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Lobbyist wants Congress to ban gay players in the NFL

9:00 PM, Feb 27, 2014   |    comments
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(WXIA) -- After all the uproar this week over the religious freedom bill in Arizona and similar bills in Georgia and elsewhere, a Capitol Hill lobbyist says he's prepared federal legislation to be introduced which would ban gay players from the NFL.

"We are losing our decency as a nation," lobbyist Jack Burkman said in a statement released in The Hill on Monday. "Imagine your son being forced to shower with a gay man. That's a horrifying prospect for every mom in the country. What in the world has this nation come to?"

Burkman did not name any politicians who would introduce the bill in Congress, but said he has found support for the measure.

"If the NFL has no morals and no values, then Congress must find values for it," Burkman said.

On Wednesday night, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a bill which would have permitted the right for businesses to refuse service to gay people on "religious" grounds. Similar efforts are underway in Georgia, Kansas, Idaho and other states, but at this point, none have moved forward.

According to The Hill, in the 1990s, Burkman worked as counsel for then US Rep. Rick Lazio (R-NY). Presently, he is founder and president of his own lobbying firm, Burkman Associates. His Twitter feed indicates that he is host of his own national radio show, Behind the Curtain.

(NBC Sports contributed to this report.)

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