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Brendon Ayanbadejo: ‘Same sex marriage is the evolution of civil rights’

On Sunday, March 24th, 2013

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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About - Tarringo T. Vaughan always believed he had a love affair with literature. One of the first pictures he saw of himself was of him at maybe the age of three or four year’s old sitting with a book in his hand. But for Tarringo, growing up in the depths of the inner city both in Boston, MA and Springfield, MA made him believe that expression through the literary voice was un-cool and unattainable. As a very quiet and shy child he learned it became very valuable in his self expression. Born in 1976, Tarringo was the first child, grandchild and nephew in a family that had grown accustomed to struggle. His mother was a teenager who quickly lost the support of my father who today he knows very little of. These aspects of his life triggered the inspiration of his pen.

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