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QB Steve Young, wife come out strong on gay rights

QB Steve Young, wife come out strong on gay rights: Column by Hank Plante, USATODAY Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Steve Young made news in 2008 when he and his wife Barbara placed "No on Prop. 8" yard signs in front of their Palo Alto, California home. The move was significant because Young is one of the most prominent Mormons in America. He is a direct descendant of Brigham Young. But other Mormons had poured $20 million into passing Prop. 8, which banned gay marriage in California, and which was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court this past June. Barbara Young said at the time that she has a gay brother, which influenced her decision to contribute to the "No on 8" campaign, but Steve Young remained relatively silent at the time. Now, both Youngs are being more vocal on gay rights, and have agreed to be the keynote speakers in Salt Lake City at next month's convention of gay Mormons. The group, called "Affirmation," first reported the news on its website. Steve and Barbara Young released a statement to the Salt Lake City Tribune confirming they'll be keynoters at the conference, saying it is "where they hope to lend their voices to the healing work of making our families, our society and our church more welcoming places for our LGBT brothers and sisters." And, indeed, there are signs that the church is softening its political opposition to gay rights, with church members no longer taking the lead in opposing gay marriage cases. Still, having Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young take such a prominent role in welcoming lesbian and gay church members is bound to push the issue even farther down the field.


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