NY lawmaker opposes legalizing mixed martial arts but wait till you hear his reasons

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The question of whether to legalize the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) in the Empire State was answered yesterday by the New York State Assembly, which voted to overturn a ban on the sport that had been enacted in 1997.

Understandably, there were those who opposed lifting the ban, primarily because of the widely held view that MMA — in which anything goes — is too violent. But one member of the legislature had a different objection: namely that the matches amount to nothing more than “gay porn.”

The dissenting voice belonged to Daniel O’Donnell, a Democrat state representing Manhattan and brother of Rosie O’Donnell, who said:

Two half-naked hot men rolling around in a cage trying to dominate each other. It’s basically gay porn, only with a different ending.

O’Donnell’s take is curious, though tracing it to its root is relatively easy. The congressman, like his sister, is gay. This outlook has apparently led him to view a sport where men strip down in much the way they did ancient Roman times through gay-colored glasses.

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