Brendon Ayanbadejo was thrilled when he learned that Maryland voters approved gay marriage on Election Day. The Baltimore Ravens linebacker said although some of his teammates opposed the move because they believe marriage should be strictly between a man and a woman, "the majority of the people got it right."
Voters also made same-sex marriage legal in Maine and Washington while Minnesota rejected a state constitutional amendment that would have defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman. This is the first time same-sex marriage has been legalized through popular vote and brings the approval total to nine states and Washington, D.C.
For Ayanbadejo, he was happy the moment had finally arrived where gay couples could enjoy the same rights heterosexual couples do.
The Washington Post writes:
"The Ravens have continued their business-like approach to football during the political discourse, but their convictions about the issue run deep within the testosterone-filled environment.
Ayanbadejo spoke out in favor of same-sex marriage on several occasions prior to Maryland's vote on Question 6.
'It's something I've been passionate about a long time,' he said. 'Even though it doesn't affect me directly, it affects a lot of my friends. It affects my family. It affects Ravens fans. It affects Marylanders. I've worked very hard on it; I'm especially proud of the Marylanders who went out and voted and made a difference.'
Whether his teammates like it or not."
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