Despite previously decrying efforts to “celebritize” the issue, Maryland’s opponents of marriage equality have launched a new ad featuring Baltimore Ravens center Matt Birk. Birk spoke out recently against the freedom to marry, rivaling the position of his teammate, Brendon Ayanbadejo. In the new 30-second ad, he accuses gay couples of being selfish for wanting the right to marry, insinuating that they will somehow harm the children they are already raising. He also suggests that the few benefits granted by domestic partnerships are more than enough:
BIRK: Marriage is more than what adults want for themselves. It is also about the next generation. Marriage is and should remain between a man and a woman. Gay and lesbian couples already receive benefits in Maryland, like hospital visitation, state health benefits, and tax breaks. We don’t need to redefine marriage.