As expected, Josh Thomson’s (pictured) controversial Facebook post regarding gay marriage – and more importantly, his belief that homosexual matrimony “opens a gateway” to incest, pedophilia and polygamy – has come under heavy fire.
On Thursday afternoon, the UFC lightweight deleted Monday’s post and issued a press release apologizing for the misunderstanding:
“June 13, 2013 – Yesterday top UFC lightweight contender Josh Thomson used social media to poll fans with what turned out to be a controversial and thought provoking topic.
The subject of gay rights, including gay marriage, is sensitive for many people and Mr. Thomson fully supports equality for all human beings.
The statements made by Mr. Thomson were intended to provoke thought on some of the bigger issues that come up when people start to fight not only for equality but for more off-the-wall rights often frowned upon by society.
“I am not against gay rights or gay marriage in anyway,” stated Thomson. “My comments were completely taken out of context by some members of the media and I have since removed them out of respect for anyone who may have been offended. It was not my intention to offend or hurt anyone.”
With organizations fighting for legalized polygamy and the North American Man/Boy Love Association (http://NAMBLA.ORG) fighting for rights of their own, the line between equality and controversy becomes very thin. Mr. Thomson was merely giving extreme examples of very real movements in our country but he in no way meant to isolate the gay community in a negative manner.”
The UFC recently fined and suspended Matt Mitrione and Nate Diaz for insensitive comments they made toward the LGBT community. No word if the promotion will do anything with Thomson.