University of Minnesota basketball star Trevor Mbakwe has joined the team of those opposing the state’s anti–marriage equality constitutional amendment.
In a post on Minnesotans for Equality’s Facebook page, he writes, “This proposed amendment would permanently ADD in discrimination to our states constitution. This feels like taking a step back in time, it’s 2012, and this sort of extreme act is not only unfair ... it’s anti-Minnesotan! By voting NO to this extreme Marriage Amendment, you’re sending a message that you support the rights for all loving couples, gay or straight.”
Mbakwe, a forward who is a top rebounder for Minnesota’s Gophers, also invites readers to a September 14 party to raise awareness of the issue and funds for the fight. Minnesotans will vote on the amendment November 6.
Other well-known athletes who have come out against the amendment include Chris Kluwe, punter for the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings, according to Outsports.