Super Bowl Star Claims Gay Marriage Will Lead to “Anarchy”
Former New York Giants wide receiver David Tyree told the New York Daily News earlier this week that he’d give up his historic catch during Super Bowl XLII to stop same-sex marriage from happening. Unsurprisingly, Tyree’s statement has stirred up a lot of controversy, especially in light of the impending vote on same-sex marriage in the New York State Senate this week.
Tyree, who was interviewed by the anti-gay organization The National Organization for Marriage, called the catch a “gift,” adding that, for him, there is “nothing worth more than [maintaining heterosexual marriage].” When he was asked if he would give up “the catch” in order to stop gay marriage, Tyree responded “honestly, I probably would. Nothing means more to me than that my God would be honored. Being the fact that I firmly believe that God created and ordained marriage between a man and a woman, I believe that that's something that should be fought for at all costs.”
Tyree’s statement comes at a critical juncture in the gay-marriage debate in New York, as lawmakers in Albany have spent the week deciding whether or not to pass a bill legalizing gay marriage in the state before their legislative session ends. Both Giants chairman and executive VP Steve Tisch and former teammate and future Hall of Famer Michael Strahan have appeared in videos advocating for marriage equality.
While Tyree certainly has every right to air his opinions, statements he has made about gay marriage indicate that he is more than a bit out of touch with reality. In an interview with America’s Nightly Scorecard on FOX Business, Tyree claimed that gay marriage would lead to anarchy because “of the lack of government being involved. When I’m talking about anarchy, you know anarchy involves confusion, lawlessness, social disorder, and I believe that the backbone of society is law. But what’s the backbone of law? It’s morality. It’s what we deem to be right [or] wrong.”
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Tyree also said that his role opposing gay marriage demonstrates that his Super Bowl victory held a deeper meaning: “Perhaps God orchestrated that play to give me a platform for what I'm doing here today: To urge political leaders all over our nation to reject same-sex marriage,” he said.
Check back with Campus Progress later today and tomorrow for updates on the New York gay marriage debate.
Jeffrey Boxer is an intern with Campus Progress.