18 Pro Athletes Who Support Same-Sex Marriage

History will reflect favorably on these outspoken players

Ernie Banks (Chicago Cubs Shortstop) and Richard Dent (Chicago Bears End)

Ernie Banks
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Last year, Banks and Dent, along with former NFL linebackers Hunter Hillenmeyer and Brendon Ayanbadejo, signed a letter showing support for the Religious Freedom and Marriage Act, urging state legislators in the Illinois House of Representatives to pass a bill that would allow gay marriage. A portion of the letter reads: "Treating any group of people as second-class citizens hurts us all, because discrimination is wrong no matter whom the target is."

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