Earlier this week, after NBA player Jason Collins came out and said he was gay, former Packers safety LeRoy Butler publicly supported him. But do to that, Butler lost a high-paying speaking engagement to a church whose name he did not reveal. The church said that Butler could still do the engagement, but that he would have to apologize to God first.
Earlier today, Butler appeared on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360" to voice his displeasure with the church's request.
“Some 16-year-old kid is somewhere in a closet with his father’s gun that he found,” Butler told Anderson Cooper. “And he’s thinking about putting it to his head, because he’s been tormented in school every single day. Because they may have found out he was gay, or they suspect that he’s gay. He doesn’t have a voice right now. You’re asking me to take all that back so he doesn’t have a voice. I won’t do that.”
I couldn't agree with him more. Not only is this church discriminating against gays, it's discriminating against a straight man who's supporting gays. Now that's just ridiculous.