Ravens LB Brendon Ayanbadejo talks same sex marriage on ‘Face the Nation’ [VIDEO]

An advocate for same-sex marriage, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo appeared on “Face the Nation” on CBS to participate in a panel discussion as the Supreme Court takes up two same-sex marriage cases this week (California’s Proposition 8 and the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act). Brendon has spent years advocating for same-sex marriage and recently filed an amicus brief along with Minnesota Vikings punter (and outspoken advocate ) Chris Kluwe challenging California’s proposition 8:

“In my opinion, it’s just the evolution of civil rights and equal rights and athletes do a lot to change society, and this is something we can make a big difference on. It starts with bullying kids in elementary school and it goes all the way to legislation and treating everybody equally. This is a fight myself and a bunch of my colleagues we want to take up and we feel that everyone should be treated equally and we’re not going to stop until everyone is treated fairly and that’s especially including the LGBT community… It’s just a way of life that I have been, you know, being a biracial kid and knowing what it’s like to be a part of the minority, I know what it feels like to be treated differently and discriminated. So this is no different. The way the LGBT community is treated — the same as minorities, whether it’s African Americans or Latinos or Asians or even women comparing this to suffrage and the civil rights movement — it’s just the evolution of the same issue.”

For a full transcript of the discussion, see the Baltimore Sun’s coverage here. Check out a video of the segment below:

I think this is an amazing example of an athlete using his platform for a great cause. #highfive