Collins, who played for the Washington Wizards this year, waited until the season was over so as to not be a distraction to the team. Then he contacted Sports Illustrated through his agents to make the disclosure, according to an accompanying article.
“I’m glad I’m coming out in 2013 rather than 2003. The climate has shifted; public opinion as shifted. And yet we still have so much farther to go,” Collins concluded.
He is now a free agent but has said he wants to keep playing.
Will Collins’s move affect US public policy? To a certain extent, he is taking advantage of an existing trend toward more tolerance of gay rights in US public opinion. Earlier this month, an NBC/Wall Street Journal survey found 53 percent of respondents approving of gay marriage, up two percentage points from December.
The more personal gay rights appear to Americans, the more support for it seems to grow. That’s what happened with Sen. Rob Portman (R) of Ohio, who announced in March that he has switched his stance and now supports gay marriage, in part because his son is gay.