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Cincinnati Councilman Asks Xavier University to Cancel NFL Commencement Speaker

A Cincinnati City Councilman is pressuring Xavier University to cancel NFL Hall of Famer, and former Cincinnati Bengal, Anthony Munoz as its May 11 commencement speaker because Munoz supports traditional marriage between one man and one woman.

Homosexual council member Chris Seelbach, a Xavier alum, has objected to Munoz's ties to Citizens for Community Values, an organization that supports traditional marriage. Munoz serves on one of the organization's boards.

Seelbach described the university's selection as a "setback." In a Facebook post, Seelbach described Munoz' connection to the organization as "troubling."

"Anthony Munoz was selected as this year’s commencement speaker because of his tremendous service to our community through the Anthony Munoz Foundation and his remarkable reputation for charitable work,” XU spokeswoman Kelly Leon said. “Xavier President Father Mike Graham is in touch with Mr. Munoz as well as students in regard to the concern that some of them have."

“Anthony Munoz is a giant in Cincinnati,” said Phil Burress, president of Citizens for Community Values. “And he is a Christian and he holds strong views about his faith.” 

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