At last night's Indiana Family Institute dinner, Colts coach Tony Dungy announced his support of SJR-7 and his belief in the superiority of heterosexual marriage. Reporter Bobby King called shortly after the dinner for a quote and I provided one for the story.
With the committee hearing on SJR-7 in a couple hours, I don't have much time right now to blog about the story. Suffice it to say, there will be a lot of LGBT fans out there today who won't be supporting the Colts anymore. After all, when the head coach publicly states that part of the Colts fan base should be second-class citizens, you can't expect those same fans to support the team.
I'd like a refund on my portion of the taxes that's going to build the Colts that new stadium. Go ask IFI for my portion. I hear they have a lot of extra money now...
"IFI is saying what the Lord says," Dungy said. "You can take that and make your decision on which way you want to be. I'm on the Lord's side."
The coach said his comments shouldn't be taken as gay bashing, but rather his views on the matter as he sees them from a perspective of faith.
"We're not anti- anything else. We're not trying to downgrade anyone else. But we're trying to promote the family -- family values the Lord's way," Dungy said.
Bil Browning, managing editor of bilerico.com, a blog that focuses on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues in Indiana, was surprised to learn of Dungy's remarks.
"It is unfortunate that coach Dungy has chosen to align himself with the Indiana Family Institute," he said. "The Colts were supported this season by all of their fans -- gay and straight."