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Jack Burkman’s bill applies only to “self-declared” gay players

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Ultimately, the bill proposed by lobbyist Jack Burkman isn’t aimed at keeping gay players out of NFL locker rooms.  Instead, it’s about keeping gay players in the closet.

The proposed bill, titled The American Decency Act of 2014, prohibits NFL teams from employing “self-declared homosexual football players.”  If that label weren’t clear enough, the next sentence states that the bill “shall apply only in cases where a football player has openly declared himself to be a homosexual.”

In other words, as long as the player doesn’t come out as gay, there would be no problem.  Moreover, there would be no witch hunts or other efforts to out gay players.  The law would apply only if/when a player comes out publicly and openly as gay.

Even then, the openly-gay player wouldn’t be banned from playing.  Instead, the team would have to give the player “facilities” that are “separate and distinct from the facilities used by heterosexual players.”

As Burkman has explained, the bill provides for a fine of not less than $3 million and not more than $8 million.

Burkman will officially be unveiling the bill later today.  It’s intended to be introduced to Congress.

Unless the Arizona legislature gets to it first.

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35 Responses to “Jack Burkman’s bill applies only to “self-declared” gay players”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Feb 27, 2014 1:34 PM

    How about a bill describing the powers and process of removing people from power when it’s in the best interests of the country? We should have some sort of working checks-and-balances system in this country.

  2. freeigwebuike says: Feb 27, 2014 1:35 PM

    Burkman, although clearly an idiot, is doing us all a huge favor by calling our attention to which lobbyists influence and sometimes even draft legislation most people probably assume is drafted by our elected officials.

  3. greenlantern75 says: Feb 27, 2014 1:40 PM

    Jack Burkman is a lobbyist…Jack Burkman has no standing to introduce legislation on the floor of Congress…

    So, the question becomes which religious conservative nutjob congressman will take up his banner and put this out there…And sadly, looking at our current HoR, I would say there’s probably a good 20-30 nutjobs ready for their 15 minutes on Fox News…

  4. ijahru says: Feb 27, 2014 1:41 PM

    Never mind the ignorance of this bill why the heck is a lobbyist allowed to write a bill in the first place.

  5. Ben Jackson says: Feb 27, 2014 1:42 PM

    Gosh. Where have I heard that idea of using “separate but equal facilities” before? Sounds familiar, somehow…

    What an absolute and complete hate-filled, fear-mongering moron this guy is.

  6. 4allintensivepurposes says: Feb 27, 2014 1:43 PM

    Mr. Burkman, I wouldn’t be surprised if you have some shame or questions deep within you that you are having trouble addressing.

  7. athwartships says: Feb 27, 2014 1:43 PM

    Yes, cause don’t ask don’t tell worked out so well for the military…..are you kidding me with this stuff?

  8. explosionsauce says: Feb 27, 2014 1:43 PM

    Politicians should be fired for not addressing legit concerns first before pushing their own crazed misguided agendas.

  9. jcgiant73 says: Feb 27, 2014 1:44 PM

    It is 2014. No place for this.

  10. purplepunisher says: Feb 27, 2014 1:45 PM

    I totally support rhis bill and commend this man for protecting the hetro sexual males that play pro football. Lets be honest 99 percent of the players would publically support this bill if it weren’t for the backlash they would receive from the media who like to tell people what they have to do and how they should feel about it.

  11. srackis says: Feb 27, 2014 1:46 PM

    The outstanding U.S. public debt at 06:42:43 PM GMT = $17,424,133,560,662.49

    Don’t our elected officials have better things to do?

  12. getyourownname says: Feb 27, 2014 1:48 PM

    A lobbyist or lawyer can write anything he wants, same as anyone else. It doesn’t become an actual bill (proposed legislation) until an actual legislator introduces it (puts his/her name on it as sponsor) in Congress.

    So the real question is whether anyone is going to publicly put their name in support of this ridiculous publicity stunt in an election year.

  13. sportsmeccabi says: Feb 27, 2014 1:50 PM

    Someone gives this guy a copy of the Brown v. Board of Education decision.

  14. mikeinfected says: Feb 27, 2014 1:50 PM

    What difference does it make to this guy ? And is he an elected official or has government in America just given in to the lobbyists completely ?

    Isn’t the fact that a lobbyist (ie not an elected official) can do this more worrying than whatever the heck this pathetic bigot is banging on about ?

  15. s dirge says: Feb 27, 2014 1:51 PM

    I was waiting for the punchline.

    It’s sad there wasn’t one.

  16. mccontrary says: Feb 27, 2014 1:58 PM

    Mr. Burkman knows that even if he got a congressman to introduce the bill it would never become law. So he has one intent: get his name out in the media to drum up business. Many like-minded people will hire Mr. Burkman to do their lobbying as a result, so this a no-lose exercise for him. He doesn’t care what people say about him as long as they spell his name right.

  17. rjmarrella says: Feb 27, 2014 1:58 PM

    Why are we working so hard to shelter nfl locker rooms from a reality that has only enriched our world? Gay/straight, black/white/Latino … These are elements of out world and not difficult ones to deal with. Why do we tell our kids to not judge people on such basis but tell our football teams they can be sheltered from having to do the same?!

  18. mikeinfected says: Feb 27, 2014 2:02 PM

    then again i think I’d rather shower with a ten foot alligator than a lobbyist.

  19. bearflagfan says: Feb 27, 2014 2:17 PM

    Hey 1993, haven’t seen you in 21 years. Your hackneyed child Don’t Ask Don’t Tell died a long overdue death two years ago. Unsure why anyone would take this throwback legislation seriously. Maybe Mr. Peabody can take Jack Burkman in his Wayback Machine back to 1993 so he can amend DADT to include professional sports. And then watch it die again in 2012.

  20. jayhawk6 says: Feb 27, 2014 2:18 PM

    Who is the unnamed person/organization that hired Burkman to draft this rubbish? Lobbyists, after all, are not well known to work for free.

  21. willycents says: Feb 27, 2014 2:20 PM

    Calif has effectively banned separate bathrooms in elem/hs. I say we ban “separate but equal” bathrooms everywhere. Put urinals in the ladies rooms too. LMAO. After all the law already prohibits gender bias. Just go to unisex everything.
    On a serious note, A person can propose anything they feel like. The narrow minded are the ones who take offense at it. Them, and the liberal media and their slug followers. Free speech is available to anyone only if it agrees with the liberal viewpoint.

  22. eaglesnoles05 says: Feb 27, 2014 2:21 PM

    ALL of this has to be a huge elaborate hoax. It just has to be. No way this is really happening in 2014 USA.

  23. abninf says: Feb 27, 2014 2:36 PM

    I support this bill. I suspect most players do as well. Openly gay guys need their own facilities for privacy for everyone.

  24. hippieway says: Feb 27, 2014 2:45 PM

    If being an idiot isn’t enough, it seems that some people need to compound their idiocy to prove their complete ignorance.

  25. tecmobowl34 says: Feb 27, 2014 2:45 PM

    If anyone here has ever been to a gym before, chances are you’ve – GASP – been in a locker room with a gay man. Doubt me? Go to West Hollywood and walk around for a few minutes. LOTS of gay guys are shredded and spend hours at the gym.

    I doubt anyone here who has been to a gym has ever been leered at, or harassed in any way whatsoever by a gay male in a locker room.

    Grown men, even gay ones, are adults, and know how to conduct themselves in that setting. Probably better than most straight guys.

    I’ll let some folks here clutch their pearls at the thought.

  26. whentheleveonbreaks says: Feb 27, 2014 3:05 PM

    Well if that is so unreasonable, then do away with the segregation of men and women. One bathroom for all!

  27. borbinski says: Feb 27, 2014 3:26 PM

    Every work place, youth sport, high school has declared gay people, athletes and parents. I am not gay but understand it is part of the world we live in. We have gay coaches also, so what, work, play and teach according to the guidelines and this nutjob needs to go bye bye

  28. mjamesmi says: Feb 27, 2014 3:36 PM

    There are constant, crazy bills introduced by lobbyist by zealots on the right and left. By just picking out this one crazy guy on this subject as if it were news is just cynically trying to get a rise. Pick any major current news story and pick either side of the issue and you will find a bill introduced that is void of common sense. By continually keeping this particular one up is just fodder for message boards.

  29. mtheparrothead says: Feb 27, 2014 3:40 PM

    I think this thread speaks more to a lack of basic understanding of governmental procedure than a lack of knowledge of the “issue”. Glad everybody on here is so smart when it comes to latter

  30. granadafan says: Feb 27, 2014 3:49 PM

    The Congressmen who introduce this bill ought to be investigated for bribery.

  31. bpjensen says: Feb 27, 2014 3:49 PM

    Pretty sad that one minute of time was wasted on drafting and proposing a piece of garbage like this when there are real issues our government should be addressing.

  32. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Feb 27, 2014 6:04 PM

    to the guy who asks why a lobbyist would draft legislation, who do you think usually writes the bills for the hack politicians? that way, the lobbyist gets what he paid for.

  33. dirtdawg54 says: Feb 27, 2014 8:58 PM

    Let me get this straight (pardon the pun). Jack wants to introduce a bill to create separate facilities for straight and gay football players reportedly because he is concerned about the welfare of our nation’s sons. Did I get that right? So why would the bill then encourage gay men to remain “hidden”, where they could presumably cause the very harm to straight men Jack is so worried about happening?

    See? This is how dumb this whole thing is and how far out of touch people like Jack Burkman are. Besides, why stop at football? Why not a bill that covers every work place and institution in America including Congress?

    Good lord. The stupidity of some people continues to astound me.

  34. 5to46hawkfan says: Feb 27, 2014 10:33 PM

    Liberals should be able to force their agendas on conservatives but not the other way around…. If you don’t want conservative forced down your throat, liberals, then quit forcing your views down conservatives throats!!! Equal for all… Now, let’s play ball!!!!

  35. yordo says: Feb 28, 2014 3:01 PM

    Perfectly reasonable. Go for it.

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