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Galaxy winger Robbie Rogers reacts to this week’s huge decision on DOMA

Jun 29, 2013, 11:12 AM EDT

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Robbie Rogers, Major League Soccer’s only openly gay player, spoke after a recent Galaxy practice about this week’s Supreme Court decision dismissing portions of the Defense of Marriage Act that denied federal benefits to same-sex couples.

What the recently signed LA Galaxy winger said about it:

I’m far from getting married, but I have friends that have been together for a really long time that now can get married, and guys who have been separated for green-card reasons or all that stuff, so it’s just kind of exciting. It’s cool. I’m a California boy, so if I ever want to get married, it would be here, in front of my family.”

Rogers also told a story about his mom sending him a text in support of the Supreme Court decision, one that was fairly indicative of the broader, cultural shifting sands:

I told her, ‘Well, I feel great, Mom, I’m really excited about it,’ and, you know, my mom comes from a very conservative Catholic family, and one of the first things she says: ‘I’m so happy for your friends that now can get married.’

“So times are changing, definitely, and I think my mom is such a loving person, but probably a few years ago, if you would have asked her that, she probably would have had no comment.”

  1. mdac1012 - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Great, Robbie Rogers commented on the Supreme Court decision! How about some comments from MLS players from Argentina about the new pope. Are there any MLS players from South Africa, so we can get some quotes from them about Nelson Mandela’s health. Because those topics are as relevant to soccer as Rogers comments are.

    • talgrath - Jun 30, 2013 at 3:11 AM

      He’s the only gay player in the US currently actually playing games right now, people asked and he responded. A small article about what he said seems very reasonable.

      • mdac1012 - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:41 AM

        I eagerly await the article on Marco DiVaio’s thoughts on Silvio Berlusconi being sentenced to 7 years in jail for a sex scandal. Like I posted somewhere else, must have been a slow soccer news day yesterday.

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