According to an April 23 report from USA Today, retired WWE legend "Stone Cold" Steve Austin has come out in full support of same-sex marriage. During his most recent podcast, Austin went on a profanity-laced tirade about how it was wrong for church higher-ups to criticize anyone for their sexual orientation and desire to get married.
Austin, 49, is one of the most popular WWE superstars of all-time, so pro wrestling fans still hang on his every word even though he hasn't competed in several years. Props to Austin for coming out in favor of same-sex marriage, as it instantly gave the WWE some free positive press.
Austin, who appeared at Wrestlemania 30 earlier this month in New Orleans, says he's not overly political or religious. With that said, it's a bit odd he would bring up the same-sex marriage subject on his podcast. For the past year, Austin has mostly discussed pro wrestling topics on his podcast.
In today's day and age, it's also a bit bizarre that it would make headliners for a celebrity to come out in favor of same-sex marriage. Obviously it would be a much bigger story had he come out against it. In today's world, the majority of pro athletes support same-sex marriage.
Austin's comments come fresh on the heels of Darren Young's announcement that he's gay. The WWE supports athletes from all types of backgrounds, genders, races and sexual orientations, so they had no issue with Young coming out of the closet. Just a few months later, Austin said he supports same-sex marriage on his podcast.
Obviously, the WWE is taking steps to show that they support all types of people. With so many sensitive advertisers and sponsors to please, it's important for the promotion to be as politically-correct as possible. So far it seems they have taken the right approach to the issue to please their sponsors and television partners.
“Everybody is going crazy about this and some of the churches say ... you can’t do that,” Austin said of same-sex marriage. “I’m for same-sex marriage. I don’t give a s--- if two guys, two gals, guy-gal or whatever it is ... I believe that any human being in America or any human being in the (world) that wants to be married, more power to them.
“Some churches have the high horse they get on and say, ‘We as a church do not believe in that’. Which one of these motherf---er talked to God and God said same-sex marriage is a no-can-do? So two cats can’t get married if they want to get married but a guy can go murder 14 people, molest five kids and then go to f---ing prison and accept God and He’s going to let him into heaven? That don’t jive with me.”