NFL Legend Steve Young Speaks Out Against Proposed Gay Marriage Ban
NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young has voiced his opposition to Proposition 8, California's proposed ban on same-sex marriage. Young has put anti-Prop. 8 signs on the front lawn of his Palo Alto home and his wife has donated money to the No on Prop 8 campaign.
Young's opposition to Prop 8 has garnered attention not just because he is a sports star, but because he is the great-great-great grandson of Brigham Young, the patriarch of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormons. The Mormons have spent millions of dollars campaigning to have Prop 8 passed.
Young and his family are still active in the Mormon church, but he appears to part ways with the church on the issue of gay marriage.
Former San Francisco 49ers' Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young, who ironically just had his number 8 jersey retired by the team, has two official "No On 8" signs in the windows of his house in Palo Alto.
On Friday, there were also three Halloween-themed signs in Young's yard that also urged people to reject the gay marriage ban.
In addition, records show Young's wife, Barbara, has donated approximately $50,000 to the "No On 8" campaign aimed at defeating Proposition 8.
In a follow-up e-mail sent to CBS 5 early Saturday, Barbara Young offered an additional explanation.
"To expand on my earlier email, I am very passionate about this issue and Steve is completely supportive of me and my work for equality. We both love our Church and are grateful that our Church encourages us to vote our conscience. Steve prefers not to get involved politically on any issue no matter what the cause and therefore makes no endorsement," she wrote.