NFL Superstar Moved Wedding In Protest Of North Carolina Anti-Transgender Bill
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson and Singer Ciara Quietly Dissed NC Over Anti-Transgender HB2
Three-time Pro-Bowler and Super Bowl winning quarterback Russell Wilson married singer Ciara on July 6th of this year after moving the location of the wedding multiple times. This would seem like a normal situation, but there was more to the story. Mindy Weiss planned the wedding for the celebrities and recently did an interview with the wedding news website, The Knot. In the interview, Weiss noted the reason for moving the wedding out of North Carolina: the civil rights violating, anti-transgender bathroom bill known as HB2.
The wedding planner stated:
“I did the whole thing — three times,” Weiss reveals. “They were first getting married in North Carolina, but they called it off due to the transgender bathroom laws.”
The couple was eventually married in England.
The Seattle Seahawk’s quarterback later confirmed the move was made due to the hateful nature of the discriminatory law, saying:
“I’m just going to simply talk about, I just believe Jesus loves all people,” Wilson said, via ESPN’s Sheil Kapadia. “That’s honestly what I believe, and I just always constantly pray for world peace. I pray for peace in the world. I pray for joy.”
Certainly, a diplomatic answer, but the implication was clear. Much like many other larger entities that have boycotted North Carolina – such as the NBA moving its 2017 All-Star game out of Charlotte – Wilson and Ciara moved their wedding for the same reason. They don’t want to be associated with such hate in any fashion.
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And there is little doubt about the destructive nature of the law. In the weeks following passage, North Carolina’s transgender suicide hotline reported its call volume had virtually doubled likely due to the vitriol of HB2. Transgender youth already have an extremely high rate of suicide attempts as one in every two will make an attempt before they turn 20 years old. One study even found a link between suicide attempts and bathroom restrictions for those in the transgender community.
While Russell Wilson and Ciara did not make a public stand on HB2, they still made their presence felt in their own way. Many may criticize Wilson for not being more vocal, but he still made his contribution to the cause. And most importantly, he showed he isn’t willing to tolerate such discriminatory actions against a mistreated community of people. It was a quiet but significant gesture and the newlyweds should be applauded for that.
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