More than 2,000 students and supporters at the University of Missouri formed a “Wall of Love” around the campus on Saturday in a show of support for Michael Sam. Sam is the Missouri football player who announced recently that he is gay.
The wall was formed in an effort to keep members of he Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) from entering the campus. The WBC, home of the anti-gay extremists behind the “God Hate Fags” and “God hates the World” fundamentalist movement, was there to protest Sam.
“I came out just to stand by a cause that I think is really worthy and to show that love really is greater than hate,” said Rachel Bauer, a graduate student at Mizzou.
“I think that it was brave and I was proud of him. I’m also proud of Mizzou because they didn’t make an issue of it. I think today was more about celebrating Michael Sam rather than anything to do with Westboro Baptist,” said Sarah Senff, also a student at Mizzou.
Sam was back on campus to be with his teammates as they were honored at the Missouri/Tennessee basketball game. When the team took to the court to be recognized for winning the Cotton Bowl Sam received a standing ovation from the crowd.
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