Michael Sam Protesters Boycott St. Louis Rams, Visa While Supporters Start Online "Kiss-In"

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Michael Sam's now-famous kiss is causing all sorts of uproar.
Now that Michael Sam is officially the first out gay man in professional football, supporters and detractors alike are making their opinions known with boycotts and a "kiss-in," or a sit-in with same-sex kissing.

Conservative Washington, D.C., lobbyist Jack Burkman says he has organized Christian leaders and grassroots organizations in more than twenty states to boycott the St. Louis Rams as well as Visa, the first company to give Sam an advertising contract.

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"Visa and the Rams will learn that when you trample the Christian community and Christian values, there will be a terrible financial price to pay," Burkman says. "Openly gay football players send a terrible message to our youth about morality. Somebody needs to step up because the moral fiber of the nation is eroding."

In his commercial for Visa, Sam pumps iron (not a metaphor) while his voiceover dares the viewer to judge him for his athleticism, not his sexuality:

As part of the boycott, Burkman asks Rams fans to stop buying merchandise and going to games. So far, the boycott isn't working; Sam's jersey is selling almost as well as football golden boy Johnny Manziel's.

See also: This Was the Stupidest Reaction to Michael Sam Getting Drafted on the Entire Internet

Despite his focus on religious values, Burkman appears to be focusing his boycott only on the NFL team that drafted a gay man, not on the teams that hire players who kill pedestrians while drunk, assault police officers, rape women, bully teammates or otherwise break the Ten Commandments.

Burkman is also putting his D.C. skills to work by pushing a draft bill through Washington that would ban openly gay players from professional sports, according to the Independent.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the gay-rights spectrum, Huffington Post's Gay Voices editor Michelangelo Signorile asked LGBT people and allies to stage an online kiss-in and support Sam by changing their profile pictures to an image of two same-sex people kissing.

"Gay people need to be kissing more in public," Signorile says on the Huffington Post. "There simply needs to be more queer smooching to desensitize the world."

Sam supporters across the country followed Signorile's lead, tweeting or Facebooking a photo of two men or two women kissing.


Signorile says Sam inspired the Great Facebook Kiss-In, as he's calling the movement, when he kissed his boyfriend Vito Cammisano after hearing from the Rams that he'd been drafted.

"One day in the future we will look back on all this ridiculousness and laugh," Signorile says. "But that's only going to happen if we do exactly this kind of thing a lot."

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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Rhas Tamon
Rhas Tamon

lol...i knew this would happen...

Linda SansSouci
Linda SansSouci

They are making too big a deal out of a "quick peck".........it was a natural reaction for someone who cares about you.

Erich Lenway
Erich Lenway

Can't wait til the Rams move back to LA. And no it's not because they have a gay player. Never wanted them here. I want our expansion team that Jacksonville stole.

Elizabeth Jaggie
Elizabeth Jaggie

Sounds like the Westboro Backwards Church is expanding...What do they think they're going to do, picket at the entrance? Good luck with that weirdos! Mind your own business and mind your own soul, you crazy sumbitches...= )

Mandy Eich-Christy
Mandy Eich-Christy

Who cares! If he can play that's all that matters. It's his business what he does in his bedroom. No ones business. Why make such a fuss.

Pat Poe-Kolbow
Pat Poe-Kolbow

Leave this young man alone. So what he is gay he is happy and was able to fulfill his dream to play in NFL. We're proud for him to represent the St.Louis Rams.

RJ Alexander
RJ Alexander

They drafted him so team would feel welcome in cali

Kelle Deyne
Kelle Deyne

Your church is on the FBI and SPLC hate group list.

Nicholas Kuda
Nicholas Kuda

That's right Leslee- Leonard Little should have been sentenced that was such a joke- !! That poor family received no justice for that idiots actions.

Nicholas Kuda
Nicholas Kuda

Amen Mandy- How can you hate someone because they may be different? Let the man be happy!

Nicholas Kuda
Nicholas Kuda

So what if he is gay geesh- let him be happy! #samtheram #welcometostlouis

Kelle Deyne
Kelle Deyne

Again- Aaron Michael thank you for supporting the companies that are on our side for equality!! Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Budweiser, Amazon, yahoo, Google, Visa and more! Thanks Aaron for your support of LGBT and liberals!! Yay! Appreciate it!

Kelle Deyne
Kelle Deyne

Aaron Michael -- I'm not a fan of sports. I do not like racism or bigotry. However- I am not trying to convince or condemn anyone for enjoying sports. See- that's the difference between you and I. You turned this into politics LoL

Kelle Deyne
Kelle Deyne

I'm not a fan of sports. I do not like racism or bigotry. However- I am not trying to convince or condemn anyone for enjoying sports. See- that's the difference between you and I. You turned this into politics LoL

Tony Moore
Tony Moore

Screw them. RamsNation is Strong!

Kelle Deyne
Kelle Deyne

I don't use the word Hoosier. You have me mixed up with someone else.

Kelle Deyne
Kelle Deyne

Not murder. Says who? The law. You've been brainwashed by your parents, private parochial school and a tidy little bubble you've been raised in. Yay for equality!! Yay for the right to choose!!

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

Kiss on!  I just don't understand how people can care who in hell kisses, marries, bangs and divorces who.  


Greg Berry
Greg Berry

would you please more on to other stories...getting old.

Kristy Cognac Creighton
Kristy Cognac Creighton

In really glad the bigots will be outside picketing. That means they won't be sitting next to me with their garbage while I'm cheering on the Rams! Theb further away they are from me, the better.

Carl Lackey
Carl Lackey

Stereotypes are true, take the blacks and the Jews for example.

Courtney Ringle
Courtney Ringle

I need someone to explain this to me. Please. How is it, that most of you conservative right wing religious knuckle dragging banjo strumming Neanderthals will shout at the top of your lungs “LESS GOVT INTRUSION!! STAY AWAY FROM MY INSURANCE! NO OBAMACARE! YOU CANT MAKE ME BUY!” and “NSA STOP SPYING ON ME!!” are the EXACT SAME PEOPLE who are consistently sticking their noses in other people’s private lives? Whether it comes to LGBT marriage, and child adoption, to the right to choose… How is this NOT the epitome of hypocrisy? You’re trying to tell the Government THEY can’t tell you what to do, yet you feel you can tell others what they can and cannot do in their own homes, on their own time, just because YOU don’t think it’s right? Or “Moral”? Who are YOU to decide what morality is? You had better make damn sure your hands are clean before you go accusing anyone of being immoral. I fail to see ANY logic behind it and frankly, I think most of you need to get a hobby.

Kevin Culp
Kevin Culp

Well so much for going to the Edward Fag dome this year to see fag football

Shawn Smith
Shawn Smith

The only problem I have with stereotypes is that they're fucking obnoxious stereotypes.

Shawn Smith
Shawn Smith

Afraid you might catch a case of the gay?

Kelle Deyne
Kelle Deyne

Barbara you are a racist bigot. You're very angry. And that's sad. Circumcision done by Hasidic Jews aren't even done that way anymore....

Carl Lackey
Carl Lackey

I don't care if you're gay, just be gay over there. The only real problem I have with gays is most of them are fucking obnoxious.

Kelle Deyne
Kelle Deyne

In and of obsession on one primary object or task.

Kelle Deyne
Kelle Deyne

Reading the same thing over and over and over. OCD. Fact.

Kelle Deyne
Kelle Deyne

In the psychology world- it would be called obsessive compulsive disorder or psychosis. Possibly a personality disorder in there as well.

Kelle Deyne
Kelle Deyne

Barbara- have you read any of the Star Wars books, Lord of the rings trilogy or game of Thrones? There are some pretty good one liners that talk about good and evil, too.

Kelle Deyne
Kelle Deyne

Google!!! Yay! Google is a proud supporter of pride fest and LGBT marriage equality. Thank you, Barbara for supporting gay rights by using google, Microsoft, Apple, yahoo and more! We love the support you give :)

Leland Avants II
Leland Avants II

Unfortunately in Missouri, he doesn't have the same rights as everyone else. He can't marry his partner and can be fired for being gay.

Chris Duckworth
Chris Duckworth

Any money the Rams lose from a "boycott" they've already made back selling Michael Sam jerseys. Go ahead and boycott, the organization is better without these "fans."

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