Lobbyist Pushing NFL Ban On Gay Players Has A Gay Brother
Following Monday's news that Washington lobbyist Jack Burkman of JM Burkman & Associates is drafting legislation to ban gay players from the NFL, a surprising individual decided to speak out in response: Jack's gay younger brother, Dr. Jim Burkman.
According to Dr. Burkman, a Seattle anesthesiologist, this move by his brother is simply a publicity stunt. He tells The Huffington Post:
“I think the idea that he is pushing legislation that is just hurtful and ridiculous is just plain stupid,” said Jim Burkman. “He is not a legislator and he can’t really push legislation. I don’t think there are any cosponsors for a bill. It is just an attention grab and a media grab to pander to those folks who pay him to lobby on their behalf.
“He is my brother and I love him, and we don’t see eye-to-eye on any political issues, certainly gay rights,” Jim Burkman added. “But I told him years ago he should back off on gay issues, and if he ever crosses the line I would be happy to speak up as his gay brother. Today I felt he crossed the line.”
Dr. Burkman continued, saying that his brother Jack "never wanted me to be gay and never wanted me to be public about it, but he has always been okay with me personally. ... I wouldn’t say he has been supportive, but there has been no antagonism.”
“He has always asked me not to talk about it with people, but at this point, I saw this blowing up this morning and was happy to let my friends and people who I support and love know that I am firmly against my brother.”
With regards to Dr. Burkman's comments, Jack Burkman simply stated:
“He and I have had great debates for years."
Clearly, they've been fruitful.
Are you feeling the brotherly love, Instincters?