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Portland Trail Blazers become first NBA team to endorse gay marriage

Portland Trail Blazers become first NBA team to endorse gay marriage

With a 32 word statement, the Portland Trail Blazers made sports history this week.

They became the first National Basketball Association (NBA) team to endorse marriage equality.

The team’s move comes ahead of an Oregon ballot measure expected to go before voters next fall that seeks to make gay marriage legal in the state.

The team states: ‘The Portland Trail Blazers are in support of the Freedom to Marry and Religious Protection ballot initiative. We do so as believers in individual choice as a fundamental right of all people.’

The NBA made some progress when it comes to LGBT acceptance. That came in the form of tweets and statements of support from the likes of superstar Kobe Bryant when journeyman pro Jason Collins came out publicly as a gay man on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

But Collins, a free agent, has not yet been signed by a team for the upcoming season. Unless he is or someone else comes out who is already signed to a team, the NBA will go another season without an openly gay player on the court.