Openly Gay Ex-NBA Player Jason Collins Says Mom Couldn't Think of Better Anniversary Gift Than Supreme Court Ruling

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Jason Collins

The former professional basketball player, who came out in 2013 in a first-person feature for 'Sports Illustrated,' tells THR that he "will always remember where I was and what I was doing when I found out the news."

Jason Collins, the first openly gay NBA player, is among the famous LGBT figures who are celebrating Friday's Supreme Court ruling allowing gay marriage throughout the United States.

Collins, who came out in 2013 in a Sports Illustrated cover story, told The Hollywood Reporter, "It's an incredible day for equality and it's an incredible day for love."

The athlete, who retired from the NBA in November, said the news was made even better by the fact that it came out the day of his parents' 39th wedding anniversary. He was actually on the phone with his mom, wishing her a happy anniversary, when she saw the news on CNN and told him to turn on the TV.

"I will always remember where I was and what I was doing when I found out the news," Collins said.

He added that his mother saw the news as a great anniversary gift.

"My mom said to me that she couldn't think of a better gift, a better present than to know that her son — that I can get married — anywhere in the country and that it has to be recognized throughout the United States of America," Collins told THR.

He said he "definitely" sees marriage as something in his future and hopes to have children and a family. He sees today's ruling as a chance to do that, anywhere in the U.S.

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