ESPN airs first professional footage of same-sex kiss (video)

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By Anna Peirano

ESPN has aired what may be the first professionally-shot footage of a kiss between a same-sex couple.

Openly gay bowler Scott Norton won his second title at the World Series of Bowling Chameleon Championship. The competition aired on ESPN on December 30th. 

After his win, Norton embraces his husband, Craig Woodward, with a victory hug and kiss before moving on to accept congratulations from the rest of his family and supporters. 

During the telecast, ESPN’s announcers referred to Woodward as Norton’s husband or spouse.

Norton came out to friends and family as a teenager, but did not do so publicly until last year, according tot eh Windy City Times.

“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,” he said in a statement at the time. “It’s important to show people that being gay has nothing to do with one’s ability to do anything as a man, least of all compete at the highest level of sports.”

Norton married Woodward, a United Healthcare executive, in October 2011.

Congratulations Scott!

 

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