Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo continues to stand up for gay rights.  The 36-year old Ayanbadejo has publicly backed the legalization of same-sex marriage in the state of Maryland and has led the way in filing a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court backing same-sex marriage.  On Sunday, he appeared on the CBS Sunday news program “Face the Nation”, where he told host Bob Schieffer that the fight for same-sex marriage is the evolution of civil rights.

Along with Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, Ayanbadejo is one of the most outspoken professional athletes in sports when it comes to standing up for equal rights and it is a fight he says he looks forward in fighting and will fight until everyone is treated equally.

“This is a fight that myself and a bunch of my colleagues, we want to take on and we feel that everyone should be treated equally and we’re not going to stop until everyone is treated fairly especially the LGBT community.”

He goes to say he can relate to how it feels to be treated differently because as a bi-racial kid he was discriminated against for being part of a minority, which is a reason why he has been sharing his views on gay marriage and gaining national attention since 2009.  Ayanbadejo says that this fight is an evolution.

“The same as minorities, whether African Americans or Latinos or Asians or even women comparing this to Suffrage and the Civil Rights Movement it’s just and evolution of the same issue.”

With evolution there becomes freedom and with freedom there lies the recognition of equality.  Hopefully that equality will be a symbol of victory in the week ahead.

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