Originally posted on BlackSportsOnline  |  Last updated 1/26/13
If you spend enough time paying attention to things, you can learn something new everyday.  Denver Nuggets power forward Kenneth Faried is a rebounding machine, he hustles on every play imaginable, and he has two mothers. Yes Faried’s parents are both women, they are lesbian, and they are life partners who deserve the opportunity of a civil union. Faried’s mother Waudda introduce him to her girlfriend and the woman who would go on to be her wife Manasin Copeland 10 years ago. Faried for his part didn’t think much of it. “I think people have an aura about them and the first time I met her, I thought, ‘I like this lady,” Faried said. “And when they got married, that showed me what commitment is all about, that there are people out there that can commit, even though for them it really has been the worst of times. I look at them, what they’ve been through and I think, ‘Wow. That’s amazing.’ They’re amazing to me.” [...] Waudda and Manasin were  legally married on April 5, 2007 in the Newark City Hall municipal court.  Faried refers to Copeland as “Oomie,” the Arabic word for mother, because that’s the way he sees her. Faried sees Manasin as more than his mom’s life partner, but as another equal parent.  Same sex marriage is legal in nine states, and recognized in two others. Civil Unions are legal in eight state, but Colorado is not one of them.  Faried and his parent made a video to express their views and support of same-sex unions. The video is produced by One Colorado, which is an advocacy organization that works to achieve and protect equality and opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Colorado residents and their families. Faried spoke yesterday about the positive steps being taken to pass a bill making Civil Unions law and recognizable in the state of Colorado. “I’m happy for every gay and lesbian couple out there who want to take that next step and elope,” Faried says. [...] “A lot of people [are] saying civil union,” Faried said. “I don’t like it being called that because I can get married to a female and it can be called a marriage. Why can’t a female be married to a female and male be married to a male and it be called a marriage? You still have the same thing, same love and happiness.” Again we learn something new everyday, and today I learned something new about Kenneth Faried and his family. Much respect to him for taking a stand.
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