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Here’s the Draft of the Bill Proposing to Prohibit Gay NFL Players

by Chris Lingebach
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Former Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam runs the 40-yard dash during the 2014 NFL Combine. Sam is expected to become the first openly gay player in the history of the NFL. (credit: Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Former Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam runs the 40-yard dash during the 2014 NFL Combine. Sam is expected to become the first openly gay player in the history of the NFL. (credit: Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - The draft of a bill being proposed to Congress which, if it became law, would ban NFL players from publicly announcing if they are gay, was released to the general public on Thursday.

Jack Burkman — the lobbyist responsible for “A Bill for an Act Entitled: The American Decency Act of 2014 — released the text of the proposed bill before close of business, as he assured “The Don Geronimo Show” on Wednesday he would.

“All teams thereof are hereby prohibited from employing self-declared homosexual football players,” the proposed bill states.

Punishment for players publicly announcing they’re gay, according to the page-long text, should “result in a fine not less than $3 million” and “not more than $8 million.”

If passed, however unlikely, the NFL would be charged to provide “facilities for homosexual players which are entirely separate and distinct from the facilities used by heterosexual players.”

Burkman, unsurprisingly, has caught a lot of heat for his controversial stance on gay players in the NFL. His proposed bill comes less than one month after NFL hopeful Michael Sam — previously a defensive end at Missouri — announced publicly he is gay.

Sam stands a projected mid- to late-round draft selection as he prepares to become the first openly gay player in the history of the NFL.

“I thought to myself as this was all being devised, would you want cheerleaders and women showering with football players?” Burkman said on Wednesday.

“Men and women have sexual attraction to each other and we have certain rules and norms in the society,” he said. “Such is the case between a gay man and a straight man.”

Burkman claims his bill to be backed by six members of the U.S. House and one U.S. Senator, although he has declined to name them.

Read the full text of the proposed bill below:

“RESOLVED by the U.S. House of Representatives of the United States of America, that the following article is proposed as federal law under the jurisdiction of the United States of America, enforceable by Executive action.

BE it enacted by the House of Representatives and by the Senate of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that:

Section 1.

The National Football League and all teams thereof are hereby prohibited from employing self-declared homosexual football players.

This prohibition shall only apply in cases where a football player has openly declared himself to be a homosexual.

Section 2

The prohibition detailed in article (A) above shall not apply to any team of the

National Football League that provides facilities for homosexual players which are entirely separate and distinct from the facilities used by heterosexual players.

Section 3.

Provisions (A) and (B) above shall pre-empt all relevant state law.

Section 4.

The US Department of Justice shall have the power to enforce this legislation by all appropriate means.

Section 5.

Should one part of this legislation be deemed at any point unconstitutional, all other parts shall be considered separate and entirely severable for Federal Constitutional purposes.

Section 6.

Each violation of (A) and (B) above shall result in a fine of not less than $3 million not more than $8 million.”

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