The UFC appears to have another controversy on its hands relating to a fighter making questionable remarks regarding homosexuality. This time around, the competitor under fire for his statements is lightweight Josh Thomson. Though Thomson did not go so far as to do anything as salacious as a slur, he painted with an exceptionally broad paintbrush while raising questions about gay marriage.
“Should you be allowed to marry whoever you want? Before you answer that, should you be allowed to have more than one wife,” asked Thomson on Twitter, taking to Facebook to expand on his thoughts. “My next question is, should siblings be allowed to marry siblings? My point is, where do you draw the line? I personally don’t care who you marry but I also am smart enough to know that it opens a gateway to men/women trying to marry young kids, siblings marrying each other and people having multiple husbands and wives. You have to think all of these things are okay otherwise your stopping them from being happy as well which is hypocrisy. Equality doesn’t stop with gay marriage, it just starts with it.”
“Blacks and whites getting married is nothing like this,” he continued. “So you’re okay with R. Kelly trying To marry little girls? People trying to marry their brother or sister? Animals? Etc? Those people want the same exact thing, to be happy. Are you gonna tell them no?”
UFC officials have yet to address Thomson’s take on the situation. If deemed inappropriate, it is likely the 34-year old will likely be hit with a brief suspension and fine based on the organization’s handling of similar situations in the past.
UPDATE: Thomson issued a new statement via BJPenn.com based on the controversy, writing, “I am not against gay rights or gay marriage in anyway. My comments were completely taken out of context by some members of the media and I have since removed them out of respect for anyone who may have been offended. It was not my intention to offend or hurt anyone.”
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