A Maryland state politician, Delegate Emmett Burns, Jr., has drawn national attention for attempting to silence Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo for supporting same-sex marriage. The straight and current NFL player, Ayanbadejo, joins the openly gay and former Tennessee Titans NFL player, Wade Davis, in a discussion on how Americans and NFL players are becoming more open to same-sex marriage.
“I think the problem most players have is the tie between religion and equal rights,” Ayanbadejo says. “Once you get over that barrier, guys say ‘love is love’ and you should be able to marry who you love. It’s really a changing of the guard in the football community, because even 12 months ago when I was doing Op/Eds for marriage equality I would still hear certain snickering in the background, so I think we’ve changed the tide and we’ve come a long way in a short period of time.”