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Obama says he ‘couldn’t be prouder’ of Jason Collins

  • ASSOCIATED PRESSPresident Barack Obama returns to the podium to answer an additional question during his new conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 30, 2013. The president answered a question regarding yesterday's announcement that Jason Collins, NBA center for the Washington Wizards basketball team, is gay.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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    President Barack Obama returns to the podium to answer an additional question during his new conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 30, 2013. The president answered a question regarding yesterday's announcement that Jason Collins, NBA center for the Washington Wizards basketball team, is gay. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON >> President Barack Obama says he told NBA center Jason Collins that he “couldn’t be prouder of him” for coming out as gay while playing in a major sports league.

Speaking at a news conference today, Obama said Collins showed the progress the United States has made in recognizing that gays and lesbians deserve full equality. He said they deserve “not just tolerance but recognition that they’re fully a part of the American family.”

Collins has played for six teams in 12 seasons, including this past season with the Washington Wizards, and is now a free agent.

He made his groundbreaking pronouncement in an online article Monday, and Obama called him to express support. Obama said people should be judged on their character and performance, not their sexual orientation.

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