As with most MMA fighter faux pas’, this one began with a simple, misguided tweet:
Should you be allowed to marry whoever you want? Before you answer that, should u be allowed to have more than 1 wife?
Josh Thomson then switched platforms to facebook to continue his game of Devils’ Advocate. He continued to expand on his original thesis:
My next question is, should siblings be allowed to marry siblings? My point is, where do you draw the line? I personally don’t care who you marry but I also am smart enough to know that it opens a gateway to men/women trying to marry young kids, siblings marrying eachother and people having multiple husbands an wives. You have to think all of these things are okay otherwise your stopping them from being happy as well which is hypocrisy. Equality doesn’t stop with gay marriage, it just starts with it.
At last count the thread had over 140 comments some of which were from famed MMA fighter/trainer/Strikeforce Announcer Pat Miletich (before he deleted them), as reported by Bloody Elbow.com:
Josh is spot on. It may seem extreme to use some of his examples of ‘where does it end’ but I guarantee someone will want to marry their 1st cousin or even sibling. At what point does lack of civil liberty put this nation at risk? It’s already happened and will only get worse.
It would be unfair to present the opinions of Thomson and Miletich as representatives of MMA without also acknowledging the Pro-Marriage Equality views of UFC 161 headliner Rashad “Suga” Evans, as dictated to OutSports.com:
“ I decided its not enough to not be against a minority, if you want things to go better for them you have to speak up with them. I’m a UFC fighter, a macho-type sport. I am a heterosexual guy in a tough macho sport, which is exactly the reason I feel a duty to say I support gay marriage and gay rights. I have nothing to gain personally from supporting this issue, and that’s the point. Society as a whole is better when there is equality, and I want to live in a country where everyone has the same rights because we all benefit from that. What people overlook is that is isn’t a sex issue, its a love issue. There’s no justifiable reason for trying to get in the way of two people who love each other.I have kids. I don’t want them growing up in a society where they, or their friends, could be second class citizens based on which person they fall in love with or who they want to be happy with.”
Whilst the arguments offered by The Punk Josh Thomson are mostly strawman warnings against the slippery slope of bigamy, polygamy, pedophilia and incestuous couplings; I would just like to point out that all these things already exist around the world. Even in America. Thomson offered up the question:
So your okay with R. Kelly trying To marry lil girls?
The irony here is that R. Kelly did in fact legally marry deceased pop star, Aaliyah, when he was 27 and she was 15. Miletich is worried that someone might want to marry their first cousin, and yet cousin marriage is legal in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Washington D.C., Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia.
New York allows both gay marriage and cousin marriage but has not legalized professional MMA. Perhaps Miletich and Thomson would be better served addressing that particular issue of government sanction. Personally, while I love and respect the sport of MMA, I try to never take the opinions of a guy who gets hit in the head for a living too seriously. I’d encourage you to do the same.