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‘Mocking me for what I stand for’: Fired Sportsnet host faces backlash over U.S. anti-gay marriage ads

It’s been almost 18 months since sportscaster Damian Goddard lost his gig with Rogers Sportsnet after tweeting his support for “traditional” marriage, agreeing “whole-heartedly” with a sports agent who denounced NHL player Sean Avery for promoting New York’s bill to legalize gay marriage. Now, Mr. Goddard is playing a more direct role in the U.S. debate over gay marriage, appearing in television ads in Washington, Maryland, Minnesota and Maine on behalf of the National Organization for Marriage which, through its state organizations, wants residents to vote against gay marriage on Nov. 6. Since the ads rolled out last week, he’s received a deluge of hate mail and been called a “bigot” and “professional homophobe” on Twitter. He spoke with the Post’s Sarah Boesveld from his home in Oakville, Ont.

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