In what is being hailed as a first for ESPN, the cable sports network this past weekend broadcast footage of an openly gay athlete kissing his husband after a victory.
Professional bowler Scott Norton kissed and embraced his husband Craig Woodward after winning the 2012 PBA Chameleon Championship in Las Vegas — the event, held in November, was first aired on ESPN on Dec. 30.
As Outsports.com reported, throughout the telecast, ESPN’s announcers matter-of-factly referred to Woodward as Norton’s husband or spouse.
“Our airing of Scott Norton’s spontaneous moment with his husband was about capturing the emotion of the victory, as we would with any bowler celebrating with his or her family,” Marcia Keegan, ESPN’s vice president of production, told Mashable via a company spokesperson.
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