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Prop 8 supporter Vidmar resigns as Olympic liaison over anti-gay position

Friday, May 6, 2011

Peter Vidmar, a two-time Olympic gold medalist in gymnastics and devout Mormon, stepped down Friday as the chief of mission for the 2012 U.S. Olympic team in the wake of growing criticism of his public opposition to gay marriage.

Peter Vidmar

Vidmar, 49, was appointed last week as the liaison between the U.S. team and the International Olympic Committee, but almost immediately came under fire for his anti-gay positions.

Prominent gay U.S. Olympian figure skater Johnny Weir, called it “disgraceful” to have a person with Vidmar’s views in a position, chief of mission, that makes him the symbolic head of a United States Olympic team.

“It’s wrong,” Weir said. “I certainly wouldn’t want to be represented by someone who is anti gay marriage. It isn’t just about marriage, it is being allowed equal rights as Americans.”

Vidmar, who won 2 gold medals and 1 silver medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, participated in two demonstrations and donated $2,000 for the successful 2008 Proposition 8 ballot initiative in California that overturned the California Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage.

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12 more reader comments:

  1. Ha Ha…

    Posted on Friday, May 6, 2011 at 9:53pm
  2. Gays, FTW! :)

    Posted on Friday, May 6, 2011 at 9:53pm
  3. good riddance

    Posted on Friday, May 6, 2011 at 9:56pm
  4. There are plenty of other qualified candidates to choose from. I am sure the Olympic committee will get it right the next time. Thank you to Johnny Weir for being so vocal and standing up for not only gay athletes but for the entire gay community. My GLAAD AWARD goes to you Johnny

    Posted on Friday, May 6, 2011 at 10:01pm
  5. Good riddance. Everyone has to defend their arguments with evidence and logic. But challenge a person of faith to do so and they stomp off in a huff. We’re just supposed to buy their announcements of Truth without any questions. Screw this stupid jerk.

    Posted on Friday, May 6, 2011 at 10:25pm
  6. Hah. Mr. Vidmar, welcome to the 21st century. It’s something you’ll somehow have to get use to.

    Posted on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 5:08am
  7. GOOD! We don’t need bigots in the Olympics!

    Posted on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 6:33am
  8. One needs to be able to separate one’s religious beliefs from one’s work, clearly. At least he had the sense to step down.

    Posted on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 6:48am
  9. Getting pressured to leave a job for who you are. Ironic.

    Posted on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 10:13am
  10. @Bradlee-Oh, so that’s what you guys will be whining about? That poor Peter Vidmar-forced out by a bunch of big, bad queer bullies over who he is? Please. It wasn’t who Peter Vidmar is as a person that was at question-it was what he DID to advance Proposition 8-which was a clear violation of the Olympic Charter. That’s exactly why the USOC couldn’t ignore this issue.
    It’s a shame this had to happen-Mr. Vidmar is pretty well respected within the gymnastics community, and the people who nominated him for this post probably had no clue of what he did during the 2008 election. But-we remembered. And we will continue to remember.

    Posted on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 11:04am
  11. Good riddance.

    Posted on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 11:22am
  12. 90% of Male Mormons are closet cases…i was raised in that horrid church so i know the truth

    Posted on Sunday, May 8, 2011 at 3:30am