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NFL player supports gay marriage.
NFL player supports gay marriage.
Do a google search in news about Raven's player supporting same sex marriage. But it may have started with him supporting gay marriage, it has gone on to involve an MD polititian telling the player he should shut up, then other players backing him up and blasting the polititian.

Raven's player Brandon Ayanbadejo publically supports same sex marriage. A local politition basically said he should not be turning the NFL political. But seems Chick Fil A had no problem turning their business political. And other players including a punter and the president of the players association basically backed Brandon up and condemned the comments of that politician.

It often takes big public figures and even sports figures to make social change that leads to equality. It wasn't that long ago when people condemned inter racial marriage.

I have to admit, having been bullied by jocks, I have had my own bias. But when any human steps up for social equality like this, it makes me proud. Thank YOU Brandon, and to all the players who backed him up.

My ability to copy links in the address bar is not working for some reason, must be a setting issue. But there are multiple stories from lots of media so do the search and take your pick. If someone can post a link in this thread please do.
RE: NFL player supports gay marriage.
Emmett C. Burns Jr. Letter Link

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Chris Kluwe letter to Emmett C. Burns Jr. Linky

Quote:Dear Emmett C. Burns Jr.,

I find it inconceivable that you are an elected official of Maryland's state government. Your vitriolic hatred and bigotry make me ashamed and disgusted to think that you are in any way responsible for shaping policy at any level. The views you espouse neglect to consider several fundamental key points, which I will outline in great detail (you may want to hire an intern to help you with the longer words):
1. As I suspect you have not read the Constitution, I would like to remind you that the very first, the VERY FIRST Amendment in this founding document deals with the freedom of speech, particularly the abridgment of said freedom. By using your position as an elected official (when referring to your constituents so as to implicitly threaten the Ravens organization) to state that the Ravens should "inhibit such expressions from your employees," more specifically Brendon Ayanbadejo, not only are you clearly violating the First Amendment, you also come across as a narcissistic fromunda stain. What on earth would possess you to be so mind-boggingly stupid? It baffles me that a man such as yourself, a man who relies on that same First Amendment to pursue your own religious studies without fear of persecution from the state, could somehow justify stifling another person's right to speech. To call that hypocritical would be to do a disservice to the word. Mindfucking obscenely hypocritical starts to approach it a little bit.

2. "Many of your fans are opposed to such a view and feel it has no place in a sport that is strictly for pride, entertainment, and excitement." Holy fucking shitballs. Did you seriously just say that, as someone who's "deeply involved in government task forces on the legacy of slavery in Maryland"? Have you not heard of Kenny Washington? Jackie Robinson? As recently as 1962 the NFL still had segregation, which was only done away with by brave athletes and coaches daring to speak their mind and do the right thing, and you're going to say that political views have "no place in a sport"? I can't even begin to fathom the cognitive dissonance that must be coursing through your rapidly addled mind right now; the mental gymnastics your brain has to tortuously contort itself through to make such a preposterous statement are surely worthy of an Olympic gold medal (the Russian judge gives you a 10 for "beautiful oppressionism").

3. This is more a personal quibble of mine, but why do you hate freedom? Why do you hate the fact that other people want a chance to live their lives and be happy, even though they may believe in something different than you, or act different than you? How does gay marriage, in any way shape or form, affect your life? If gay marriage becomes legal, are you worried that all of a sudden you'll start thinking about penis? "Oh shit. Gay marriage just passed. Gotta get me some of that hot dong action!" Will all of your friends suddenly turn gay and refuse to come to your Sunday Ticket grill-outs? (Unlikely, since gay people enjoy watching football too.)

I can assure you that gay people getting married will have zero effect on your life. They won't come into your house and steal your children. They won't magically turn you into a lustful cockmonster. They won't even overthrow the government in an orgy of hedonistic debauchery because all of a sudden they have the same legal rights as the other 90 percent of our population—rights like Social Security benefits, child care tax credits, Family and Medical Leave to take care of loved ones, and COBRA healthcare for spouses and children. You know what having these rights will make gays? Full-fledged American citizens just like everyone else, with the freedom to pursue happiness and all that entails. Do the civil-rights struggles of the past 200 years mean absolutely nothing to you?

In closing, I would like to say that I hope this letter, in some small way, causes you to reflect upon the magnitude of the colossal foot in mouth clusterfuck you so brazenly unleashed on a man whose only crime was speaking out for something he believed in. Best of luck in the next election; I'm fairly certain you might need it.

Chris Kluwe

P.S. I've also been vocal as hell about the issue of gay marriage so you can take your "I know of no other NFL player who has done what Mr. Ayanbadejo is doing" and shove it in your close-minded, totally lacking in empathy piehole and choke on it. Asshole.
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That was fucking awsome!
RE: NFL player supports gay marriage.
Also in Australia a footballer is trying to get the AFL to have a " No to Homophobia" campaign.

Quote:A new campaign has been launched calling on the AFL to host a 'pride round' to support gay footballers.

Victorian country footballer Jason Ball has launched an online petition calling on the AFL to run a national anti-homophobia television campaign during the grand final.

Ball is an openly gay footballer who is also preparing for his team's grand final in the Yarra Valley Mountain District league next Sunday.

He says homophobia is rife in the AFL and it is time the league showed the kind of support for gay footballers that his team-mates have shown to him.

"What we need to see is something really substantial from the AFL. I think gay players and gay supporters really need to know that the AFL has got their back," he said.

"What we're trying to do is see if the AFL will play the 'No to Homophobia' campaign on the big screen at the grand final or even commit to a pride round just like they have for Indigenous rounds and multicultural rounds."

Ball says homophobia remains a serious problem in society, but is especially prevalent in football.

"Gay slurs are a regular part of the language of many clubs. That's sort of part of the culture, it's a very blokey culture," he said.

"It's no wonder to me that no senior professional AFL footballers have come out of the closet yet, but I think the clubs are ready for change, I think the players are ready for change.

"We just need the AFL to get on board and really lead that change."

Beyond Blue chairman and former Victorian premier Jeff Kennett is supporting the campaign.

Beyond Blue chief Kate Carnell says the AFL needs to step up its fight against homophobia.

"Discrimination is linked significantly to depression and anxiety and even in some cases suicide, so it is essential that the AFL comes out and is supportive of its players who are gay," she said.

"There must be a large number, just based on statistics, and at the moment they are not comfortable to come out and declare their sexuality and that's simply not good enough."

The AFL has issued a press release saying it supports anti-homophobia campaigns, but it has stopped short of explicitly backing calls for a pride round.

P.S I love American football. So much better than watching baseball Smile
RE: NFL player supports gay marriage.
As painfull as it is for humanity, change is hard for most, but when we look to the future and stop clinging to the past, that is where the growing happens and that is where we find our common condition.

And to my Australian freinds and to that AFL player, kudos. My love for humanity grows every time barriers and bigotry get defeated. It shows the best in humanity and what we are capable of.

FDR "The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself".
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I love the spineless liberals whining about not fighting fire with fire in the deadspin link.

It's as if they've been asleep the last ten years, characterized chiefly by ineffectual democrats bending over to Republican demands like no tomorrow.

And now, at the precipice where the GOP has declared "No abortion, not even to save the mother or for rape" (a death sentence and/or a reward for the rapist!), we have self-identified liberals asking not to "fight fire with fire".

How much of the vestiges of the Great Society have to burn before they rise up and object?
Slave to the Patriarchy no more
RE: NFL player supports gay marriage.
(September 10, 2012 at 1:55 pm)Moros Synackaon Wrote: I love the spineless liberals whining about not fighting fire with fire in the deadspin link.

It's as if they've been asleep the last ten years, characterized chiefly by ineffectual democrats bending over to Republican demands like no tomorrow.

And now, at the precipice where the GOP has declared "No abortion, not even to save the mother or for rape" (a death sentence and/or a reward for the rapist!), we have self-identified liberals asking not to "fight fire with fire".

How much of the vestiges of the Great Society have to burn before they rise up and object?

I am neither a Malcom X or King when it comes to social movements. I do think both were valid tactics within context. Ultimately I think anything gays or any other minority for that matter, no matter what verbal ass kicking we do, should be non viloent.

I do not think we always have to be verbally nice to the unreasonable, just like most Christians, even on the right would say that Muslim terrorists should be delt with. But we do not live in an opressive society and we have much better tools like media and free speech to fight back.

I am willing to deal with anyone of any label on a polite mannor if they are being reasonable themselves. But I also should not have to fear them when I am blunt and honest and even blasphemous about something they may claim.

I doubt that these players, nor would I ever suggest that gay rights, needs any violence to promote. It would be the case say if you were gay living in Iran.

So yes, I also get down on PC liberals who claim the absolute only tactic is always say nice things about others and only say nice things about others. Sometimes a bigot needs to be verbally bitch slapped and what these players did was brave and there are plenty of gays, and gay sports players who now know there are people in the limlight that support them. Just like people outside sports who are streight have been openly supporting gay rights for much longer.

WE SHOULD FIGHT BACK, but just like anything you do in life, it is never black and white or all or nothing and we still have to know our audience and know who deserves it and who could be our allie.

No matter

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