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University of Miami Athletics has joined You Can Play Project, a national group with the slogan, "Gay athletes. Straight allies. Teaming up for respect."
You Can Play Project was co-founded by Patrick Burke, the NHL's director of player safety, whose younger brother Brendan made headlines when he came out of the closet in Nov. 2009, three months before he died at 21 in a car crash.
UM has just posted a You Can Play video that features players, coaches and university President Donna Shalala.
The university also will host a "Celebration of Diversity" before the women's basketball game on Jan. 19.
Here's what UM posted on YouTube, along with the video:
Hurricane Athletics embraces, celebrates and respects all members of the U family.
If you can play, you can play.
Support the continuation of the You Can Play movement at the women's basketball game vs. NC State on Sunday, January 19 at 2 p.m.
BY JANIE MCCAULEY
AP SPORTS WRITER
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Janet Napolitano is ready for the Sochi Winter Olympics focus to turn from concerns about security and the threats of terrorism to all of the special athletes involved.
Yet Napolitano, the former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and current president of the University of California system, fully understands the daunting task of organizing an event of this magnitude — especially in the wake of two suicide bombings last week in the city of Volgograd, 400 miles from Sochi.
She is set to lead the U.S. delegation next month to the Sochi Games, selected by President Barack Obama.
"Obviously, the recent bombings are a deplorable act of terrorism and are to be condemned as terrorism," Napolitano said Monday. "In terms of the security for the games, we rely on the International Olympic Committee, we work with the State Department security division personnel on the ground as well as the FBI. It's like security for any complex, large event. At a certain point, we're going to be able to start talking about the performance of our athletes, not the security lead up. Won't that be nice."
As Russian President Vladimir Putin faces harsh criticism of his country's anti-gay laws, Obama's selections to join Napolitano in the American delegation send a clear message. Also part of the U.S. group are several openly gay athletes, including former tennis player Billie Jean King and figure skater Brian Boitano.
"The delegation represents a variety of things. Clearly having some openly gay athletes is a symbol of the openness of American society and American sport," Napolitano said. "You have others in the delegation who have participated in a wide variety of civic and public service roles. It's a really great and diverse delegation. I'm very pleased to be able to lead it."
BY BRADY MCCOMBS AND MARK SHERMAN
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
SALT LAKE CITY -- More than 1,000 gay and lesbian couples in Utah have exchanged wedding vows over the past two weeks in jubilant celebrations — but the rush on same-sex marriage licenses has come to an end.
The U.S. Supreme Court put a halt to them Monday by granting the state of Utah a stay on a federal judge's ruling that two other courts previously denied. The decision drew cheers from Gov. Gary Herbert and other state officials, who immediately instructed county clerks to stop marrying gay and lesbian couples. In Utah's largest county, four couples were turned away.
The justices did not rule on the merits of the case or on same-sex marriage bans in general, leaving both sides confident they'll ultimately win. The decision stays in effect while the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals considers the long-term question of whether gay couples have a right to wed in Utah.
Meanwhile, hundreds of newly married couples were thrown into legal and emotional limbo by the decision. Legal scholars say their marriage licenses will be honored by the federal government, but Utah officials are trying to determine whether the marriages that have already taken place are still valid.