Kenneth Faried might be a "Manimal" on the court, but off the court he is an advocate for same-sex marriage and a fierce supporter of his two moms.
The Denver Nuggets forward sat down with his mothers to speak out on behalf of civil unions in a video, uploaded by OneColorado, an advocacy group dedicated to securing and protecting equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Coloradans and their families.
"I support civil union, because it gives people -- gays and lesbians -- the right to make decisions on their own," he says in the video. "If they want to get married and let them choose who they want to be with."
His mothers married in New Jersey in 2007.
"Nobody can ever tell me I can't have two mothers, because I really do," Faried says.
When Colorado passed a bill allowing gay couples to form civil unions on Wednesday, Faried expressed his hopes for more.
“A lot of people [are] saying civil union,” he told KDVR. “I don’t like it being called that because I can get married to a female and it can be called a marriage. Why can’t a female be married to a female and male be married to a male and it be called a marriage? You still have the same thing, same love and happiness.”
The 23-year-old NBA star is not the only professional athlete to voice support for gay rights recently.
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, who is headed to New Orleans for the Super Bowl, wants to use the football frenzy to promote marriage equality.
On Monday, he emailed same-sex marriage supporters Brian Ellner and Michael Skolnik asking, “Is there anything I can do for marriage equality or anti-bullying over the next couple of weeks to harness this Super Bowl media?”
Ayanbadejo has long supported equality.
“I was raised around gay people in a very liberal society,” he previously told The New York Times. “Discrimination was never allowed.”
CORRECTION: The original version of this story listed Liz Cheney instead of Mary Cheney as the former vice president's daughter who identifies as LGBT.
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