The Gaily News: Gay rights are good for your health

There's a new petition circulating, calling for Tim Tebow, Denver Broncos quarterback and former Florida Gators star, to follow in the footsteps of other professional sports teams by making an anti-bullying and anti-gay violence video for the "It Gets Better" campaign. Though the uber-religious Tebow has been known to weigh in on controversial topics like marriage and abortion, and even starred in a Super Bowl ad for the anti-gay and anti-abortion group Focus on the Family, the petition's organizer says he hopes they all can work together for the benefit of bullied LGBT youths. "It would really be an amazing thing for Tebow and the Broncos to do to really say 'We may have differences on abortion and gay marriage, but stopping kids from killing themselves is an issue we can all get behind,'" said fan Andy Szekeres.

Meanwhile, in the NBA, Dallas Mavericks owner predicts professional basketball will welcome an openly gay player within the next three to five years. Mark Cuban, the gay-friendly sports franchise owner, made these comments in a recent interview with TMZ. Earlier this month, fans got their hopes up that the first NBA player might have come out of the closet after Von Wafer, formerly of the Boston Celtics who now plays in Italy, made a curious tweet, insinutating he was gay. It was later revealed that his Twitter account was hacked by a friend and teammate.

Much like straight men, gay men thrive after getting married, says a new study. The legalization of gay marriage and being allowed to tie the knot might even make them healthier. In a study of a group of gay men before and after Massachusetts legalized same-sex marriage, during the year after the group saw a decrease in high blood pressure, depression, anxiety and STDs.

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