Food for thought:
Could the timing of Jason Collins' public declaration have anything to do with the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) currently deliberating on California's Proposition 8?
Could the fact that uber-liberal Congressman Joe Kennedy III was Mr. Collins' college roommate and current close friend and his marching in gay pride parades, as mentioned in Collins' Sports Illustrated article, have influenced the timing?
It is well-documented that some justices can be swayed by public opinion and media pressure, Chief among them John Roberts.
It's just a thought...