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NFL Star Brendon Ayanbadejo

Raiders Gave Me Props

On Gay Crusade

11/13/2012 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Who said the NFL was a hotbed for homophobia??? Baltimore Ravens star and equality advocate Brendon Ayanbadejo tells TMZ, several Raiders players were amped Maryland legalized gay marriage last week ... and even gave him props during Sunday's game.

Brendon tells us, "Three Raiders congratulated me on working with and for marriage equality. I remember their names but I will keep that to myself."

He adds, "Ethnicity-wise, it was two white guys and one black guy. Ethnicity plays an important part in this movement."

(FYI -- the Raiders got their asses kicked 55-20) 

Brendon -- who's heterosexual -- has been an outspoken gay rights advocate for years (which is pretty rare in the NFL) and now says he's taking the battle for marriage equality back to his native California.

Brendon says he's got some serious NFL back-up too -- with Vikings punter Chris Kluwe and Browns LB Scott Fujita who've already pledged their allegiance to the cause.

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Phishie from Philly    

I don't agree with the gay life style but who am I to judge and for that matter who is. If 2 people of same sex wants to be together, why not? If gays want to get married to have the same benefits as a traditional marriage than why not? What makes me want gay marriages to be legal is when a gay couple has been together for years and the one becomes terminally ill and the person who is not sick has no right to make any medical decisions. Only the family can, even if the family don't talk anymore. This is one of the main reasons that I think gay marriage should be legal. Also health ins reasons and most of all to have a person you can legally call your significant other. Shouldn't everyone have that right if they are committed to each other. The reason why I'm saying this is because I'm a non gay married man with 2 kids and I support the right of gay marriage. It's the human thing to do.
Phishie from Philly

711 days ago

Rant On    

Figured my Raiders would say something gay after the arse pounding they took Sunday.

710 days ago


My brother is gay. I work in an extremely closed minded environment, but I loudly support the movement!!! It is amazing when you are a respected person with great integrity how many people not only respect your view, but admit to the same views you hold.

710 days ago
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