During Sunday’s Raiders-Ravens game, Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo talked to some players on the Raiders, but it wasn’t trash talk. Instead, Ayanbadejo says he and some of his opponents talked about politics, and that players on the Raiders credited him for his support of a ballot initiative that resulted in Maryland legalizing gay marriage last week.
“Three Raiders congratulated me on working with and for marriage equality,” Ayanbadejo told TMZ.
Ayanbadejo declined to name the three players, but he said he’s going to continue to support gay marriage initiatives in other states.
As Ayanbadejo continues to work to support gay marriage, and continues to get the support of other NFL players, he’s demonstrating something we’ve noted previously: how quickly attitudes are changing in NFL locker rooms, just as attitudes across America are changing. Until last Tuesday, every statewide ballot proposal on gay marriage in every election had been won by the anti-gay marriage side. This year all four ballot proposals on gay marriage were won by the pro-gay marriage side. It appears that the NFL is like much of the rest of America in becoming more accepting of gay marriage.