Exploiting the Legacy of Jackie Robinson to Defend Homosexual Marriage

Harrison Ford, who plays Branch Rickey in the new biopic about Jackie Robinson, compares Robinson’s breaking the color barrier in Major League baseball to homosexual marriage. He told a reporter that “the most equal society, the best-regulated society, the best-behaving society — depend on attending to equality and inequity whenever it rears its ugly head.”

I wonder if Ford is willing to give up the millions of dollars he earns making films and give it to people who are less equal. Not everything in this world is equal. Not all behaviors are equal, and if we are talking about homosexual marriage, we’re talking about behavior, not skin color.

The title of the new Jackie Robinson film is 42; it’s the number that Robinson wore when he played for the Brooklyn Dodgers:

“Major League Baseball ‘universally’ retired his uniform number, 42, across all major league teams; he was the first pro athlete in any sport to be so honored. Initiated for the first time on April 15, 2004, Major League Baseball has adopted a new annual tradition, ‘Jackie Robinson Day,’ on which every player on every team wears #42.”

42 isn’t the first film to portray Robinson’s historic debut as the first black man to play professional baseball in the Major Leagues. There was the 1950 film The Jackie Robinson Story where Robinson played himself. He did a good job. It’s worth watching if you haven’t seen it.

Blair Underwood played Robinson in The Soul of the Game, a 1996 made-for-cable-television movie about the Negro Leagues.

There was a “Gentlemen’s Agreement” among Major League baseball owners that they would not recruit black players from the Negro Leagues. Branch Rickey broke the unsigned agreement for two reasons: he believed it was wrong to discriminate against people because of their race and he wanted to make more money.

An article reported that four NFL players would come out of the homosexual closet. The pro-homosexual marriage advocate NFL player who made the claim later modified his assurance that the NFL closet would soon be empty:

“Less than 24 hours after garnering attention by claiming to be involved in talks with as many as four gay NFL players who were considering coming out publicly on the same day, former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo backtracked a bit.”

Anyway, how is a sex act comparable to a visible racial distinction like skin color?

How did the baseball players in 1947 know Jackie Robinson was black? Did he have to announce that he was a black man? Did he play as a white man before it was announced that he was black? Was there something about his behavior that distinguished him from white players?

The comparison of what a person does sexually to what a person is by nature, and is discriminated against because of that nature, is insulting.

If you were in a room with 100 people and were asked to identify the people who engage in same-sex sex and those who are black, could you do it?

Being black is not a behavior. Practicing same-sex sex is. They are not in any way similar.

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