Steve Young and Jeff Kent Clash on Prop 8 Banning Gay Marriage
Normally I don’t like to mix politics on the site here, but I thought there were a few interesting points raised by this issue. California has a proposition in its upcoming election that would ban gay marriage statewide. Surefire Hall of Fame second baseman and current Dodger Jeff Kent has donated $15,000 in favor of the measure — a good indicator of how some athletes would feel about gays in the locker room. In addition to Jeff Kent, one of the greatest proponents of the proposition seems to be members of the Mormon church. That’s where Steve Young comes in. Young went to BYU and is a Mormon, but his wife is a staunch supporter of gay marriage and he’s not stopping her:
Former San Francisco 49ers’ Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young, who ironically just had his number 8 jersey retired by the team, has two official “No On 8” signs in the windows of his house in Palo Alto.
On Friday, there were also three Halloween-themed signs in Young’s yard that also urged people to reject the gay marriage ban.
In addition, records show Young’s wife, Barbara, has donated approximately $50,000 to the “No On 8” campaign aimed at defeating Proposition 8.
Barbara Young made it clear that she’s the one behind the political push and that Steve supports whatever her interests are. No word yet from the Mormon church on the matter, but you can be certain they’re not too happy with the Young family right now. I mean, wasn’t that university freaking named after Steve’s family??
(the tombstone pictured was actually a decoration piece at the Young household for Halloween, according to CBS)