NFL linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo has deviated from the typical sound bites you may hear from pro-ballers on the issue of gay people and gay rights. This Baltimore Ravens newcomer is actually speaking up in support of gay rights.
In an article for Huffington Post, Ayanbadejo wrote,
“Looking at the former restrictions on human rights in our country starting with slavery, women not being able to vote, blacks being counted as two thirds of a human, segregation, no gays in the military (to list a few) all have gone by the wayside. But now here in 2009 same sex marriages are prohibited. I think we will look back in 10, 20, 30 years and be amazed that gays and lesbians did not have the same rights as every one else. How did this ever happen in the land of the free and the home of the brave? Are we really free?”
Fellow NFL player, New Orleans Saints defensive captain Scott Fujita, stepped forward in response to Ayanbadejo’s statement, by also showing support. “People could look at this issue without blinders on…the blinders imposed by their church, their parents, their friends or, in our case, their coaches and locker rooms,” said Fujita. “I wish they would realize that it’s not a religion issue. It’s not a government issue. It’s not even a gay/straight issue or a question of your manhood. It’s a human issue. And until more people see that, we’re stuck arguing with people who don’t have an argument.”
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