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By zheyang on Jan 07, 2014 04:26 AM
<P>Plans To Use Super Bowl For Gay Marriage</P>
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<P>Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo wants to use the Super Bowl media frenzy as a platform to sound off on marriage equality and anti bullying.</P>
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<P>In an email to fellow same sex marriage supporters Brian Ellner and Michael Skolnik (who also serves as political director to hip hop mogul and philanthropist Russell Simmons), Ayanbadejo asked, "Is there anything I can do for marriage equality or anti bullying over the next couple of weeks to harness this Super Bowl media?"</P>
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<P>"On the phone Tuesday afternoon, Ayanbadejo called that missive his "Jerry Maguire email," referring to the Tom Cruise movie, in which the plot is set in motion when Maguire, played by Cruise, seizes the occasion of a sleepless night to pour his heart and soul into a mission statement," wrote Bruni.</P>
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<P>"It's one of those times when you're really passionate and in your zone. And I got to thinking about all kinds of things, and I thought: how can we get our message out there," Ayanbadejo told Bruni.</P>
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<P>Ayanbadejo says his controversial support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community is a reflection of his diversified childhood. According to Bruni, many of the football player's friends were openly gay and lesbian. His stepfather was also the resident director of an LGBT dormitory at the University of California at Santa Cruz, where Ayanbadejo's family resided.</P>
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<P>"I was raised around gay people in a very liberal society," Ayanbadejo told Bruni during a previous interview. "Discrimination was never allowed."</P>
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<P>In 2009, Ayanbadejo sounded off on marriage equality in a blog post for HuffPost Politics. At the time, he wrote, "If Britney Spears can party it up in Vegas with one of her boys and go get married on a whim and annul her marriage the next day, why can't a loving same sex couple tie the knot?"</P>
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<P>He then went on to note, "The divorce rate in America is currently 50 percent. I am willing to bet that same sex marriages have a higher success rate than heterosexual marriages."</P>
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<P>Brendon AyanbadejoFormer Baltimore Ravens linebacker, Brendon Ayanbadejo, has been a vocal long time supporter of marriage equality. The football player blogged about same sex marriages for The Huffington Post in 2009, made a video for Marylanders for Marriage Equality, and donated Ravens tickets to the cause, which drew criticism from Baltimore County Delegate Emmett Burns Jr. in late August.</P>
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<P>Chris KluweChris Kluwe, Minnesota Vikings punter, lashed out at Baltimore County Delegate Emmett Burns Jr. in a letter of his own.</P>
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<P>Kluwe asked in his letter, "How does gay marriage, in any way, shape or form, affect your life?"</P>
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<P>Hudson TaylorHudson Taylor, a three time all American wrestler from the University of Maryland, (and HuffPost Gay Voices blogger) started his foundation, Athlete Ally, which encourages "all individuals involved in sports to respect every member of their communities, regardless of perceived or actual sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression," in January 2011.</P>
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<P>Athlete Ally teamed up with GLAAD and they recently announced that the NBA is the first major sports league that will receive sensitivity training from Taylor's organization.</P>
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<P>Justin VerlanderDetroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander said in a CNN interview: "I don't think one of our players would be scared to come out. We got 25 guys, it's a family, and our goal is to win a World Series," Verlander said in the interview. "What your sexual orientation is, I don't see how that affects the ultimate goal of our family."</P>
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<P>Sean Avery Retired New York Ranger Sean Avery caused a splash last year when he became, what's believed, the first pro athlete to voice support for gay marriage in New York. Since then, Avery teamed up with fellow ally, Hudson Taylor, joining in Athlete Ally's message of combating homophobia in sports.</P>
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<P>Henrik LundqvistHenrik Lundqvist is the goaltender for the New York Rangers. The 2012 Vezina Trophy winner for the best goaltender, Lundqvist backstopped Sweden to a 2006 Olympic Gold Medal. Off the ice, Lundqvist has been named to People Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People List. When asked about his work with www.officialauthentic49ers.com/33+Roger+Craig+Jersey+Cheap.html the "You Can Play Project," Lundqvist said: "For me, it's obvious that everyone should have the same rights and ability to play the game. It doesn't matter race or sexual orientation."</P>
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<P>David PocockAustralian rugby player David Pocock says he will not marry until gay marriage is made legal Down Under. "We've moved forward on so many issues and this is the next progression," Pocock said while appearing on the Australian Broadcasting Company TV show "Q in August.</P>
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<P>Michael IrvinMichael Irvin, former Dallas Cowboy and NFL Hall of Famer, appeared on Out magazine's cover last July. Irvin spoke out for LGBT rights and marriage equality, citing his late gay brother's passing. He also said he would support any athlete Roger Craig Limited Jersey in the NFL, NBA, NHL or MLB who comes out.</P>
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<P>Donte StallworthDonte Stallworth, former Baltimore Raven and teammate of Brendon Ayanbadejo, showed his support on Twitter, tweeting a string of messages for marriage equality and LGBT rights. tweeted his support for gay marriage, backing up the President after Obama made his own endorsement announcement in May.</P>
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<P>On the other hand, Mayweather's rival, Manny Pacquiao, said he believes marriage is between a man and a woman.</P>
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<P>Sergio MartinezArgentinian boxer Sergio Martinez made a video for the "It Gets Better Project" last March. The 37 year old Martinez was bullied himself growing up and helps others who have been the victims of bullying.</P>
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<P>Charles Barkley In true Charles Barkley fashion, the NBA Hall of Famer has been a long time supporter of gay marriage and gay rights, making tongue in cheek (yet admirable) comments as early as 2006.</P>
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<P>Barkley said on air last year, "God bless the gay people. They are great people." And in response to Sean Avery's advocacy, Barkley added he'd have no problem playing with an openly gay teammate.</P>
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<P>Claude GirouxClaude Giroux is the captain of the Philadelphia Flyers. In 2012, he was ranked the 3rd best player in hockey by The Hockey News. The 25 year old superstar was also the coverboy for EA Sports NHL 2013. Nicknamed "G," Giroux appeared in a PSA for the "You Can Play" Project in 2012.</P>
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<P>Steve NashWhen Phoenix Suns president and CEO Rick Welts came out to NBA all star Steve Nash, he said he'd support Welts. Soon after, Nash made a video for HRC's Roger Craig Jersey Womens New Yorkers for Marriage Equality campaign, saying he's proud to be a part of a growing group of athletes speaking out for gay marriage.</P>
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<P>Rick FoxAlthough he hasn't explicitly said anything about gay rights, retired three time NBA champion Rick Fox, appeared as a guest judge on "RuPaul's Drag Race" season four. Plus, his former ex, Vanessa Williams (gay icon, at least to Raja, Drag Race season three winner) was also on the show the season before. If this isn't a sign of LGBT support, what is?</P>
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