BY KRISTEN LAULETTI
The New York Giants have now hired David Tyree, who has openly shared his views against same-sex marriage, as the director of player development, causing a stir with an LGBT advocacy group.
According to nj.com, Tyree has voiced his opposition against marriage equality as early as 2001 via Twitter.
NY Daily News reports that after Tyree retired from the NFL in 2001, he publicly campaigned against the marrying of same sex couples saying that it would “lead to sheer anarchy and social disorder.”
Human Rights Campaign spokesman Fred Sainz said to NJ.com, “To suggest that marriage equality will result in anarchy is not just false, it’s also not consistent with the respectful public discourse that should be expected from leaders like Tyree. Gay people are your family members, your neighbors, your co-workers and Mr. Tyree’s peers in the NFL. For him to treat them with any less respect minimizes them and the game of football."
NY Daily News also reports that Tyree is a proponent of gay conversion therapy as well as a practice known as “pray the gay away.” He believes that it can be used to turn homosexuals into heterosexuals.
The practice called, “pray the gay away,” has been denounced by multiple public health groups such as the American Medical Association, as well as the World Health Organization, according to NY Daily News.
According to nj.com, in June of 2011, Tyree, had even gone so far as to tell the New York Daily News that he would “probably” trade-in the Giants’ Super Bowl XLII title as well as his game-winning helmet catch if it meant that he could stop the marriages of same-sex couples.