Targeting openly gay pro athletes: D.C. lobbyist Jack Burkman bolsters reach of bill to ban ‘out’ players from all major American sports

'The American Decency Act of 2014' to include NBA, MLB and NHL athletes
(PR NewsChannel) / May 6, 2014 / WASHINGTON 

Top lobbyist Jack Burkman says he's working on a bill to ban gays in the NFL

To attract additional legislative support, top D.C. lobbyist Jack Burkman announced today that “The American Decency Act of 2014,” a bill that calls for the banning of openly gay athletes, will now extend to all four major sports organizations in America.

Originally designed to ban openly gay athletes in the National Football League, Burkman expanded the reach the bill to cover the National Basketball Association (NBA), Major League Baseball (MLB) and the National Hockey League (NHL).


“After speaking with Congress and outside supporters, they wanted to see the bill encompass the four major sports American children are watching quite regularly,” says Burkman. “If we want to restore decency in American society, we must start with those in position to be role models for today’s youth.”

“The American Decency Act of 2014” would prohibit NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL teams from employing “self-declared homosexual athletes.”

Organizations omitted from the law are those that provide facilities for homosexual players that are “separate and distinct” from the facilities of other players Teams who contravene the law would be fined no less than $8 million and not more than $13 million.

“I felt that if the NFL doesn’t have any morals, and people like [Commissioner] Roger Goodell, who are just go-along-get-along guys, just want to appease advertisers, appease corporate America and all that stuff,” Burkman told Huffington Post’s Sam Stein last month, “I figured, well, it is time for conservatives in Congress to step in and define morality for them.”

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