Tyree: “I just don’t agree that they should call it marriage”


Former New York Giants special teamer and wide receiver David Tyree helped deliver 63,000 petitions against same-sex marriage to Senate Republicans today as the caucus continues to discuss whether to bring a bill legalizing gay nuptials to the floor.

Tyree, known for the acrobatic “helmet catch” that helped the Giants win Super Bowl XLII, reiterated his tough stance against gay marriage while speaking with reporters while the GOP met behind closed doors, saying that legalizing it would infringe on religious beliefs and open a societal Pandora’s Box.

“Once you allow same-sex marriage, it opens up the door for a continued softening of the backbone of our society which will eventually, for generations to come, open the door for — who knows? — polygamy, and all other types of the sorts,” Tyree said.

Giants co-owner John Tisch and single-season sack leader Michael Strahan both have come out in favor of same-sex marriage, though Tyree said he didn’t have a problem with them supporting it.

“No, it doesn’t bother me at all,” Tyree said. “Honestly, I don’t have any problem with their push, and I understand that they have a desire to … but I just don’t agree that they should call it marriage.”

Tyree said he wasn’t worried about his strong stance tarnishing his image.

“I have no care of my image,” Tyree said. “I’m not necessarily here to be politically correct. All of my convictions come from my faith, and I speak strong for that.”

Here’s video of Tyree addressing reporters:


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  1. It wasn’t too long ago when a majority of American’s didn’t think that Tyree should be called a citizen either, or that he should be served at a lunch counter, or be allowed to ride in the front of the bus. It’s pretty sad that so few years later, he’s rallying to define a word such that it excludes “other” Americans from civil rights. I guess protecting the definition of a word is worth the thousands of families that are denied access to basic legal protections. How petty of him.

  2. I wonder how much money NOM paid him to be their spokesperson? They funnel millions into these hateful campaigns to deprive gay and lesbian Americans of equal access to marriage laws. Does he agree with NOM that gays should be put to death? (their marriage rally speaker said EXACTLY that).

  3. It’s really disrespectful and insulting to compare gay marriage to polygamy and incest. Not to mention that in a vast majority of states you can marry your sibling as long as they are the opposite sex. Since it’s legal in most states, does Tyree agree that means it’s right? rubbish. This man is misguided, stupid, and a homophobe.

  4. Personally,I’m far more open to instances of polygamous or incestuous relationships that emerge between sane consenting adults of opposite sexes than I am to any form of same-sex sexual relationship being treated as unobjectionable.There is no “black” or “white” way to sit at a lunch counter or drink from a fountain,and THAT is why treating blacks and whites differently is wrong.Mr. Tyree did not decide,after a childhood of never having done so,to “black”,because he had a desire to that he could but declined to suppress.Homosexual activity,in any sexually dimorphic species,is something that should not be,and as a reasoning species we must understand that its being same-sex makes it WRONG.

    (And in NO state is sibling marriage legal,nor am I saying it should be).

  5. Nice catch with your head back in the Super Bowl win. I assume this made you a greater thinker and theologian.

  6. To paraphrase Louis: There is no “gay” or “straight” way to sit at a lunch counter or drink from a fountain,and THAT is why treating gays and straights differently is wrong.

  7. I’m so glad that I’m a Jets fan (especially since J-E-T-S happens to be my initials.) :D

    Paul at 3:07 pm – excellent comment, Paul.

  8. Rod….there IS a difference between hetero- and homosexual sexual relationships,and that’s why treating them as if they were the same is wrong.

  9. Louis, it’s unfortunate that your references to relationships focus solely on the sexual mechanics. Relationships, gay or straight, are more than that, but you would dismiss the entirety of them because of what you imagine goes on in a bedroom.

    And if you want to discourage gay sex you should actually be supporting gay marriage because we all know what happens to people’s sex lives once they tie the knot (kidding, kidding, kidding).

  10. Rod,it’s not the details of the sexual acts,but the parties being of the same sex,that makes the relationship one which should not be validated by government recognition.Again,it’s who goes into the bedroom that is a public matter.