Wrestler “Stone Cold” Steve Austin Body-Slams Marriage Equality Critics

UPDATE: Turns out the recording is from last year, but it still rules. The wrestling legend and proud Texan had some choice (NSFW) words for religious critics of marriage equality.

“Stone Cold” Steve Austin in 2011. Theo Wargo / WireImage

Wrestling legend “Stone Cold” Steve Austin forcefully announced his support for marriage equality on his podcast last July, and said some churches’ opposition to same-sex couples marrying “chaps my ass.”

“I’m for same-sex marriage,” Austin said. “I don’t give a shit if two guys, two gals, guy-gal — whatever it is — I believe that any human being in America, or any human being in the goddam world, that wants to be married … If it’s the same-sex, more power to them.”

Austin rose to fame in the 1990s, holds over 20 championship titles, and is famous for his Stone Cold Stunner move — which he served up to religious opponents of marriage equality, saying, “… [S]ome of these churches, have the high horse that they get on and say, ‘We as a church do not believe in that,’” Austin said. “Which one of these motherfuckers talked to God and God said that same-sex marriage was a no can do? Can you verify? Can you give me some background on that 4-1-1?”

The wrestler, also known as “The Texas Rattlesnake,” retired from wrestling in 2003 and now works as an actor and producer, appearing in The Longest Yard, The Expendables, and Grown Ups 2, among others.

“I’ve got some damned good friends that are gay and I’m absolutely for same-sex marriage,” Austin said.

Several current WWE wrestlers, like Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, Darren Young, also came out in support for marriage equality, appearing in a NOH8 Campaign photos, according to OutSports.

CORRECTION: This podcast episode, titled “Episode 29: The Ranchers Way” was published on July 16, 2013. An earlier version of this item misstated when the audio clip was recorded. It’s still goddamn awesome though. (4/22/14)

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