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Other athletes line up to support Kluwe, Ayanbadejo brief on marriage equality

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Last month, Vikings punter Chris Kluwe and Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo submitted a legal brief regarding the issue of same-sex marriage.

This month, plenty of other athletes are lining up to support the effort to overturn California’s ban on persons of the same gender legally marrying.

Those joining the cause include free-agent linebacker Scott Fujita, Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin, NFLPA president Dominique Foxworth, free-agent tackle Eric Winston, Browns center Alex Mack, Browns linebacker Chris Gocong, Browns linebacker D’Qwell Jackson, Bears punter Adam Podlesh, and free-agent linebacker Scott Shanle.  The brief also is being supported by NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith.

“Brendon and I have emphasized all along that athletes have a special message when it comes to welcoming others as friends and teammates, without regard for their sexual orientation — we’ve made that point before in some unique ways, and we felt we had a special perspective to offer the Court in a very serious case about equality,” Kluwe said in a press release.

Next Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will entertain arguments on the question of whether the ban on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution.

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  1. ilovefoolsball says: Mar 21, 2013 1:21 PM

    They’re athletes therefore their opinion should be taken more serious than the average person.
    They can run, jump and lift more than the average person therefore they should be heard louder.

  2. mediasloppy says: Mar 21, 2013 1:25 PM

    tokyosandblaster says:
    Mar 21, 2013 1:15 PM

    I’m surprised more Vikings players aren’t doing this. I mean, it’s 70% of their fan base. Highest in the NFL.
    ——————
    R U saying 70% of Vikings fans are gay? My guess is 70% of Vikings fan would say “Does it matter?”. You’re part of the problem in a Country rapidly accepting people for who they are…

  3. kane337 says: Mar 21, 2013 1:26 PM

    The people of California voted to ban it. Is their vote not worthy?

  4. poppajohn818 says: Mar 21, 2013 1:26 PM

    They are not getting the press coverage because they are average players so this is their 15min of fame. They also have a combine iq of 100

  5. disgruntledlesbian says: Mar 21, 2013 1:29 PM

    :) thank you guys

  6. disgruntledlesbian says: Mar 21, 2013 1:29 PM

    @kane337 not constitutional.

  7. disgruntledlesbian says: Mar 21, 2013 1:29 PM

    @kane337 i bet there are some states who would still vote to ban black people. Does that make it ok because the morons would vote for it? Equal protection under the law.

  8. jessethegreat says: Mar 21, 2013 1:33 PM

    We’d rather be bombarded with Tebow stories again than with this crap.

    At least Tebow stands for good Christian MORALS and has beliefs worth respecting.

  9. cup1981 says: Mar 21, 2013 1:33 PM

    Good for these guys for fighting for this. I am not gay myself, but these guys just earned a fan in me…

  10. reed20fence says: Mar 21, 2013 1:33 PM

    ilovefoolsball says:Mar 21, 2013 1:21 PMThey’re athletes therefore their opinion should be taken more serious than the average person.They can run, jump and lift more than the average person therefore they should be heard louder.

    —-

    Fair point. But then again they don’t go on blogs with articles about your opinions, you come and take time to post your reaction to their opinions.

    Why do you suppose that is?

  11. therealhardt says: Mar 21, 2013 1:34 PM

    I agree with Kane337. Unless the Constitution expressly provides a right, or prohibits a right – which it does neither on this issue, the people of the state have a right to vote on it, and they did.

    And look at Kluwe in that picture – if you want to be a big boy and discuss big issues, look the part. Kluwe looks like the clown he is in that picture.

  12. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 21, 2013 1:35 PM

    It’s important that you and your spouse agree on the big issues, and Kluwe and Ayanbadejo do. Those crazy kids are gonna make it.

  13. steeelfann says: Mar 21, 2013 1:36 PM

    You can say it a million times, that 2 men can get married, but there is no such thing. Marriage is a man and a woman. You can create stuff, make it up, does not matter. Not real.

    NFL is becoming femmy. Yuck.

  14. osage44 says: Mar 21, 2013 1:46 PM

    States have always set their own law with respect to marriage. The people of California have spoken in the most democratic way possible. True democracy. But the idiot Left- and a handful of idiot football players-don’t care about that.
    Funny how an NFL player will get pilloried and demonized if he says he doesn’t want a gay team-mate, but others get lionized on PFT when they want to have the courts impose the Left’s views on gay marriage on the people of the individual states.

  15. pickensclause says: Mar 21, 2013 1:49 PM

    It’s nice to see players taking a stand and exercising their 2nd amendment right to free speech- as long as they are tolerant of everyone else’s 2nd amendment rights.

  16. phloorioisanarcissist says: Mar 21, 2013 1:51 PM

    I have been around gay men before, and they are some of the nicest guys you will ever meet.

    Personally I don’t care too much what your sexual orientation is.

    However, In the NFL setting, I don’t see any organization wanting a distraction in the locker room that having a know gay player would bring (other than the Jets).

    If a gay player ‘comes out of the closet’ and lets his sexual orientation be know to the media, it will set a red flag on him for all teams, and his value will go down significantly. Not because organizations don’t want gay players, but because he will become a distraction and a point of scrutiny for the media. He’ll have a spotlight on him everywhere he goes and no team wants to deal with it (other than the Jets).

    So if you are a gay NFL player, and you let it be known, you will probably only have the option of playing with the Jets (Sarcasm).

  17. njraiderfan19 says: Mar 21, 2013 1:52 PM

    Thank you guys.

    Now do what we really care about; shut up and play football.

  18. luckyarmpit says: Mar 21, 2013 1:55 PM

    Kane337 said:

    The people of California voted to ban it. Is their vote not worthy?

    ————————–

    Nope, cause they are bigoted fear-mongering hippies that think being around someone in the LGBT community is like being joined at the hip to an axe murderer with a $50 gift card to Home Depot.

  19. szwhtsup123 says: Mar 21, 2013 2:00 PM

    Now Panty Teo really can’t wait to be drafted!

  20. monsterscream says: Mar 21, 2013 2:01 PM

    Brendon’s brother Obafemi played for the Ravens when they won their 1st Super Bowl in 2000…His nickname? ‘Femmy’

    Tru Story

  21. raiderredleg says: Mar 21, 2013 2:02 PM

    Hillarious…A bunch of middle of the roster/backup types and a loud mouth punter.

    Politicians and NFL players are almost becoming synonymous!

    Hey Kluwe and Ayanbadejo…Next issue:

    How do we fix the National Debt problem.

    How about taxing NFL player salaries at 50%.

    That should give ya’ll something better to Crusade on than something that should be left to individuals to decide!

  22. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Mar 21, 2013 2:04 PM

    ilovefoolsball says:Mar 21, 2013 1:21 PM

    They can run, jump and lift more than the average person therefore they should be heard louder.
    ________

    That doesn’t describe Kluwe at all.

  23. cmonelisha says: Mar 21, 2013 2:06 PM

    are these 2 guys gay.. if they are they should just come out of the closet otherwise idk why they keep going to bat for this issue so hard (no pun intended)..just doesnt make sense

  24. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Mar 21, 2013 2:07 PM

    disgruntledlesbian says:Mar 21, 2013 1:29 PM

    @kane337 i bet there are some states who would still vote to ban black people. Does that make it ok because the morons would vote for it? Equal protection under the law.
    _______

    That is a ridiculous and bigoted statement.

  25. smoothjimmyapollo says: Mar 21, 2013 2:08 PM

    However, In the NFL setting, I don’t see any organization wanting a distraction in the locker room that having a know gay player would bring

    They used to say the same thing about letting blacks into sports locker rooms.

  26. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Mar 21, 2013 2:08 PM

    pickensclause says:Mar 21, 2013 1:49 PM

    It’s nice to see players taking a stand and exercising their 2nd amendment right to free speech- as long as they are tolerant of everyone else’s 2nd amendment rights.
    _____

    I believe that’s the first amendment.

  27. purplemary54 says: Mar 21, 2013 2:09 PM

    Prop 8 violates the equal protection clause of California’s state constitution. It might have passed by a narrow margin, but considering the low voter turnout of most elections out here, it’s stupid to say that a majority of Californians ever supported it. The simple fact is that one of the roles of the courts and legislatures in this country is to protect minority populations against the bigotry and discrimination of the majority. You cannot take away a right once it is granted, which is exactly what Prop 8 did after the California Supreme Court decided that marriage should be open to same-sex couples. Beyond that, who gives a flip? The legal right to marriage has zero affect on anyone else. In addition, the separation of church and state guarantees that no church will ever be forced to perform a marriage it doesn’t approve of. It also means that churches are NOT allowed to make civil law. Period.

  28. jimmyt says: Mar 21, 2013 2:10 PM

    Wow, I made a harmless little funny comment that included Brady and it was memory holed instantly. I mean I see some pretty harsh comments posted here that don’t get censured but I guess TB is off limits.

  29. CKL says: Mar 21, 2013 2:10 PM

    The government needs to get out of marriage totally.

  30. cindyanda says: Mar 21, 2013 2:12 PM

    pickensclause says:Mar 21, 2013 1:49 PM

    It’s nice to see players taking a stand and exercising their 2nd amendment right to free speech- as long as they are tolerant of everyone else’s 2nd amendment rights.
    ———————————————————
    What the hell does the right to keep and bear arms have to do with this article?

  31. nineroutsider says: Mar 21, 2013 2:13 PM

    To all of you true champions of democracy out there who are throwing around terms like “the people of California have spoken”, “true Democracy”, etc. need to realize that just because a majority of people vote for something doesn’t make it right or legal. This is why we have the Constitution; to prevent a tyranny of the majority. Preventing a tyranny of the majority was one of the major philosophical underpinnings of the framing of the Constitution.

    I’m not going to try to change your mind, but I will ask that you read the Constitution and the Federalist Papers to fully develop your political viewpoints regarding the Constitution and our form of Democracy; checks were put in place to prevent a tyranny of the majority, i.e. to curtail the full effects of Democracy. Democracy can be dangerous and this was not lost on our country’s founders. They intentionally created a framework with lots of checks and balances that protects the ever changing definition of minority rights while still administering a democratic form of governance.

  32. mactimo says: Mar 21, 2013 2:13 PM

    steeelfann says: Mar 21, 2013 1:36 PM

    You can say it a million times, that 2 men can get married, but there is no such thing. Marriage is a man and a woman. You can create stuff, make it up, does not matter. Not real.

    NFL is becoming femmy. Yuck.

    Only a Steeler fan would publicly announce his own ignorance. Who says marriage is between a man and a woman? We aren’t talking about religious marriages here, we are talking about societal marriages…your church can still ban them from marrying, but when the government does it strips equal protection away and what person doesn’t want people treated equally?

  33. devikesfan says: Mar 21, 2013 2:16 PM

    Simple question- why is marriage (gay or straight) considered a right?

  34. EJ says: Mar 21, 2013 2:17 PM

    Everybody deserves the right to marry whoever they please, regardless of their sexual preference or Race. All it is people is a piece of paper stating their vows to each other, letting the world know that they have formed a bond, mentally, physically and spiritually. That they choose to help one another through this difficult and sometimes painful thing we call life. Live your life, don’t try to control theirs.

  35. cindyanda says: Mar 21, 2013 2:17 PM

    Kluwe needs to spend his time practicing his punting duties. He sucked in 2012.

  36. rushmatic says: Mar 21, 2013 2:21 PM

    jessethegreat says:

    We’d rather be bombarded with Tebow stories again than with this crap.

    At least Tebow stands for good Christian MORALS and has beliefs worth respecting.

    _________

    I’m gonna go out on a limb and say you’ve never REALLY read the Bible.

  37. gobiggoboston says: Mar 21, 2013 2:21 PM

    Marriage=man and women for the past 6000 years. Look who is infringing on people’s beliefs… Hmmmm

  38. natelan69 says: Mar 21, 2013 2:23 PM

    kane337 says:
    Mar 21, 2013 1:26 PM
    The people of California voted to ban it. Is their vote not worthy?

    ———-

    People don’t get to vote on civil rights. If you had asked Mississippi in the 50’s about black’s rights, they probably would’ve voted against it too.

    Civil Rights is one subject that the law needs to lead the people, not the other way around.

  39. lightcleric says: Mar 21, 2013 2:24 PM

    DeSmith should probably worry about not being a complete joke of a union boss before he wades into other issues.

  40. sportsmeccabi says: Mar 21, 2013 2:24 PM

    Just out of curiousity, what is exactly wrong with marrying someone of the same gender?

  41. randyextry says: Mar 21, 2013 2:28 PM

    “Gender” is a linguistic term. People don’t have a gender; they have a sex. Male and female are the human sexes. In other languages, words like “rodilla” (knee) are feminine and “hombro” (shoulder) are masculine. So it’s “la rodilla” and “el hombro.” The phrase “persons of the same gender legally marrying” therefore, should be “persons of the same sex legally marrying.” It’s a nitpick, I know, but still – words have meanings, it’s good to get them right.

  42. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Mar 21, 2013 2:30 PM

    Good for them. This is no different than the civil rights movement for African Americans. This is the year 2013 and if you’re against gay rights you’re on the wrong side of history.

  43. uvmcatamounts says: Mar 21, 2013 2:39 PM

    Who ARE all these people in the comments here opposing marriage equality? It’s 2013, get with the times. A recent poll showed that 81% of people between 18 and 29 support gay marriage. 81%. This issue is settled. All it will take is a little time.

    As George Will so eloquently put it: “The opposition to gay marriage is, quite literally, dying off.”

  44. runrickyrun34 says: Mar 21, 2013 2:46 PM

    I love when PFT posts these articles because it gives me faith that not all fellow football fans are ignorant and out of touch with reality. If you think civil rights issues are funny and crack jokes on those who promote civil rights, you’re the ignorant fan I’m referring to. Most likely you’re the same fans who think you know everything there is to know about football on the professional level as well as think you are really part of your home team. And PFT can post as many of these articles as they want. If you don’t like it then read another article. There are more than 10 on the homepage at any given moment.

  45. JSpicoli says: Mar 21, 2013 2:52 PM

    Kluwe is bummed becuase he heard the new rule about not lowering your head.

  46. JSpicoli says: Mar 21, 2013 2:56 PM

    UVM breaks his arm patting himself on the back.

    Hey bozo, 81% of the people between 19-30 would like to see a show with honey boo boo and Snooki on 4 times a day.

    You so “eloquent”.

  47. greysolon says: Mar 21, 2013 3:03 PM

    Changing the definition of marriage is not a civil right.

  48. upperdecker19 says: Mar 21, 2013 3:03 PM

    Married guy here that’s never understood the desire of the same sex couples to enter into marriage. All a marriage certificate nets you is a loss of 50% of your stuff. Shrewd business move….

  49. hercstar says: Mar 21, 2013 3:16 PM

    therealhardt says:
    Mar 21, 2013 1:34 PM
    I agree with Kane337. Unless the Constitution expressly provides a right, or prohibits a right – which it does neither on this issue, the people of the state have a right to vote on it, and they did.

    And look at Kluwe in that picture – if you want to be a big boy and discuss big issues, look the part. Kluwe looks like the clown he is in that picture.

    I guess we shouldn’t amended the Constitution to outlaw slavery. Really, REALLY stupid statement. How bout this, why dont all of us who are not gay and married give up our spousal rights to information and visitation UNDER LAW and file taxes as individuals. You do that, sir, then you can hide behind state rights over civil rights. Unbelievable.

  50. greysolon says: Mar 21, 2013 3:19 PM

    “This is no different than the civil rights movement for African Americans. This is the year 2013 and if you’re against gay rights you’re on the wrong side of history”
    ———————————————

    Nonsense. Changing the definition of marriage is nothing like the civil rights movement. Virtually all black people are insulted that you would equate the two.

  51. Pacific NW Mark says: Mar 21, 2013 3:35 PM

    CKL says:

    Mar 21, 2013 2:10 PM

    The government needs to get out of marriage totally.

    *******

    I strongly disagree. The problem is that government has ceded the creation of a status that grants rights under the law – marriage – to non-governmental organizations including religious groups.

    We should instead institute the concept of a ‘legal marriage’ status which is available upon request to two individuals each of consenting age, similar to an application for a marriage license now. Once the application is complete, the couple is legally married. They are also free to participate in any religious or secular ceremony as their beliefs dictate, subject to the agreement/sanction of their religion.

    The problem we have now comes from government not being into the marriage process enough. And that’s easily solved.

  52. dadawg77 says: Mar 21, 2013 4:01 PM

    We the US declared itself a free and independent country, we stated all men were created equal with three inalienable rights. One of those rights is the pursuit of happiness, thus peoples have the inalienable right to choose who to join with. Second, in civil world marriage is a contract between two people who choose to merge operations for their collective good. Since this does provide benefits special rights, privileges and benefits are provided for marry couples. Why should these not be extended to those who pursue happiness with someone of the same sex?

  53. nokittycat says: Mar 21, 2013 4:59 PM

    kane337 says:
    Mar 21, 2013 1:26 PM
    The people of California voted to ban it. Is their vote not worthy?

    ———-

    People don’t get to vote on civil rights. If you had asked Mississippi in the 50′s about black’s rights, they probably would’ve voted against it too.

    Civil Rights is one subject that the law needs to lead the people, not the other way around.

    *******

    The comparison is absurd. The U.S. government intervened in the civil rights movement because large criminal organizations (the KKK) murdered and intimidated an entire group of people while state and local authorities largely condoned and ignored the issue. One question: When was the last time you saw gay marriage protestors being sprayed with fire hoses by the police on the news? Try never.

  54. racistchecker says: Mar 21, 2013 5:10 PM

    It’s incredible that people compare the right to self-determination to the right to bang anyone and anything in any manner! Yeah, that’s logical!

  55. uvmcatamounts says: Mar 21, 2013 5:24 PM

    JSpicoli says: Mar 21, 2013 2:56 PM

    UVM breaks his arm patting himself on the back.

    Hey bozo, 81% of the people between 19-30 would like to see a show with honey boo boo and Snooki on 4 times a day.

    You so “eloquent”.

    ————————————————-

    I’m 24 and none of my friends watch Honey Boo Boo or Jersey Shore.

    I hate to break it to you but your bigoted views are already the minority in this country. Get with the times, old man. I bet you were one of the people protesting interracial marriage back when that was an issue. Pathetic.

  56. racistchecker says: Mar 21, 2013 5:42 PM

    uvmcatamounts says: Mar 21, 2013 5:24 PM

    I’m 24 and none of my friends watch Honey Boo Boo or Jersey Shore.

    I hate to break it to you but your bigoted views are already the minority in this country. Get with the times, old man. I bet you were one of the people protesting interracial marriage back when that was an issue. Pathetic.

    Explain what men butt fu##ing and su##ing have to do with interracial marriage? Not logical at all!

  57. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Mar 21, 2013 5:52 PM

    greysolon says:
    Mar 21, 2013 3:19 PM
    “This is no different than the civil rights movement for African Americans. This is the year 2013 and if you’re against gay rights you’re on the wrong side of history”
    ———————————————

    Nonsense. Changing the definition of marriage is nothing like the civil rights movement. Virtually all black people are insulted that you would equate the two.

    First of all it’s hilarious that you think you know what “virtually all black people” think. Secondly I was referring to gay rights in general but those rights absolutely should extend to marriage. If you disagree then you are discriminating against a group of people based on their sexual orientation. Discrimination is discrimination whether it is against blacks, hispanics, gays etc…The right for gays to marry is a foregone conclusion. It’s just a matter of time. If you don’t like it then don’t marry someone of the same sex. That’s the only way it could affect you personally

  58. natelan69 says: Mar 21, 2013 6:15 PM

    To all those who are AGAINST same-sex marriage, I say this…

    People often fear most in others, that which they fear most in themselves…

    Your fears are transparent and humorous. I wish you well in your 2nd lives.

  59. eoneil32 says: Mar 21, 2013 7:28 PM

    Great to see!

  60. nokittycat says: Mar 21, 2013 7:47 PM

    Please don’t mistake this word:

    big·ot noun

    a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially : one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance

    with this word:

    dis·sent intransitive verb

    to differ in opinion

  61. yem123 says: Mar 21, 2013 9:11 PM

    I find it hilarious that so many people are up in arms with promoting gay marriage yet none if them raise an outcry that polygamy is illegal.

  62. joetoronto says: Mar 22, 2013 5:00 AM

    natelan69 says:
    Mar 21, 2013 6:15 PM
    To all those who are AGAINST same-sex marriage, I say this…

    People often fear most in others, that which they fear most in themselves…

    Your fears are transparent and humorous. I wish you well in your 2nd lives.
    ***************************************************
    And you’re a Chargers fan, figures. SMH.

  63. phillyphannn83 says: Mar 22, 2013 5:44 AM

    Jessethegreat: “We’d rather be bombarded with Tebow stories again than with this crap.

    At least Tebow stands for good Christian MORALS and has beliefs worth respecting.”

    Keep up your bigotry, you’re being a fine example of the fallacy of religion.

  64. tatum064 says: Mar 22, 2013 7:16 AM

    natelan69 says:
    Mar 21, 2013 6:15 PM
    To all those who are AGAINST same-sex marriage, I say this…

    People often fear most in others, that which they fear most in themselves…

    Your fears are transparent and humorous. I wish you well in your 2nd lives.

    =================

    People dont like it, and a larger majority definitely dont like grandstanding or having shoved down their throats.

    That argument is as tired as the agenda their pushing.

    And it isnt REMOTELY like the Civil Rights movement in any way whatsoever. That was near aparthied, death, bombings, assassinations and about the genocide of a captured people.

  65. hedphurst says: Mar 22, 2013 1:16 PM

    therealhardt says:
    Mar 21, 2013 1:34 PM
    I agree with Kane337.Unless the Constitution expressly provides a right, or prohibits a right – which it does neither on this issue, the people of the state have a right to vote on it, and they did.

    The constitution says that all men are created equal. Therefore, it is unconstitutional to prohibit some people from getting married, simply because they happen to love someone who is the same gender.

  66. rushmatic says: Mar 22, 2013 1:34 PM

    gobiggoboston says:

    Marriage=man and women for the past 6000 years. Look who is infringing on people’s beliefs… Hmmmm

    ____________

    It feels good to know that only uneducated people are on your side. You’re so incorrect on this, it actually makes me smile.

  67. purplemary54 says: Mar 22, 2013 4:13 PM

    to hedphurst and Kane337:

    Try reading the Constitution sometime. Specifically, read the Ninth Amendment. You know, the one that says that any rights not spelled out in the Constitution are not necessarily prohibited by it. It’s sort of the Founding Fathers’ way of saying “anything we forgot should be included also.”

  68. purplemary54 says: Mar 22, 2013 4:16 PM

    Also, for anyone who thinks LGBTQ rights don’t have anything in common with the Civil Rights movement because of the violence and murder, look up these two search terms:

    “gay bashing”

    “Matthew Shepard”

  69. nolafireguy says: Mar 25, 2013 8:56 AM

    This whole issue is ludicrous. It seems to me, the only difference gay people have from me is they are attracted to the same sex. Why do I care what they do? It doesn’t affect my marriage. It doesn’t affect me in any way and I doubt it affects any of you haters on here. If it’s YOUR beliefs that make you spew your hatred or disdain for gay people, then fine. Those are yours. If you don’t think it should be legal, then fine…debate the issue. But, being rude and hateful about people who are standing up for what THEY believe in is just hate filled vapor. I have known a gay couple who has been together for 15 years and have 2 great kids. Most normal family I know. It rarely occurs to me they are both female. Who should care? No one. I support the FB players for taking a stand for something.

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