Hockey Icon, Don Cherry, Gives Thumbs up to Gay Marriage Print
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Friday, 17 December 2004 12:56
Hockey Icon, Don Cherry, Gives Thumbs up to Gay Marriage

Controversial Canadian hockey commentator Don Cherry appearing o­n TSN tonight was asked about same-sex marriage. "Why should I care," he said, "Is it going to cost me money, no."

Rick Barnes
Editor, GLBTQ
Queer Thoughts  Cherry is an Anglican and went o­nto say He didn't think they should be married in church, but going to a Justice of the Peace was okay.

Cherry is loved or hated in Canada. There is nothing in between. His opinions o­n Quebec, Swedish hockey players and and the Iraq war got him into serious trouble during his Hockey Night in Canada segment, "Coaches Corner." The five minute segment that plays at the end of the first period is o­ne of the highest rated five minutes o­n Canadian television.

Cherry had two favourite hockey players. Bobby Orr whom he coached in Boston and Doug Gilmour. Gilmour appeared o­n Cherry's show more than any other hockey player. Cherry always gave him a kiss.

Earlier this year Cherry was selected as a finalist for a television show, Greatest Canadian. Cherry finished seventh after 10 weeks of voting.

Now that gay marriage has Don Cherry's okay, I can not imagine it not passing in Parliament next February. He was o­ne of the last of the "good ole boys" I expected to be supportive.
Link: CBC Archives - Don Cherry
Last Updated on Friday, 17 December 2004 12:56