A professional, mainstream athlete has come out as gay. Athletes are one of the more homophobic groups out there. And African-Americans are generally more homophobic than other races. I would think gay marriage would be the law of the land before an NBA players comes out as gay. It's interesting how as progress continues, there are so many different barriers that have to be broken down before true acceptance is reached, and it all happens in gradual steps. Jason Collins will probably be viewed in the same light as Jackie Robinson someday.