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ESPN shows male bowler kissing his husband after winning a tournament … not that there’s anything wrong with that (video)

Jan 2, 2013, 3:21 PM EDT

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It really wasn’t such a big deal, which is kind of refreshing. Scott Norton won the 2012 PBA Chameleon Championship in Las Vegas last month, but ESPN didn’t televise the event until this past Sunday. Norton, who announced publicly last year that he was gay, broke into tears when he realized he had won, then embraced and briefly kissed his husband Craig Woodward. ESPN has to be commended for the way it handled the moment, which is to say, they didn’t mention it at all. Broadcasters had noted the couple’s relationship earlier in the telecast, but left it alone during the celebration.

Norton said that he was inspired by Phoenix Suns CEO and President Rick Welts, who announced that he was gay in May of 2012. Norton said in a statement at the time:

“It is extremely important for me to come out to show other gay athletes, both current and future, that it is important to come out to show that we are just like everyone else. Being gay doesn’t define who I am as a person or as a professional athlete. I’m also a professional bowler, lawyer, caring, compassionate, strong, and many other things.”

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Scott Norton, Gay Professional Bowler, Kisses Husband Craig Woodward In ESPN Broadcast [Huffington Post]

  1. jimguida - Jan 2, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    A bowler that is gay? Ridiculous. Now excuse me while I go polish my balls before heading down to the alley with the other guys. Here’s hoping we keep it out of the gutter.

  2. psousa1 - Jan 4, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Being a gay bowler just doesn’t have the same panache as a openly gay football player.

  3. psousa1 - Jan 4, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    “It sure is intimidating being around these great athletes”