Why does the kind of kiss matter?

Published: Sunday, May. 18, 2014 - 10:05 pm

Re "Rams select openly gay player" (Sports, May 11): Overall, I was pleased with the article on Michael Sam. I'm glad someone took the time to write such an in-depth piece on this controversial issue.

However, I was surprisingly bothered by one sentence: "Sam kissed his boyfriend several times on the mouth." After already stating that he and his boyfriend had "sealed the news with a kiss," why does it have to be specifically stated again that it was on the mouth?

It's good that ESPN didn't shy away from the kiss, but why must it be explicitly stated? It only points out that it really isn't OK with America. The only way to make it OK is to treat the kiss as what it is: normal.

-- Ashley Scott Webb, Sacramento

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