Roger Goodell backs player in gay marriage flap

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday defended Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, whose public support for gay marriage prompted a Maryland state lawmaker to write a letter to the team’s owner asking him to silence his player.

“I think in this day and age, people are going to speak up about what they think is important. They speak as individuals and that’s an important part of democracy,” Goodell said at POLITICO’s Playbook’s Lunch with Mike Allen.

Maryland Assembly Delegate Emmett C. Burns Jr. sent a letter last week to Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti asking that he force Ayanbadejo to “inhibit such expressions” in support of gay marriage. Read more »

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Barney Frank defends 'Uncle Tom' diss

Barney Frank defends 'Uncle Tom' diss

Rep. Barney Frank released a scathing statement Tuesday defending his recent comparison of the Log Cabin Republicans to Uncle Tom, saying the LGBT group is “on the wrong side of the election” by pushing Mitt Romney’s “Rick Santorum platform.”

“I am not surprised that members of the Log Cabin Republicans are offended by my comparing them to Uncle Tom,” Frank wrote. “They are no more offended than I am by their campaigning in the name of LGBT rights to elect the candidate and party who diametrically oppose our rights against a president who has forcefully and effectively supported our rights.” Read more »

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Spotlight on Success - Nate Rhoton

ONE Community welcomes you to our video series, Spotlight on Success. Join us as we interview LGBT and allied ONE Community business members and ask them about their business, why it's important to engage in the LGBT community and about their personal commitment to diversity and the overall community. Community participation creates stronger communities and a greater sense of pride.   Get to know Nate Rhoton of Sky Renewable Energy in this interview. Mark your calendar for Friday October 19th, 2012 - the Second Annual Spotlight on Success Local Heroes Awards.

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Players’ Support of Gay Marriage Alters N.F.L. Image

Players’ Support of Gay Marriage Alters N.F.L. Image

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo has been a consistent supporter of legalizing same-sex marriage. In 2011, he filmed his own video backing this November’s ballot initiative in Maryland and posted it on YouTube, and he recently donated Ravens tickets to a Marylanders for Marriage Equality fund-raiser.

Ayanbadejo’s acts caught the attention of Emmett C. Burns Jr., a Maryland state delegate who opposes same-sex marriage. On Aug. 29, Burns sent a letter to Steve Bisciotti, the Ravens’ owner, urging him to “inhibit such expressions from your employee and that he be ordered to cease and desist such injurious actions.” Read more »

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Ann Romney Declines To Answer Questions On Gay Marriage, Contraception

Ann Romney Declines To Answer Questions On Gay Marriage, Contraception

Ann Romney, the wife of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, repeatedly declined to answer questions about gay marriage or employer-provided contraception in an interview with Davenport, Iowa, television station KWQC conducted Friday.

The interview was scheduled to air Friday night on KWQC-TV, an NBC affiliate, but a transcript of the segment was posted on the station's website Friday afternoon.

Romney was talking about her message to women voters, who largely support the president, polls show.

"Here in Iowa, as you know, same-sex marriage is legal. Do you believe a lesbian mother should be allowed to marry her partner?" David Nelson, a KWQC anchor asked. Read more »

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Chris Kluwe, NFL punter, rips pol in same-sex row

Chris Kluwe, NFL punter, rips pol in same-sex row

Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe on Friday called a Maryland state politician “mind-boggingly stupid” for demanding that another NFL player stop openly supporting a gay marriage initiative in the state.

Kluwe took issue with a letter Maryland Assembly Delegate Emmett C. Burns Jr., a Democrat, sent last week to Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti asking him to “inhibit such expressions” in support of gay marriage made by Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo. In a profanity-laced letter posted on Deadspin, Kluwe responded to what he deemed Burns’s “vitriolic hatred and bigotry.” Read more »

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