Maryland Delegate Emmett Burns on Sunday reversed course on Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo's gay marriage advocacy.

Burns, who is also the pastor and founder of the Rising Sun First Baptist Church, had informed Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti that the team should not allow Ayanbadejo to advocate in support of a gay marriage law on the November ballot in Maryland.

“Upon reflection, he has his First Amendment rights,” Burns, a Democrat, told the Baltimore Sun. “And I have my First Amendment rights. … Each of us has the right to speak our opinions. The football player and I have a right to speak our minds.”

Burns' actions prompted Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe to pen a response in which he called Burns “mindfucking obscenely hypocritical,” “closed minded” and “totally lacking in empathy.”

(Related: Chris Kluwe goes after lawmaker attacking Brendon Ayanbadejo over gay marriage.)

Both Kluwe and Ayanbadejo have said attitudes on the issue in the NFL have shifted dramatically.

“I think the culture in the NFL has become a lot more tolerant in the last 10 years or so,” Kluwe told The New York Times. “There's a younger generation coming in every year or two, and they make me hopeful of the future.”

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres lauded the athletes in a tweet: “I'm amazed and moved by your words. You're two of the most courageous people I know.”

The Baltimore Sun reported that Burns would not say what prompted him to change his mind.