02.28.13

Ayanbadejo & Kluwe – Not Merely Supporting Marriage Equality, But Forcing Sportswriters To Brush Up On Their Latin

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On the same day SF’s Vernon Davis told “SportsCenter” viewers that he’d certainly ask Manti Te’o about his sexuality were he an NFL general manager —- and a day after Sirius/XM’s Dino Costa opened his broadcast mocking those who consider homophobia prevalent (ie. Dino’s not “afraid” of homosexuals, he simply “disagrees with their lifestyle”) —- Ravens LB Brendon Ayanbadejo and Vikings punter Chris Kluwe (above) have filed an amicus curiae brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, voicing their opposition to California’s anti-same sex marriage Proposition 8.  From the Baltimore Sun’s Jeff Zrebeic :

“If the court reverses the Ninth Circuit, many professional athletes will take their cues from that,” said the brief, according to reports. “And that will cause a ripple effect as even more people follow their role models, their leaders, their heroes. Those against same-sex marriage? They will use it as yet another tool to support their preconceived idea that gay Americans, who pay their taxes, serve in our military, and by every measure of societal participation are superior neighbors and citizens, are instead second class members of society. That they do not deserve the same rights as everyone else. That separate can be equal.

“The amici hope that our support for marriage equality here will matter — both with the Court and with people looking for confirmation that it is okay to treat other good people as equals. We know for a certainty that this Court’s decision truly will matter, and in a tremendous way for many people’s lives.”

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