Today, Maryland failed to pass a same-sex marriage bill that would have made Maryland the sixth state to enact such legislation. Or as our exec producer Earnest said, “The State senate was supposed to pass a bill but they punked out at the last minute til 2012.” But on the bright side, late last week, we had allies come out like never before voicing their support.
In particular, OutSports pointed us to Baltimore Raven’s linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo who posted a video saying that he was on our side. It just goes to show that even with this defeat in Maryland. We’re still making HUGE progress when we have NFL players coming out to speak up for us.
Here’s what he said (and watch below).
“Gay and lesbian couples want to marry for similar reasons as we all do: love and commitment. It’s time to allow them the opportunity to build a family through marriage. It’s a matter of fairness. This is why I’m asking Marylanders to join me in supporting marriage equality for same-sex couples.
“Having the freedom to marry means committed couples and their children will have the same crucial protections under the law as other families. Churches can always have their beliefs, but government is supposed to treat everybody the same, and that’s equal. America is supposed to be the land of the free but in order for this to be true for all of us, then we must have the ability to marry whom we love regardless of their gender.”
Read more about what happened in Maryland at the Washington Post – Lessons from loss in Maryland’s gay-marriage battle