Hockey star Sean Avery, who came out in
support of marriage equality
The head of a top US agency representing leading National Hockey League (NHL) players has compared same-sex marriage to bestiality.
Don Reynolds, founder and president of Canadian-based Uptown Sports Management, made his comments a day after New York Ranger forward Sean Avery announced his support for same-sex marriage in a video for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).
In an interview with the National Post of Canada, Reynolds commented: “The majority, I think, of Canadians would say that they don’t agree with gay marriage – that man and woman were created to be married, not man and man or man and horse, you know?”
Reynolds’ son Todd later also sent a series of tweets from the company’s official Twitter account confirming their discriminatory views on the issue:
He tweeted: “Very sad to read Sean Avery’s misguided support of same-gender ‘marriage’. Legal or not, it will always be wrong”. He later added: “I believe in the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman. This is my personal viewpoint. I Do not hate anyone.”
The HRC reacted with outrage to the comments.
“After Mr. Reynolds is briefed on what marriage is, we call on him to apologise for and retract his outrageous misstatement,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese.
“This is hate and bigotry of the highest order and has no place in sports or in society. We urge the players represented by Mr. Reynolds to reject his ignorant remarks.”
Uptown Sports represents many NHL players including Mike Fisher, husband of country music superstar Carrie Underwood, and Mike Brenner of the Toronto Maple Leafs.