Denver Nugget’s forward Kenneth Faried recently spoke out in support of same-sex marriage and parenting. Known as the “Manimal” on the court for his fierce play, the 23-year-old pro athlete showed a softer side this week when he sat down with his two moms to make a heartwarming video that describes their life together.
“Nobody can ever tell me I can’t have two mothers, because I really do,” Faried says.
Faried and his mothers recorded the video for OneColorado, an advocacy group working for LGBT families in the state. In it, Faried expresses his support for civil unions.
“I support civil union because it gives people — gays and lesbians — the right to make decisions on their own if they want to get married and lets them choose who they want to be with,” he says.
The video was timed to show support for a bill that just passed in Colorado allowing queer couples to form civil unions. Though truly, Faried supports full marriage equality.
“A lot of people [are] saying civil union,” he told KDVR. “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.”
Faried’s mothers, Waudda and Carol, were married in New Jersey in 2007.