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Baltimore Ravens Star

Gay Marriage Debate

WON'T Destroy Our Team

10/2/2012 8:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The Baltimore Ravens are a team divided ... at least when it comes to the topic of gay marriage ... but one of the players tells TMZ he's adamant the war behind the scenes will NOT affect the team on the field.

The gay marriage debate was kicked in to high gear this week when center Matt Birk published an article defending "traditional marriage" ... in response to the pro-gay marriage letter punter Chris Kluwe had written to an anti-gay marriage politician in Maryland.

Now, linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo -- a longtime, outspoken defender of gay marriage -- tells TMZ ... the topic is SHELVED when the guys put on the pads. 

“On the field, we’re on the same accord ... When we come to work, we’re on the same page.  One goal and that’s to win a championship.”

Ayanbadejo tells us ... many of his teammates have discussed the issue with him ... but Birk wasn't one of those guys.

However, Ayanbadejo says Birk did give him a heads up about the anti-gay marriage letter before it was published.

“We had a conversation about other things, about him and our relationship, not about us being on different sides,” Ayanbadejo told TMZ.

Brendon says his family and Matt’s family spend time together socially, and their kids like to play together.  That won’t change. But Brendon says he hopes to have a deeper discussion about the issue with Birk sometime in the future.

“Of course I disagree with his stance, but I’m not gonna tell someone how to raise their kids,” Ayanbadejo tells us.  “He wants the world to be a better place for his kids."

“I think just from where we’re heading, his kids will grow up to have a different opinion from him, I’ll just leave it at that.”

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1.

Vernon P. Alarcon    

Gay or straight.....marriage is a pretty stupid concept

713 days ago
2.

Lindy    

his kids will grow up to have a different opinion from him, I’ll just leave it at that
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They will never change the natural instinct of males for women..no matter what they do

713 days ago
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FlaFlaFlooieMamaMonkeyTaTaToothyToY'all    

Like it or not there is no Constitutional basis for denying gay adults the right to marry. This country is based on the constitution not the bible. Gay marriage will be legal.

713 days ago
4.

Diane     

Now we know what all that rump slapping is all about. Gross.

713 days ago
5.

DavidStar12    

GAY MARRIAGE IS GROSS! END OF STORY

713 days ago
6.

Jay W.     

A "traditional marriage" is between a MAN and a WOMAN. What's wrong with calling it a "Civil Union" or "Domestic Partnership" for same sex couples? It affords them the same benefits. Get over it.

713 days ago
7.

Pudding Tang    

Brendon Ayanbapendejo is a proud linebacker that likes to play ball. : allegedly

713 days ago
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FlaFlaFlooieMamaMonkeyTaTaToothyToY'all    

People once considered interracial marriage to be gross, crazy, unnatural etc. and many still do It became legal because the Constitution protects the rights of consenting adults even if they are unpopular. This is a Constitutional nation not a Christian nation. Many/ Most of the founding fathers were Christian yet they chose to form a nation based on the Constitution.

713 days ago
9.

Tim    

Go Ravens. Baltimore boy here.

713 days ago
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FlaFlaFlooieMamaMonkeyTaTaToothyToY'all    

If we stuck to tradition in this country and did not reevaluate over time:

Black people would still be property.

Women could not vote.

Black people could not vote.

Black people could not own property.

These were traditions in this country until many wise people many of them white men decided it was time for a change.

Now it is time for a change again.

713 days ago
11.

2muchinfo    

just play football, who cares about your opinions

713 days ago
12.

Hammer    

Shut up and play football!

713 days ago
13.

laffnbear    

I can't understand the fear and anger many people have over gay marriage.
Is this another example of religion gone wrong?

713 days ago
14.

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

No, a "traditional marriage" is between a man and however many wives can kidnap, no, a "traditional marriage" is between a man and the woman with the most sheep, no, a "traditional marriage" is between a woman and a man and his 4 brothers, no, a "traditional marriage" is between....traditions change over time and place, marrying out of "love" even is a modern tradition.

713 days ago
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DavidStar12    

GAY MARRIAGE WILL NEVER BE EQUAL TO STRAIGHT MARRIAGE BECAUSE IT DOESN'T MAKE ANY LOGICAL SENSE! THEY'RE BASICALLY DOING WHAT WE USED TO DO AS KIDS! "PLAYING HOUSE!"

713 days ago
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