'Stone Cold' Steve Austin's NSFW Take On Gay Marriage

You know all those massive dudes who beat the crap out of each other for your entertainment on "Monday Night Raw"? Some of them have opinions on things other than the best wrestling tights to wear or whether the pile driver is more effective than the jackknife powerbomb.

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Host: An unexpected ally of same-sex marriages jumped into the ring, if you will. Listen to what Stone Cold Steve Austin said a little while ago on his podcast.

Stone Cold Steve Austin: A lot of fucking stuff in the news lately about same-sex marriage. Everybody's going crazy about this and some of the churches say, "Oh, no can do. You can't do that." I'm for same-sex marriage. I don't give a shit. If two guys, two gals, guy/gal, whatever it is, I believe that any human being in America or any human being in the goddamn world that wants to be married, if it's the same sex, more power to them. And what also chaps my ass, Teddy, is that one of these churches, or some of these churches, have the high horse that they get on to say, "We, as a church, do not believe in that." Which one of these motherfuckers talked to God and God said, "same-sex marriage was a no-can-do?"

Host: Now, those are some pretty strong words from a pretty strong guy, and I think that if you asked me back when I was much younger and actually watching the WWF, if I thought that Stone Cold would come out in support of something like gay marriage, I don't think that I would've believed you, or perhaps, been interested in that time, but it is interesting now. And a lot of people are, you know, sort of freaking out about it. You know, saying, "Oh my God, I didn't know that Stone Cold was this liberal." I don't think this has anything to do with him being liberal or not. Whether or not he is, supporting same-sex marriage, supporting the rights of two people, whoever they are, who are consenting, loving adults, to get married, has nothing to do with being liberal. If anything, this is the most intensely conservative thing you could do. Conservatives are all about the freedom of individuals and sort of getting the hands of government off of them. This is, like, the perfect example of that. Why should the government tell two consenting, rational adults what they can or can't do when it comes to organizing their life and their relationship. Whether Stone Cold Steve Austin is a liberal or conservative should be irrelevant. Either way, you could make the case for same-sex marriage, and I love that he's doing it. It may not be the most articulate way to do it, but they're strong words, and we need strong allies like that. So that's gay marriage. He also talked a little bit more broadly about hypocrisy in the church and how they see certain things as sinful and certain things as not being so sinful. Let's listen to that.

Stone Cold Steve Austin: Okay, so two cats can't get married if they want to get married, but then a guy can go and murder fourteen people, molest five kids, then go to fucking prison and accept God. He's going to let him into heaven. After the fact that he did all that shit. It's all horse shit to me. That don't jive with me.

Host: I love those comments, too. I don't think that I could love them any more. Now, look, if we were to go issue by issue, I have a feeling that Stone Cold Steve Austin and I probably would not agree on that many things, but look, I'll take the ally when I can get it on an issue as important as expanding marriage rights to as many people as possible is. That's what we want. That's the goal, and I love that Stone Cold Steve Austin is on board for it. I love that he's pointing out the hypocrisy of the church, that, like, two loving adults shouldn't be able to get married, but if a priest does something absolutely deplorable like, perhaps, abusing a child, or sleeping with a prostitute, or something like that, I don't personally care about it, but they would say it's deplorable, they'll accept them back with open arms. They very rarely ostracize members of the clergy for things that normal people would not be able to get away with, and I like that he, at least, is acknowledging that. Now, Stone Cold's not the only one. Recently, Joe Rogan has very strong words for people oppose same-sex marriage, and I'm glad that these guys are doing it because they are sort of recognized, I guess, as very strong modern examples of masculinity. And I think that they represent a broader and wider cultural shift towards accepting things like this. Things that, through traditional religious morals, have been considered unacceptable. We're moving past that. This has nothing to do with your life if you're an opponent of it. Whether two people who you've never met get married, whether they love each other, whether they have sex, whatever they do, that doesn't effect you. If you get worked up about the country going to war, I've got all the sympathy in the world for you, okay? If you get worked up over tax policy, I totally understand that. Those are issues that actually affect your life and you might well want to change them. But if you're an opponent of same-sex marriage, the two people that you've never met getting married, loving each other, having sex, perhaps, okay, that's not something that actually effects your life, and so I have no sympathy for you trying to outlaw it. It's ridiculous. If people like Stone Cold Steve Austin can move past that, I think that the average American should be able to, too. Okay, we're looking for progress in America. We're getting it from unexpected quarters from Joe Rogan, from the WWE. When is the rest of the country going to catch up? So anyway, unexpected, but good news for today. We'll see what happens tomorrow.

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This "Stone Cold Stunner" was found on John Iadarola's Youtube channel. Follow him on Twitter. Here's Steve Austin on Twitter, where he talks about all sorts of stuff that wrestling fans, hunters, and beer drinkers will love. Thumbnail image by Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons.

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