Lobbyist behind proposal to ban gay players from the NFL is losing clients

Company executives have severed ties with Jack Burkman, saying they do not "condone or support" his homophobia

By Katie McDonough

Published February 26, 2014 3:00PM (EST)

Michael Sam                          (AP/Brandon Wade)
Michael Sam (AP/Brandon Wade)

Jack Burkman, the Republican lobbyist who announced Monday that he was drafting a bill to ban openly gay players from the NFL, is losing clients.

Poor guy.

As Josh Israel at ThinkProgress reports, DC Solar Solutions Inc., a California-based green energy company, released a statement Tuesday that the company has “severed ties” with Burkman “effective immediately."

"DC Solar does not condone or support Mr. Burkman’s homophobic views,and since learning about his misguided efforts to write legislation banning gay athletes from the NFL, we have ended our relationship with him," CEO Jeffrey Carpoff and COO Paulette Carpoff announced in a joint statement. "DC Solar values diversity within our company and within our communities, and we do not tolerate discrimination of any sort. As a company working to address issues about our country’s future, we have no intention of working with those who are stuck in the past."


Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at kmcdonough@salon.com.

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