Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon
Ayanbadejo and Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley are among those
featured in a new ad for Question 6, which would uphold a gay
marriage law approved by Maryland lawmakers.
“I'm for all Americans being treated
the same,” Ayanbadejo says in the 60-second video.
“For equality, for fairness, for
religious freedom vote for Question 6,” O'Malley says. (The video
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Ayanbadejo is among a handful of
high-profile athletes taking a public stance on the issue. Teammate
Matt Birk has also, recording ads for opponents of Question 6.
Birk claims gay marriage would strip rights from Christians.)
O'Malley, who signed the bill into law,
has strongly backed passage of the measure.
Maryland is one of four states where
the issue of marriage equality is on the ballot.
Voters in Washington are also deciding
the fate of a gay marriage law approved by lawmakers. Minnesotans
are considering a constitutional amendment which would limit marriage
to heterosexual couples. And Maine's ballot includes a measure
seeking to legalize marriage for gay couples in the state.