Former NFL Commissioner Tagliabue gives to gay marriage cause

PAUL TAGLIABUE
MICHAEL CONROY

** FILE ** NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue delivers his State of the NFL remarks in Detroit Friday, Feb. 3, 2006. Tagliabue announced in a statement Monday March 20, 2006 that he is retiring as NFL commissioner in July, after more than 16 years on the job. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

PORTLAND (AP) — Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and his family are giving $50,000 in support of a Nov. 6 ballot question seeking to legalize same-sex marriage in Maine.

Tagliabue and his wife, Chandler, along with their son, Drew, and his longtime partner announced Tuesday that they are contributing the money to Mainers United for Marriage, the group spearheading the campaign.

In a prepared statement, Tagliabue said he has been a longtime supporter of legalizing gay marriage. He said his son and his son's partner have been together for 20 years.

The Tagliabues are longtime seasonal residents of Maine, spending summers off the coast of Boothbay Harbor for the past 40 years.

Tagliabue was the NFL commissioner for 17 years, until his retirement in 2006.

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Licia Kuenning's picture

The issue misstated again

Please stop using the term "legalize" when you are writing about an attempt to change the definition of a word. You make it sound as if there were some activity called "gay marriage" which people are being arrested and prosecuted for, it being illegal activity. There is of course no such thing. Homosexual partners are not breaking any laws. We don't call their relationships "marriages" because that's not what the word means. But the relationships are not illegal. Even calling them "marriages" is not illegal--it's a misuse of language, but people misuse words every day, and nobody goes to jail for it.

I think a lot of people have a vague idea that homosexually- oriented people are being denied some freedom that straight people have. Nothing of the kind is happening. They are as free to form their own relationships as anybody else is. Meanwhile I would hope that the general public can remain free to speak English.

Sun Journal editors--I have addressed this point several times. Are you really under the illusion that there is some activity going on called "gay marriage" that is illegal and needs to be "legalized"? Please think about it, and unless you are deliberately trying to mislead the public, stop using this term.

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