Baltimore Ravens LB Brendon Ayanbadejo has emerged as one of the most articulate supporters of gay rights in professional sport. It was in September 2009 that Ayanbadejo wrote a pro-equality Huffington Post op-ed that asked. "If Britney Spears can party it up in Vegas with one of her boys and get married on a whim and annul her marriage the next day, why can’t a loving same sex couple tie the knot?"
Having the freedom to marry means committed couples and their children will have the same crucial protections under the law as other families. Churches can always have their beliefs, but government is supposed to treat everybody the same, and that’s equal. America is supposed to be the land of the free but in order for this to be true for all of us, then we must have the ability to marry whom we love regardless of their gender.
Ayanbadejo—who became an internet phenom due to a few strategically-placed accessories—was profiled by the Washington Post for his strong support of gay rights.
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