Steve Austin Gives The Bottom Line On Same-Sex Marriage

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Steve Austin is getting a lot of press for throwing his support behind same-sex marriage on a recent episode of his podcast. USA Today's "For the Win" blog posted a couple of excerpts from Austin.

"I believe that any human being in America, or any human being in the [expletive] world, that wants to be married, and if it's same-sex, more power to 'em."

Austin also ranted on the church's opposition:

“What also chaps my [expletive], some of these churches, have the high horse that they get on and say ‘we as a church do not believe in that.’ Which one of these [people] talked to God, and God said that same-sex marriage was a no-can-do?”

Deadspin uploaded audio from Austin's podcast and uploaded it on SoundCloud. We've included that audio below but please be advised it includes explicit language:

Click here for coverage by USA Today's "For the Win" blog.

Richard Reacts: It's very important for people such as Steve Austin to speak up in support of same-sex marriage and I applaud him for doing so. Equality is crucial and it's my hope to see same-sex marriages recognized in all 50 US states sooner than later. The fact it has been shunned for so long based on what people perceive as "different" is asinine. If one's religious views do not believe in same-sex marriage, then don't get one. However, to prevent others with different beliefs from marrying the person they love is absurd and in the words of Austin, doesn't jive with me.

  • mack

    As long as I can marry my pet who I love, then I’m game. haha

  • Patrick

    And that’s the Bottom Line because Stone Cold Says So.

  • BIG M

    And cue the non sessional ravings of hate filled Bible thumpers who use something positive like faith and use it to justify prejudice and bigotry.
    Richard I sincerely hope you pull down such posts on the comment section of this article.

  • SweetCyn

    “You sit there and thump your bible and say your prayers, and it didn’t get you anywhere… Talk about your Psalms talk about John 3:16… Austin 3:16 says, ‘I just whooped your ass.'” -Stone Cold
    This now has a new meaning.

  • Donnie Stuart

    wow, i no longer support steve austin

    • imneveral0ne

      I’m sure he’s at home crying because he lost your support.

      • Donnie Stuart

        oh go stuff it

    • Joe

      Get your hate off this site

      • Donnie Stuart

        i dont hate austin, i just no longer support him

  • RollsReus

    land of the free?

  • Eva Marie

    Doesn’t gay mean happy? Then why is happy marriage making people angry?

  • The Breaker

    Not trying to start a war or anything here, but I don’t think it’s fair for people to knock the stance Bible-believing Christians have on same-sex marriage if they won’t even really listen to the reasoning behind it. Instead they just assume they’re “haters” and enemies of “equality”. Like the insane people at Westboro Baptist Church or something. I’m not going to explain what I believe and why here, because this really isn’t the place for that, but I just feel that when it comes to issues like this, Christians are attacked for an inaccurate representation of their beliefs.

    • BIG M

      Wow thats so off the mark.
      Thats like saying Christians who opposed mixed race couples a 100 years ago were misunderstand for inaccurate representation of there beliefs which is of course inaccurate because every last one of those “Christians” were the lowest form of life possible they were Bigots.
      And hopefully a 100 years from now these so called “religious people” who oppose same-sex marriage will be thought off in the same light as they should.
      People who use a positive thing like faith to justify their own prejudice and bigotry are pure EVIL in my book.
      And I’m amazed anyone feels the need to defend them.

      • The Breaker

        By mentioning Westboro earlier, I was alluding to the fact that there are people who have a warped understanding of what the Bible teaches. That’s how you get those with attitudes of bigotry and the whole “holier-than-thou” condescension. Christianity isn’t about that at all. It’s about being redeemed from the sin we’ve learned to crave. We’re all broken and need to be saved from the things than can and will destroy us. Just because the message that comes from the Word is one of love and righteousness, that doesn’t necessarily means that all who claim to act “in the name of God” are doing the right thing.

        • J Vomkrieg

          Actually, the bible teaches some pretty dire things if taken literally in parts, it also teaches some really great things. That’s the problem with the books. Bad people can cherry pick passages and use them for hate.

          Personally, I tend to put Christians into 2 major groups. The “thou shalls” who help their community, tend to the sick, minister to the poor and generally do awesome stuff to make the world a better place and preach a gospel of love. Those people rock and i love spending time with them.

          And then there is the “thou shall nots”. Who quote scripture and judge people for anything and everything, from sexuality, to poverty, to being another religion or any number of things. These people suck, and while Westboro are the extreme of this group, there seems to be plenty of others further down the spectrum as well.

          • The Breaker

            If you study the Bible, you’ll find that the themes and teachings are very consistent, which is pretty incredible when you consider that it was written over hundreds of years and by several different authors. And it’s full of hope. It’s God’s revelation to us, the truth about life, and that He still loves us despite everything we’ve done and that we can be reconciled to Him.

            The Bible is the complete Word of God, the one and only truth, and it should not be taken into pieces to fit someone’s relativisitic version of spirituality. A Christian is one who lives by everything it says. And an important part of that is to speak out against sin. I agree that many out there go about doing this the wrong way. God doesn’t want us running around and judging people. We all have our demons and no one is better than the other. But we are called to communicate the truth through acts of love. One of the Ten Commandments is to love your neighbor. That means everyone. Not just other Christians. By loving like Christ, people can be reached, and hearts changed. You can’t do that by being hateful and nasty. The enemy isn’t each other, but sin itself.

          • J Vomkrieg

            “A Christian is one who lives by everything it says”

            Please find me someone who lives by EVERYTHING the bible says. You sir, are a hypocrite and a liar.

            Reread Leviticus, tell me if you follow very law in there. Also, if you are fine with the idea of women being put to death for adultery(Lev 20:10), that blind people shouldn’t be allowed in church(Lev 21:17), and don’t shave (Lev 19:19)

            Also, Lev 24 14-16 says I should be stoned to death right about now.

            You cannot take the bible as a whole, if you do would be a monster who would be compelled to put a lot of people to death

            Oh, this is also the same part of the bible that says homosexuality is a sin. (Lev 20:13). So, why is it that homosexuality is still a sin, but modern Christians have dropped all the other behaviors? Oh, Lev 20:13 also says the homosexuals should be put to death. How is this about love and not hate?

            So yep, either you lied about being a christian according to your own definition “A Christian is one who lives by everything it says.” Or you are just a massive hypocrite.

            P.S Forgive me

    • J Vomkrieg

      I find it remarkable how often this sort of stuff comes out, that the real victims in all this are the “Oppressed Christians”.

      • The Breaker

        Way to spin it. That’s not what I was saying at all.

        • J Vomkrieg

          I think you are the one doing the spin here.

          “I don’t think it’s fair for people to knock the stance Bible-believing Christians have on same-sex marriage if they won’t even really listen to the reasoning behind it.”

          That’s your comment, that the unfairness in this is that people are quick to judge the Christians. Not that the fundamental issue is that their is a group in society who does not share the same freedoms as others.

          • The Breaker

            My problem with that is that you’re dragging out a comparison within my argument that didn’t exist. I was only pointing out that it’s not fair how many people want to cut Christians down for having an unpopular belief, and that they make all these accusations about them without even having a strong understanding of their doctrine. But I made no statement that it’s a “bigger injustice” than what the same-sex marriage advocates are fighting for.

            But I will say that calling this an issue of “equality” is a bit of a misnomer. Any person has the right to be married. But their cause is to change the definition of what marriage should be. The institution of marriage was created to join a man and a woman. It’s not like it was left open-ended and somewhere along the line people decided that only straight couples should get to do it.

          • We’re not going to sit here and list off everything that has changed since the times the Christian Bible was created. There’s not enough bandwidth on the site to do that 😉 However, times have changed. The Bible is a great book to live by, if god is your cup of tea, but even those high in the church and scholars say it’s parables. Think of it like an old school “Chicken Soup For the Soul” book. More like guidelines than rules. Regardless, marriage is only defined in religious senses. For laws, where separation of church and state reign, it makes no sense. If you want to be a Christian and against gay marriage, don’t marry a gay person. However, each year there are less and less Christians as we’ve become a true melting pot of religion and culture. The only thing that matters is that everyone is happy.

            As a Buddhist, and a married man, I’m offended that because a group of religious people put pressure on government officials, not everyone can get married. It’s like taking away Coke because Pepsi tastes better in your opinion, so you ruin it for everyone. The only way to change the laws is going to be having popular support. What better platform than celebrities. Stone Cold reaches many millions through his Twitter and podcast. I asked a priest if he was against gay marriage because someone interpreted the bible to say that (which it doesn’t). He told me that God told us to treat everyone kindly and leave the judging for him. Let’s leave it at that.

          • The Breaker

            If what you’re trying to say is that the Bible is outdated and irrelevant today, then I couldn’t disagree more. One need only look as far as the multitude of predictive prophecy contained within its pages. There is way too much evidence out there that backs up Scripture to simply write it off as a nice, inspirational read. I believe it is the veritable Word of God, but you’re entitled to your own opinion.

            People do tend to forget that this nation was founded on Christian values. Because of that, the original intent of “Separation of Church and State” has been all but lost within the modern definition that is commonly given.

            Not having same-sex marriage is NOT preventing people from participating in marriage. Every person has that right. But they’re choosing to express their love outside of what the institution of marriage was created to accomplish.

            The Bible teaches that homosexuality is a sin. The same as any other sin. God could not be clearer on that. Anyone that thinks God wants us to be complacent to that and just accept the world for what it is is only fooling themselves.

          • It’s a book, bro. Some people believe in it, and others don’t. Who cares? We don’t want your lectures here. Go to a church and tell it to people who care. We’re just pointing out that Stone Cold isn’t a jerk because he’s accepting of everyone no matter what. Being a good person is better than following outdated “rules”. So simmer down, son.

          • Gesus Oliver

            and that’s the bottom linnnneeeeee?


          • The Breaker

            I honestly never even intended on going so far into this topic as it relates to Christianity. Just look at my original comment. But people were kind of pushing my buttons earlier, and well, here we are. Not everyone will agree with what I said, and that’s fine as it concerns this site. I’m more than fine with just keeping the conversation here related to the world of pro wrestling.

          • It’s all good man. Things got heated there. It’s hard being the voice of reason, sometimes. You’re always welcome to express your opinions but I agree, let’s keep it wrestling related. When a wrestler steps out like what Austin did, all we gotta do is applaud him for accepting people. More people need to be like that.

          • Gesus Oliver

            The issue is here is that in the past those who were against gay marriage had no issue tearing families apart with a loved one was on their death bed. They had no issue tearing apart children from their parents under the guise of religious doctrine. The same people who are avid anti-same sex marriage are the same ones who don’t care about divorce. You want to sit there and worry about being called bad names or misunderstood. Yet you don’t care about the families who were torn apart because society didn’t understand nor care about their lifestyle. Fact of the matter is this, marriage has been redefined for years. The fact women aren’t being sold for goats and property for starters.

          • The Breaker

            I don’t know why all of you insist that just because I’m saying that the Christian perspective is misunderstood, that I also by default couldn’t care less about the hatred and dissension homosexuals have faced in society and even within their own families. It’s such a red herring.

            I wasn’t implying that the institution of marriage has been exactly the same throughout history. It has undergone change, some of it for the better. But again, that is beside the point I was making.

          • Gesus Oliver

            The point you’re making changes more than Wade Barret’s intro music.

          • The Breaker

            Haha, not really. I feel like I’ve had to repeat myself a dozen times. My basic thought was that people tend to make Christians out to be intolerant bigots and enemies of equality by telling them what they believe instead of letting them explain it for themselves. And it’s unfair. None of this is meant to say that Christians are oppressed victims or whatever, or that the issues homosexuals face are small compared to that. For some reason, people are trying to discredit what I’m saying by telling me I’m wrong about something I never even said.

          • Gesus Oliver

            Long story short Bible says one thing, Austin 3:16 says the other.

          • The Breaker

            I will not disagree there, haha.

  • I am so happy that someone with the celebrity of him came out in support of gay marriage. On the other hand, I feel it should be news when someone doesn’t support gay marriage. I just assume everyone is not an A hole and supports equality. Sadly, not the world we live in. Props to Austin.

    • Burgh

      Do you support human animal relationships in the name of equality?

      • Who am I to tell someone how to be happy?

  • AYAT

    can some one please explain me the advantages of say gender/gay marriage ??!!
    0 advantages and infinite disadvantages , so why support them ??!!
    i really don’t know
    ever one support their countries troops when they are defending their country , but in ONE COUNTRY , for instance they support their troops who are killing people in IRAQ and AFGHANISTAN , then say we tribute the troops who are “DEFENDING” our country in 2 other countries , since when is killing innocent people of 2 other countries , defending ??!!
    Can some one explain these 2 matters to me please , i am not hating USA ,actually People of USA are very kind and gentle , but seriously the majority of USA citizens have to really open their eyes and understand what is really right and what is really wrong .
    i am not hating on any one here , just expressing my opinion
    hope i do have the freedom of speech to express my feelings here

    • adam

      wait, what are the disadvantages? there are only advantages, as shown in states and countries where it is legal, nothing has changed for most people, its just that a minority group are now equal to the majority, its the way it should be.

  • Thomas M.

    While I am against same-sex marriage, I don’t go crazy about it being legal. It’s legal in my state even though I voted against it. My thought is “So what?”. There are a lot of things that are legal that I am opposed to. Christianity’s first goal should be to bring people to God, not to try and force our rules on non-believers.

    My faith was born out of literal oppression and martyrdom, so at a freedom level, I am just happy that my country allows me to practice and share my beliefs without any problems.

    It’s interesting to have the occasional aside from wrestling. The “hot button issues” such as these tend to have less hate-filled comments than a post about a John Cena heel turn or CM Punk. It’s funny to see.

  • Why is there a political article on a wrestling website? I get that a wrestler said it, but it still is just politics. (And before anyone jumps to conclusions, this statement in no way indicates my opinion on same-sex marriage.)