Former Miami Heat Player Tim Hardaway Supporting Gay Marriage in Florida
Former Miami Heat player Tim Hardaway will reportedly sign a petition to put a proposed state amendment to legalize gay marriage in Florida on the November 2014 ballot.
The organization Equal Marriage Florida must get more than 680,000 signatures from registered voters to get the proposed amendment on the ballot, notes PostOnPolitics.com.
The proposed state amendment would define marriage as a “union of two persons” and nullify a gay marriage law approved by Florida voters in 2008.
This is quite a reversal for Hardaway who told sports radio host Dan Le Batard of "790 the Ticket" in 2007 that he didn't like gay people.
According to ESPN, Hardaway said: "Well, you know, I hate gay people. I let it be known, I don't like gay people. I don't like to be around gay people. Yeah, I'm homophobic. I don't like it. It shouldn't be in the world, or in the United States."
Hardaway later apologized for his comments: "Yes, I regret it. I'm sorry. I shouldn't have said I hate gay people or anything like that. That was my mistake."
In addition to supporting gay marriage, Hardaway endorsed NBA player Jason Collins earlier this year, when he became the first openly-gay athlete in a major professional league.