Augustus the subject of OTL on same-sex marriage

Former LSU star Seimone Augustus speaks out about same-sex marriages as the subject of Wednesday afternoon’s Outside the Lines at 2 p.m. on ESPN.

Augustus, a two-time Olympian seeking her second gold medal, is pursuing a more personal goal of getting married to her long-time partner. Openly gay, Augustus and her partner have plans to wed in Minneapolis next spring, but that opportunity could be in jeopardy if Minnesota passes an amendment that would define marriage as a union only between opposite sex couples.

During the interview with Outside the Lines, Augustus, a Baton Rouge native who led LSU to three Final Four appearances, tells reporter Michele Steele that people in her hometown have a hard time coming to grips with same-sex relationships.

“I’m 28 years old and I still have yet to see a gay or lesbian couple walk down the street and be openly gay in the South, at least where I’m from,” Augustus said. “We’re still getting over black and white issues down south so to think that they’re ready to accept open gay and lesbian people would be a bit of stretch.”