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Dungy's Gay-Marriage Comments Draw Support, Criticism
The Indy Channel ^ | 03/23/07 | AP

Posted on 03/23/2007 6:21:03 AM PDT by Abathar

INDIANAPOLIS -- Tony Dungy is a deeply religious man who puts his faith first in his life, even above family and football. So his support of a proposed gay-marriage ban likely surprised few.

What was surprising is the Indianapolis Colts' quiet coach shared his position publicly, sparking discussion about the impact of the Super Bowl winner's comments.

Dungy caused a stir Tuesday when he accepted the "Friend of Family" award from the conservative Indiana Family Institute.

The coach told the audience he supported the group's efforts to amend the Indiana constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman.

"I appreciate the stance they're taking, and I embrace that stance," Dungy told the crowd of about 700 people.

Dungy said his comments should not be considered gay bashing.

"We're not trying to downgrade anyone else. But we're trying to promote the family -- family values the Lord's way," Dungy said.

Colts president Bill Polian was at NFL meetings in Phoenix on Thursday and was unavailable for comment.

"Coach Dungy's feelings on the importance of marriage and family are well known to the overwhelming majority of American sports fans," said Myra Borshoff Cook, a spokeswoman for Colts owner Jim Irsay. "He, of course, is free to speak to any group he wishes. The club does not take positions in political issues in which it is not directly involved."

Supporters of the proposed ban hailed the endorsement.

"That was sort of a double for us," said Curt Smith, president of the institute, which is associated with but independent of James Dobson's "Focus on the Family" group.

Smith said he was unaware Dungy, who received the award because of his pro-family ethic, not for his views on public policy, would address the issue.

The resolution's sponsor, Sen. Brandt Hershman, R-Monticello, said Dungy's endorsement made the proposal more credible.

"I certainly appreciate him being able to step forward and speak out strongly in his beliefs," Hershman said. "I don't think that anybody should criticize him for exercising his First Amendment right to speak as a private citizen in support of some deeply held beliefs."

Some in the gay community disagreed.

Bil Browning, who runs bilerico.com, a blog that focuses on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues, wrote: "When the head coach publicly states that part of the Colts fan base should be second-class citizens, you can't expect those same fans to support the team."

Dan Funk, executive director of the Interfaith Coalition on Non-Discrimination, a network of 21 congregations, invited Dungy to meet with members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities.

"All types of families from across Indiana are Colts fans," he said. "We would like coach Dungy to meet with our families so he can better understand the negative impact (the resolution) will have on countless Hoosier families."

Dungy is not the first public figure to draw fire for anti-gay comments.

Former NBA star Tim Hardaway apologized twice after responding to a question about his reaction to a gay teammate by saying "I hate gay people." Actor Isaiah Washington, of the hit television show "Grey's Anatomy," sought counseling after using a gay slur when he referred to another cast member. Author-columnist Ann Coulter was chastised for repeating the slur when referring to Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards during a speech to a conservative group.

The NFL sought to distance itself from the matter.

"Coach Dungy is speaking for himself and expressing his views, which he is fully entitled to do," league officials said in a statement. "No doubt there are people in our league that have a different view. We respect the right of employees to have and express their views and don't regulate the political or religious views of team or league employees."

David Morton, principal of the Indianapolis-based sports marketing group Sunrise Sports Group, doesn't believe Dungy will suffer any lasting backlash from his comments.

"Tony's position on this or any other political issue should be as one person's opinion and one person's opinion only," Morton said. "It's not as Tony Dungy, head coach of the Indianapolis Colts. It's not the Indianapolis Colts, because I doubt if he asked Bill Polian or (Colts owner) Jim Irsay or anyone else what they thought.

"He's never tried to take advantage of his position on the pulpit," Morton said. "He spoke from the heart, and honestly, and I don't think you can ask anyone to do anything else."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Indiana
KEYWORDS: colts; homosexualagenda; moralabsolutes; tonydungy
I like a guy that isn't affraid to say what he feels. Good for him.
1 posted on 03/23/2007 6:21:05 AM PDT by Abathar
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To: Abathar

I wonder if Tony Dungy would consider running for President. At least he will take a stand.


2 posted on 03/23/2007 6:22:56 AM PDT by TommyDale
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To: Abathar
"We're not trying to downgrade anyone else. But we're trying to promote the family -- family values the Lord's way," Dungy said.

Unacceptable to liberals everywhere including Big Media.

3 posted on 03/23/2007 6:26:37 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: TommyDale
I bet he could take Luger's place if he wanted, or Bayh's. It is high time we had some fresh blood there.
4 posted on 03/23/2007 6:27:10 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for posting without reading the article since 2004)
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To: Abathar
Tony is a class act. The Christian-hating gay lobby trying to attack Tony will fall flat on its face.
5 posted on 03/23/2007 6:29:25 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: Abathar

A couple of weeks ago, the media was hoping Tony would cancel this appearance.

Wishful and once again incorrect media.

He is unafraid.


6 posted on 03/23/2007 6:29:25 AM PDT by dforest (Liberals love crisis, create crisis and then dwell on them.)
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To: Abathar

Dungy has a RIGHT to express his beliefs, even if it means those beliefs are against homosexuality. The 'don't do as I do, do as I say' liberals simply can not fathom this.


7 posted on 03/23/2007 6:31:29 AM PDT by rintense (I'm 4 Thompson!)
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To: Abathar

"..."All types of families from across Indiana are Colts fans," he said. "We would like coach Dungy to meet with our families so he can better understand the negative impact (the resolution) will have on countless Hoosier families."..."

That sounds like a veiled threat. Understand us or your life will be made into a living he!!.

The more I read about Tony Dungee, the more I like him. Even though he's ex-Steeler,(I'm a Cowboys fan), that can be put aside when it comes to issues like this. TD is a class individual and I back him on this.


8 posted on 03/23/2007 6:33:28 AM PDT by NCC-1701 (PUT AN END TO ORGANIZED CRIME. ABOLISH THE IRS.)
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To: Abathar
Bil Browning, who runs bilerico.com, a blog that focuses on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues, wrote: "When the head coach publicly states that part of the Colts fan base should be second-class citizens, you can't expect those same fans to support the team."

So now both of the queer season ticket holders will cancel their tickets? This will have a real impact on the Colt's revenue stream. How long will it take the Superbowl Champ Colts to re-sell season tickets?

Which team does a queer ex-Colt fan support? The boys by the bay, the 49'ers.

9 posted on 03/23/2007 6:35:30 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages - In Honor of Standing Wolf)
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To: Abathar
"Dungy is not the first public figure to draw fire for anti-gay comments."

Good old AP...nice hit on Dungy with this statement. I'd really like them to explain this statement further. Why does believing in a traditional definition of marriage make someone anti-gay?? When did the man ever say he was against or disliked gay people? And then further to compare Dungy and his beliefs to those of Tim Hardaway who said "I hate gay people"...horrible comparison.
10 posted on 03/23/2007 6:38:34 AM PDT by CastleMan95
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To: Abathar
"I like a guy that isn't affraid to say what he feels. Good for him."

While I agree with Dungy, I have to ask, "who really cares?" I don't look to NFL coaches for advice on family issues anymore than I'd look to a Hollywood actor for opinions on the war in terror.

11 posted on 03/23/2007 6:43:23 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack
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To: Abathar
Bil Browning, who runs bilerico.com, a blog that focuses on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues, wrote: "When the head coach publicly states that part of the Colts fan base should be second-class citizens not be able to redefine the meaning of marriage and family, you can't expect those same fans to support the team."

There, fixed that.

12 posted on 03/23/2007 6:44:05 AM PDT by Andrew Byler
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To: Always Right
Get a black face up front and you'll be insulated from viscious attack by the left.

That's why more blacks need to be up front in the pubbie party (except the lunatic Alan Keyes)

13 posted on 03/23/2007 6:48:13 AM PDT by zarf (Her hair was of a dank yellow, and fell over her temples like sauerkraut......)
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To: TommyDale

I think he'd be the perfect candidate to oppose Obama.


14 posted on 03/23/2007 6:49:01 AM PDT by cdga5for4
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To: zarf
Get a black face up front and you'll be insulated from viscious attack by the left. That's why more blacks need to be up front in the pubbie party

Like Condi Rice, Colin Powell, Clarence Thomas, JC Watts, Lynn Swann. The left attacks all these as a bunch of Uncle Tom sellouts to their race.

15 posted on 03/23/2007 6:51:03 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: cdga5for4

I've heard that Dungy is about to announce a book deal with a Christian publisher. It should kind of interesting to see how the media handles that news.


16 posted on 03/23/2007 6:51:22 AM PDT by cdga5for4
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To: Abathar

I am now an official fan of Tony Dungy..........Even tho I'm a Dallas team fan..............


17 posted on 03/23/2007 6:57:14 AM PDT by Red Badger (If it's consensus, it's not science. If it's science, there's no need for consensus......)
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To: zarf
....except the lunatic Alan Keyes

?????? lunatic?........explain, please........

18 posted on 03/23/2007 6:58:39 AM PDT by Red Badger (If it's consensus, it's not science. If it's science, there's no need for consensus......)
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To: indylindy

The media tried to intimidate Dungy by publicizing his appearance in advance.

Now that he spoke out they sought comment from someone in the NFL or team ownership to criticize him.

The media acts like brownshirts in Germany back in the Nazi days out to silence and destroy opponents. Its their way of writing "Jew" on the front of a shop they wanted people to boycott.


19 posted on 03/23/2007 7:03:29 AM PDT by Nextrush ( Chris Matthews Band: "I get high....I get high.....I get high.....McCain......")
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To: Abathar

"I doubt if he asked Bill Polian or (Colts owner) Jim Irsay or anyone else what they thought."


Well - good! Too many people feel they have to ask what others think before expressing their own thoughts. Gotta like this guy, he's not mean or strident, he just says what's on his heart to say.


20 posted on 03/23/2007 7:07:43 AM PDT by jagusafr (The proof that we are rightly related to God is that we do our best whether we feel inspired or not")
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To: Abathar

Good for Dungy.


21 posted on 03/23/2007 7:09:17 AM PDT by pissant (http://www.gohunter08.com/)
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To: pissant

You should have heard WEEI's Micheal Holly going crazy at Gerry Callihan over this. According to Holly, non support of homosexuals is "hate". Typical Lib.


22 posted on 03/23/2007 7:22:28 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: massgopguy

I believe it. The country is infested with liberal retards.


23 posted on 03/23/2007 7:23:37 AM PDT by pissant (http://www.gohunter08.com/)
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To: massgopguy

Just a liberal trying to shut up everyone who disagrees with him. They do this all the time. There's no substantive argument - if you disagree with them, they call you a hater. It's name-calling, pure and simple.


24 posted on 03/23/2007 7:27:27 AM PDT by popdonnelly (Our first responsibility is to keep the power of the Presidency out of the hands of the Clintons.)
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To: pissant

He's a really good guy, from all I've seen here in Indy.
Not a Colts fan myself, but Dungy is top notch, even if he is permanently tainted from his time with the Steelers, LOL.


25 posted on 03/23/2007 7:28:12 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: Abathar

Tony Dungy is entitled to his private opinions, just as you or I. Why does the liberal media insist on shutting him up?


26 posted on 03/23/2007 7:28:21 AM PDT by popdonnelly (Our first responsibility is to keep the power of the Presidency out of the hands of the Clintons.)
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To: Andrew Byler

Oh, so that's how you'll keep the man from speaking freely. Threaten the team.


27 posted on 03/23/2007 7:30:45 AM PDT by popdonnelly (Our first responsibility is to keep the power of the Presidency out of the hands of the Clintons.)
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To: Abathar

The Colts are rapidly becoming my second favorite team behind my beloved Cowboys.


28 posted on 03/23/2007 7:31:44 AM PDT by LS (CNN is the Amtrak of News)
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To: zarf
Get a black face up front and you'll be insulated from viscious attack by the left

Doesn't work.

If you're black, and you express anything that could be interpretted as conservative, you're called an "Uncle Tom". Take (liberal) Bill Cosby and his views on ebonics as an example.

Its the new slavery. If a black person "strays from the plantation" of liberalism, he is hammered. By other blacks.

Its why I have a deep respect for black conservatives. Even the lunatic Alan Keyes. It takes a great deal of courage and conviction do go against the flow.

29 posted on 03/23/2007 7:37:51 AM PDT by kidd
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To: NCC-1701

A few people have called radio here and said they will boycott the Colts because of this.

I recognized a caller as a coworker who hates football so I called in and asked a few simple questions this lifelong Colts fan so he claimed would know if he was truthful.

Didn't even know how to spell Peyton right. Spelled it Payton.


30 posted on 03/23/2007 7:40:31 AM PDT by cubstoseries07
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To: LS

They are my second favorite team behind my beloved Bengals.

I don't know why the media has to make a big fuss over this. We all have free speech, and he just spoke his personal views. The media makes a big deal over this, but if someone tried to restrict pornography, now that would be considered a violation of free speech. What an odd world we live in.


31 posted on 03/23/2007 10:08:42 AM PDT by Pinkbell (Whack-A-Lib = Improved version of Whack-A-Mole)
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To: Abathar

Sign this petition to SUPPORT DUNGY and his pro-family comments:

http://www.focuspetitions.com/115/petition.asp?PID=12814834&NID=1


32 posted on 03/27/2007 7:04:44 AM PDT by Gopher Broke (I would rather hunt with Dick Cheney than ride with Teddy Kennedy)
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To: Gopher Broke

Thanks!


33 posted on 03/27/2007 7:42:50 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for posting without reading the article since 2004)
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