Michael Sam is taking his fight against Missouri’s anti-gay bill from the page to in person, according to TMZ Sports.
When TMZ asked if Sam had plans to stop the bill, known as SJR 39 or “The Religious Freedom Bill,” Sam says he will be taking action in the state that kickstarted his football career.
“I will be going back to Missouri very soon,” Sam says.
Sam has already spoken out again the bill, which would allow businesses to openly discriminate against gay people and their families, writing an op-ed for the Columbia Tribune.
“As an athlete who grew up in a Christian home, two things were always made clear to me: First, treat every person, every team, every competitor with respect. Second, everyone should have an equal shot and start on an equal playing field,” Sam writes. “What Missouri lawmakers are attempting to do, however, is push an anti-LGBT resolution that ensures LGBT people start at a loss.”
“For example, SJR 39 would amend our state’s constitution to allow businesses to legally refuse to provide service to same-sex couples. It would allow certain day care facilities and after-school programs, even if they are state-funded, to turn away children of same-sex couples,” Sam continues.
“This resolution would also allow hospitals to refuse to treat LGBT patients, taking away patient rights. SJR 39 is the opposite of respect, and it’s the opposite of equality. It does not reflect the Missouri I know,” Sam writes.
Sam writes that he knows similar bills in Georgia, Indiana and North Carolina have been considered, but people fought back the same way he thinks Missouri should.
“[A]nd everyone from businesses to voters to sports leaders have made one thing clear: Discrimination will not be tolerated in their states,” Sam writes.