The Supreme Court ruling which made the right for two persons of the same sex to marry sent revertebrations through the nation, to put it mildly, and box nation as well.
By and large, active boxers were in line with those of their generations, those 30 and under, who see “gay rights” in a different way than previous generations of more “conservative” beings did.
Basically, a “live and let live” philosophy is seemingly held by most fight people who chose to make their stance on the SCOTUS decision public, via social media. But one hitter who is firmly in the dissenter camp, on the Scalia side of the aisle, is welterweight Devon Alexander.
The 26-3 St. Louis native posted a Tweet which made clear where he stands on the issue of two same-sex persons being able to enjoy the same privilege straights do, that being entering into a union recognized by the state as being legitimate.
Alexander has me blocked on Twitter, if I recall because I took him to task for using biased language against homosexuals last year, or thereabouts, so I saw the post second-hand.
You can see Devon’s theory, which basically holds that homosexuality (I suppose between two men only, not sure if he feels as strongly about vagina-owners) is unnatural, because of how the anatomy reacts to certain sex practices…as opposed to how the female anatomy reacts to the same act.
Alexander, who turns 29 in February, started with a less graphic post: “Adam and Eve Steve was supposed to be with another woman.”
The reaction to the reaction, the more graphic one, was swift and severe. Alexander was on more Twitter timelines than he’d been in recent years, which has seen him go 1-2, with losses to Shawn Porter and Amir Khan sandwiching a win vs. journeyman Jesus Soto Karass…and mostly, disagreers weighed in.
Alexander, who thought he had a scrap booked against Andre Berto in a forthcoming fight but hasn’t yet found a match for his next, held firm. He took to Instagram to say, the day after, “If I lose some followers over my belief and how it should be I’m OK with that. I stated my opinion do whatever you feel you should do.”
He surely will lose some followers, and respect among especially folks around his age, 28. This generation and ones behind it don’t hew to “tradition” so much and there is a heavy concentration on a “live and let live philosophy” there, especially as a vast majority understand that sexual preference isn’t something people sit down and decide, maybe off a coin flip, will I be gay or straight.
No, the preference is innate, we most all agree, we are born pre-disposed, though atmosphere and upbringing and circumstances can influence preference, just as we are born the skin color we wear today.
Does it make sense to bar someone from getting married because their skin is black? Hell no.
And it makes no sense to bar someone from getting married because they want to marry someone of their same sex.
Ah yes, fights, they break out in rings, and outside of rings, too. Many top tier rumbles are found on social media, where the barriers to communication are almost nil, and what an age we live in.
We now often know more truthfully the thoughts and ideals of people we might look up to, and surprise, surprise, we often don’t like what we see. And some will say what does this have to do with boxing. Well, many of us see our favorite fighters as athletic role models and are curious about their personalities outside the ring, so there is a curiosity factor at work…
Also, social media allows an ease of transmission of speech and ideals, and so those athletes disposed to running their own accounts and sharing their true beliefs will find themselves getting feedback; they are “public figures,” so everything they do, theoretically, can be fair game as a “news item.” Who A-Rod or Jeter is dating, what does that have to do with baseball, anyway? Same idea..
Best case scenario, this is how I hope this plays out: if Devon Alexander comes out in his next bout wearing “pride colors” trunks, with “Love Wins” stitched on his belt; fair to say I think he would be crowned Internet Champion of the Word that very instant, lol.
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