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ESPN poll reveals where pro athletes stand on same-sex marriage

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Professional hockey players are the most supportive professional athletes on the issue of marriage equality, according to a recently published ESPN poll.

The poll surveyed 62 professional athletes from the NHL, NFL, NBA and MLB on the topics of politics, the presidential election and social issues, including same-sex marriage and abortion.

via: ESPN

Overall, the survey found that 59 percent of the athletes surveyed support marriage equality for same-sex couples, but that support was heavily influenced by the NHL, whose players supported gay marriage by a whopping 92 percent. The NFL also tipped the scale in favor of gay marriage by 61 percent.

But it was the NBA (53 percent) and Major League Baseball (55 percent) who came out opposed to same-sex marriage.

Among other social issues, 59 percent of athletes surveyed said their were pro-choice, led by the NBA, NHL and then the NFL — only MLB players responded that they were overwhelmingly (65 percent) “pro-life.”

The survey is here, and includes responses on politics and the presidential election.

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10 more reader comments:

  1. Another reason to end the NHL lock out and not watch basketball.

    Posted on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 5:24pm
  2. go NHL! that’s what I’m talkin about

    Posted on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 5:26pm
  3. … Bravo!

    Posted on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 5:33pm
  4. I might have to start watching hockey!

    Posted on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 5:44pm
  5. I have to admit I’m surprised.

    Posted on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 6:06pm
  6. Hockey is where it’s at! TY NHL and every one associated with Hockey.

    Posted on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 6:17pm
  7. Why do I care about what pro athletes think about?

    Posted on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 9:55pm
  8. Suspect most of them are Canadians – allies are important everywhere so that the closeted athletes can have support too – though, personally, I can’t stand sports!

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 12:06am
  9. I’m glad of this. Our youth listen and look up to them. Their opinion will have a great effect on our cause. Thanks guys, Bravo!

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 6:49am
  10. wow I guess the fact that so many hockey players are foreign really shows….not surprised NBA was low, surprised MLB was lower….

    Posted on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 8:09am