“Peter Vidmar, named last week by the U.S. Olympic Committee as chef de mission for the 2012 U.S. Olympic team, said his publicly expressed opposition to same-sex marriage”
And Phil Hearsh’s article also said this:
“I fully respect the rights of everyone to have the relationships they want to have,” Vidmar said in a telephone interview. “I respect the rights of all our athletes, regardless of their race, their religion or their sexual orientation. I will cheer and do all I can, passionately, for every athlete on the U.S. Olympic team.”
But a prominent gay U.S. Olympian, figure skater Johnny Weir, said it was “disgraceful” to have a person with Vidmar’s views in a position, chief of mission, that makes him the symbolic head of a United States Olympic team.
Wier goes on to say that he wouldn’t want to be represented by someone like Vidmar because he doesn’t support “it is being allowed equal rights as Americans” All well and said Johnny but please do some research. Equal rights also means the right to have a different opinion. Please readers, do not get me wrong. I fully and utterly support Gay marriage. However, Peter has full right to believe something different from I do. Frankly his position doesn’t have a whole lot to do with the personal bedroom life of any athlete. I truly don’t agree with his choices but his personal beliefs shouldn’t be a part of his job description. Just because he’s the head of the US Olympic doesn’t mean he doesn’t support the athletes.
Edit: at around 3: 15 Pacific Standard Time, per the USOC, Peter Vidmar will resign from his position….