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White House, Bill Clinton, pro athletes hail Jason Collins on coming out

Monday, April 29, 2013
WASHINGTON — The White House on Monday joined the chorus of praise by commending NBA veteran Jason Collins for becoming the first active male player in the four major American professional sports to come out as gay. [ Read more → ]
Alan GendreauOutsports

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

Sunday, April 28, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
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Ex-Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo talks equality in South Fla.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Former Baltimore Ravens reserve linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo called on professional athletes Tuesday to stand up for marriage equality because he said it is "the right thing to do." [ Read more → ]

Ayanbadejo: Up to four NFL players may soon come out as gay

Friday, April 5, 2013
Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo says up to four NFL players may soon come out as gay, according to a published report. “I think it will happen sooner than you think,” Ayanbadejo told The Baltimore Sun. [ Read more → ]
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Report: Ayanbadejo hints that LGBT advocacy may be a factor in being cut by Ravens

Thursday, April 4, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]

LGBT ally Brendon Ayanbadejo released from Baltimore Ravens

Thursday, April 4, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
Evan Wolfson

Evan Wolfson: ‘Gay people are not going to use up all the marriage licenses’

Sunday, March 24, 2013
As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments this week in two historic same-sex marriage cases -- one challenging California's ban on gay marriage, and the other challenging the federal Defense of Marriage Act -- supporters and opponents of marriage equality are stepping up their cases in the court of public opinion. [ Read more → ]
Emmett C. Burns

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

Tuesday, February 5, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]

Ayanbadejo uses Super Bowl victory platform to champion marriage equality

Monday, February 4, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
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Gay rights supporters still wait for their Jackie Robinson

Friday, February 1, 2013
Brendon Ayanbadejo has heard from many players who applaud his support of gay marriage — some of them teammates, others from the opposing side of the line. Then, just days before the biggest game of the year, Chris Culliver gave us a striking reminder of the macho attitudes that still prevail in the NFL.The national Football League is still a long way from embracing its first openly gay player. [ Read more → ]

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

Tuesday, October 2, 2012
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. [ Read more → ]

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

Monday, October 1, 2012
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. [ Read more → ]

Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe wants to debate anti-gay lawmaker

Friday, September 28, 2012
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Chris Kluwe, the Minnesota Vikings punter whose profanity-laced letter to a Maryland lawmaker in defense of Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo’s support of same-sex marriage, wants to debate a Minnesota state representative who has expressed anti-gay views. [ Read more → ]

Maryland Governor to attend same-sex marriage fundraiser with Ravens’ Ayanbadejo

Thursday, September 20, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md -- Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is teaming up with the Baltimore Ravens' linebacker, Brendon Ayanbadejo, for a joint appearance next month to raise money and gain support for the state's marriage equality law. [ Read more → ]
Emmett C. Burns

Lawmaker backs off demand that Ravens silence player’s support of gay marriage

Monday, September 10, 2012
BALTIMORE, Md. -- The Maryland lawmaker who wrote to the owner of the Baltimore Ravens professional football team last month, asking that the team silence linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo over his support of same-sex marriage, has backed off from his opposition following a national outcry after the letter was made public last week. [ Read more → ]

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

Friday, September 7, 2012
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. [ Read more → ]
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NFL player responds to lawmaker’s demand that he stops supporting marriage equality

Friday, September 7, 2012
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. [ Read more → ]

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. [ Read more → ]
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