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ESPN broadcasts victory kiss between pro-bowler and husband

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

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.

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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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7 more reader comments:

  1. Yes!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 10:56pm
  2. … GOOD-for-DISNEY corp.!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 10:57pm
  3. That was an awesome video!! It’s nice to see gays coming out every where. Tv, now sports and actors/ actresses Ellen. Gotta love it!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 11:06pm
  4. Its about time !! Newsflash-gay people love and feel for their partners the same way heterosexuals do ! I’m a heterosexual mom of an awesome gay son. I encourage him to be free with expressing himself how he sees fit ! Its his right, and I wouldn’t change a thing !

    Posted on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 11:14pm
  5. Beautiful!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 11:39pm
  6. hell with the kiss i’m stoked that an openly gay guy won! twice!

    Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 1:18am
  7. Wait a minute, gay men bowl?

    Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 5:34am