HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 11: Connor Barwin #98 of the Houston Texans is introduced to the crowd during the season-opening game at Reliant Stadium on September 11, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
In the last couple of days, you may have seen some stories and chatter about Connor Barwin publicly proclaiming his support for same-sex marriage. The back story is straightforward. One of Barwin's brothers is gay, and the President of the United States recently announced his support for gays being allowed to marry. Barwin took to Twitter to express his excitement about President Obama's announcement, and he then contacted Outsports to request an interview to further explain his thoughts on the issue, including how he believes an active NFL player would be treated if he came out and how he thinks Texans fans would react to learning that one of the Texas was openly gay.
I've thought long and hard about whether to post anything about this. Not because I question whether the item is newsworthy, but because I recognize that posting about it comes dangerously close, if not outright violates, our wish at BRB to keep this site free of political discussion. Nevertheless, I am optimistic (admittedly, perhaps foolishly so) that the community can discuss this in a manner that doesn't swerve into politics, hate speech, or fiery indictments of either side in this debate. If I'm wrong, I accept full blame for the fiasco, and I'll delete comments and lock the post as necessary. Thank you in advance for your consideration.