Portland Trail Blazers Are The First NBA Team To Support Marriage Equality

The Portland Trail Blazers became all literal and stuff late last week. In a historic announcement, the NBA team became the first in the league to throw its weight behind marriage equality. 

A statement from the Trail Blazers' VP of communications Michael Lewellan sent to the Portland Mercury reads:

“The Portland Trail Blazers are in support of the Freedom to Marry and Religious Protection ballot initiative. We do so as believers in individual choice as a fundamental right of all people.”

The Mercury goes on to provide an update on the state of marriage equality in Oregon:

The endorsement follows recent nods from groups like the Portland Business Alliance and the Oregon Business Association—evidence that the ballot measure's main backers are working methodically to build a broad base of high-profile and diverse supporters ahead of any right-wing Christian jihadi counter fundraising push.

A statement from Oregon United for Marriage, the coalition running the campaign, says 91,114 signatures have been gathered, as yesterday, in support of putting the Freedom to Marry and Religious Protection Initiative on the ballot next November. The measure would undo a discriminatory state constitutional amendment, approved in 2004, that banned same-sex marriage.