By Anna Peirano
Kenneth Faried, the 23-year-old, 6’8″ forward for The Denver Nuggets basketball team, nickname “Manimal,” may intimidate on the court. But off the court, he’s a same-sex marriage advocate, supporting his two moms.
Faried recently sat down with his mothers to speak out on behalf of civil unions in a video, uploaded by advocacy group OneColorado, an organization working to protect equality for LGBT Coloradans and their families.
“I support civil union, because it gives people – gays and lesbians – the right to make decisions on their own,” says Faried in the video. “If they want to get married and let them choose who they want to be with.”
In an interview with KDVR, Faried expressed his distaste for the phrase “civil unions,” which were made legal in Colorado last Wednesday.
“A lot of people [are]saying civil union,” he said. “I don’t like it being called that because I can get married to a female and it can be called a marriage. Why can’t a female be married to a female and male be married to a male and it be called a marriage? You still have the same thing, same love and happiness.”
Faried’s mothers were the 5th gay couple to be married in New Jersey in 2007.