Same-Sex Marriage Advocates Get Support From Ravens Player


The push for equal marriage rights in Maryland gets a heavy-hitting supporter. Ravens player Brendon Ayanbadejo posts a video in support of gay marriage on YouTube.

Political reporter Pat Warren has more on how this plays into efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland next year.

Football players are considered role models by some, and advocates for same-sex marriage hope that in the case of one Ravens linebacker, it helps their cause.

Number 51, Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, a 35-year-old father of two, is now taking a stand on YouTube, in support of same-sex marriage.

“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 lifetime committment to each other,” Ayanbadejo said.

“We intend to hold their feet to the fire,” said Robert Broadus of Protect Marriage Maryland.

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  1. This article is from October 2011. Surely time would have been better spent putting up something more recent.

  2. “Join me, it’s the right thing to do”

    Thus quoth the Raven. I applaud him taking a firm/public stand on this. This will never happen in the NASCAR world.

    (47th Superbowl and I know where jesus will be on gameday)

    Wonder what his tattoo means.

  3. Did he need to express his solidarity any further? He already has “I’m a big homo” tattooed on his arm in Chinese.

  4. I really like this new tendency in the US of athletes coming out in support of issues like this. Some have proven to be brilliant thinkers, while others simply provide the much needed support from celebrities (aka American neo-gods).

    The only downside is I can’t make jokes about dumb football players any more.

    PS: For those who have missed it, Chris Kluwe wrote a brilliant piece after a Republican legislator tried to go all theocratic and dictatorial on a fellow athlete. It was eloquent and brutally frank at the same time:

    “I find it inconceivable that you are an elected official of the United States government. Your vitriolic hatred and bigotry make me ashamed and disgusted to think that you are in any way responsible for shaping policy at any level. The views you espouse neglect to consider several fundamental key points, which I will outline in great detail:

    1. As I suspect you have not read the Constitution, I would like to remind you that the very first amendment in this founding document deals with the freedom of speech, particularly the abridgment of said freedom. By using your position as an elected official (when referring to your constituents in order to implicitly threaten the Ravens organization) to argue that the Ravens should silence Brendon Ayanbadejo from voicing his support for same-sex marriage, not only are you clearly violating the First Amendment, but you come across as a narcissistic fromunda stain. What on Earth would possess you to say something so mind-boggingly stupid? It baffles me that a man such as yourself, a man who relies on that same First Amendment to pursue your own religious studies without fear of persecution from the state, could somehow justify stifling another person’s right to free speech. To call that “hypocritical” would be to do a disservice to the word. “Mindfuckingly, obscenely hypocritical” starts to approach it a little bit.

    2. You wrote, “Many of your fans are opposed to such a view and feel it has no place in a sport that is strictly for pride, entertainment and excitement.” Holy fucking shitballs. Did you seriously just say that, as someone who is, according to your Wikipedia page, “deeply involved in government task forces on the legacy of slavery in Maryland”? Have you not heard of Kenny Washington? Jackie Robinson? As recently as 1962 the NFL still had segregation, which was only done away with by brave athletes and coaches daring to speak their mind and do the right thing, and you’re going to say that political views have “no place in a sport”? I can’t even begin to fathom the cognitive dissonance that must be coursing through your rapidly addled mind right now; the mental gymnastics your brain has to tortuously contort itself through to make such a preposterous statement are surely worthy of an Olympic gold medal (the Russian judge gives you a 10 for “beautiful oppressionism”).

    3. This is more a personal quibble of mine, but why do you hate freedom? Why do you hate the fact that other people want a chance to live their lives and be happy, even though they may believe in something different from what you believe, or act differently from you? How does gay marriage affect your life in any way, shape, or form? Are you worried that if gay marriage became legal, all of a sudden you’d start thinking about penis? (“Oh shit. Gay marriage just passed. Gotta get me some of that hot dong action!”) Will all your friends suddenly turn gay and refuse to come to your Sunday Ticket grill-outs? (Unlikely. Gay people enjoy watching football, too.)

    I can assure you that gay people getting married will have zero effect on your life. They won’t come into your house and steal your children. They won’t magically turn you into a lustful cockmonster. They won’t even overthrow the government in an orgy of hedonistic debauchery because all of a sudden they have the same legal rights as the other 90 percent of our population, rights like Social Security benefits, childcare tax credits, family and medical leave to take care of loved ones, and COBRA health care for spouses and children. You know what having these rights will make gay Americans? Full-fledged citizens, just like everyone else, with the freedom to pursue happiness and all that that entails. Do the civil-rights struggles of the past 200 years mean absolutely nothing to you?

    In closing, I would like to say that I hope this letter in some small way causes you to reflect upon the magnitude of the colossal foot-in-mouth clusterfuck you so brazenly unleashed on a man whose only crime was speaking out for something he believed in. Best of luck in the next election; I’m fairly certain you might need it.

    Chris Kluwe

    P.S. I’ve also been vocal as hell about the issue of gay marriage, so you can take your “I know of no other NFL player who has done what Mr. Ayanbadejo is doing” and shove it in your closed-minded, totally-lacking-in-empathy pie hole.”

  5. In reply to #5 by Sjoerd Westenborg:

    PS: For those who have missed it, Chris Kluwe wrote a brilliant piece after a Republican legislator tried to go all theocratic and dictatorial on a fellow athlete. It was eloquent and brutally frank at the same time:

    I remember that from the time. It was pretty awesome.

  6. Er… the source article is from October, 2011. Not exactly hot off the presses…


    Oops… Sorry, Sara; your reply didn’t show up until after I pressed the button. *_-

  7. In reply to #4 by This Is Not A Meme:

    Did he need to express his solidarity any further? He already has “I’m a big homo” tattooed on his arm in Chinese.

    I think that is the Chinese word for “loyalty” tatooed on his arm.

  8. It almost makes me care about and “root” for the Ravens….. Oh, wait a minute, they have Ray Lewis, who was involved in the murder of two people and now acts like he is seated at the right hand of the father…. It is kind of hard to give a shit about pro sports in general but when you couple a hypocrite like Lewis with the vapid wasteland that is the landscape of professional sports…..A resounding yawn is all I can muster.

  9. In reply to #9 by mmurray:


    Same-sex marriage in the U.S. state of Maryland became legal on January 1, 2013.[1]

    I see the UK Tories are getting their knickers in a twist over this, and threatening to rebel against their leaders, while the Labour and the Lib-Dems support it.

    Gay marriage: Tory chairmen call for delay on vote .

    More than 20 current and former constituency chairmen have delivered a letter to 10 Downing Street.

    It warns of “significant damage to the Conservative Party in the run-up to the 2015 election” if the plans enter law.

    The foreign secretary said MPs would be left to “make their own decision” when they voted on the plans next week.

    The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill would enable same-sex couples to get married in both civil and religious ceremonies, where a religious institution had formally consented, in England and Wales.

    It would also allow couples who have previously entered into civil partnerships to convert their relationship into a marriage.



    Meanwhile, the Sunday Telegraph reports some 180 Conservative MPs, including six whips and up to four members of the cabinet, are ready to defy the prime minister’s plan to legalise gay weddings.

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