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Sunday 24 September 2017

Politician compares MMA to 'gay porn' during debate to legalise the sport in New York

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 20: Antonio Carlos Junior and Daniel Kelly get into the grapple during their UFC Middleweight Bout at UFC Brisbane on March 20, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 20: Antonio Carlos Junior and Daniel Kelly get into the grapple during their UFC Middleweight Bout at UFC Brisbane on March 20, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)
Will Slattery

Will Slattery

Despite the sport being immensely popular across the United States, MMA is still illegal in New York state.

That could change this evening though, with the New York State Assembly debating whether or not to vote for its legalisation. While not everyone is enamoured with the violent combat sport, there doesn't appear to be a credible argument for it to remain banned in the state.

However, that hasn't stopped some members of the assembly for making arguments that are... well, that are quite frankly, insane.

Assembly member Daniel O'Donnell said the sport was like 'gay porn with a a different ending' while assemblywoman Angel Wozniak expressed a worry that by legalising the sport, it will allow paedophiles to open MMA gyms and molest children more easily.

No, seriously, these are actually points raised by elected representatives. Another, Charles Barron, likened the sport to the sort of slave fighting depicted in Django Unchained.

It must be said, that other politicians participating in the debate have offered reasoned and measured commentary supporting the proposal.

If the assembly vote in favour of legalising MMA, then the bill will be sent to the Governor of New York to be signed into law.

 

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