We really can change hearts and minds. In 2007, NBA player Tim Hardaway made some harsh comments about gay people, saying in part “it shouldn’t be in the world.” Now, six years later, after conversations with gay cousins and relatives, Hardaway has become the first person to sign a petition in support of overturning the ban on gay marriage equality in Florida.
Quite the turnaround. Former NBA player Tim Hardaway made headlines in 2007 when he stated in an interview:
“You know, I hate gay people, so I let it be known. I don’t like gay people and I don’t like to be around gay people. I am homophobic. I don’t like it. It shouldn’t be in the world or in the United States.”
Now he’s become the first person to sign a petition in support of getting a marriage equality constitutional amendment added to the Florida ballot.
“If you’re married you’re married – you should see your significant other in the hospital, make choices for your significant other if you need to make those choices,” Hardaway said Wednesday night as he showed his support for the effort that would legalize gay marriage in Florida.
Hardaway calls his 2007 comments “truly, truly wrong.”
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