Charles Barkley has come out in support of same-sex marriage. "I'm a big advocate of gay marriage," Barkley said during an appearance on CMI: The Chris Meyers Interview, which will air on Sunday night on Fox SportsNet. "If they want to get married, God bless them. Gay marriage is probably 1 percent of the population, so it’s not like it’s going to be an epidemic."
The legendary NBA player is considering running as a Democratic gubernatorial candidate in his home state of Alabama—where, unfortunately, gay marriage is already prohibited—and spoke frankly on racism, politics and homophobia. Repeating earlier comments he has made against homophobia, Barkley acknowledged gay athletes face discrimination in sports, but, says the problem isn't limited to locker rooms. He adds: "If a gay guy can play, I want him on my team. Let's get that straight."
Until recently, Barkley was an outspoken Republican but said he switched parties when Repubs “lost their minds.” Barkley says he is troubled by some of the bigotry promoted by religions and embraced by the GOP; he is also disturbed by the Democrats' lack of strategy, which we certainly co-sign.
Someone give this man a prize. Charles Barkley is delivering the message that many athletes and politicians need to hear.
Barkley Barks in FSN Interview (Fox Sports)
Previously:On the "Outside Looking In" (Rod 2.0) Out of Bounds (Rod 2.0)