[ads1]UFC lightweight Josh Thomson raised more than a few eyebrows last week when he compared gay marriage to polygamy, incest and pedophilia. During a discussion on his Facebook page, Thomson posed the question if people should be allowed to marry whoever they want, including more than one spouse at a time, siblings and young kids.
Thomson stated, “Where do you draw the line? I personally don’t care who you marry but I also am smart enough to know that it [gay marriage] opens a gateway to men/women trying to marry young kids, siblings marrying each other and people having multiple husbands and wives. You have to think all of these things are okay otherwise you’re stopping them from being happy as well which is hypocrisy. Equality doesn’t stop with gay marriage, it just starts with it.”
During an interview with MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani this week, UFC President Dana White responded to Thomson’s statements:
“Obviously it is pretty clear he is not for gay marriage. And he basically said, ‘I want to ask a question and the question is if we do whatever makes us happy, where does it end?’ And he went on to all this rambling stupid sh*t. He didn’t say anything negative. He didn’t say anything bad. He didn’t say anything against gay marriage or gay people. He just posed the question of… Is it stupid? What he put down is probably the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. He should probably get a hobby like finger-painting or something and leave talking to smart people, is what he should probably do. That would probably be really good for him. We don’t stop people from having their own opinions. He doesn’t like gay marriage. That’s his opinion. He didn’t hurt anybody, he didn’t say anything negative. He just said if people do what they think makes them happy, when does it end? What he said was asinine and absolutely just the stupidest gibberish I’ve ever seen in my life. He should stick to finger-painting or fighting and leave talking to smart people. But he didn’t hurt anybody.”
White said Thomson would not be punished and what makes his statements different than what Nate Diaz said and what Matt Mitrione said (both fighters were fined and suspended in recent months) is that Thomson’s statements were just his opinion and weren’t derogatory or mean-spirited.
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