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Ex-Heat star Tim Hardaway to be first to sign gay marriage-equality petition, LGBT activists say

BY STEVE ROTHAUS, srothaus@MiamiHerald.com

Former Miami Heat star Tim Hardaway, whose 2007 "I hate gay people" radio show quote nearly cost him is post-basketball career, will be the first signer of a new petition seeking gay marriage in Florida.

Hardaway, who got into hot water after appearing on Dan LeBatard's radio show, will publicly sign the petition 7 p.m. Wednesday at Scully's Tavern, 9809 SW 72nd St., according to lesbian activist Vanessa Brito, who last week launched the petition drive.

Later in 2007, Hardaway began to rehabilitate his reputation, taking classes at YES Institute, a South Miami-based suicide prevention group that focuses on LGBT youth.

Brito and other activists worked with Hardaway in 2009 to raise money for The Trevor Project, a national suicide hotline also for gay youth.

On June 21, Brito announced she would head up a group called Equal Marriage Florida, which is seeking to amend the Florida Constitution to define state marriage as a “union of two persons.”

Florida voters in 2008 passed Amendment 2, which banned civil unions and defined marriage as between one man and one woman.

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