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NBA's Jason Collins comes out: What does that mean for gay rights? (+video)

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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.

Collins’s disclosure is likely to put wind in the sails of this trend, given the coverage it is likely to receive and the interest major league team sports generate in the United States, indeed the world. He is a tough, veteran center who was an all-American at Stanford University and a first-round draft pick of the Houston Rockets. He’s spent significant time playing for the New Jersey Nets and the Atlanta Hawks, with stops in Memphis, Minnesota, Boston, and now Washington along the way.

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