Bears under fire for donations to NOM

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The National Organization for Marriage, a group dedicated to battling marriage equality and other LGBT equality efforts, claimed that the Chicago Bears donated to its cause recently. The NFL team, however, was quick to say that it did not donate anything to a Ruth Institute Gala, which brought in leaders of the organization to discuss ways to defeat marriage equality.

According to OutSports.com, a signed jersey by Bears star Brian Urlacher and a certificate of authenticity were donated for a raffle. Who exactly within the Bears organization donated the item is unclear.

“The items featured in The Ruth Institute gala invitation were personal donations to Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse,” the Bears said in a statement to OutSports. “Neither was a club donation, nor do they represent the team’s view on any social issues. Any remarks stating otherwise are false.”

NOM, however, boasted about the Bears support, posting on its website a “huge thank you to the Bears for supporting our message.”

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