Sorry for being a little late on this: Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo (he of the nipple rings) emerges as a strong supporter of marriage equality. The Washington Blade reports Ayanbadejo attended an event last week sponsored by Equality Maryland to celebrate its relocation to Baltimore. The footballer's appearance came after writing an op-ed in the Huffington Post, first called to our attention by Outsports, that declared "we will look back in 10, 20, 30 years and be amazed that gays and lesbians did not have the same rights as everyone else."
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 divorce rate in America is currently 50%. I am willing to bet that same sex marriages have a higher success rate than heterosexual marriages.
Equality Maryland's David Toth adds: When someone like Brendon Ayanbadejo "speaks out for marriage equality, scores of people who may not give thought to LGBT issues will hear crucial equality messages from someone they themselves aspire to be."
Ayanbadejo has been selected for the NFL’s Pro Bowl three times. The baller caused a minor media sensation last January after the Ravens defeated the Dolphins and he was spotted on the sidelines carrying his daughter and modeling a nipple ring. Football player Will Demps has also come out strongly for gay rights and marriage equality, as has basketball greats Charles Barkley and Magic Johnson. Bravo to all of them for setting an example.
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