NY lawmaker opposes legalizing mixed martial arts but wait till you hear his reasons

NY lawmaker opposes legalizing mixed martial arts but wait till you hear his reasons
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The question of whether to legalize the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) in the Empire State was answered yesterday by the New York State Assembly, which voted to overturn a ban on the sport that had been enacted in 1997.

Understandably, there were those who opposed lifting the ban, primarily because of the widely held view that MMA — in which anything goes — is too violent. But one member of the legislature had a different objection: namely that the matches amount to nothing more than “gay porn.”

The dissenting voice belonged to Daniel O’Donnell, a Democrat state representing Manhattan and brother of Rosie O’Donnell, who said:

Two half-naked hot men rolling around in a cage trying to dominate each other. It’s basically gay porn, only with a different ending.

O’Donnell’s take is curious, though tracing it to its root is relatively easy. The congressman, like his sister, is gay. This outlook has apparently led him to view a sport where men strip down in much the way they did ancient Roman times through gay-colored glasses.

O’Donnell tellingly said on the floor of the assembly prior to the vote, according to USA Today, “that he would ‘take a cold shower’ and” continue to hold out hope that the state would continue its ban of this obscenity.

It didn’t. The final tally was 113-25 in favor of overturning the ban.

Check out O’Donnell’s comments in this video:

Cross-posted in somewhat altered form from the Mental Recession

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is editor of the Mental Recession, one of the top conservative blogs of 2012. His writings have appeared at the Daily Caller, American Thinker, FoxNews.com, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record.

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