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April 24, 2013

Ex Ravens LB Ayanbadejo talks equality in South Florida

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The chances of same-sex marriage being legalized in Florida are slim. In 2008, 62 percent of voters approved a state constitutional amendment banning it and civil unions. To overturn that amendment, the Republican-dominated Legislature would have to put a measure on the ballot or the group would have to collect valid signatures from more than 680,000 voters. The measure would then have to be approved by more than 60 percent of the voters.

Earlier this month, he told The Baltimore Sun that up to four NFL players may soon come out as gay. He told The Associated Press yesterday that a group of athletes were in touch with equality organizations and “we are just trying to facilitate them so they can have a support group amongst each other.”

Ayanbadejo, who said he is not gay, said he is a product of biracial parents who would not have been able to marry in the ‘60s in several states.

“It’s personal, but I equate it to equal rights, and a lot of people can’t see it that way,” he said of gay marriage.

The National Football League has not aligned itself with any lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender organizations.

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