Two NFL players have stood up for gay marriage. Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo and Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe have filed a letter to the U.S. Supreme Court in an attempt to take down California’s ban on gay marriage, Proposition 8.
“For far too long, professional sports have been a bastion of bigotry, intolerance and small-minded prejudice toward sexual orientation, just as they had been to racial differences decades earlier,” they say in a brief filed to the court. “America has walked this path before, and courageous people and the court brought us to the right result. We urge the court to repeat those actions here.”
The filing goes on to say that national sports leagues are finally “speaking out against homophobia and intolerance of LBGTQ individuals” and that “tolerance is becoming the message in locker rooms,” and that America should live up to the ideal that “all should be treated equally for what they are.”
“When our government discriminates properly, it does so, not based on what we inherently are, but instead to regular our negative actions against each other,” they say. “This Court should correct Proposition 8’s action to remove marriage rights from same-sex couples because, as the district court and the Ninth Circuit majority so carefully explained, the advocates of Proposition 8 provided no evidence-based rationale — as opposed to one based on fear and prejudice — for treating LBGTQ citizens differently with respect to marriage.”
This news comes at the same time it’s been revealed that Clint Eastwood, Barack Obama and a number of Republican Party members have signed their support of overturning Proposition 8 as well. The court is expected to reveal its decision in June.