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Brendon Ayanbadejo is a 10-year NFL veteran who last played with the Super Bowl XLVII champion Baltimore Ravens and is a staunch supporter of same-sex marriage rights. In August 2012, Maryland state delegate Emmett Burns Jr. wrote an open letter to Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti requesting Ayanbadejo cease and desist all public support of marriage equality after Ayanbadejo donated Ravens tickets to help fundraise for marriage equality in Maryland. A law allowing same-sex marriages in the state eventually passed in late 2012 and took effect Jan. 1. Esera Tuaolo and Billy Bean are athletes who did not feel comfortable coming out during their pro careers. I had the opportunity to speak with each recently about the difficulties they faced and the progress in the arena of sports and equality. Tuaolo, who played nine seasons as a defensive tackle for five teams, painted a disturbing picture of life for a "closeted" gay athlete during his career, which spanned 1991-99. "As a player, I st...
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