Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon
Ayanbadejo and Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley are hosting a
football watching party to benefit the campaign to approve Question
6, which would uphold a gay marriage law approved by lawmakers.
The fundraiser will take place Monday
evening at sports bar Mother's Federal Hill Grille in Baltimore.
“Look forward to joining @brendon310
& marriage equality supporters tonight to watch MNF (& the
O's of course) #Votefor6,” O'Malley tweeted on Monday to his more
than 26,000 followers.
Ayanbadejo is a strong supporter of
marriage equality. Last October he became the first professional
athlete to endorse the Marylanders for Marriage Equality campaign,
which successfully lobbied for passage of the marriage law.
His support attracted national
attention last month when Maryland Delegate Emmett C. Burns Jr. asked
the Ravens to sanction Ayanbadejo for his advocacy. Burns
later reversed course, saying the athlete had a right to his
When asked Sunday on Twitter, “Have
you attended any gay weddings or asked to officiate any of them?”
Ayanbadejo answered: “I WILL IN NOVEMBER.”