By Erin Delmore
Former NBA player Jason Collins, who became the first male athlete actively playing on a major American sports team to come out as gay last April, will join first lady Michelle Obama in her VIP box above the House floor during Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, the White House announced Monday.
They will be joined by Boston Marathon bombing survivors Carlos Arredondo and Jeff Bauman, who became an iconic image of the “Boston strong” movement after Arredondo, 53, was photographed rushing Bauman, 27, to safety. Bauman, who lost both legs in the bombing, was vital in the effort to identify the bombers during his recovery in the hospital, the White House said.
Also joining the first lady is Gary Bird, the fire chief of Moore, Okla., who led the search and rescue efforts after a tornado decimated the town and killed 25 people last May. Also in attendance will be Kathy Hollowell-Makle, a teacher of the year from Washington, D.C., and 16-year-old Joey Hudy, the youngest-ever intern at Intel who caught President Obama’s eye with his “extreme marshmallow cannon” during a 2013 White House Science Fair.
By Sarah Muller
In one of the more poignant moments of the evening, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ gay rights anthem “Same Love” won the award for “Best Video with a Social Message” at Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards in Brooklyn.
“To watch this song in the last year spread across the world is a testament to what is happening right now in America on the forefront of equality,” said Macklemore while accepting his Moonman statue. “Gay rights are human rights, there is no separation.”
“The only way things change is when you stand up for what you believe in,” Collins told the crowd at the Barclays Center. He appeared on stage with rapper A$AP Rocky to give his introduction.
The hit single by the Seattle rappers overtly embraces marriage equality at a time when recent polling suggests the nation appears to be shifting its mood in favor of same-sex marriage.
God loves us all. Chris Broussard!
ESPN analyst Chris Broussard called being gay an “open rebellion to God”
For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
“I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more. Review the past for me, let us argue the matter together; state the case for your innocence.
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,
“Come now, let us reason together,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
God bless Jason Collins.