Former Olympic gold medalist Peter Vidmar, who also happened to support Proposition 8 and wishes to deny same-sex couples the right to marry, has been selected as chief of mission for the 2012 U.S. Olympic team.
While we're sure there are plenty of people who are bothered by someone who represses equality representing the U.S. in the Olympics, openly gay figure skating champion Johnny Weir is speaking out.
He recently told newspapers:
"It's wrong. I certainly wouldn't want to be represented by someone who is anti gay marriage. It isn't just about marriage, it is being allowed equal rights as Americans. The fact this man who is very publicly against something that may be represented on the American team is disgraceful."
Well said, Johnny!
Vidmar is so publicly against gay marriage that he donated $2,000 in support of Proposition 8 which ended the right to marry for gay and lesbian couples in California.
Members of the United States Olympic Committee said they were unaware of his involvement in Proposition 8, however, the news hasn't changed their decision.
Vidmar says that despite his beliefs, influenced by his Mormon religion, he respects "the rights of everyone to have the relationships they want to have."
If he TRULY respected the rights of people, we don't think he would donate several thousand bucks to prevent those people from attaining the rights EVERYBODY deserves.
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