18 Pro Athletes Who Support Same-Sex Marriage

History will reflect favorably on these outspoken players

Brendon Ayanbadejo (Baltimore Ravens Linebacker)

Brendon Ayanbadejo
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Ayanbadejo became the NFL's first outspoken supporter of marriage equality after he blogged about same-sex marriages for The Huffington Post in 2009, made a video for Marylanders for Marriage Equality and donated Ravens tickets to the cause, which sparked controversy with Baltimore County Delegate Emmett Burns, Jr. Burns wrote a letter to Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti demanding that Bisciotti "take the necessary action. . . to inhibit such expressions from your employee." That letter was widely criticized as an effort to infringe on Ayanbadejo's right to free speech.

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