Several NFL players join cause to support Kluwe, Ayanbadejo brief on same-sex marriage
The push among NFL players for legalized same-sex marriage has grown a lot bigger than Chris Kluwe and Brendon Ayanbadejo. Several other NFL players are joining up to support the Vikings punter and the Ravens linebacker in a legal brief in favor of marriage equality, according to ProFootballTalk.
The brief, sent to the United States Supreme Court, argues for legalized same-sex marriage as the Court hears arguments regarding California’s Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in the state.
“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.
Both Kluwe and Ayanbadejo have publicly voiced their support for same-sex marriage in the past. The players joining the initiative are: free agent linebacker Scott Fujita, Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin, 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 . NFLPA president Dominique Foxworth and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith have also jumped on board.