Petition is successful with 4,711 signatures
Tell ESPN: Christian Does Not Equal Anti-Gay
"We made one mistake: The mistake was not being more careful with Chris Broussard, and there is a collective responsibility there." – ESPN president John Skipper.
In May, Rev. Debra Haffner delivered the petition to ESPN, telling them that people of faith found it unacceptable when a sportscaster labeled Jason Collins a sinner on the air. We shared the petition directly in a conversation with ESPN's Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion, and Wellness, who agreed that greater sensitivity is needed in handling future stories of athletes coming out. People of faith raising their voices made a difference, and we continue to work until, one day, we will live in a world where every human life is sacred and beautiful, and our sexual and gender diversities are welcome as a blessing.