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Baltimore Ravens’ Brendon Ayanbadejo On Why He Supports LGBT Rights

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In a recent interview, NFL  linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens, Brendon Ayanbadejo , discussed why he has been a strong advocate for the LGBT community. In the footsteps of Chris Kluwe and Ben Cohen, Ayanbadejo has been using his stature in the professional football arena to speak out for equal rights, regardless of the reaction or controversy it has caused among his teammates. Ayanbadejo goes into detail as to why he’s speaking out:

It’s always been important to me, but I didn’t become the ambassador that I am until around 2009. Even when I was just voicing my opinion then, I didn’t expect anything to come of it nor did I expect to be a so-called ‘ambassador.’ Actually, my teammates have given me the name of the Gay Ambassador, and I embrace it. But I didn’t know any of this stuff would come to fruition. Then again, since I’m a straight guy, I didn’t know how much LGBT people were persecuted from those against it. The more people fought me on it and were against it, it was like a bodybuilder in a weight room. The bigger and stronger I got on the issue. Now, I’m freakin’ He-Man when it comes to people trying to take away LGBT rights. It really perturbs me more than it ever did before. Growing up in a biracial family and being a product of that, it kind of built me into what I am today. I could identify with a lot of things the LGBT community deals with now in discrimination.”

When asked again how his support for equal rights may cause issues with fellow teammates, Ayanbadejo feels that despite some of the reactions due to religion seem erroneous, at least the once taboo topic is being discussed openly and feels like that is progress:

The crazy thing about the locker room is that it’s tied to the Bible and religion. A lot of guys, they can’t see past that. Not only in teaching them about American history and the American Constitution, which allows people to practice whatever religion they want, I have to kind of give them the vision that it’s not right that this book or religion of love is persecuting other people. That’s always the first topics — the Bible and religion when it comes to LGBT rights. Some guys are OK with the religion part and are starting to accept people who are of the LGBT community. I try to tell them, ‘It’s not a sin. This is the way they’re created. It’s just the way it is, just like the color of your skin. You have no choice.’ But a lot of people really fight me on it. It’s still a discussion I have possibly every day in this locker room where guys just completely disagree and won’t see past that.

“But on the flip side, dialogue is being made. With dialogue comes understanding. And with understanding comes acceptance. We’ve made strides. Usually, the younger guys are a lot more open, so it’s really cool to talk to them about it. But a lot of the older guys are just like, ‘No. No way. Never.’ Again, it’s just like looking at racist people in the past or things that happened, like could you believe what Hitler did to the Jews? You’d never fathom that this country ever had slavery. Hopefully in 20 years, or hopefully sooner, we’ll be able to look back and won’t be able to fathom that LGBTs don’t have the same rights as everyone else.”

I love seeing more and more athletes like this that are able to recognize that we as humans should not be denied rights because of our differences.

Same Sex Marriage Scrimmage – Baltimore Ravens’ Matt Birk Comes Out AGAINST Same Sex Marriage

Is football becoming the battleground for LGBT Equality and Same-sex marriage.

Standing proudly for it we have the Cleveland Brown’s Scott Fujita, Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, and the awesomely vocal Chris Kluwe of the Minnesota Viking.

But now we have Baltimore Ravens center (and former Viking) Matt Birk coming out publicly AGAINST same-sex marriage in an Op-Ed that he penned for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune .

…Same-sex unions may not affect my marriage specifically, but it will affect my children — the next generation. Ideas have consequences, and laws shape culture. Marriage redefinition will affect the broader well-being of children and the welfare of society. As a Christian and a citizen, I am compelled to care about both.

I am speaking out on this issue because it is far too important to remain silent. People who are simply acknowledging the basic reality of marriage between one man and one woman are being labeled as “bigots” and “homophobic.” Aren’t we past that as a society?

A defense of marriage is not meant as an offense to any person or group. All people should be afforded their inalienable American freedoms. There is no opposition between providing basic human rights to everyone and preserving marriage as the sacred union of one man and one woman.

I hope that in voicing my beliefs I encourage people on both sides to use reason and charity as they enter this debate. I encourage all Americans to stand up to preserve and promote a healthy, authentic pro-marriage culture in this upcoming election

Don’t we all have family members and friends whom we love who have same-sex attraction? Attempting to silence those who may disagree with you is always un-American, but especially when it is through name-calling, it has no place in respectful conversation.

It always amazes me when people who want to harm and deny rights to others call for “respectful conversations” mostly because they are wrong and full of shit and they know it.

Like so many others opposed to marriage equality, Birk fails to substantiate any opposition with anything real proof, instead making comments like this: “Same-sex unions may not affect my marriage specifically, but it will affect my children” and  “Marriage redefinition will affect the broader well-being of children and the welfare of society.”

Blah, blah. blah, blah, blah……

All religious right talking points and personal opinions but no real proof on anything he stated.

That exact same argument Matt Birk put forward was used to oppose inter-racial marriage just a couple of decades ago.  People were absolutely positive that children born from inter-racial unions would be doomed to a life of discrimination, harassment, and other horrible fates.

As for your “freedom of speech” Birk no one is stopping you.  But here’s a newsflash meathead. When you use bigoted arguments from the past to justify your opinion in the present.  It does indeed make you a bigot.

Shockingly (NOT)  Birk is also Republican who recently headlined a fundraiser to support the passage of MN’s Voter ID Law

Paging Chris Kluwe!

Anti-Gay Maryland Democrat Emmett C. Burns Jr Wants To Censor Pro Gay Marriage Ravens Football Star Brendon Ayanbadejo

CLICK TO READ THE FULL LETTER – Emmett-Burns-letter-over-Brendon-Ayanbadejo

Maryland Democratic Delegate Emmett C. Burns Jr. (D-Baltimore County) is shocked and upset that  Baltimore Ravens  linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, publically supports s gay marriage.  So upset in fact that Burns recently wrote a letter to Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti telling him that he should make Ayanbadejo inhibit such expressions and he be ordered to cease and desist such injurious actions.”

Burns went on in his “hate letter” (on “official” House of Maryland Delegates stationary no less) that Ayanbadejo should “concentrate on football and steer clear of dividing the fan base.” and that “Many of my constituents and your football supporters are appalled and aghast that a member of the Ravens Football Team would step into this controversial divide and try to sway public opinion one way or the other,”

Burns an African-American and Democrat also happens to be the pastor and founder of the Rising Sun First Baptist Church, which was one of the full-time petition drop-off and training centers for anti-gay-activists who want to overturn Maryland’s nascent gay marriage law that goes into effect in 2013 by putting the law on the November ballot, and giving voters a chance to overturn it.

Not only is it appalling that a Maryland Democratic Delegate would write such a letter to the Baltimore Ravens demanding the tarts someones freedom of speech be taken away.  Buts whats even more appalling is that Burns uses his church as an anti-gay training ground without suffering any political ramification from inside the Democratic party and the Maryland House of Delegates.