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NFL linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo speaks out for marriage equality

Saturday, October 22, 2011

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.”

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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.

The Governor appeared in the first video of what the Marylanders for Marriage Equality coalition said will be a series.

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8 more reader comments:

  1. Yay! Speak up for Maryland! <3 (Go Ravens!)

    Posted on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 10:35pm
  2. This is Chris, but I think Kyle would even agree. Marriage is great if u’ve got someone that’s worth a fuck.

    Posted on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 10:36pm
  3. I love my Ravens.

    Posted on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 10:37pm
  4. Maryland first needs to fix a mistake they made 10 years ago before we think of marriage. You can already get married in DC and it is recognized in Maryland. GENDA FIRST.

    Posted on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 10:40pm
  5. Sharing :)

    Posted on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 10:42pm
  6. I got married, and my marriage got filed in the system of IL. Which, when IL made same sex marriage legal, it grandfathered in mine. But the actions I’ve seen from the other side, I wouldn’t go back. All it did was further convince me of the truth.

    Posted on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 10:42pm
  7. In all honesty marriage equality shouldnt be an issue in the land of the free wtf does the US government want a check for the national debt for $14.5 trillion dollars would that buy marriage equality???? let’s get the show on the road

    Posted on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 11:22pm
  8. Go Brendon – now get your pals to do the same! We need all the straight allies – myself included – we can get!!

    Posted on Sunday, October 23, 2011 at 3:10am