Pro Bowler Celebrates by Kissing His Husband, ESPN Covers Event as They Should

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterJanuary 2, 2013

A professional bowler was able to celebrate a huge victory with his husband and not a single whoop was given. 

In 2013, we still have a debate on whether homosexuals should be allowed to marry and athletes like Torii Hunter may or may not think having a gay teammate would be a difficult proposition. 

Being that homosexuality is just as relevant as heterosexuality, we are going to let outdated ideas die out as they are, thankfully, known to do. 

ESPN gave one glowing instance that things are changing for the better simply by doing nothing. 

Deadspin reports on the above video of Scott Norton winning the WSOB Chamelon Championship in November (skip to the 1:58 minute mark for the celebration). 

The moment was much like any long-awaited victory for the athlete, full of astonishment and a few tears. Instead of a husband looking for his wife in the stands, Norton was looking for his husband. 

One day, that notion will be completely ordinary to most, if not all, the sports world. While we are not there yet, ESPN proved we are inching ever closer. 

They pretty much covered the whole celebration as they would for any athlete, regardless of sexual orientation. 

Nonchalance can be very beautiful. 

Norton had this to say at the time. 

It is extremely important for me to come out to show other gay athletes, both current and future, that it is important to come out to show that we are just like everyone else. Being gay doesn't define who I am as a person or as a professional athlete.

As for the broadcast, OutSports also commended ESPN on a job well done. 

The telecasters were very matter-of-fact. Scott's husband, Craig, was introduced as his husband or spouse interchangeably.


The focus was upon how well he was playing. They did mention that Scott came out after his win in 2011 during the telecast. They also mentioned that his first title win in 2011 helped him come out the shadow of his mother, Hall of Fame bowler Virginia Norton, but that this second win defined him as a true threat on tour.

This was a tremendous moment when one athlete celebrated with the person he loved most in the world. 

It's a scene we have seen over and over as sports fans, and are thankfully truly getting used to seeing every last iteration of it. 

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