Gay rights friendly football player

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    Sep 27, 2009 3:19 PM GMT
    Good to see that someone in a sport that's allegedly very homophobic, isn't afraid to speak his mind.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brendon-ayanbadejo/same-sex-marriages-whats_b_190591.html
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    Sep 27, 2009 4:14 PM GMT
    Let me get the nitpicking out of the way and then end with praise. He's wrong on three counts.

    One, Obama did take a stand on gay marriage during the campaign. He opposed it. Two, barring gays from the military hasn't gone by the wayside. There are still hundreds of gays and lesbians expelled from the military every year. And three, as a nation same sex marriage isn't recognized, but on a state level there are several states that do now recognize gay marriage.

    With that said, I give major kudos to Ayanbadejo. He's a current player in a sport that's notoriously macho and homophobic. Coaches and players in this league are not known to be overly enlightened. They're more likely to use the words "faggot" and "sissy" to negatively motivate players.

    He goes out on a major limb by standing up for gay rights. Of course he's probably anticipated that this will prompt some to speculate whether he is gay himself and he's prepared to deal with that. I wouldn't make that assumption but some will.

    Let's hope once this dam has been breached, others in the NFL will publicly express a more accepting stance also.
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    Sep 27, 2009 4:18 PM GMT
    ive been noticing in these forums that alot of gays seem to find the negative out of every situation and get very defensive when u approach them about it...


    i love that this guy is doing this, we need more guys like this on our side so straight guys stop thinking if they stick up to help their gay bros it doesn't make them gay
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    Sep 28, 2009 9:01 AM GMT
    Yeah, I appreciate this guy coming out and saying this. It starts with one, and hopefully as the older, militant, homophobic coaches start to die off, then more progressive coaches will take their place. By that point, a football player won't have to make those comments.
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    Sep 18, 2010 6:12 AM GMT
    he is a stud and it just made me more of a fan of his when i heard what he said. he is the way they should be halping people and being a POSITIVE ROLE MODEL not like TO or them dumbasses