Steve Austin was never one to care much what other people thought.
During his storied WWE career, the man who earned the nickname "Stone Cold" never had a problem going against the grain and doing what he thought was right, even if that was unpopular with WWE CEO Vince McMahon. That fearless rebel reputation earned him an enormous following and the sacred pulpit of Austin 3:16.
While Austin's wrestling days are largely over, his defiant personality is as strong as ever. During a recent episode of his podcast, Austin (whose real name is Steve Anderson) took on a contentious issue that some of his peers are still afraid to touch -- gay marriage.
And, in classic Austin fashion, he defends gay marriage with gusto and goes at the other side with fearless abandon. His comments have gone viral because of the passionate, yet eloquent, way in which he defends himself.
Here's a sampling:
"I don't give a s--- if two guys, two gals, guy-gal, whatever it is, I believe that any human being in America, or any human being in the g----- world, that wants to be married, and if it's same-sex, more power to 'em."
"What also chaps my ass, some of these churches, have the high horse that they get on and say, 'We as a church do not believe in that.' Which one of these m---------s talked to God, and God said that same-sex marriage was a no-can-do? "
"Okay, so two cats can't get married if they want to get married, but then a guy can go murder 14 people, molest five kids, then go to fucking prison, and accept God and He's going to let him into heaven? After the fact that he did all that s---? See that's all h-------t to me, that don't jive with me."
Below are the full comments, which contain lots of strong language.