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Daniel Murphy, Mets Infielder and Christian, Speaks Up on Homosexuality

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By    |   Wednesday, 04 Mar 2015 07:29 PM

New York Mets infielder Daniel Murphy is drawing attention for his comments about homosexuality in light of Billy Bean being hired as Major League Baseball’s first inclusion ambassador.

Murphy, who is a devout Christian, said he would embrace Bean, but not his lifestyle.

"I disagree with his lifestyle," Murphy said, according to NJ.com. "That doesn't mean I can't still invest in him and get to know him. I don't think the fact that someone is a homosexual should completely shut the door on investing in them in a relational aspect. Getting to know him. ... You can still accept them but I do disagree with the lifestyle, 100 percent."

He went on to explain that disagreeing with the lifestyle didn't mean he doesn't like Bean.

"Maybe, as a Christian, we haven't been as articulate enough in describing what our actual stance is on homosexuality," he said, according to the article. "We love the people. We disagree [with] the lifestyle. That's the way I would describe it for me. It's the same way that there are aspects of my life that I'm trying to surrender to Christ in my own life. There's a great deal of many things, like my pride. I just think that as a believer trying to articulate it in a way that says just because I disagree with the lifestyle doesn't mean I'm just never going to speak to Billy Bean every time he walks through the door. That's not love. That's not love at all."

In a response on MLB.com, Bean called Murphy "respectful."

“He was brave to share his feelings, and it made me want to work harder and be a better example that someday might allow him to view things from my perspective, if only for just a moment,” Bean said. “It may not be perfect, but I do see him making an effort to reconcile his religious beliefs with his interpretation of the word lifestyle. It took me 32 years to fully accept my sexual orientation, so it would be hypocritical of me to not be patient with others.”

A Mets spokesman told ESPN that Murphy will no longer address his religious beliefs and will stick to baseball.

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