Baltimore — NFL linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo of the Baltimore Ravens is a Marylander for marriage equality, appearing in a campaign of high profile Marylanders to build support for same-sex marriage legislation in Maryland.
In the video Ayanbadejo says:
“I believe we should be doing everything that we can to make Maryland families stronger which is why I support marriage for gay and lesbian couples who want to make a life time commitment to each other. People from all walks of life including gay and lesbian couples want their children to be in stable homes and protected by the law.”
Ayanbadejo, a three time pro-bowl player, has been an outspoken supporter of marriage equality. He was one of the first pro athletes to stand up for marriage equality publicly when, in an April 2009 column in the Huffington Post, Ayanbadejo wrote:
“If Britney Spears can party it up in Vegas with one of her boys and go get married on a whim and annul her marriage the next day, why can’t a loving same-sex couple tie the knot?
“How could our society grant more rights to a heterosexual, one-night-stand wedding in Vegas than a gay couple that has been together for 3, 5, 10 years of true love?”
The Marylanders for marriage equality coalition has opened up a state-wide media campaign to build support for a same-sex marriage measure being championed by Gov. Martin O’Malley(D), in advance of the January 2012 legislative session.