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PostSubject: Baltimore Raven linebacker uses Super Bowl spotlight to promote gay marriage    Sat Jan 26, 2013 6:04 am



For Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo and his quest to promote gay marriage, there’s no bigger stage than Super Bowl XLVII.

Hours after Ayanbadejo's team beat the New England Patriots* on Sunday, paving their way to football’s biggest game, the three-time Pro Bowl special teams player wrote an email to gay marriage proponents asking how he could use his time in the limelight support the cause.

“Is there anything I can do for marriage equality or anti-bullying over the next couple of weeks to harness this Super Bowl media?” Ayanbadejo, 36, wrote to Brian Ellner and Michael Skolnik, who works closely with activist and businessman Russell Simmons on political issues.

"A lot of guys when they win the Super Bowl want to go to Disneyland. Brendon wants to go to statehouse to statehouse in support of marriage equality.”

- Michael Skolnik

Ayanbadejo, who did not return messages seeking comment on Friday, later told New York Times columnist Frank Bruni that the email was his “Jerry Maguire” moment, referring to the 1996 hit film in which Tom Cruise penned a mission statement to colleagues that would later get him fired for his brutal honesty.

“It’s one of those times when you’re really passionate and in your zone,” Ayanbadejo told Bruni. “And I got to thinking about all kinds of things, and I thought: how can we get our message out there?”

Ayanbadejo’s support for gay rights, according to Bruni’s report, stems from a childhood in which he was exposed to diverse lifestyles. Ayanbadejo’s stepfather at one point was the resident director of an LGBT dormitory at the University of California at Santa Cruz, and Ayanbadejo and his relatives also lived there.

“I was raised around gay people in a very liberal society,” Ayanbadejo told Bruni in September. “Discrimination was never allowed.”

Skolnik told FoxNews.com it was “no surprise” to receive Ayanbadejo’s email.

“He has been an advocate for this issue for years now, so it was no surprise to see him use the platform he has now to continue advocating for equality,” Skolnik said. “I know Brendon like a brother and it was very typical of him to not be thinking about himself after winning the AFC Championship. That’s the type of person he is.”

Skolnik, who attended UCLA with Ayanbadejo, said the Raven will be pressing the issue before - and possibly after - the Feb. 3 showdown with the San Francisco 49ers.

“A lot of guys when they win the Super Bowl want to go to Disneyland," said Skolnik. "Brendon wants to go to statehouse to statehouse in support of marriage equality.”

Patrick Gleason, Ravens media relations manager, said in a statement to FoxNews.com that Ayanbadejo "is permitted to express his viewpoints, and the Ravens have always supported his right to free speech."

Ayanbadejo and Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, Bruni noted, are the only two National Football League players whose public statements in support of same-sex marriage generated headlines during the 2012 regular season. Those statements prompted some other NFL players who back the traditional definition of marriage, including Ayanbadejo's own teammate Matt Birk to voice their opposing opinions.

In an editorial penned for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Birk, a a Harvard-educated Catholic and the married father of six children, said "we all have family members and friends whom we love who have same-sex attraction." But he said he believes a marriage can only be between a man and a woman.

"I think it is important to set the record straight about what the marriage debate is and is not about, and to clarify that not all NFL players think redefining marriage is a good thing," wrote Birk, a six-time Pr Bowl center.

But Ayanbadejo remains determined to make the most of this moment. He said he hopes to follow up a Super Bowl victory with a guest appearance on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show.

“That’s my ultimate goal after the Super Bowl,” Ayanbadejo told Bruni. “To go on Ellen’s show, to be dancing with her, to bust a move with her.”

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2013/01/25/ravens-linebacker-to-tackle-marriage-equality-on-football-biggest-stage/?test=latestnews#ixzz2J5Agkb5g

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PostSubject: Re: Baltimore Raven linebacker uses Super Bowl spotlight to promote gay marriage    Sat Jan 26, 2013 7:58 am

Ayanbadejo has been very vocal in support of marriage equality, which is somewhat surprising due to the perceived homophobia among NFL locker rooms.

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PostSubject: Re: Baltimore Raven linebacker uses Super Bowl spotlight to promote gay marriage    Sat Jan 26, 2013 8:36 am

fuck Brendon Ayanbadejo...oh, wait a minute

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PostSubject: Re: Baltimore Raven linebacker uses Super Bowl spotlight to promote gay marriage    Sat Jan 26, 2013 10:13 am

I'd be surprised if the Ravens weren't big gay marriage supporters. The purple uniforms and male cheerleaders kind of give it away.

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PostSubject: Re: Baltimore Raven linebacker uses Super Bowl spotlight to promote gay marriage    Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:32 pm

Oh so very true Wally!

That's just disgusting to promote gay marriage on the platform of the Super Bowl. EEEEWWW!!!!

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PostSubject: Re: Baltimore Raven linebacker uses Super Bowl spotlight to promote gay marriage    Wed Jan 30, 2013 8:07 am

The SB, like many other mega events across this country, are used to promote various agendas. Having a player utilize it to promote thier views on gay marriage is no different than the players advertising for various supplement companies and antler sprays.

While I may not agree with his stance, the NFL gives these players the floor for whatever message they want to send. Thankfully it will all be over after Sunday.

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PostSubject: Re: Baltimore Raven linebacker uses Super Bowl spotlight to promote gay marriage    Wed Jan 30, 2013 11:53 am

@stlrtruck wrote:
Thankfully it will all be over after Sunday.

From the players maybe. But if when the Ravens win, you'll be hearing it from me all off-season.

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PostSubject: Re: Baltimore Raven linebacker uses Super Bowl spotlight to promote gay marriage    Wed Jan 30, 2013 12:27 pm

@JonM229 wrote:
@stlrtruck wrote:
Thankfully it will all be over after Sunday.

From the players maybe. But if when the Ravens win, you'll be hearing it from me all off-season.

But you can be put on ignore.

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PostSubject: Re: Baltimore Raven linebacker uses Super Bowl spotlight to promote gay marriage    Wed Jan 30, 2013 12:44 pm

I'm way too clever to be put on ignore

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PostSubject: Re: Baltimore Raven linebacker uses Super Bowl spotlight to promote gay marriage    Wed Jan 30, 2013 1:25 pm

@JonM229 wrote:
I'm way too clever to be put on ignore

, that should do it.

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PostSubject: Re: Baltimore Raven linebacker uses Super Bowl spotlight to promote gay marriage    Wed Jan 30, 2013 4:49 pm

@JonM229 wrote:
@stlrtruck wrote:
Thankfully it will all be over after Sunday.

From the players maybe. But if when the Ravens win, you'll be hearing it from me all off-season.

about gay marriage?
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