Over the last few weeks, athletes and sports figures including former Giants defensive end Michael Strahan and Giants co-owner Steve Tisch have voiced their support for gay marriage legislation.
Former Giants receiver David Tyree, on the other hand, strongly disagrees. Tyree warns that the approval of New York's same-sex marriage bill would mean anarchy.
On June 15, the State Assembly passsed a gay marriage bill by an 80-63 vote.The passage of the bill marks the fourth time in two years, and same-sex marriage is now just one vote away from legalization in New York.
This is a matter of equity and justice, said Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. New Yorkers should have the right to marry whom they choose. Partners unable to enter into a civil marriage, and their children, lack basic legal protections taken for granted by married couples.
While supporters view the current position as the closest ever to the legalization of same-sex marriage, opponents still remain.
I think it's immoral. God created man and woman to have matrimony and that's it, a New Yorker told NY1.
The bill provides protections for clergy and religious groups from having to participate in gay marriages, as well as individuals, businesses and nonprofit groups opposed to gay marriage from being charged with discrimination for refusing to provide their property or services to be used in a same-sex wedding. Nevertheless, making gay marriage legal is quite a big, an unacceptable step from a Biblical standpoint, to which David Tyree would agree.
Tyree, best known for his miracle catch in the closing seconds of Super Bowl XLII, now claims a last-minute victory over the same-sex marriage, which goes against his strong religious views.
On the same day the bill was approved, Tyree made comments in a video releaesd by the National Organization for Marriage.
Tyree warned the legislation of same-sex marriage would bring anarchy to the nation. He expressed his disappointment that more people have not spoken up against the bill.
This will be the beginning of our country's sliding towards, you know, it's a strong word, but 'anarchy,' said Tyree. The moment we have it, if you trace back even to other cultures, other countries, that will be the moment where our society and itself, loses its grip with what's right. Marriage is one of those things that is the backbone of society. So if you redefine it, it changes the way we educate our children, it changes the perception of what is good, what is right, what is just. How can marriage be marriage for thousands of years and now all of a sudden because a minority -- an influential minority -- has a push or an agenda, and totally reshape something that was not founded in our country? It's something that's holy and sacred and I think there's nothing more honorable than fighting for it.
The legislative session ends on June 20th, and Governor Cuomo and the Human Rights Campaign are making a powerful last-minute push for votes in the Senate. The result now depends on the Republical state senators.
If the bill is passed, New York will be the sixth state to legalize same sex marriage.