The NHL Players’ Association and NHL Players Players’ Union announced today that the NHL Players Association has endorsed legislation that would create a nationwide gay marriage registry for players and staff.
The legislation, which the NHLPA calls the First Amendment Defense for Gay Marriage, would be modeled on the marriage equality registry created by the Supreme Court in June 2015.
The bill, if passed, would establish a nationwide registry that would include both players and their families.
“We have heard from players and families across the country over the past year and we know the time has come for the world to recognize this right for all people,” NHLPA Executive Director Ken Holland said in a statement.
“The time is now to end discrimination against gays and lesbians, and protect our players and our fans from a lifetime of harm and violence.”
In addition to the players’ union and the NHL, other players, coaches and employees of the National Hockey League have already come out in support of the legislation.
Former Minnesota Wild forward Craig Anderson, who is openly gay, said last week that he will be voting in favor of the bill.
“I think there’s so many things that we need to look at as a country that we can all work together on, and I think we need a national registry to make sure that all Americans have equal rights,” Anderson said on his podcast.
“It’s not just about the players and the owners and all of that, but it’s really about the way that people are treated, and the way our country treats people, and it’s just about being treated fairly, fair, just.
I really will.” “
So, yeah, I’ll be voting for it.
I really will.”
The NHLPA has not officially endorsed the bill, but has promised to do so in the future.
“Our players and other professional athletes across the league are united behind this important issue,” said NHLPA President Donald Fehr.
“In our fight to ensure the future of gay players and fans, we will continue to speak out and educate and speak out to make our voices heard, to help ensure that gay marriage is legal across the nation.”
In the past few months, the NBA has been at the forefront of the movement for gay rights in the NBA.
Following the NBA’s ruling in June, players, owners and coaches of the Charlotte Bobcats, Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards said they will not play or host any games that take place during the NBA All-Star weekend, the All-NBA First Team, the Western Conference All-Stars and the Eastern Conference All -Stars.
The NBA also announced it would take a “soft stance” on same-sex marriage, barring the teams from taking any action that would violate their players’ and/or coaches’ personal beliefs, including the use of social media platforms, in the name of equality.