The historic shift for gay and lesbian marriage this year can, in part, be attributed to the growing number of allies across the country. This year, NFL players, particularly Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, took an atypical stance during an election season. Not only do most NFL players shy away from major issues, but Ayanbadejo made his feelings known about same-sex marriage, a topic probably avoided in the locker room. He also wasn’t the only one to make equality a major issue, Minnesota Vikings Chris Kluwe made headlines for his “lustful cockmonster” comment. In this time of celebration for our community let’s not forget to thank those straight allies who have worked hard to fight for the rights of our community.
Find out what Ayanbadejo has to say about the Maryland victory after the jump…
I’m so stoked. It’s like I woke up and it’s Christmas… It’s something I’ve been passionate about a long time. Even though it doesn’t affect me directly, it affects a lot of my friends. It affects my family. It affects Ravens fans. It affects Marylanders. I’ve worked very hard on it; I’m especially proud of the Marylanders who went out and voted and made a difference.
The majority of the people got it right. Who cares what they think in the locker room? Who cares what they think anywhere? The people decided. People have to take heed and listen to what people are crying for and what they are wanting. The majority of people voted it in. It’s a done deal and we did the right thing. It took too long. It shouldn’t have been up to other people to decide other people’s fate as far as who they can marry. But we’re progressing, so I’m happy about that. [USA]