Jan 31, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo (51) addresses the media during a press conference in preparation for Super Bowl XLVII between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Brendon Ayanbadejo Speaks at Supreme Court Rally to Support Same-Sex Marriage

Baltimore Ravens special teamer and linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo made an appearance out a rally where the Supreme Court  was debating whether the California ban on same-sex marriage violated the Constitution. Ayanbadejo has always been active in speaking up for and supporting same-sex marriage, so when he chose to speak at the rally it came as no surprise.

“First and foremost, I have to say I’m not here as a Baltimore Raven,” Ayanbadejo said, via Erik Brady of USA Today.  “I’m actually here as a patriot — as a patriot to uphold the Constitution of the United States, so this is a fight that we’ve seen here before, we’ve been here before.  How is this any different than Loving v. Virginia?

“Luckily, I’m a child of the ’70s, because in some states in the ’60s, I wouldn’t be here.  So I’m a testament to progress.  I’m a testament to things are changing.  Love is always going to win the game.”

There won’t be a ruling until June, so this battle is just beginning.

Fortunately, we have people like Ayanbadejo who are willing to go above and beyond their call of duty as a citizen to stick up for others and fight for equality. It isn’t always the most popular opinion, but men like Ayanbadejo should be applauded for sticking up for their fellow man.

It’s a noble effort and one that I wish more people would take a stand for. Equality is something that should be had by all.

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