Manu Ginobili has come out in support of a bill in Argentina that legalizes same-sex marriages, and even sounded supportive (albeit not as sure) about adoption for gay couples. The bill is favored by most Argentinians based on polls.
“I am completely in favor of the marriages,” he said. “I think we all have the same rights, although when it comes to adoption, I don’t feel able to give an opinion.”
Does this make Manu the most high-profile athlete to ever take a visible, pro-gay stance while still playing? Off the top of my head, I can’t think of anyone else.
When it came to adoptions for gay couples, Ginobili was slightly more evasive, but still supportive.
“Adoption is much more delicate, I don’t feel I have the qualifications, I don’t know which studies have been done, if there is any background info. I know that, I believe – I don’t know, as an outside observer, without knowledge of what scientific data there is out there – that it should be better for a baby to be born with two dads than in an orphanage.”
Still, quite a brave thing for a professional athlete to say considering the anti-gay sentiment that permeates through most locker rooms. Watch the full interview, complete with translations, here: