Super Bowl champion Brendon Ayanbadejo has, as promised, used the spotlight of winning the big game to speak out for marriage equality. CNN’s Don Lemon conducted an extended interview today with Ayanbadejo, who used the opportunity to not only reiterate his support for marriage equality, but to endorse the fair treatment for all members of the LGBT community:
AYANBADEJO: Everyone’s been talking to gay people their whole lives whether we know it or not. We really believe that you’re born gay. I’ve had plenty of conversations with people that are gay and they say they are born gay, no different than me being born this beautiful almond coconut color that I am. People are born gay. So why treat them any differently? It’s time that we treat everybody fairly. And not only are we trying to dictate who people should love. We’re also trying to dictate who people should be. If a woman wants to wear a man’s clothes or if a man wants to wear a woman’s clothes or you feel like you’re a woman on the inside and you’re really a man. Who cares? Let’s just treat everybody equally. Let’s move on. Let’s evolve as a culture, as a people.
He also commented on the 49ers who made various anti-gay comments, including Chris Culliver’s remarks that he wouldn’t play with a gay player and subsequent non-apology apology. According to Ayanbadejo, the Ravens won because they loved each other more. Watch the full interview to see what a true LGBT ally looks like (HT: Towleroad):