1. Seán Rohan says:

      True..it is crazy to call someone being gay a choice anymore than I chose to be left-handed…It is just nature, putting one in a minority yes, but just as natural all the same..Of course a gay person could force themselves to hide their sexuality, perhaps marry a woman etc…..but that would be painful and unnatural, like people like me 100 years ago being forced to write with our left hands. And of course it is not a lifestyle….just as being lactose intolerant is not a lifestyle it is a condition, while deciding to be vegetarian would be a lifestyle choice.

  46. David says:

    What makes anyone think they have the right to judge anyones life?
    So long as nobody is hurting anyone, what is the problem!?! Live your life and love others, no matter who they are, where they’re from, whatever sex, race, sexuality, religious choices, or anything else.

  47. fiona says:

    I am tired of hearing the biblical arguments. God made people the way he made them. Some are heterosexual, some are homosexual. I am Christian, but what Christian believes in an an eye for an eye now? Which Christian believes that mentally ill people are possessed by demons? These are Biblical beliefs. I believe the Bible was written to explain what was not explainable at that time.

    As far as comparing gay rights to civil rights there is a comparison. There have been many revolutions in this country. First we broke away from England. We freed the slaves. Black men had the right to vote before white women. There was the civil rights movement, there was equality for for women. A much ignored struggle was the one with people with disabilities. The USA has changed greatly over the years, some of it in my lifetime. I tell my son he is part of the next struggle our country is going through and that is equality for gay people.

  48. Shawn Johnson says:

    What an elegant and articulate response. Thank you. Michael Sam is an American hero. He should be celebrated for his courage and example. His team supports him. His fellow students support him. I support him. In a year, I hope we are celebrating his success with a winning NFL team.

  49. Danoh says:

    Oh so let me get this right………I should have Rights based on my sexuality? or sexual attraction? ok….I can dig that, why not! If it feels good do it! You see ever since I can remember I have always had the desire to have sex with my dog, I love dogs, dogs have rights just like people…right?.. they are called Animal Rights, they are living beings, and all living beings have Rights, right? I mean people just don’t do it for me, Dogs do,! You see, what people confuse is the term rights, with the term Rights as defined in the Constitution. Ok, you think the man/dog thing is crazy? What if I used the argument exposed by pedophiles? They use the same argument homosexuals use to describe their attraction to men! or my example of the man/dog love relationship! This is the problem we have if a RIGHT is based on one’s sexuality or sexual attraction! It will open it up to every kind of sexual attraction out there. Therefore, Rights should not be based on who we love but on the protections that are listed in the Constitution. Everyone would be covered and sex can be left out of it! BY the way when the Bible state Judge not less you be Judged…it was referring to one’s believe and relationship with God. Only God knows man’s heart! However, God does expect us to be Judges and calls us to Judge! We judge peoples actions, there words…we sit on juries, we make decisions based on judgements of the actions of other people…if you missed this understanding after reading the Bible then you need to read it with an open heart other wise you are reading it as just words and not getting the message.

    1. Nicole says:

      Right. Just so you’re aware, those examples you gave are between non consenting parties I.e. children and animals. If two adults are willing to pursue a relationship together then why is it our business?

  50. Seán Rohan says:

    Why is it on almost every debate on an American news website, no matter how intelligent the debate previously, someone starts quoting the Bible (Papal or King James?lol) or the Quaran? Can we all quote from our favorite books of mythology to find meaning? At least Lord of The Rings doesn’t totally contradict itself countless times like those 2 books. Perhaps better to stick with Shakespeare “The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose,
    An evil soul producing holy witness Is like a villain with a smiling cheek,” By all means quote from Durkheim, Kant, Marx, Friedman, Socrates, Plato, Jefferson, Lincoln, Keynes, etc etc……but can we leave the fairy stories, sorry bible/quaran stories out of adult serious debate!

  51. Brian Hill says:

    We’ll said that man. I wasn’t sure what to expect when he started to speak by the end of the clip he totally had my respect and admiration.

  52. Daddynogs says:

    Absolutely stunned by what Hansen had to say……an American making sense, what next, a talking dog? Or is this just one of the signs of the forthcoming apocalypse….repent now and prepare for the rapture people.

  53. Thom says:

    This title, though obviously linkbait, does a disservice to his measured, considered response. More like this man, and the world might be ok.

  54. MD says:

    Lifestyle or not, and I know words are important, but it doesn’t help to argue within the supportive group. There are gay people that don’t mind the usage of the word “lifestyle,” and even use that term. You understand what supporters mean when they state “lifestyle,” and you understand that they are not being derogatory. That is what counts here.

  55. Nik says:

    Good for him. he may have not quite got all the terminology right but the sentiment is fantastic. Really good to see.

  56. Jon says:

    As far as Sam being a 3rd-5th round pick is because he does not translate to the NFL game very well. He is what coaches call a tweener, he is too small (6’1-260) to play on the DL in the NFL and he does not have the speed to play LB (4.80- 40 yard). So he is really between positions, hence a tweener. Many college players who were some of the best college players ever, simply didn’t have the needed attributes to be a NFL caliber player(Danny Wuerffel and Tebow for example), great COLLEGE players, less than average NFL players. I am surprised a supposed “sports guy” wouldn’t understand this.

    As for the gay thing, all NFL teams know this is a potential PR disaster waiting to happen. The media will acutely focus in on them for the fact that there is an openly gay player on their team. Most NFL teams do not want to be under that microscope, because eventually either something will be said, misinterpreted or either he will be cut and the gay activist that that know nothing about sports will cause a scene saying he was cut only because he is gay. I certainly think a team will take him, but he will will have an uphill battle to stay on a team long term. The team that takes him will also have the other players social media on lockdown by the teams PR Dept. Many teams will consider this simply too much risk considering Sam’s skills to play in the NFL to be worth the hassle.

  57. Martin Wie says:

    We don’t expect much coming from Texas these days. Typically you expect some racial or homophobic comment from some politician who needs his 15 minutes in the spotlight. Along comes Dale Hansen. Thank you!

  58. Neil S says:

    In the 1960′s Glasgow’s Celtic would only sign catholic players and Rangers only protestant, until the late, great Jock Stein took over Celtic and said he didn’t care about anything but ability. A short time later Celtic became the first British team to win the European cup, with a team of Catholics and Protestants.

    In short, whichever team puts bigotry aside and picks based on talent and ability will not only be doing “the right thing” but will also have an advantage over the rest of the league in that they will have a larger pool of players to pick from.

  59. Helle Andersen says:

    The most shocking to me is that you would put something like this on the News! Why? Why is that news? Who cares whether people are gay or straight in this day and age?

    People of any kind are born gay, whether they are politicians, hair dressers, wrestlers or preachers. Why make a point or news out of it? It’s not news, it’s just a fact og nobody should care about it.

    Maybe I just don’t get it because I’m not American, but in my country I have never seen anything like this on the news. But is it is news, like it seems to be, I do like the way that Dale Hansen is addressing it.

  60. Helle Andersen says:

    The most shocking to me is that you would put something like this on the News! Why? Why is that news? Who cares whether people are gay or straight in this day and age?

    People of any kind are born gay, whether they are politicians, hair dressers, wrestlers or preachers. Why make a point or news out of it? It’s not news, it’s just a fact og nobody should care about it.

    Maybe I just don’t get it because I’m not American, but in my country I have never seen anything like this on the news. But if it really is news, like it seems to be, I do like the way that Dale Hansen is addressing it.

  61. Makje says:

    This video is about a man taking a stand to recognize gay people as the normal people they are. And some of you discuss the definition of the word “lifestyle”?!
    I also don’t see what´s shocking about his statement, I would have been more shocked if he said the opposite. Maybe because I´m not from where Mr. Hansen is.

  62. Erin says:

    What I find profound about his statement is VIOLENCE is acceptable, but love is not. We, as a society protect those that kill and rape; but GOD FORBID we support love. The NFL and the NCAA have stood by rapist and child molesters, but FAGS! Oh, that’s to far. I hope Sam is received in the NFL with acceptance. He is a brave soul. And Hansen, bless you.

    1. Jill Bowler says:

      Oh, because all gay men are bound to fancy you, mithiola? And of course, we all know that every gay man is potentially a predatory rapist. Does that mean that, as a woman, every straight guy is secretly planning to rape me? Time to grow up I think. Rape in prisons is largely carried out by uber-macho, heterosexual males who are asserting their status by humiliating weaker inmates. And if you’re worried that a gay team-mate might just be “looking at you in the wrong way” just remember – most men will be sizing you up anyway.

      1. JK says:

        Jill, are you okay with communal showers at your local gym? If so, why not have communal showers in high school locker rooms?

        You know… because we both agree that not all heterosexuals are potential predatory rapists.

        Regardless of your position on the general topic here (a homosexual football player), your logic is seriously flawed.

  63. Joe says:

    Come on, get a clue. Celebrate some progress for homosexuals instead of arguing semantics, we can get to specific words when people aren’t being beaten to death and jailed for it.

  64. Chris says:

    @mithola: Maybe anyone who’s afraid to shower with him must think they are just impossible to resist? “Gay” does not mean “predator.”

  65. GrantDSA says:

    Thank you Dale Hansen for being so eloquent, honest and factual about this news story – taking the subject matter and not sensationalizing it but approaching it in a way that it should. The rest of the world may view American’s buffoons, but you Sir just restored by faith in the quality of journalism you can produce.

  66. Shavo says:

    So with all this being said. Why can a man marry a man in some states and a woman marry a woman, but a man can’t have two or more wives or a woman have two or more husbands? IJA

  67. Harriet says:

    I don’t see how him being gay or straight has any affect on either a) his ability to play football or b) his sportsmanship on and off the field. Which really are the only two criteria in his job description.

    I don’t get the ‘ uncomfortable in the locker room’ argument either. He said he is ‘gay’ not a ‘ gay rapist’ or a ‘ gay pervert’ or ‘ i like to watch’.

  68. Victoria says:

    What a fascinating conversation! I am struck by how my profession (developmental services, i work with people with disabilities) has the exact same conversations. We just fight over other words, like “retard” or “disability”. I’ve found that the most well meaning person say one word that one other person hears and its offended by and we have to change our whole vocabulary because that someone was offended.
    My opinion? Everyone commenting is human and has different qualities that make them so. Difference is always to be celebrated. Each and every one of us has something good to offer the world and that is enough for me. I, personally, don’t know if it’s a lifestyle, a choice, genetics, or anything else for that matter. I don’t care. What is important to me is that we show love in whatever we choose to say and not get hung up when vocabulary gets in the way. Especially when that vocabulary keeps changing and is quite fluid as far as accepted words go.

  69. Jay says:

    This is all a load of bunk. You can’t compare your topic to other clearly bad topics to make yours seem better. I’m not getting into judging the gay lifestyle discussion here. I’m just pointing that the announcer’s point to say it’s okay that he came out and should be picked sooner because he’s not killing, doing drugs, associating with hookers is not a good argument. He should just say that the others who perpetrated those actions should not be picked…not that Sam should be picked sooner. Otherwise he’s comparing apples and oranges.

    1. Jill Bowler says:

      He’s pointing out hypocrisy, Jay. It’s apparently okay to hurt others or to put their lives at risk but not to touch another guy’s bottom! You’re a little hampered by apparently regarding same-sex relationships as being on a par with rape or driving a car under the influence. For the overwhelming majority of people (outside the mid-west of America and Russia) this is bizarre and would be laughable if it wasn’t so damaging.

      Lets cut to the chase. The NFL are selective and choose to feel uncomfortable about “stuff” on the basis of bigotry and not because of any underlying moral code. Seems simple enough to me.

      1. FurQueue says:

        the straight male in a female shower analogy seems to be getting ignored here. for me this is the one and only complicated area. btw I’m a pro-anything-as-long-as-its-between-consenting-adults libertarian before you guys stereotype me. which you seem to do even to people who are on your side. doesn’t help. peace, brothers and sisters.

  70. Donna Toren says:

    I am a married lesbian. I don’t have the courage to come out to the people in my world, so I choose to stay married. I have a girlfriend and she understands. I am gay by nature, married to a heterosexual by choice. If I someday choose to change that, it will be by choice. But, my nature is not my choice.

    On the other topic, are those of you that think being gay is a choice saying that it’s worse to have someone that ‘chooses’ to be gay on the NFL field than those that rape, murder, etc.? I think you’re missing the point.

  71. Taft says:

    Wow…..what a lot of lovely bigotry about Texas in these posts. Oh the surprise that someone from Texas could be tolerant and articulate, we are born Texan, it is not a choice that we make and we are not all the same – see any parallels….
    Bit confused on the official vocabulary guidance issued in the comments. Not being part of the clique I didn’t get the memo that ‘lifestyle’ was now officially not allowed to be used, I presume that was decided in some sort of committee….what about LGBT who do use that term and don’t mind it? Are they going to get kicked out of the official club?
    We are all individuals, I don’t want anyone speaking for me about what words people may or may not use about me and I would rather others didn’t dictate what ‘their people’ do or don’t find acceptable unless they have a mandate from those individuals to speak for them.

  72. Natalie says:

    Mr. Hansen, Im very proud of you. You are a true journalist among the best. Keep up the high standard of excellence. Good job sir!

  73. Bob says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but Mr. Sam started all this with an interview. That was his decision. Maybe it was a wise choice or maybe it was a career-breaker. Don’t know.
    I’m disheartened by several commentators who don’t seem altogether happy with the kind words on this forum because they haven’t been expressed in the right format or terms. Maybe that attitude needs to change before we can move on to semantics.
    Some of the things discussed here are still evoIving in our society. We all have to give one another a break, especially when it comes to words.
    In the end, the fact that you’re even talking about this matter may be the most important thing of all.

  74. Dwayne Robertson says:

    WOW what a good way to put it dale if you wrote that down or if it came from the heart you said it quite well good job

  75. Furqueue says:

    the straight male in a female shower analogy seems to be getting ignored here. for me this is the one and only complicated area. btw I’m an agnostic, pro-anything-as-long-as-its-between-consenting-adults libertarian before you guys stereotype me. which you seem to do even to people who are on your side. doesn’t help. peace, brothers and sisters.

  76. RR says:

    I spent a few years in Dallas and this is just another example of “straight shooting” (forgive the pun) from Dale Hansen. Always tells it like it is so if you can’t handle the truth, he’s probably not your guy. Michael Sam is going to make a team better in so many ways; Defensively for sure but also a healer for a community confused about what it means to be gay. Atlanta, please find a way to get Michael Sam on our team, in our community and standing tall as a real man. My guess is Michael Sam is a Pro Bowler and member of a Super Bowl team in the next 3-5 years (he’s that good). If you want a perfect example of how a team chooses success over bigotry, re-watch “42″ again (it is on quite a bit this month). I try to look past differences (very difficult sometimes) unless that difference is hatred or bigotry because standing by and letting that go unchecked is what is destroying our society. Tolerance doesn’t mean you have to become that which you disagree with, it means living your life and respecting the right of others to do the same.

  77. Elwin Ransom says:

    I traveled to and from Mars and Venus. While there I tried to explain human civilization. I answered questions about human decisions and consequences. In the end the weight of our problems nearly drove me to despair as I pondered them. Consider stepping out with me and view our world without the noise of opinions fueled by a sense of injury or perception of a loss of rights. The experience will change you forever. Yours, E. Ransom

  78. John A Gasbarre says:

    When somebody has asked me in the past when I chose the gay lifestyle, I’ve simply asked them when they chose the straight lifestyle. The conversation pretty much stops there.

  79. diane says:

    bravo dale hansen….your remarks hit home….and a Texan to boot….let the NFL franchise folks choke on their nasty narrow minded comments about this honest talented athlete!

  80. Jalil says:

    What an absolutely brilliant, well thought out, and articulated dialogue on how society and the NFL view this.

    Crimes against women, and drug abuse are no obstacle so long as the talent level is sufficient to paper over the character and behavioural flaws.

    Meanwhile doing something like loving the ‘wrong’ gender is punishable by discrimination and banishment.

  81. Susan says:

    BRAVO, Dale Hansen. You deserve a standing ovation. If we had more people like you in this world it would be a much better place. We need less people that full of judgement and hate.

  82. James Mitchell says:

    The sad thing is that his comments are considered “shocking”, when they are in fact among the most sensible I have heard on the subject so far. Good for him.

  83. Vanessa says:

    This is fantastic. His point about the types of behaviours that are ‘acceptable’ is dead on. Many sports figures are held in the highest regard, and are celebrated as being the perfect role models for young people, when they are amoral and lack any character or integrity.
    We should be a lot more ‘uncomfortable’ with that fact than we are about a football player being homosexual.

  84. kmrod says:

    i’m (happily) surprised at the sportscaster’s editorial, but i’m even more happily surprised that the overwhelming majority of replies are positive, uplifting, accepting, etc.

    i feel good about society today. thanks.

  85. Shun says:

    I agreed with him on the hypocrisy of how the NFL players are thinking…but I’m kind of confused when he says, (paraphrasing) “the same people who want government out of our lives are the same people who want government involved when it comes to who is in our bedrooms are the same people who didn’t want blacks in the NFL”. Who is he referring to…because as history shows, Democrats and Liberals were the ones fighting against the Civil Rights movement and trying to keep blacks and whites segregated while today. Dems/Liberals were the party of the KKK. Now, it is true, Conservatives/Republicans are fighting for what they consider the protection of marriage. With that said, how can this be the same group that fought against civil rights and fight for what they feel is protection of marriage. Doesn’t make any sense. Totally conflicts with history. If he is a real journalist, he is out right lying or he isn’t a real journalist…as real journalist know and speak the truth. I can see if he is just speaking his opinion…but here, he is passing a statement off as if it is accurate. O.o

  86. Shun says:

    I agreed with him on the hypocrisy of how the NFL players are thinking…but I’m kind of confused when he says, (paraphrasing) “the same people who want government out of our lives are the same people who want government involved when it comes to who is in our bedrooms are the same people who didn’t want blacks in the NFL”. Who is he referring to…because as history shows, Democrats and Liberals were the ones fighting against the Civil Rights movement and trying to keep blacks and whites segregated. Additionally, Dems/Liberals were the party of the KKK. Now, it is true, Conservatives/Republicans are fighting for what they consider the protection of marriage. With that said, how can this be the same group that fought against civil rights and fight for what they feel is protection of marriage. Doesn’t make any sense. Totally conflicts with history. If he is a real journalist, he is out right lying or he isn’t a real journalist…as real journalist know and speak the truth. I can see if he is just speaking his opinion…but here, he is passing a statement off as if it is accurate. O.o

  87. Peteyball says:

    The more the gays wat us to accept their lifestyle the more they want to take over as the dominant lifestyle. You see here in Palm Springs, Ca. they decided to have an international gay event which they named “The White Party”. It started in the early 90′s and the gays wanted to party with a pissing fountain for drinking consumption. That was crazy enough to know which direction they were going. They decided to host their event on almost every Easter weekend possible. The heterosexual holiday that celebrates the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. They won’t admit it but they are trying to manipulate children’s minds by hosting their event when kids are just beginning to learn why Easter and egg hunts are celebrated for the meaning of procreation. The gays want to convince the mind to be looked upon and accepted as an equal, for someday they hope to be the dominant leaders of this country and world. Just look at Palm Springs as the example. Two consecutive mayors who are gay. The first thought to be straight hen announced during his reign that he was gay. The second and current mayor who kept it quite but at the moment he was voted in gave much praise to his same sex partner wanting everyone to know he was gay. Gay events take place here regularly during major weekends and many gays have moved into the community to strengthen their control of the town which has had a dominant city council staff for years now.

  88. JMO says:

    A different take…
    Love how everyone jumps on the gay/straight, tolerant/intolerant bandwagon anytime someone in the news “comes out”. Could it be it is a career move?? I mean, look at all the attention this one football player is receiving! I really believe it will boost his draft pick as well as his salary!
    I also think he is smart enough to know that.

    1. Meesh says:

      To all the Christians who have jumped all over this with their bigoted opinions…

      “Judge Not, That You be Not Judged”

      Pipe down! Live your lives as you want to live them, but don’t try to force your beliefs on others.

  89. kristin says:

    I applaud this mans willingness to support another persons step forward in being true to himself. So what if he didn’t use all the perfect language. Strides like this is what helps encourage change. If anything I am glad he said lifestyle so we can, kindly, further educate the public. As an openly gay woman, it warms my heart to see public figures make such powerful statements. This was well beyond a statement about a player being gay. This took it to a whole new level of calling out behaviors that are horrifyingly unacceptable, but yet NFL players get away with these behaviors all the time. It was brilliant. Peace out.

  90. Will Ryan says:

    Seann, it’s good to see that you’re being just as negative towards the people you decry for being negative and hurtful. You go into detail when talking about how anyone who agrees with you is being forthright and admirable for NOT admonishing gay athletes, but then you go on to admonish people who might not share your view, implying that they have self-acceptance issues before disrespectfully calling their beliefs “stilted”. Y’know, just because someone disagrees with you, doesn’t mean that they’re a hateful, gay-bashing homophobe. But I guess when you’re posting on the internet, hypocrisy is totally okay because there’s no one here that will actually counter your statement.

  91. marvyn says:

    Wow…I think that was incredible. At first, I thought it was going to be some idiotic rant about how we should not accept his sexual orientation into the sport. But his delivery was the best and I commend the station to deliver such a powerful message. I say there is nothing wrong with Michael Sam to come out. In fact, we all have to realize that he’s not the first gay person to play in the NFL, he’s just the first to not be ashamed. And that is what we should recognize.

  92. Marc says:

    Is no one going to mention that one of the top defensive players in all of college ball isn’t going to be drafted till the 3rd or 4th round?! Thats the real crime…shame on you

  93. Thevol Bade says:

    Ok I’ve read most of the comments and with a lot I agree it was a pleasure too see and hear this reporter make a point of telling the ppl that made the negative comments about this sportsman’s career just because he is out spoken about how he feels sexually that they should not judge him on his sexual feelings and how that he would not be welcome in the locker room.

    Ppl are a lot more educated and open these days than they were just 10-15yrs ago so I believe that this mans sexual taste will for the most part not even bother his true team mates and friends.

    To those that keep on about is it or is it not a life style/choice does it really matter why look for a label? I’ve never thought of putting a label on myself or any body else who is “straight” why do you feel the need to label any body else be you gay, straight, homosexual, lesbian, queer, pan-sexual, omni-sexual, bi-sexual, puff, dyke, asexual, polysexual, third gender, transsexual, metrosexual, Cisgender, Gynesexual, Hypersexual, Skoliosexual, two-Spirit or any other number of labels that are written in txt or spoken why do we need these labels we are all human when we are conceived we are not one sex but both and when we are born not every one is of one sex there are hermaphrodites who are still like you and I still human we have many colours of skin, hair and eyes and yet we are still human we have enough trouble with other labels in the world i.e. Religion that’s caused enough anger and loss that we do not need more labels this sportsman has said he has an interest in other men well I say fair enough I hope he finds what we all wish to find and that’s love and happiness the life style and choices he makes and carries out will or may not get him there the way you carry yourself and how you act towards your fellow human is a life style and a choice you make in life your sexual feelings towards others is who you are it’s what makes you, you.

    He has made a life choice to inform others of his sexual feelings and I’m sure it was a tough choice and in his future I can only wish him all the very best and kudos to the reporter in his choice to be outspoken it’s never too late to speak out.

    Please excuse the lack of punctuation and grammar I’m “dyslexic”.

  94. Jen says:

    I would just like to say I have been a Christian all my life and I strongly believe that homosexuality is neither a choice or a sin. My Mother was a minister and many of the people she ministered to were gay, many were straight. She taught me that no matter how you were born you are a child of God worthy of love and acceptance. I find it appalling that so many people instead use Christianity not to help others or love thy neighbor but to spread hate. Perhaps these people should read the teachings of Jesus and practice what he taught. I applaude the bravery it takes to come out in football culture which is not one that is particularly tolerant of homosexuality. I also applaude the supportive commentary in this video.

  95. WILLIE says:

    Wow!!! it’s so sad that so many people forgot about the positive aspects of this piece and turned it into a bunch of negative comments and unnecessary explanations. I hate to admit it, but it seem be the American way, to take something good and look for negatives things to discuss. So sad. For those that commented on the positive nature of this piece, I say right on to all of you. I hope the majority of Americans, do an assessment of themselves.For that is where the answer lies.. As and old guy, I’m neither threatened,
    or feel put upon by those who choose, or were born with a sexual preference, that’s different than my own.

  96. WILLIE says:

    Wow!!! it’s so sad that so many people forgot about the positive aspects of this piece and turned it into a bunch of negative comments and unnecessary explanations. I hate to admit it, but it seem be the American way, to take something good and look for negatives things to discuss. So sad. For those that commented on the positive nature of this piece, I say right on to all of you. I hope the majority of Americans, do an assessment of themselves.For that is where the answer lies.. As and old guy, I’m neither threatened,
    or feel put upon by those who choose, or were born with a sexual preference, that’s different than my own. This is a brilliant piece, period.

  97. Pete says:

    I see that we all have been terribly brainwashed into accepting something that a deviancy as normal because everyone has been sold the lie that to oppose it, you are closed-minded and not supportive of differences — and that is total nonsense. Frankly, if men want to touch other men – so be it but STOP inundating and shoving this garbage into our faces via ALL media; just go be a homo and shut up about it already. Nobody cares and I will not be vilified for believing in traditional values and not liking or supporting that movement, that has nothing to do with accepting differences – it has to do with morality. Stop shoving this crap down our throats; just continue to think you’re a woman-if you’re a man — and continue to think you’re a man-if you’re a woman. Shut up already and stop making the public believe you are more than 3% of the population because you own the media…

  98. Hugo Almeida says:

    Just to express my admiration to such an amazing speech.
    You are so right, Mr. Hansen.
    This video should go viral all over the world.

  99. Dunex says:

    Hillarious to see the negative post to this video! Western talibans the whole lot.
    Big up to Dale Hansen and as for the following quote respect.

    “I’m not always comfortable when a man tells me he’s gay, I dont understand his world. But I do understand that he is a part of mine.”

    [disclaimer. English is a second language for me and I apologise for spelling and grammar.]

  100. nancy foster says:

    A very compassionate and well said run of thoughts by a person with his head on straight and not up his A, people are how they are we need to all accept that . God says Judge not lest ye be judged. Everybody needs to remember that and let the other person gay, straight, lesbian live their own life. If what someone does is a sin then the person will deal with between god and himself and not any of us.

  101. JdeCP says:

    DALE HANSEN, he’s a MAN . . . to listen to and emulate!

    Talk about “role models” in sports. With his words and mindset, we know there’s hope for a better world.

  102. Stanley21 says:

    “Shocking Response”??? This is one of the most even=keeled, level-headed, common-sense commentary’s I’ve heard. Shocking!

  103. JC says:

    2014 and we are still taking about this and it’s still shocking to come out. A shame to hear some idiotic comments. Wake up America, you are lacking far behind…

  104. SHANNON L BECK says:

    ONE MUST NOT LOOK DOWN ON A PERSON FOR HIS CHOICES IN LIFE. I KNOW MANY WHO ARE RESPECTABLE, HARD WORKING PEOPLE, I RESPECT THEIR CHOICES IN LIFE AND HAVE MANY GOOD THINGS TO SAY ABOUT ALL OF THEM.
    BE KIND AND WATCH YOUR MOUTH BEFORE TALKING BAD ABOUT THEM. THEY ARE GOD LOVING PEOPLE AND SHOULD EARN YOUR RESPECT!. DON’T TELL ME THAT JESUS DOES NOT LOVE THESE PEOPLE. JESUS LOVES US ALL!. THANKS DALE FOR YOUR THOUGHTS.

  105. hi says:

    I believe the bible is the word of God. I believe His word is truth. Not seeing the truth and the inability and lack of desire to know the truth is actually His judgement. He has abandoned you to your sin and you do not see the truth because you cannot see the truth

    1. Shut up says:

      “I believe the bible is the word of God.”

      Oh, so because you choose to believe something, that makes it true? And before you try to say that a lot of other people believe in the Christian God, or that the bible is the “word of God”, what about all of the other religions? Do their books and beliefs just not count? And what about all of the scientific evidence proving that man evolved from lesser hominids throughout time, or the evidence proving that the world is billions of years old? I guess that some people just choose not to see the truth, huh?

  106. jayme says:

    I think his broadcast was wonderfully put. I have never loved anyone I knew less because of how they chose to know thy self. I have always wished their journey sincere and their own. I have only agreements and respect for how others word things. Words are always going to fall short on expressing my feelings. I am curious if its inappropriate to have a different way I understand choice. I have always thought anything that I do or consciously think or feel a choice. I guess that is part of why I have always respected others choice. Mind you I dont believe the way others want perhaps, still I have complete respect regardless of these issues. It has never ever come up regardless of my different friends journeys of self discovery and conscious growth. What is it about choice that scares people so? What is it that makes us feel that for it to be a choice it is less important to respect. I guess I dont feel anything wrong with having choices I consciously make and ones that unconsciously I make. Or without hesitation. Maybe I am alone in the general thought I am conveying. If you were someone born with an inclination towards any part of what you define you with I have no less appreciation than if you create the identity for you over time through the vast influence and experience that is your history. Eh, either way it is so nice to hear a broadcaster that encourages a humane way of coexistence.

  107. ChrisCORI says:

    I’m glad to see someone that’s his age FINALLY has an open mind and brave enough to speak such great words.
    Bout damn time if ya ask me.

  108. Eric says:

    This news anchor makes some great points. I have nothing against someone who is gay, that is their right. What I don’t understand is why there is this incredible urge to tell the whole world? Straight guys going to the NFL don’t announce they like women? What gender your prefer, what religion you believe in, how much money your make, those are just things that are nobody else’s business. Your personal life is just that, your “personal life”.

  109. Samuel Sternberg says:

    Dale Hansen I thought I was going to hear another totally anti gay commentary when I clicked on this. I was completely shocked to hear what I did form a person of the “older generation”. Its rare when I find my self respecting news casters or reporters these days, but you sir are a wonderful human being and I have nothing but complete admiration for you, your thoughts and your wonderful statements. Why cant everyone be as intelligent as this man when it comes to the rights of other human beings. I mean anyone who is LGBT is just that, A HUMAN BEING! When will this planet wake up and understand it doesn’t matter how you feel about it because its not for you to judge. I hate how many people refer to themselves as good Christians and then act they way they do about issues like this. Its said Jesus accepts all people regardless, if they ask him into their hearts and lives. You honestly think he doesn’t mean that when it comes to LGBT peoples? Its so sad we live in 2014 and this is an issue still. How does it affect you on any level other than you might actually have to sit down and have a real conversation with your child. People are terrified to talk to their children about straight sex. I can only imagine the fear and angst that runs through their bodies with just the thought of explaining to their child what it is to be gay or why people are gay. It makes me sick that people cant just be people and love and support one another no matter what. If Jesus came back today, I promise you he would be utterly disgusted by the lack of humanity that there is in the world today. He would shun the so called Christians who shun the LGBTs I absolutely promise you that because those PRETENDERS go against all his teachings and wishes. Nothing pisses me off more than people who pretend that they are good Christians and then gossip and trash people behind their back and treat LGBT people like they are the scourge of the earth and destroying civilization! Those types should be completely ashamed and pray to GOD for forgiveness for hating and passing judgement on others for something they honestly don’t understand and refuse to try. Its not your place. Only GOD can pass judgement, not someone who has an opinion that its wrong because THEY think its wrong. How about you point the finger at your own house and stop worrying about everyone elses. Maybe then your life might be in better shape. Always gotta drag others down to make themselves feel better about their crappy life. Im not gay or bi or trans sexual, but I fully believe these people have the right to live their life without the fear of persecution and lead a happy life. Stay in your own yard and stop worrying about everyone elses!!!

  110. Janice Nowakowski says:

    Bravo Dale Hansen! The back lash you will get from this will bad I am sure. Living in Texas for half of my life your type of commentary is refreshing and so welcome. It is true about most clubs accepting players and even covering up for their sins but having a gay player which I am sure he is NOT the first, is taboo. Continued success in your career and keep those commentary’s coming.

  111. Jane Connell says:

    Dale Hansen is the best thing to come out of Texas in many years………I only wish there were more of you, especially in Texas . What you said was brilliant and took guts (not easy in the macho fueled world of sports).BRAVO!

  112. Rich Yarger says:

    The saddest part about all of this is the fact that this player feels the need to tell us that he is gay. My response to that is ‘good for you, but I really didn’t need to know that to appreciate the way you play Football’. These Apples and Oranges arguments are made all the time, making reference to how we use to feel about ‘Black’ players in sports, but the truth of that is that you cannot hide your ethnicity, but you certainly can keep your preferences to yourself. It bothers me because there is no reason for anyone to know that about you. If in do time it comes out that you are gay because you live an openly gay lifestyle, then I suppose the people who would complain later about you having hid that all along would be equally as annoying to deal with, but now the matter is out there for anyone to know, and sorry but there is no reason for you to tell us about your sexual preference to play a kids game. I for one do not support the gay agenda, community, lifestyle, or whatever other adjective you want to apply to it. There was a time when we knew what was right and what was wrong, but today we have confused all of that in order to appeal to a group of people who tell us that we have to tolerate it. I for one do not and will not tolerate anything that I know to be wrong, and it doesn’t make me racist, it doesn’t make me backwards, it simply makes me a person who was given a set of moral understandings that were taught without compromise – and even for today’s world, they still stand true.

  113. John says:

    I was agreeing with everything being said here but you lost me when you tried to politicize this. As someone who does believe the government should stay out of our lives, I also believe we should be at a point where someones sexual preference is non issue. If you want to point fingers, maybe you should be looking closer at the political leaning of the examples of guys you cited that beat women, had DUI murders, did illegal drugs with prostitutes, raped and lied to police to cover up murder.

  114. anthony heath says:

    good man well said, gives me some faith that there are some decent human beings out there.. don’t feel I have to preface my comments with anything about my sexual orientation, because afterall its no one’s business except mine..good luck mate don’t let it affect your game.

  115. Chris says:

    He was doing such a great job commenting on this till he had to show his true colors. Noone should be judged by their sexuality or anything else except for their character and performance. Then out of the blue he tries to equate limited government to the bigots that would wrongfully judge or demean this athlete. This announcer is a scumbag and he is trying to make some sort of disgusting political statement under the guise of sympathy for peoples sexuality. One has nothing to do with the other and Dale Hanson is a panderer and he should be ashamed of himself. I’m shocked that in all the comments no one picked up on this.

  116. Debra says:

    Hooray to you sir. Nice to see there is someone in the media who will stand up for rights of individuals who are sometimes deem to be sick, different, odd etc.. If I was in a change room along with other women of which one was gay this would not perturb me. As long as there is respect in the room what is the problem? I think (Re Eric’s comment about keeping it private) your correct but being a public figure, these people lose a lot of their privacy and so this athlete has decided to come out on he’s own terms before some other individual drags him out and turns it into a media circus… good on you Michael Sam.

  117. David Eddy says:

    My first concern is that homosexual is Considered a sin by my Religion. My second concern is that it is not the way nature works. My third concern is for the destruction of and the basic family unit as a man, a woman and their children.
    My forth concern is that government is not dictating what is a family, sexual preference or who gets an abortion. These are personal choices where the individual is responsible for their actions.
    We need to respect other people whatever their race, sexual orientation, religious beliefs or ethnic racy.

  118. Dennis Morris says:

    Rarely do we such such spoken eloquence, and most particularly on a subject that is still finding its way through the path of tolernance, understanding and ultimately, acceptance. Texas and Dallas has much to be proud of from this fine journalist, both for his style and content, and I would only wish that Dale Hansen could be shared with the rest of us on a national platform. From this short piece, it is clear that he follows in the steps of so many other great journalists from the Lone Star State, including Dan Rather and Paul Schieffer. What a pleasure to see this man speak.

  119. Gideon says:

    The NFL has been getting themselves ready for the 1st gay player to come out publicly for some time now. There will be a lot of talk, hiss, debate and, knowing the Yanks, the odd death threat or two.

    But speaking from the point of view of that odd half-generation of whiteys that were teenagers during South Africa’s transitionary period, and remembering clearly the initial apprehension of having to share a classroom and locker room with someone black or coloured for the 1st time, my views are as follows:

    1. Like most apprehensions, it was based on fear of the unknown, mistakenly manifested as a disdain for the “unwelcome” – a fear propagated by the discourse of the times we found ourselves in back then.

    2. On an individual level, people, especially kids, get over their pre-conceptions much faster than you’ll expect. Much much faster.

    3. Once you throw the greatest equaliser of all, namely sport, into the mix, that process happens ever faster.

    4. I cannot imagine my high school career without some of the great (coloured) friends I’ve had at boarding school. Reconciling some prejudices, held at the time, towards their people in general with the affection of friendship felt for them as individuals, is not something you can explain easily but also not something to be ashamed of in hindsight as the process of re-wiring certain thoughts and prejudices is not a simple one and “white guilt” is of very little use in itself.

    How is this all relevant to gay football players in the States?

    Compared to Europe, I’d dare say America is a tad more conservative and gives a louder voice to this group in, for example, the form of Fox news – not unlike SA in the early 90′s.

    My prediction is that, like when Rugby’s Gareth Thomas came out 4 years ago, the storm will be in the public tea cup, with the vast majority of the actual players wondering what all the fuss is about. Of course there will always be the anecdotal asshole with comments and jeers but, gay guys, you’ve been enduring individuals like this since you were teenagers.

    So come out. You’ll most likely discover you have more friends than foes outside the closet.

  120. Carl Mohlin says:

    Whats the problem? Gays in the sports arena or actually to have sexual arousal in the same lockerroom?
    I would say lets let straight female and straight guys share the same lockerroom in school and other facilities. If you think this is a problem, why would have gay men share lockerroom with straight men? I would think its very offensive sharing shower with someone I knew could get excited by me.

  121. Amanada says:

    I would like to comment as a Canadian where being gay or straight has never really been an issue? I wonder if the American people ever wonder how we can function so differently as countries all the while remaining geographically close in nature, and more so than that, appearing fundamentally “the same”.

    In reality there is so much difference between North and South, East and West, Black and White, Hispanic or Asian, in your country how can you ever truly be one unified body?

    Do you think this video is being hotly debated in Canada? No one really cares. How is it that we are so fundamentally and intrinsically different then you? Spending much of my masters studying gender roles I can sum it up to this: Sexuality is a continuum. Women typically move back and forth more freely then men.

    I grew up believing that you cannot help who you love. I spent much of my life dating men. Until one day I met a woman. With her I felt a connection I never had before. Does this make me Gay? No. Does this make me straight? No. It makes me, ME! Its unfortunate that all we do is label people. Why do we label people? Well the brain enjoys putting things in to groups. Its easier to make sense of things, people, the world.

    America portrays itself to be something it is not. Is Canada perfect? Absolutely not. Being Gay is not a choice. The inclination to love or be attracted to a person of the same or opposite sex is not a choice. Its not glamorous to be gay? Are you kidding me?

    This commentary is refreshing but I will not give it more respect than it deserves. We assume that because he is a Texas born male sportscaster he is going to be hateful. When he isn’t people stand up and clap. Some would say baby steps. Not me. I say welcome to the 21st century.

    1. Glenn says:

      It’s really not all that much of a mystery – your country simply employs logic to a greater extent than this one (health care is another issue where this is evident). The U.S. is still a long way from grasping the concept – which is embarrassing because we’re 100 years older than you!

  122. suzy says:

    Tell it like it is. I do think he gets extra credit for going on the airwaves in Texas. Totally agree with the comment above “welcome to the 21st Century.”

  123. Judy H. says:

    Wow! Reading through all of the above comments was like a roller coaster ride! Talk about running the gamut.
    This guy does the news pretty well, don’t you think?

  124. Mike S says:

    As a proud Missourian, this could news caster could not have said it better. The NFL really is not about being a mans sport, it is about money, power and an image. The image they want to betry is that of a mans sport, but really it’s image. Having a gay man in the locker room, wether he is a great football player or not, is not the issue here, it the image. It’s so sad they we watch that image week after week.

  125. Jason Matthews says:

    Doesn’t this rest on the (really big) assumption that people are okay with these other things as well? Let’s also draw the line of discriminating against those charged and those convicted. I’m pretty sure tons of people made a big deal about Stallworth and Vick.

  126. Wayne Kidd says:

    There was a time when most people would say that homosexuality was wrong.It was a time when that was something most people didn’t even want to talk about. It was something that was strongly considered a moral wrong.When I look at the way things are in the whole today,I have to ask myself have we been setting standards for ourselves contrary to we used to know for a fact were wrong using just about any excuse to do so. When we say that we can accept just about any other type of conduct that is wrong,why not accept homosexuality,You remember the commercial that said ” you have come a long way baby”. Well to sum up everything would you please read 1 Corinthians chapter 6 : verse 94

    1. Glenn says:

      Can you please put the biblical reference in the first sentence rather than the last, so we know not to read any further?!

  127. Michael Knudsen says:

    I agree with this gentleman’s point about the fallacy of all sorts of terrible deviant behavior being fine for the NFL (and MLB and the NBA, for that matter), but a man’s sexual preference makes him ill-suited to play. The latter should be entirely a non-issue (though, of course, that means there’s no need for society to celebrate it, either, which of course makes me an evil h8er and a bigot).

    The problem comes when the gentleman discusses conservatives “wanting government out of our lives, save in the bedroom.”

    This has long stopped being a question of what government allows or disallows in the bedroom (Lawrence v. Texas took care of that handily), and now is a question of government coercing everyone else to approve (and, more and more, to celebrate) what 2-3% of individuals wish to do in the bedroom.

    And therein lies the rub. The football player (speaking hypothetically; I’m not up on what has or has not been said) who is honest that he might not be comfortable being naked around an individual who might be sexually attracted to him ought not be considered hateful or bigoted for said feelings, as long as he does not mistreat that other person for it (and no, choosing not to talk to that person or distancing one’s self when in the locker room ought not qualify; we are outright destroying an individual’s capacity to set boundaries with this whole thing, especially now that kids can “decide” they want to be in the opposite sex’s bathroom, apparently).

    Same thing with the broader society. The pro-gay marriage crowd, and in particular the pro-gay marriage Left, makes no distinction between those who would mistreat homosexuals because of their choices (and I mean mistreat as they do in Russia; verbally and physically assault them) and those who, like me, take no issue with what homosexuals wish to do in the bedroom; we simply cannot, as a measure of definition and as a matter of conscience, endorse the idea that what they do is the same as heterosexual behavior and should be ascribed no difference. Logically, and by nature, it is and will always be different. I never wanted anyone mistreated over said differences, but no amount of legal protections are significant to avoid the h8er charge unless one accepts the desired definition.

    You WILL celebrate and endorse….or you are a h8er. And, once the government gets involved, the consequences for being a h8er can be severe indeed. (Just ask Elaine Huguenin, or Scott Eckern.)

    Those who endorse such coercion in winning wholesale acceptance (forced as it will be, in many cases) should take warning: such methods are just fine and dandy while you are politically and culturally favored….But, that may not always be the case. A new group entirely hostile to your interests may at some point find themselves so favored.

    Beware the freedoms of association and ideas that you have destroyed. You may one day com to miss them, very much.

  128. paul weiss says:

    I saw this white guy from Texas and I expected a different editorial. Instead I was elated with his maturity and truthfulness. Thank you so much for those words……the truth shall set you free.

  129. Mary Weiss says:

    Mr. Hansen, I am a 62 year old retired school teacher living in Portland, Oregon, and I have a short comment to your editorial….You rock, sir! Thank you so much for making sense.

  130. ed mcmenamin says:

    WOW,,,,another FAT WHITE MAN,,,wearing a STRIPED suit, trying to look SLIM….and talking the way he talks….again,,,,let all the paleoanthologists know, that YES, the Neanderthal has not AT ALL left the planet thus far….

  131. corey says:

    the LORD OF ABRAHAM ISACC AND ISRAEL loves sinners…but HATE sin
    and to those that does the sin and those that entertain without repenting ..will face the same faith as sodom and gomorah…homosexuality is an abomination to THE LORD

  132. molly says:

    I grew up in Texas watching and listening to Dale Hansen. I was floored when I saw this video. Mr. Hansen was so well-spoken, clear, prophetic. I’m so very impressed and proud to say I’m from Dallas. Way to go Dale! They’d better not give you a hard time at your TV station!

  133. Tim says:

    Very impressive words, especially from a male Texan. Maybe there is some hope in Gooberville [Sorry, my Texas friends, but I gotta call a spade a spade.]

    And for the record, pointing out the gross ignorance of the religious right, does NOT constitute “tearing down” the church or attacking God as one previous comment suggested. Ignorance is ignorance is ignorance, even when it’s got a fancy title like Baptist or Catholic or Born Again or LDS.

    I’m am so f—ing sick and tired of hearing the stream religious drivel condemning this group or that group, this religion or that religion. “What WE believe is God’s will and anyone who disagrees will burn in hell.”

    By far the greatest source of evil on this earth emanates from religious zealots. Love of God and the spirituality this IS a relationship with God are one thing, one very good thing, but RELIGION is MAN MADE and is therefore
    a reflection, not of God, but of the dullards who blindly accept and perpetuate it.

  134. Tim says:

    @Wolf: Of course racism and disagreement with “the homosexual lifestyle” are not the same thing, but they do however emanate from the same source of ignorance and stupidity and that is of course RELIGION. Plus, anyone with at least the intelligence and awareness of Broccoli, knows that homosexuality is NOT A LIFESTYLE any more than your self imposed ignorance is a Lifestyle.

  135. Danny says:

    Why does everyone need to know he’s gay? Did it improve his performance on and/or off the field? If not then it should be a big deal and no one else should really know or care.

  136. Amanda Valentine says:

    This newscaster is so good and great making it feel normal for us human beings to love and celebrate differences in ourselves and actually quite wierd to do anything else.

  137. DR says:

    Satan wants all evil to be called good and all good to be called evil.

    Homosexuality is the great abomination in the site of God. Being Gay is a mockery to creation established by Satan to destroy mankind.
    Thou shalt not kill is no different than thou shall not sleep with same sex. This causes great confusion in the minds of the children of God, anything that is of confusion and disturbance to Gods plan of creation is of the same person who tempts us to do evil.

    1. Glenn says:

      I’m not a religious minded person, so if you could help me out. I think I’ve heard the one about not killing – it’s number 1 on that list thingy, right? But which number is the other one, 5? 6? 9?

  138. DR says:

    He better use the Cheerleaders locker room, that is the entire reason why we have women’s restrooms and men’s. It would be an Oxy moron for him to use a men’s locker room.

    1. David Hague says:

      You really are a closed minded, fiction-filled book loving dick, aren’t you?

      I am assuming by your homophobic, pious blather you are American. Oh no…I have just caught the stereotype bug off you!!!

    2. Mikey says:

      DR, not only are you ignorant but you’re uneducated, too. The word is “oxymoron” (one word) you moron. To quote Mahatma Gandhi: I like your Christ, but not your christians… your comments only prove that you’ve closed your mind and it’s beyond salvaging. As they say, “You can’t fix Stupid”…

  139. Françoise says:

    I am not american and i don’t know anything about american sports.
    But I can say to you that I am a straight white woman living in a country where the Prime minister and the Vice Prime Minister are openly gay.

    And they have been elected by my nationals, and I am proud to say that being gay or straight had no influence at all (0%) on the elections.

    In Luxembourg, by the way. :-)

  140. Aleexander Pope says:

    “Vice is a monster of so frightful mien
    As to be hated needs but to be seen;
    Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face,
    We first endure, then pity, then embrace.”

    ― Alexander Pope

  141. Jan says:

    It is a shame that these topics are still discussed at all today! I am outing myself…As a male my partner is a woman :-) Where is the difference if a couple loves each other!???

  142. Matt says:

    I don’t get what the issue is? Someone’s gay? The point is what exactly? No difference to someone telling me they’re straight IMO. Only bigots, racists and downright insecure idiots would prejudice people for being born.

  143. Joann says:

    I live is the same city Dale Hansen broadcasts from and I was very surprised by his “opinion”. Normally Dale is very opinionated and not very nice but I was happy to see that he is not the bad guy I always thought he was. His commentary was so on point. I just hope that people around the world that see Dale’s video will realize that not all Texans are homophobic. Michael Sam….you are a true champion!!!!

  144. CJ says:

    Who wrote the headline to this video and selected the word “shocking”. Nothing “shocking’ about what this news reporter had to say. Are you a homophobic copywriter who votes republican?

  145. Neil says:

    Totally agree with other comments here that the only thing ‘shocking’ about this story is the use of the word ‘shocking’ in the headline!!!! The reporters point of view and opinion are entirely valid and, to my mind, very well expressed…… how that is a ‘shocking response’ I do not know????!!!! Kudos to the sports journalist delivering the comment BUT to the editor/copywriter responsible for the headline on the article…….. please look up the definition of the word ‘shocking’ and in future use it appropriately!!

    1. Realist1948 says:

      As another man of “his age group” (Hansen’s) I am happy to see Michael Sam coming out, but for a somewhat different reason. Sam demonstrates that sexual orientation and interest in football (or other sports) have liitle to do with each other. I’m straight and I happen to have almost no interest in football or other “stick and ball” games. They simply don’t interest me. Unfortunately, a male in our society is sometimes suspected of being gay if he isn’t tuned in to the goings on of the local team. This theme is represented in movies like “The Bird Cage” or “Boys in the Band” where gay men try to pose as straight, fitting a male stereotype, by feigning interest in football. I might watch a game on TV on a cold afternoon in December. But if it’s a beautiful Indian summer Sunday in October, you aren’t likely to catch me indoors watching a game on TV… or anything else, for that matter.

      1. Glenn says:

        I can so relate to you, pal. With the exception of tennis, I do not follow sports at all and it’s always been a social obstacle for me (especially these days when even women have become sports nuts!). When I growing up, I would wonder as to why it was that only tennis interested me. As an adult, I came to realize why – it has to do with the team sport mentality. But that’s for another forum.

  146. Valerie says:

    I agree that “shocking” is not the right word. Maybe “wonderful!” would be more fitting. I agree with his comments and am so pleased and impressed that he is willing to go on the air with his point of view. I hope it makes people stop and think, which I think was his intent.

  147. Andres says:

    to be gay is still an issue? news? big deal?, come on people get over it and carry on… who cares??!! more important, are you a good person? ,….

  148. Daniel says:

    Dale has always been a class act, and my choice for sports news in the DFW area, but…

    Let’s not oversale the man in question. He’s not the best defensive player in that conference (Clowney is), or he would be one of the best defensive players in the country. He’s not even rated a top 10 linebacker on anyone’s draft board (at least 7 will go before him in the first two rounds based on most big boards showing first and second round choices). However, he’s in a better position to change the culture than some others who came out. He’s a legit talent and will be drafted and should be at least a solid player at the next level. No player at such a level has come out. Most have been fringe players that had to fight for a bench role, or good players who retired (I say most because Martina came out while she was still a top 10 player on tour, and Ashe was great, though he came out after retirement I think).

    So. Happy for him (though I am among those who take the view of the Bible on homosexuality). Regardless of my position on his beliefs, no living, breathing person should be discriminated against or made to feel awkward and/or unwanted.

  149. Karen Dandewich says:

    His response isn’t “shocking” — it’s awesome and uplifting! This made my day.
    – Just another heterosexual, white person who knows that all people are PEOPLE.

  150. LAS says:

    Even though I’m typically annoyed by this kind of headline hyperbole, I’m happy they chose to use the word “shocking” in the title because such words do help videos “go viral” and will allow more people to hear this commentary. I found myself actually applauding as I listened. Made my day!

  151. Jennifer says:

    I clicked the link to this commentary with misgivings, expecting the worst…from a “seasoned” white male, a sportscaster, and from Texas no less. Shame on me–my assumptions were all wrong. Mr. Hansen is a credit to his demographics. I haven’t heard it said better, more eloquently, or more courageously. Thank you, Mr. Hansen — if more people thought like you did, our world would be a far better place, As for me, next time I’ll check my assumptions at the door. This world would also be improved by all of us expecting the best, not the worst, from each other.

  152. Mildred Mather says:

    Those of us who believe that human beings evolved from a Big Band rather than beings created by God in His image, will the evolutionary process eventually give us all a set of both male and female body parts so we can all be happy with each other . Everyone would be normal. I guess everyone would be able to have children if they eanted them because they would all have the needed body parts.. Or maybe no one would have children because no one would have the needed parts, maybe a better outcome for society. One way for our world to end. Cant seem to control all the possibilities that come to mind.

  153. Kevin S says:

    I agree with Jennifer, Dale Hansen is bringing older white males back. Finally someone from that group speaking the truth as it and not as it never was..,

  154. Mildred Mather says:

    Those of us who believe that humans evolved from a Big Bang rather than beings. created by God in His image , will the evolutionary process eventually give us all a set of both male and female body parts so we can all be happy with each other. Everyone could be normal. I guess everyone who wanted could have children because they would all have the needed body parts. Or maybe no one could have children because no one would have the needed body parts, which might be a better outcome for society. Maybe thats how our world would end. Cant seem to control all the possibilities that come to mind.

  155. pete says:

    Absolutely brilliant. So well said.You don’t have to get it but you must respect it. This man should be praised.

  156. Jeff says:

    Every time this issue gets brought up, it becomes clear that people don’t understand what Christians believe regarding homosexuality. The Bible teaches homosexual acts are sins, but not that the sexual orientation itself is not a sin. It could be argued that is a judgment from God on mankind, but that can no more be a sin than the natural desire of a married man to have sex with another woman is a sin. We are all prone to sins, but we have to fight them, not give into them like Michael Sam did in unabashedly identifying with his sinful nature.

  157. Peggy says:

    I wholeheartedly agree, why can’t we all just get along? Isn’t his past performance what proves he is a great football player, how could we possibly judge him any differently now that we know he is gay? So what. It has never bothered me to have gay friends. I happily celebrated a lesbians 25th anniversary about 15 years ago at a local bar. I might add they had many friends that helped to celebrate, even the owner. I am very straight, but I try to love everyone as long as they aren’t hurting anyone.

  158. Gail Williams says:

    Why does the title of this article say that this response is “shocking”?

    I think Dale Hanson is thoughtful and kind, and fearless. This is a news person who is intelligent and loves justice, and honest about his personal feelings, too.

    I am grateful for his attitude, his thinking and his willingness to use his platform as a journalist to let the world know.

    Thank you

  159. Guest says:

    What utter and total BS!!! Stop making the ridiculous charge that homosexuality is the same as being black. Homosexuality is a sin. Being black is NOT.

    The players who beat women, do drugs, and have had involvement with murder do NO proclaim pride in their sins. You have NEVER heard one of them declare that they are a “Proud women beater” or a “Proud drug user” or a “Proud murderer”. And THERE lies the difference. They don’t take pride in their sin. Homosexuals DO.

    If you take pride in your sin you deserve to be REJECTED. And I hope Michael Sam gets REJECTED from the NFL.

    1. Guest says:

      Oh, I’ve read my Bible, and I understand my Bible. And I understand fully what this means:

      “Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh [homosexuality], are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.” – Jude 1:7

      Homosexuals need to admit their sin and repent of their sin or burn in hell. And heterosexuals who support homosexuals need to repent or burn in hell.

  160. billy says:

    yeah… I don’t think any of the analogies are okay ….Maybe the owners and players overlook bad behavior because the bottom line would be ” show me the money” .Being sexually immoral isn’t “gay” it’s just down right “nasty”. As in the commentators remarks .He himself should rethink his position, although he probably is right the whole country has gone to the “DOGS”.

  161. Carole Cross says:

    Well said. I wouldn’t say it was shocking, just a statement about one mans respect for a fellow human being.

  162. Sarah says:

    This should not even be in the news! I could care less what your private choices are…..just be a good person and live according to the laws of God. Why a person would choose to put their private life out there in the public is beyond me. Just shut up and play ball. Whatever your choices are in life will be judged by God and if you feel confident that HE is OK with your lifestyle then why do you care what anyone else knows or thinks? I am so sick of all of this being “news”

  163. ElSanto says:

    At this point Michael Sams guaranteed himself a spot on the NFL…who is going to dare deny him now? The Gay Geshtapo will find you and destroy all those who disagree with their point of view. For a people who constantly cry intolerance they are some of the most angry, hateful and intolerant people out there. How about room for all points of view?!? The media has already decided that if you do not agree with this EVERYONE is a homophobe, racist and or bigot? You will make assumptions about my race, my beliefs and my life based solely on this post that are completely mistaken but you won’t care about that. You will decide what or who I am to do your best to punish me for my perspective. I also don’t care who Michael Sams sleeps with…just play football. Why does this issue have to be shoved down our throats? Let the death threats begin all you loving tolerant folks…I am not going to respond.

  164. ElSanto says:

    At this point Michael Sams guaranteed himself a spot on the NFL…who is going to dare deny him now? The Gay Geshtapo will find you and destroy all those who disagree with their point of view. For a people who constantly cry intolerance they are some of the most angry, hateful and intolerant people out there. How about room for all points of view?!? The media has already decided that if you do not agree with this EVERYONE is a homophobe, racist and or bigot? You will make assumptions about my race, my beliefs and my life based solely on this post that are completely ,istaken but you won’t care about that. You will decide what or who I am to do your best to punish me for my perspective. I also don’t care who Michael Sams sleeps with…just play football. Why does this issue have to be shoved down our throats? Let the death threats begin all you loving tolerant folks…I am not going to respond.

    1. Mary says:

      We are not alone ElSanto! They, whoever they are, just want us us to think we are! Hang in there and don’t be part of the “silent” majority!

  165. Lin says:

    All I have to say is WOW! This guy rocks. And another sane, INTELLIGENT voice coimg out of Texas (sorry all, but you do have Rick Perry and The Shrub [long live Molly Ivins]) is always so encouraging. You all are really lucky to have this guy! The cretins can rant and troll all they like buut this gut is now reaching millions and what a great Valentine’s day message!

  166. Lin says:

    Oh yeah, and what’s so “”shocking” about this comment anyway? That it comes from Texas? That it comes from a sportscaster? That it is so smart and progressive and really tells it like it is and calls out the sports industry and it’s fans for what they’re “comfortable” with? What’s really shocking is who gets paid millions of dollars regardless of their treatment of women, just as he says, or is it shocking to hear a voice of integrity coming out of the sports world, and from Texas, no less?

  167. JBOY says:

    Dale Hanson – years ahead of his contemporaries. When I started to read the article my initial thought was, “Here we go again – bigots field day” was I ever wrong. Congrats to Hanson

    1. SethMann says:

      After reading these comments I just had to write this. Keep in mind I am pro-gay. I don’t care and don’t see the problem in it and I consider myself very religious. Sure my bible says one thing, but I look into people’s hearts. If they are good then they are equal in my eyes regardless of orientation etc. etc.

      Though, I do have to say this. The whole lifestyle, lifestyle-choice, life-choices etc. Is a stupid argument. I have no problem understanding that you can be born attracted to the same-sex. Though many people also change throughout their lives. Here’s an example… Bare with me as I have to show you a darker side of the coin so that you can understand how love and attraction can be manipulated. Take a girl whose father abuses her, sure at first she would have been attracted to boys her own age. but after years of abuse, her preference of men changed to older men.

      Heres another point. Being attracted to men or women, may not be a choice. It many cases you are born being attracted to a certain sex. But acting upon these urges are a lifestyle-choice. So you are choosing your lifestyle. Whether it is a correct choice or not, should not be up to other people but to you. But on the flip side, everything in our society is judged on a majority rule basis. If we all think that murders wrong, we penalize for it. If we think stealing is wrong we have punishments for it. This can be seen when looking at society’s views on being gay in the past hundred years. The more people have learned about being gay, and tried to be open-minded the more people have swayed a large portion of people to make being gay sociably acceptable.

      Another point I hate, is the when people say. “Well why should being gay be looked down upon if I was born this way… Its not a lifestyle, or a choice… Its how I am”. Well look at the other side of this coin. Recently psychologists have found the same to be for pedophiles. That they were born with that attraction. That they were always attracted to younger people their whole lives. Now do I feel that this is ok? Absolutely not. But your arguing the same point. That its ok because you were born a certain way. When in fact, whether or not something is ok (In societal views, or in the eyes or the law) depends primarily on society’s majority rule. Whether or not most of us think something is ok. Now, none of this ultimately matters if your not breaking the law (which being gay your not)… but this does not mean that everything is going to be equal, and everyone is going to be understanding and ultimately pay no attention to whether or not someone’s sexual orientation is gay or straight. Because their is no majority consensus yet, many people are pro-gay, many are not, and many dont care. So how can one say who is right or wrong? It really is up to you in your own mind. To judge yourself and to ultimately, at the end of the day be secure enough with your orientation to accept whatever response you may get out of others, movies, literature, television and other sources of societal and personal views.

      Another example, that is legal. Is people who have sex with animals. Now in some states this is LEGAL. I do not think this is right. But, statements saying that if your born a certain way its not a choice whether or not you choose to be gay. Well, lets say John was born attracted to animals. He lives in a state where it is legal for him to fulfill his sexual orientation. John knows that the majority of society thinks that having sex with animals is wrong, yet allow John legally to do what he wants, as it is his own business. (Kind of like when people say “If your not bothering me, it doesn’t matter what you do in your home.) . So now John has all right to have sex with animals. Yet, he does not want people to think of him in a negative way. To dislike him because of the way he was born. Thus, John makes a lifestyle-choice. A choice to not have sex with Animals. In this choice, is the point Im trying to make. You may be born a certain way, but engaging in something like intercourse with the same sex is a choice. Just like it is for straight couples. For everyone, choosing to engage in anything… whether eating, or driving or whatever,,, Makes it a lifestyle-choice, a life-choice etc.

      So yes people can say that. And they can be both right and wrong. Yes you can be born a certain way. But choosing to follow through with something is a choice. Whether or not it is a right or validated choice is up to two people. You ultimately, and society. You can engage in something society sees as wrong, but if that doesnt matter in your own eyes, and its not illegal then you have to just put up with peoples backlash and protests. Its not their fault, nor is it yours. If they were born and raised to believe something, and the general society consensus is still undecided or in the middle. You can’t blame people for disliking or not understanding something. As it is mainly society’s majority rule view that makes people believe something is right or wrong.

      Again for instance. A guy is born being attracted to underage girls. But he knows that in his society it is seen as wrong. He never succumbs to his urges. He sees shrinks and psychologists every week. And becomes a professor on his own orientation as well as a guidance counselor for those with similar problems. Is he a bad guy? Maybe, Maybe not? But I guarantee you a majority of people will look down on him in disgust regardless of all his other accomplishments and attempts to align himself in a more accepted societal lifestyle. Is that right to do? Maybe? Maybe not?

      Now before everyone says where did this all come from. This does not relate to this at all. This is to extreme compared to being gay… Remember my point was that the majority rule of society determined how we view things as right or wrong? Hundreds of years ago it was common for men to marry women under the age of 18, still all around the world people marry women 50 years younger than them. In Ancient Greece, in Persia, in China. Even now it is not uncommon. Even in America, some states allow the age of consent to be 16. So my point is this. When the majority of society views something a certain way, That is how it will be judged for the general population. Many people say we don’t care what others think, but in all honesty we do. We are part of a community, a body of people that we wish to be seen in an equal light to. So all we can do is try to get people to understand. But whether something is right or wrong. Should be an answer that in your own mind you are ok with. Something that at the end of the day you can feel good about yourself. But as for it being right or wrong in our society depends entirely on how much you let others views affect you.

  168. rick says:

    Since when does the NFL look the other way when one of their players publicly proclaims its his “lifestyle” to drag women down stairs by their hair or to wantonly drive drunk? Logically challenged liberal moron.

  169. SethMan says:

    After reading these comments I just had to write this. Keep in mind I am pro-gay. I don’t care and don’t see the problem in it and I consider myself very religious. Sure my bible says one thing, but I look into people’s hearts. If they are good then they are equal in my eyes regardless of orientation etc. etc.

    Though, I do have to say this. The whole lifestyle, lifestyle-choice, life-choices etc. Is a stupid argument. I have no problem understanding that you can be born attracted to the same-sex. Though many people also change throughout their lives. Here’s an example… Bare with me as I have to show you a darker side of the coin so that you can understand how love and attraction can be manipulated. Take a girl whose father abuses her, sure at first she would have been attracted to boys her own age. but after years of abuse, her preference of men changed to older men.

    Heres another point. Being attracted to men or women, may not be a choice. It many cases you are born being attracted to a certain sex. But acting upon these urges are a lifestyle-choice. So you are choosing your lifestyle. Whether it is a correct choice or not, should not be up to other people but to you. But on the flip side, everything in our society is judged on a majority rule basis. If we all think that murders wrong, we penalize for it. If we think stealing is wrong we have punishments for it. This can be seen when looking at society’s views on being gay in the past hundred years. The more people have learned about being gay, and tried to be open-minded the more people have swayed a large portion of people to make being gay sociably acceptable.

    Another point I hate, is the when people say. “Well why should being gay be looked down upon if I was born this way… Its not a lifestyle, or a choice… Its how I am”. Well look at the other side of this coin. Recently psychologists have found the same to be for pedophiles. That they were born with that attraction. That they were always attracted to younger people their whole lives. Now do I feel that this is ok? Absolutely not. But your arguing the same point. That its ok because you were born a certain way. When in fact, whether or not something is ok (In societal views, or in the eyes or the law) depends primarily on society’s majority rule. Whether or not most of us think something is ok. Now, none of this ultimately matters if your not breaking the law (which being gay your not)… but this does not mean that everything is going to be equal, and everyone is going to be understanding and ultimately pay no attention to whether or not someone’s sexual orientation is gay or straight. Because their is no majority consensus yet, many people are pro-gay, many are not, and many dont care. So how can one say who is right or wrong? It really is up to you in your own mind. To judge yourself and to ultimately, at the end of the day be secure enough with your orientation to accept whatever response you may get out of others, movies, literature, television and other sources of societal and personal views.

    Another example, that is legal. Is people who have sex with animals. Now in some states this is LEGAL. I do not think this is right. But, statements saying that if your born a certain way its not a choice whether or not you choose to be gay. Well, lets say John was born attracted to animals. He lives in a state where it is legal for him to fulfill his sexual orientation. John knows that the majority of society thinks that having sex with animals is wrong, yet allow John legally to do what he wants, as it is his own business. (Kind of like when people say “If your not bothering me, it doesn’t matter what you do in your home.) . So now John has all right to have sex with animals. Yet, he does not want people to think of him in a negative way. To dislike him because of the way he was born. Thus, John makes a lifestyle-choice. A choice to not have sex with Animals. In this choice, is the point Im trying to make. You may be born a certain way, but engaging in something like intercourse with the same sex is a choice. Just like it is for straight couples. For everyone, choosing to engage in anything… whether eating, or driving or whatever,,, Makes it a lifestyle-choice, a life-choice etc.

    So yes people can say that. And they can be both right and wrong. Yes you can be born a certain way. But choosing to follow through with something is a choice. Whether or not it is a right or validated choice is up to two people. You ultimately, and society. You can engage in something society sees as wrong, but if that doesnt matter in your own eyes, and its not illegal then you have to just put up with peoples backlash and protests. Its not their fault, nor is it yours. If they were born and raised to believe something, and the general society consensus is still undecided or in the middle. You can’t blame people for disliking or not understanding something. As it is mainly society’s majority rule view that makes people believe something is right or wrong.

    Again for instance. A guy is born being attracted to underage girls. But he knows that in his society it is seen as wrong. He never succumbs to his urges. He sees shrinks and psychologists every week. And becomes a professor on his own orientation as well as a guidance counselor for those with similar problems. Is he a bad guy? Maybe, Maybe not? But I guarantee you a majority of people will look down on him in disgust regardless of all his other accomplishments and attempts to align himself in a more accepted societal lifestyle. Is that right to do? Maybe? Maybe not?

    Now before everyone says where did this all come from. This does not relate to this at all. This is to extreme compared to being gay… Remember my point was that the majority rule of society determined how we view things as right or wrong? Hundreds of years ago it was common for men to marry women under the age of 18, still all around the world people marry women 50 years younger than them. In Ancient Greece, in Persia, in China. Even now it is not uncommon. Even in America, some states allow the age of consent to be 16. So my point is this. When the majority of society views something a certain way, That is how it will be judged for the general population. Many people say we don’t care what others think, but in all honesty we do. We are part of a community, a body of people that we wish to be seen in an equal light to. So all we can do is try to get people to understand. But whether something is right or wrong. Should be an answer that in your own mind you are ok with. Something that at the end of the day you can feel good about yourself. But as for it being right or wrong in our society depends entirely on how much you let others views affect you.

    Seth

    1. Evangelist Rachel Rodgers says:

      Greetings,
      I just became aware of this story, and in viewing some of the comments-shockingly mostly supportive for the sodomite who “came out”-. I happened upon your comment, and felt the need to address it, being that you state you are religious, and read The Bible, know what it says about sodomites, yet you formulate your own opinions based on how you perceive the sodomite’s heart to be…
      An excerpt from your comment, I have pasted here: “After reading these comments I just had to write this. Keep in mind I am pro-gay. I don’t care and don’t see the problem in it and I consider myself very religious. Sure my bible says one thing, but I look into people’s hearts. If they are good then they are equal in my eyes regardless of orientation etc. etc.”

      You claim to be religious, but you do not appear to believe Jesus Christ God Almighty, and his holy word. Why read The Bible, as one who is supposed to be “religious”, if you will not follow it?
      The Bible is God’s instructions to those who will be saved people, on how to live holy and acceptable lives on earth before Jesus returns to take his saved people, without spot, wrinkle, blemish, nor any such thing, and ready to enter God’s holy heaven.
      The word of God, and God cannot be separated (Gen. 1:1/ St. John 1:1-3 KJV) Humanity cannot alter the word of God, by ignoring the parts they may not understand, or do not agree with, and expect God to accept it, because of grace.

      Humanity was created by God, and he sets the rules, do’s, and don’ts of what is right, and wrong. It is God’s heaven people claim they want to go to. IMPOSSIBLE WITHOUT THE INDWELLING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT OF CHRIST JESUS; ONLY GIVEN TO THEM WHO OBEY GOD’S COMMANDMENTS/ FOUND IN HIS HOLY WORD, THE BIBLE:
      Rom 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
      Rom 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
      Act 5:32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.

      God will not break his holy word for mankind (Joh_10:35 If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; ); he obeyed his own word as Jesus.
      Since he stepped into human flesh to live his own word, and was horribly treated by mankind for our sakes, he certainly will not accept anything less of us.

      God condemned sodomy with penalty of death in both testaments, and condemned lesbianism on penalty of death, together with sodomy in the New Testament of grace.
      Because God’s term for male to male sex is sodomy, and he relates the quality of character of these creatures to males having sexual relations with animals (Lev 18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.
      Lev 18:23 Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion.) because it is against God’s natural order, and very vile, it is a great abomination to God, and a sin that is a greater sin of blasphemy against the Holy Ghost than all other sins humanity can commit; sodomites lying on God, claiming they were born that way. THAT IS AN ABJECT, OUT AND OUT, BOLD FACE LIE AGAINST GOD’S HOLY, AND PERFECT, FLAWLESS NAME FROM THE PITS OF HELL.
      THE ONLY BIRTH IN ASSOCIATION WITH SODOMITES, AND, SUBSEQUENTLY, LESBIANS IS THE FACT THAT THE LIE OF A NOTION THAT SODOMITES, AND LESBIANS WERE BORN THAT WAY IS A GREAT LIE BIRTHED FROM THE BLACK HEART OF SATAN HIMSELF. GOD DOES NOT CREATE A PERSON AS A SINNER, THEN COMMAND THAT SINNER TO CEASE FROM SIN OR ELSE THEY WILL BE CONDEMNED TO THE LAKE OF FIRE AND ETERNAL DESTRUCTION.
      Where would the individual choice to serve him be then? And, that would shed a contradictory light on his holy word; and Christ is not divided, nor the author of confusion, and contradiction.
      God said he made them male and female, in the likeness of God.
      God is without sin, and incapable of committing sin, and incapable of lying. He did not make anything in between among humanity. And, he made male to be attracted to female, and female to be attracted to male sexually, for the purpose of procreation, and replenishing the earth. None of his word goes out and returns void..
      If sodomites and lesbians; being incapable of procreating by means of God’s natural order (sexual relations) were born that way, sexual relations would be a waste on them, It is unproductive, and God’s natural order would be bad (recall in Genesis, after God made an end of creating the various segments of his work, he commented “it is good”). .
      God does not engage in “unproductivity”, and God would be contradicting his own commandment that males and females replenish the earth. He would be giving that commandment in vain. This very same God which said Isa_55:11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

      Because of the vile stigma associated with the terms God applies to these sub-human quality of character creatures, the rebellious, unbelieving, sinners of the world have achieved their efforts to soften the severity of the terms, and refers to them in general as “homosexuals”, and the most ridiculous, and contradictory term of “gay”, which has spiraled into the unheard of oxymoron term of “gay christian”.
      God commands us not to lean to our own understanding, but to obey him/ his commandments/ his word. God sets what is good, right, and what is evil, wrong. Not society, not mankind, not Satan. God is not impressed, nor swayed by numbers, crowds, bands of disobedient souls uniting in conspiracy to oppose his established rules of right, and wrong/ good, and evil.
      Deu 30:14 But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.
      Deu 30:15 See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil;
      Deu 30:16 In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.
      Deu 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
      Deu 30:20 That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.

      If God says jump, mankind’s only rebuttal must be how high.

      SODOMY, AND LESBIANISM IS A SIN FOR WHICH ACTIVITY THE SINNER, IF UNREPENTANT, AND FULLY CONVERTED, IS NOT ACCEPTED OF GOD, AND SHALL BE CONDEMNED TO THE LAKE OF FIRE FOR ALL ETERNITY AT JUDGEMENT. JOINING THEM WILL BE ALL WHO SUPPORTED, AND AGREED WITH THEM (ROMANS 1:32) AND THAT IS A GUARANTEE.
      Lev 18:24 Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you:
      Lev 18:25 And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants.
      Lev 18:26 Ye shall therefore keep my statutes and my judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations; neither any of your own nation, nor any stranger that sojourneth among

      You claim to be religious; God teaches that regarding such, the religious must remain unspotted from the world (which means without sin) Jas 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

      EITHER BE FULLY RELIGIOUS PROVEN BY OBEDIENCE TO THE COMMANDMENTS OF CHRIST JESUS (LIVING A HOLY, AND SET APART LIFE UNTO GOD FREE FROM COMMITTING A LIFE OF SIN, DENOUNCING SODOMY, AND LESBIANISM, AND THEM WHO ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE IN THAT WICKED LIFESTYLE CHOICE, OR DENOUNCE GOD AND HIS WORD, AND STOP READING THE BIBLE. BECAUSE IN THE SIGHT OF GOD ALMIGHTY JESUS CHRIST, AND THERE BEING ONLY GOOD, OR EVIL; WHICH IS RIGHT OR WRONG, WITH NO GREY IN BETWEEN, NOR BEING LUKE WARM, WHEN YOU DO ONE YOU ARE YOU ARE CUT OFF FROM THE OTHER. IF YOU DO ONE BY PARTIALITY IT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE; IN OTHER WORDS ONCE YOU DO ANY ELEMENT OF WRONG/EVIL IN THE SIGHT OF GOD, YOU ARE EVIL, AND NOT GOOD. CONTAMINATION CAN NEVER BE CONSIDERED BY GOD AS CLEAN. (1Co 5:6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?
      Rev 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
      Rev 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
      REPENT, NOW BEFORE IT IS EVERLASTING TOO LATE.
      JESUS IS SOON TO RETURN. SOONER THAN YOU THINK.

  170. lil red says:

    Does it really matter at all if he is gay or not? He’s an excellent football player and any team should be honoured to have him.

  171. Brandon Isom says:

    Ok so Im not here to say anything derogatory, And I dont expect many who arent African American to understand. But We all hate it when you compare The progress of a complete race of people, who had no say in the matter of what happened in their lives, To sexual preference. The Two do not compare!!! Stop comparing being a black person to Being Gay!! Its offensive, We cant hide being black until we are comfortable enough to tell people about it (anyone who would if they could is a coward), we couldnt hide it in the locker room, There is no doubt we were born black. It is still debatable whether or not you were born gay. Just saying…..Stop comparing, most others wont be so nice if they here you say it in person, you’ve been warned.

  172. Ken says:

    Ok, lets get this correct, a man states publicly that he enjoys having sex with other men, and somehow he is brave and or role model. The President of the United States of America comes out in support of his sexual behavior and states how impressed and proud he is of this person.

    I must be missing something, first off whatever choices he makes in his personal life is that, we don’t need and announcement about ones sexual pleasures. What about the athletes with multiple kids with several different women, should we stand on the roof tops and announce that as well, and laud how proud we are of such accomplishments, producing a child is.

    This person is being used for an agenda, to promote certain views, lets pull back the curtains to see who is really driving such a trivial matter. Homosexual has been around for ages, so what’s so different today.

  173. Larry Jones says:

    It’s interesting that so many people liked Dale Hansen’s commentary stating that it was well said, eloquent, amazing, level-headed, fine words, etc. In fact, it was a ridiculous rant filled with logical fallacies.

  174. Reverend Anne Hays Egan says:

    What a thoughtful, well-researched, compassionate and mindful reflection on the NFL player who came out as gay. This sportscaster is a model for the rest. Thank you so much!

  175. Larry Jones says:

    Mr. Hansen did not make a sound argument.

    He asserts that the NFL officials are accepting of women beaters, drunk driving felons, illegal drug users, solicitors of prostitutes, rapists, etc. I don’t follow the news closely enough to know exactly which players he is talking about, but my guess is that these players have committed crimes, made restitution, and have attempted to convince officials that they’ve learned from their mistakes and no longer make it a practice to engage in the unacceptable behavior. If that’s the case then Mr. Hansen has mischaracterized the officials’ positions to try to make his case.

    Mr. Hansen also characterized homosexual behavior as simply a man loving another man. Engaging in sexual activity with another person is not the same as loving that person. Again, Mr. Hansen mischaracterizes something to try to make his case.

    Mr. Hansen then talks about how people were at one time uncomfortable with blacks in the NFL. It sound like he’s trying to equate an innate characteristic, the color of one’s skin, to behavior. That’s another mischaracterization.

    He then goes on to say that those who want government out of our lives are the ones who want the government in our bedrooms. That’s just ridiculous. There are many that don’t want the government to redefine marriage to include same sex couples, but those folks are not calling for government intervention in private bedroom behavior. It’s the homosexuals that have made their bedroom behavior a public issue and are asking the government (and everyone else) to condone it.

    Mr. Hansen concludes with a plea to celebrate our differences. That’s just a meaningless platitude. If I told Mr. Hansen that I disagreed with his position and that I had a different perspective, I don’t think he would want to celebrate our differences.

  176. Dan says:

    I am waiting for the day that someone announces that he/she is a proud heterosexual. Would
    Be interested what the protected and privileged minority would have to say about that.

    1. hans says:

      there were some hollywood stars a few years ago who claimed they were so very heterosexual, but a few years later they came out of the closet, to many skeletons in the closet already,….

  177. Yankee says:

    If I came out and proclaimed that I was a proud heterosexual, I wonder if I would be condemned by the pandering Left. Well, i so proclaim! Be interested in the response…what say you?

  178. SethMan1 says:

    After reading these comments I just had to write this. Keep in mind I am pro-gay. I don’t care and don’t see the problem in it and I consider myself very religious. Sure my bible says one thing, but I look into people’s hearts. If they are good then they are equal in my eyes regardless of orientation etc. etc.

    Though, I do have to say this. The whole lifestyle, lifestyle-choice, life-choices etc. Is a stupid argument. I have no problem understanding that you can be born attracted to the same-sex. Though many people also change throughout their lives. Here’s an example… Bare with me as I have to show you a darker side of the coin so that you can understand how love and attraction can be manipulated. Take a girl whose father abuses her, sure at first she would have been attracted to boys her own age. but after years of abuse, her preference of men changed to older men.

    Heres another point. Being attracted to men or women, may not be a choice. It many cases you are born being attracted to a certain sex. But acting upon these urges are a lifestyle-choice. So you are choosing your lifestyle. Whether it is a correct choice or not, should not be up to other people but to you. But on the flip side, everything in our society is judged on a majority rule basis. If we all think that murders wrong, we penalize for it. If we think stealing is wrong we have punishments for it. This can be seen when looking at society’s views on being gay in the past hundred years. The more people have learned about being gay, and tried to be open-minded the more people have swayed a large portion of people to make being gay sociably acceptable.

    Another point I hate, is the when people say. “Well why should being gay be looked down upon if I was born this way… Its not a lifestyle, or a choice… Its how I am”. Well look at the other side of this coin. Recently psychologists have found the same to be for pedophiles. That they were born with that attraction. That they were always attracted to younger people their whole lives. Now do I feel that this is ok? Absolutely not. But your arguing the same point. That its ok because you were born a certain way. When in fact, whether or not something is ok (In societal views, or in the eyes or the law) depends primarily on society’s majority rule. Whether or not most of us think something is ok. Now, none of this ultimately matters if your not breaking the law (which being gay your not)… but this does not mean that everything is going to be equal, and everyone is going to be understanding and ultimately pay no attention to whether or not someone’s sexual orientation is gay or straight. Because their is no majority consensus yet, many people are pro-gay, many are not, and many dont care. So how can one say who is right or wrong? It really is up to you in your own mind. To judge yourself and to ultimately, at the end of the day be secure enough with your orientation to accept whatever response you may get out of others, movies, literature, television and other sources of societal and personal views.

    Another example, that is legal. Is people who have sex with animals. Now in some states this is LEGAL. I do not think this is right. But, statements saying that if your born a certain way its not a choice whether or not you choose to be gay. Well, lets say John was born attracted to animals. He lives in a state where it is legal for him to fulfill his sexual orientation. John knows that the majority of society thinks that having sex with animals is wrong, yet allow John legally to do what he wants, as it is his own business. (Kind of like when people say “If your not bothering me, it doesn’t matter what you do in your home.) . So now John has all right to have sex with animals. Yet, he does not want people to think of him in a negative way. To dislike him because of the way he was born. Thus, John makes a lifestyle-choice. A choice to not have sex with Animals. In this choice, is the point Im trying to make. You may be born a certain way, but engaging in something like intercourse with the same sex is a choice. Just like it is for straight couples. For everyone, choosing to engage in anything… whether eating, or driving or whatever,,, Makes it a lifestyle-choice, a life-choice etc.

    So yes people can say that. And they can be both right and wrong. Yes you can be born a certain way. But choosing to follow through with something is a choice. Whether or not it is a right or validated choice is up to two people. You ultimately, and society. You can engage in something society sees as wrong, but if that doesnt matter in your own eyes, and its not illegal then you have to just put up with peoples backlash and protests. Its not their fault, nor is it yours. If they were born and raised to believe something, and the general society consensus is still undecided or in the middle. You can’t blame people for disliking or not understanding something. As it is mainly society’s majority rule view that makes people believe something is right or wrong.

    Again for instance. A guy is born being attracted to underage girls. But he knows that in his society it is seen as wrong. He never succumbs to his urges. He sees shrinks and psychologists every week. And becomes a professor on his own orientation as well as a guidance counselor for those with similar problems. Is he a bad guy? Maybe, Maybe not? But I guarantee you a majority of people will look down on him in disgust regardless of all his other accomplishments and attempts to align himself in a more accepted societal lifestyle. Is that right to do? Maybe? Maybe not?

    Now before everyone says where did this all come from. This does not relate to this at all. This is to extreme compared to being gay… Remember my point was that the majority rule of society determined how we view things as right or wrong? Hundreds of years ago it was common for men to marry women under the age of 18, still all around the world people marry women 50 years younger than them. In Ancient Greece, in Persia, in China. Even now it is not uncommon. Even in America, some states allow the age of consent to be 16. So my point is this. When the majority of society views something a certain way, That is how it will be judged for the general population. Many people say we don’t care what others think, but in all honesty we do. We are part of a community, a body of people that we wish to be seen in an equal light to. So all we can do is try to get people to understand. But whether something is right or wrong. Should be an answer that in your own mind you are ok with. Something that at the end of the day you can feel good about yourself. But as for it being right or wrong in our society depends entirely on how much you let others views affect you.

  179. John Wardhaugh says:

    What I thought was going to be a homophobic rant against gay men pleasantly surprised me, This man has a an outlook on differences and acceptance that has so far escaped the Roman Catholic Church and, closer to home, (Australia) Cardinal George Pell. The head of the church in Oz, the man that lies, and seems to think that it’s perfectly fine to molest young boys. As long as you’re a priest, because then he can move you around the country to continue your filth then deny he knew anything about it.

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  181. Reason says:

    Can we agree to stop pretending to be all knowing?

    On the “is one born gay?” question … the honest answer is we don’t know.

    Unlike race, sex, or other physically observable characteristics, a third party can confirm if a child is born black, white, male, female, etc…. We don’t know the sexuality of a baby. Neither does the baby, for that matter!

    As intellectually stimulating as it is to have an spirited debate on what we presume to know, at some point, we have to admit we just don’t know. We may BELIEVE one way or another and we have every right to believe whatever we want. But to speak as though we are an authoritative source of truth (and this goes for BOTH sides) is arrogant and intellectually dishonest.

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