Washington lobbyist Jack Burkman on Monday said he is preparing legislation that would ban gay athletes from joining the National Football League…
”We are losing our decency as a nation,” Burkman said in a statement. “Imagine your son being forced to shower with a gay man. That’s a horrifying prospect for every mom in the country. What in the world has this nation come to?”
(emphasis mine; bigotry Burkman’s)
Now to be fair, it should be noted that Burkman is a lobbyist and not a legislator, and that he is just publicly announcing the idea of a bill to outlaw gays in the NFL. He does not yet have a sponsor and likely may never get one; even if he does, the bill will never see the floor of either chamber. (Though he does claim that he has a senator and five reps already on board, with more expecting to sign on over the next few weeks.)
But it is just as important to note that Burkman is not some lone nutter from a backwater town. Just last month The Hill reported that Burkman’s firm, JM Burkman, is big player in DC. Last year Burkman inked 70 new clients — more than any other K-Street outfit. He is the also a regular contributor on Fox News as well as a frequent guest political “expert” on both CNN and CNBC. He is not a Donald Trump/Frank Gafney type. He doesn’t get trotted out to talk about Obama’s birth certificate and Sharia Law taking over middle America; his job in the conservative media is handling the middle-of-the-road conservative talking points. He is nobody’s fool, and he knows his target audience of mainstream conservative voters better than anyone at this site.
That is the guy who is proposing a federally mandated ban on gay players in the NFL.
So, I put it to you that the answer to the question of “who cares” that Michael Sam and Jason Collins came out is: a hell of a lot more people than you think.