DENVER -- They call Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried "The Manimal” because he plays like he's half-man, half-animal. But that’s Faried the basketball player. As a person, he has his soft spots -- and one of them is for the gay and lesbian community.
“I’m happy for every gay and lesbian couple out there who wants to take that next step and elope,” Faried said.
"Because I have two mothers," he said.
Faried was at a session party Thursday that was celebrating Colorado’s LGBT legislators along with those two mothers -- Waudda Faried and Carol Copeland. The two were married in New Jersey in 2007.
The legislators joining Faried and his two moms helped make civil unions legal with the passage of Senate Bill 11 on Wednesday. Many believe the bill could open the door to gay marriage -- something Waudda and Copeland are becoming increasingly familiar with.
“We had a bunch of our friends get married right after we got married,” Waudda said.
And most of those friends "didn't think this one would ever get married," Copeland jested, pointing at Waudda.
Kenneth's father remained in the picture, but the two women were primarily responsible for raising the NBA star and his younger brother.
“My dad was there my whole life," Faried said. "Especially with my mom because she was sick, and even when my mom became a lesbian my Dad was there supporting both my Moms.”
Waudda has lupus and she had a kidney transplant a couple of years ago. She’s doing much better now, and she has had Copeland right by her side through it all.
“If you truly love each other, hold on and stick together,” Copeland said.
While Kenneth supports the Colorado Senate committee that passed a bill Wednesday that will all gay couples to form civil unions, he’s not completely happy.
“A lot of people [are] saying civil union," Faried said. "I don’t like it being called that because I can get married to a female and it can be called a marriage. Why can’t a female be married to a female and male be married to a male and it be called a marriage? You still have the same thing, same love and happiness."
Faried’s moms still live in New Jersey. His dad moved to Colorado and his brother lives with him. They remain one, big happy family.