Hunter opposes gay marriage in radio ad for Arkansas candidate

Torii Hunter lists 'keeping marriage between one man and one woman' among reasons to support Arkansas governor candidate Asa Hutchinson.

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Torii Hunter of the Detroit Tigers has come out swinging against gay marriage . . . again.

Hunter has said in the past that he would be uncomfortable with a gay teammate. He reinforced his belief in a radio spot for Arkansas’ Asa Hutchinson, who is running for governor.

Here’s some of what Hunter said:

This is Pine Bluff native and Major League Baseball player Torii Hunter. I’m asking you to vote for my friend Asa Hutchinson for Governor. Dr. King said that men should be judged by the content of their character. Today we too often prejudge political candidates by their party label. I’m asking you to consider Asa for his actions.

As a lawyer, Asa fought for more majority African-American districts in the state legislature. Asa is committed to the principles we hold dear, like a strong faith in God, equal justice for all, and keeping marriage between one man and one woman. Asa wants all children to have access to computer science, to expand charter schools, and bring more jobs and small businesses into our communities. Asa won’t take your vote for granted. Let’s make real change in our community by casting party labels aside and voting our convictions.

Check it out here:

This all seems contrary to what Hunter told the Detroit News in 2012 after being criticized for his beliefs:

"I will never talk about politics, race or anything like that ever again with nobody," Hunter told The News. "That’s not part of baseball, so I’m not gonna talk about it. That’s crazy."