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SUBJECT: Mayor Ed Murray Applauds Potential Top NFL Pick Michael Sam

2/10/2014  5:48:00 PM
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William Lemke  (206) 684-7991

Mayor Ed Murray Applauds Potential Top NFL Pick Michael Sam
Mayor celebrates Michael Sam for his courage to come out as potentially the first out NFL player, suggests he play for the Seahawks

SEATTLE (Feb. 10, 2014)Mayor Ed Murray today had the following statement celebrating Michael Sam, a first-team all-American top NFL draft pick, for coming out as gay:

"I applaud Michael Sam for his incredible courage to come out. He could – and should – become the first openly-gay NFL player in history. Who he is or who he loves shouldn’t be a big deal, but it is because he is the first to blaze this trail. The importance of his leadership on this issue cannot be understated – even as we hear about the possible reluctance of teams to take a chance on a player who happens to be gay. I hope to see Michael Sam play for a team deserving of his incredible talents – perhaps even right here in Seattle for our Super Bowl Champion Seahawks."

While serving in the Washington State legislature, then Senator Murray was a key architect of Washington State's anti-discrimination, domestic partnership and marriage equality laws. 

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