The push for the legalization of MMA in New York has faced plenty of roadblocks, the most notable being the Culinary Workers Union Local 226. The union, who has ties to the Fertitta Brothers’ Station Casino empire, continues to spend money campaigning against the UFC’s efforts to land in New York.
Their latest creation, UnfitForChildren.org, outlines UFC President Dana White’s anti-gay comments along with several other fighters under contract with the UFC. The goal of the website is to alert the public about how these comments are not only abusive to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, but also to children.
When White was asked about the campaign, he spoke about the possibility of a fighter in the UFC being gay (MMAFighting.com):
White said that while a few fighters occasionally step out of line, the vast majority — “300-something,” in his view are inspirational, role- model types to kids and adults.
Though there has never been an openly gay fighter in the UFC, White said there would be no problems for that individual under his watch.
“I’ll tell you right now, if there’s a gay fighter in the UFC, I wish he would come out,” he said. “I could care less if there’s a gay fighter in the UFC. There probably is, and there’s probably more than one. It’s 2012. Give me a break.”
White also comments on the abusive approach the union has taken in their attacks, stating that the campaign is trying to make everyone in the company look bad when that’s the furthest from the truth. White also talked about policing himself and his own fighters, citing that he couldn’t police every single word out everyone’s mouth.
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