Blazers endorse same-sex marriage ballot measure

Denis C. Theriault of the Portland Mercury reports that the Portland Trail Blazers are the first NBA basketball team to publicly support a ballot initiative for same-sex marriage.

The areas two professional soccer teams, the Portland Timbers and the Thorns both showed there support and even made a video.

Theriault wrote:

The Trail Blazers are now the biggest pro sports team, apparently the first from a big four pro league, to formally endorse a marriage equality ballot measure.

Michael Lewellen, a spokesman for the Blazers, gave this statement to the Mercury:

“The Portland Trail Blazers are in support of the Freedom to Marry and Religious Protection ballot initiative. We do so as believers in individual choice as a fundamental right of all people.”


Erik Gundersen

Erik Gundersen

Erik Gundersen is the Trail Blazers beat reporter for The Columbian. He's a graduate of the Allen School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon in addition earning a degree in Spanish. He's covered the NBA for four seasons. You can also occasionally find his work on's NBA section for their TrueCities series. He also fist-bumped with Kanye West once. Follow @BlazerBanter on twitter for more Blazers and NBA news.

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