Obama 'Couldn't Be Prouder' of Jason Collins

President says gay NBA player is "still 7 foot tall and can bang with Shaq."
1:50 | 04/30/13

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-- -- much isn't all that's just to talk from yesterday. This is seems like a terrific young man and I told my couldn't be prouder. One of the extraordinary. Measures of progress that we've seen in this country. Has been. The recognition that. The LG BT community deserves. Fort -- not just partial halt. Not just. Tolerance but. A recognition that -- fully a part of the American family. And -- -- given the importance of sports in our society. Four. An individual group whose excelled at the highest levels and one of the major sports Gordon say this is who I am. I'm proud of it. I'm still a great competitor. I'm still seven foot tall and -- bag was checked. And we'll. Deliver our hard foul -- And -- for four I think a lot of young people out there who. You know or. Gay or lesbian who are struggling with these issues to see a role model like that is -- And it's a great thing I think America should be proud of that this is just one more step. In this ongoing. Recognition that we treat everybody fairly. And everybody's. Part of part of a family and we judge people on the basis of their character. And their performance. And not their sexual orientation so -- very proud of.

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