Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Stampeders' star Cornish pays tribute to lesbian mother

  • Print

TORONTO -- Football took a backseat briefly Thursday as Calgary running back Jon Cornish talked about his mother.

It was an eloquent story, told with great pride by the Stamps star.

"She's quite a remarkable woman," Cornish said of mother Margaret and her love story.

A mother of five, Margaret is now married to a woman.

"People are always surprised when I tell them about my mom's situation but for me it's something I'm proud of," said Cornish, the CFL's leading rusher. "She'd been through a lot and she finally found someone that she loved and for me there's nothing more positive in the world."

Cornish says he is "pretty outspoken" when it comes to gay slurs.

"I don't like certain slurs being used and any time I hear them, I speak up," he told reporters when asked about the issue. "I think for the most part my team's pretty respectful.

"We have a lot of guys, a lot of smart people, on this team and you don't really hear too many homophobic things going on at all so it's really not something that comes up. But you know for me, I would like people to be more accepting."

After raising her kids on a music teacher's salary in New Westminster, B.C. -- "She ensured we all had great educations," said Cornish -- Margaret returned to school and took her master's in ethics. She then became an Anglican priest.

"That's what she wanted to achieve and for me that's been a motivation my entire life," said Cornish.

Cornish recalled coming home for Christmas break from the University of Kansas.

"She was super-excited, so I was like 'Did you meet somebody or something?' And she said 'Yeah.' And then I said 'So what's he like?' And she said 'It's a she.'

"And for me, it took maybe 15 seconds to process and then it was 'OK, that's pretty cool.' And that was that."

Cornish said people are often surprised on hearing about his mother and her partner, but are usually accepting "especially after they meet them."

Cornish's mother has returned from a holiday in Israel to see Sunday's championship game against the Toronto Argonauts.

His father died while he was in college.

"I never knew him but I am thankful, he gave me some good genetic code," he said, drawing laughs.

Earlier, a reporter for a local gay and lesbian publication asked Stamps coach John Hufnagel if his team would be receptive to an openly gay player.

"Can he throw?" asked Hufnagel, drawing laughs. "Can he catch? Is he fast? It's a free country."

Pressed on the issue of homophobia in sport, he said: "I've never thought about it, truthfully."

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 23, 2012 C3

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Waywayseecappo Community School at We Day 2014

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • JJOE.BRYKSA@FREEPRESS.MB.CA Local-Postcard  Day-Horror frost and fog created a most beautiful setting at Assiniboine Park Thursday morning in WInnipeg- Enviroent Canada says the fog will lifet this morning and will see a high of -7C-  JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS- Feb 18, 2010
  • A young gosling flaps his wings after taking a bath in the duck pond at St Vital Park Tuesday morning- - Day 21– June 12, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Where do you think the Bombers need the biggest improvement during the off-season?

View Results

Ads by Google