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Politician Tried to Get Ravens to Censor Brendon Ayanbadejo Stance on Gay Marriage

by Robert Littal | Posted on Friday, September 7th, 2012

Doesn’t matter what Ayanbadejo stance is on Gay Marriage, the Ravens don’t own him, he is free to have his own thoughts. But, you see some politicians still think of humans as property and that is a huge problem.

I am glad this is being brought to light, because it says a whole lot about this politician mindset in regard to how he sees people.

Not as individuals, but as people beneath him that can be control.

The Ravens defender has long been one of pro sports’ most vocal athletes for same-sex marriage rights in the U.S. In a letter dated Aug. 29, 2012 and addressed to Ravens owner Steve Biscotti, Emmert C. Burns Jr., a democrat in the Maryland House of Delegates, writes that Ayanbadejo should be silenced.

“I find it inconceivable that one of your players, Mr. Brendon Ayanbadejo, would publicly endorse Same-Sex marriage, specifically as a Ravens football player,” Burns writes.

“I am requesting that you take the necessary action, as a National Football League Owner, to inhibit such expressions from your employees and that he be ordered to cease and desist such injurious actions. I know of no other NFL player who has done what Mr. Ayanbadejo is doing”

Ayanbadejo, 36, is unique in his vocal support of same-sex marriage as an NFL player, but he says he’s surprised a politician would suggest his free speech be suppressed. He says the Ravens have said nothing to him about his stance, but he has received some “high-fives” and “kudos” around the team’s headquarters here.

“I was surprised. It’s what our country was founded on,” he says of his free speech rights. “For somebody to try to take that away from me I was pretty surprised, from a politician especially.

Ayanbadejo is exactly right.

He isn’t saying anything threatening or vulgar, he is just expressing his thoughts which all Americans have the right to do.  The politician should be ashamed of himself.

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  1. Chris Ferry says:

    Would you be this supportive if he was this strong in his opposition to gay marriage?

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