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Baltimore Ravens’ Torrey Smith: ‘Look at this queen’ remark not homophobic

| Friday, January 3, 2014
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Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith is catching heat for posting an alleged anti-gay slur on his Twitter and Instagram accounts Friday, but insists the remark was not homophobic.

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NFL draft leaves gay hopeful sidelined; ally Chris Kluwe ponders what’s next

| Sunday, April 28, 2013
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The National Football League on Saturday passed on its chance to draft the first openly gay athlete in professional football, while straight ally and gay rights advocate Chris Kluwe found himself pondering his future in the NFL.

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Report: Ayanbadejo hints that LGBT advocacy may be a factor in being cut by Ravens

| Thursday, April 4, 2013
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NEW YORK -- Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo hinted Thursday evening that his advocacy for marriage equality and LGBT rights may have been one of the reasons he was cut from the team.

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LGBT ally Brendon Ayanbadejo released from Baltimore Ravens

| Thursday, April 4, 2013
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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens on Wednesday released reserve linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, an outspoken champion of LGBT rights and marriage equality, from his contract.

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Ethics panel criticizes Md. lawmaker for ‘official’ rant against Ravens’ linebacker

| Tuesday, February 5, 2013
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. — An ethics panel has criticized a Maryland lawmaker for using his official letterhead to urge Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti to restrain linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo from publicly supporting same-sex marriage.

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Ayanbadejo uses Super Bowl victory platform to champion marriage equality

| Monday, February 4, 2013
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The Respect for Marriage Coalition on Monday released this video featuring Super Bowl Champion and Baltimore Ravens Linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo speaking out for marriage equality as part of its new #Time4Marriage campaign.

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NFL’s Matt Birk: ‘Defending traditional marriage is in line with God’s will’

| Tuesday, October 2, 2012
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Just two days after penning an op-ed in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune in which he wrote that “same-sex unions may not affect my marriage specifically, but it will affect my children," Baltimore Ravens center (and former Minnesota Viking) Matt Birk reiterated his opposition to marriage equality in a video supporting Minnesota's proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

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Baltimore Ravens’ Matt Birk: ‘Not all NFL players think redefining marriage is a good thing’

| Monday, October 1, 2012
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Matt Birk, the Baltimore Ravens center (and former Minnesota Viking), is the latest NFL player to enter the debate on marriage equality, and has penned an op-ed in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune opposing same-sex marriage.

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NFL’s Chris Kluwe to anti-gay lawmaker: ‘Holy fucking shitballs. Did you seriously just say that?’

| Friday, September 7, 2012
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Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe on Friday entered the controversy surrounding a Maryland lawmaker’s attempts to stifle Baltimore Ravens’ linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo’s support for marriage equality.

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NFL player responds to lawmaker’s demand that he stops supporting marriage equality

| Friday, September 7, 2012
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Brendon Ayanbadejo, a linebacker for the NFL's Baltimore Ravens, on Friday responded to a Maryland lawmaker who demanded that he "cease and desist" his support for marriage equality, and expressed surprise that a politician would try to stifle his free speech.

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