BALTIMORE (WJZ)– The push for equal marriage rights in Maryland gets a heavy-hitting supporter. Ravens player Brendon Ayanbadejo posts a video in support of gay marriage on YouTube.

Political reporter Pat Warren has more on how this plays into efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland next year.

Football players are considered role models by some, and advocates for same-sex marriage hope that in the case of one Ravens linebacker, it helps their cause.

Number 51, Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, a 35-year-old father of two, is now taking a stand on YouTube, in support of same-sex marriage.

“I believe we should be doing everything that we can to make Maryland families stronger, which is why I support marriage for gay and lesbian couples who want to make a lifetime committment to each other,” Ayanbadejo said.

“We intend to hold their feet to the fire,” said Robert Broadus of Protect Marriage Maryland.

Maryland advocates for traditional marriage are also on YouTube.

“What we have to do is take a stand and say we are a people of faith and strong values, and we do not want the law in Maryland changed, which is that marriage is between one man and one woman,” Broadus said.

The issue comes to a head in Annapolis next year when Governor Martin O’Malley submits a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland.

“Join me, it’s the right thing to do,” Ayanbadejo said in the video.

Both sides believe they’re right.

“What we’re going to do is continue fighting for the preservation of the current Maryland marriage law,” Broadus said.

And no one is willing to give up.

If the bill passes in the 2012 legislative session, it will most likely go to referendum, which means voters will have the final say in the November general election.

Governor O’Malley also appears on YouTube in support of same-sex marriage.

Comments (8)
  1. Hetero BaltoMom says:

    Courageous, compassionate and a true leader. You did the right thing, Brendon.

  2. chalkie says:

    I know a few gay people that would like to be about to have legal paper showing them joined, but they have told me it does have to be called marriage it could be call a union. I like they way they put it and I would vote for them to be able to have a union, instead of being married. Its basically the same thing, but it wouldn’t affend all the people that say marriage is part of a religion. Thats way they have the same rights to have everything a married couple has. So why not just change it to a union. I know why, there are alot of gays that wanted to be called a marrage just to slap alot people inface by getting it called a marriage. Its getting bad around having anything to do with religion and law. State and church are not supposs to mix, but our political bodies in this state can’t help but to force themselves into religion too .Sorry we have alot worse problems going on in this state that our politicians need to worry addressing then same sex marriage. I am all for it if they would call it a civial union, just please stop pushing for it to be called marriage. It would be a win win situation for both sides if they did it this way. The religous people aren’t affended by it, because its not called marriage and the gay people get the victory and get to be legally join together and then get to reap all the rewards that married people do, like tax dedutions, and joint healthcare etc.etc.. If they do pass a bill that calls it a civil union, I will be one of the first to vote for it, but if they call it a marriage I will vote against it because of my religous beliefs. Sorry thats how I feel about it. I just hope people think about what my gay friends have told me and really give it thought. I really think alot of people would except it this way and it would get passed faster, if not I see it getting delayed again. I truely believe this would work for both sides and by next year you all could be civilally joined. But I know there will be alot of people that do not agree with is idea, and as long as both sides don’t come together gay people won’t be able to legally join together with thier partners in this state.

    1. Joan says:

      You answered your own question when you said “its basically the same thing”. That’s not equality. Sorry, how about you take “union” and we get the term “marriage” since you believe it doesn’t matter? Of course, I am merely playing along with your illogic since I believe ALL marriage should be called marriage- be it gay or straight. Drop the “gay”, too. A marriage is a marriage.

  3. BaltoMom says:

    I am baffled by the duality of the conservative/religious right in this matter. On the one hand, they want government to stay out of their financial lives, yet they invite the government to step right in and legislate the personal, spiritual lives of people who don’t agree with their perspective. They don’t trust legislators with their money but they are fine with standardizing “religion” and putting it in schools.

    I haven’t heard anyone protesting what might be considered the “mis-use” of the word “God” by Hindus or the mis-use of the word “worship” by Buddhists. Only Judeo-Christians seem to need the right to dictate the verbiage that people use to define their relationships. Chalkie, I appreciate your perspective, I do, but I disagree whole heartedly with your stubborn adherence to ownership of a word. Freedom of Speech also means that we can use whatever words we find to be appropriate to express our ideas. If you start regulating this, you start stepping on the Constitution in a whole new way.

    If you have an issue with their lifestyle, just say it. If you don’t recognize gay marriage, don’t recognize it in your personal life or in your place of worship. If you don’t want the government to make decisions about YOUR personal life, then don’t ask them to regulate someone else’s. If you disagree with your friends’ choice, don’t pretend it’s ok as long as they use words you approve of.

    My perspective, I know. I’m not asking anyone to arrange their lives around it, how abut you? Are you asking me to arrange my life around your perspective?

  4. Mary Moses says:

    It takes courage to do what this football did! Cheers to him for standing up for human rights….

    Truth is gay people are already getting married in DC and NY. The world has not ended and the sun still rises and sets. Let people lives their lives in peace!

  5. Sezmane says:

    well legally why is it such a big deal no thats itr all you christians who believew in the bible are a bunch of hypocrites same sex marriage is a slap in the face and should not be allowed conservatives are right on this one

  6. PAUL E. MICELLI says:

    Let the LEGAL TAXPAYING VOTERS decide when elections roll around!!!

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