Robbie Rogers Included in “Athletes’ Brief” on Marriage Equality

Robbie Rogers Marriage BriefMarriage equality comes to the Supreme Court this coming Tuesday, and Robbie Rogers is among athletes who have signed a friend of the court brief in the case.

Arguments in Hollingsworth v. Perrey, challenging Prop 8 in California, begin March 26 and athletes both out and allied have joined the brief of amici curiae.

Portions of Robbie’s coming out blog post are also included in the brief:

We are just beginning to see progress with regard to the issue of sexual orientation. No active athlete in any of the major male sports has come out, as professional athletes themselves feel the impact of homophobia, like soccer pro (footballer) Robbie Rogers, who only came out recently as he retired from the sport. Mr. Rogers stated: “Secrets can cause so much internal damage. People love to preach about honesty, how honesty is so plain and simple. Try explaining to your loved ones after 25 years you are gay. Try convincing yourself that your creator has the most wonderful purpose for you even though you were taught differently.”

The release with current list of athletes signed onto the brief as well as a link to the document is available at www.athletesbrief.com.

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