Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Steve Young and family are against California’s proposition 8. Read the story below, and see videos and photos of Steve Young.
Former San Francisco quarterback Steve Young’s family, who still live in the Bay area, are voting no on California’s controversial proposition 8. While not publicly stating his opinion, he and his wife Barbara have placed “No on Prop 8″ signs in their yard, and Barbara has donated about $50,000 to the cause. This is surprising, given the Youngs are a devout Mormons, and gay marriage goes against the teachings of the Church. Mormons have pushed hard to get Prop 8 passed, and have donated millions to the cause.
In a statement, Barbara Young first said:
“We believe ALL families matter and we do not believe in discrimination, therefore, our family will vote against Prop. 8.”
In an expanded statement, Mrs. Young said:
“To expand on my earlier email, I am very passionate about this issue and Steve is completely supportive of me and my work for equality. We both love our Church and are grateful that our Church encourages us to vote our conscience. Steve prefers not to get involved politically on any issue no matter what the cause and therefore makes no endorsement.”
Young’s religion has been in the spotlight throughout his career. He played his college football at Brigham Young University, named for the 2nd President of the Mormon Church (and great-great-great Grandfather of Young). In an interview with 60 Minutes in 1996, Young stated that he wanted to go on the mission he missed out on while playing football in college. He also stated how he tithes 10% of his earnings to the Church. He and his wife married in a Mormon temple in Hawaii, and he narrated a Church video originally made for the 2002 Olympics that took place in Utah.
More photos and a video of Steve Young are below.
Steve Young Video
Steve Young Interview Video