MSNBC's Up with Steve Kornacki hosted a great panel on Saturday to discuss Jason Collins' coming out. The panel included Washington Post columnist Mary Curtis, the newly out Nevada State Sen. Kelvin Atkinson and John Amaechi, who was the first former NBA player to come out as gay in 2007. The panel discussed the future of LGBT in sports, as well as the role of Christianity in the locker rooms and on the playing fields.
"Jason Collins isn't the distraction," said Amaechi. "I've sat in locker rooms with players who told me [the Bible] says homosexuality is disgusting. But yet they told me about the two women they slept with the night before who were not their wives. I'm interested in consistency of conviction. To Chris Broussard and others, where was your outrage at the players who beat up their partners?"
"I've heard that often the past two weeks," added Atkinson. "Why do some folks choose one 'sin' to focus on? There are so many othe things happening. Why do they choose one 'sin' to demonize people? Let people live their lives."
On April 22, Nevada State Sen. Kelvin Atkinson publicly revealed that he was gay as the senate voted to repeal the same-sex marriage ban from the state constitution. The North Las Vegas Democrat became the state senate's second out Black lawmaker. Patricia Spearman—a Black openly lesbian minister—defeated a powerful two-term incumbent senator in the 2012 Democratic primary.
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