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NFL Players Brendon Ayanbadejo and Chris Kluwe File SCOTUS Brief Urging Court to Strike Down Prop 8

Honorary-gaysRavens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo and Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, two staunch straight allies in the fight for marriage equality, are among those who have filed an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to strike down Proposition 8.

Say the players in their brief:

“When we advance the idea that some people should be treated differently because of who they are, demeaned in public as lesser beings, not worthy of the same rights and benefits as others despite their actions as good citizens and neighbors, then we deny them equal protection under the laws. America has walked this path before, and courageous people and the Court brought us to the right result. We urge the Court to repeat those actions here.”

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  1. Awesome! Love love love!

    Posted by: K | Feb 28, 2013 2:38:28 PM


  2. What a strange thing to be noted for. Add this to their FBI file.

    Posted by: GB | Feb 28, 2013 2:43:07 PM


  3. Did Mr. Kluwe refer to Justice Scalia as a lustful cockmonster or as a glimmering sparklepony?

    Posted by: SC David | Feb 28, 2013 2:53:59 PM


  4. Two awesome allies. Anyone who is LGBTQ should look at these two men and be inspired at how they've taken a stand for us when they never had to. Just two great guys.

    Posted by: Francis | Feb 28, 2013 3:00:28 PM


  5. A lot of things about this are awesome. But one of my favorites: Deadspin us name dropped in the first paragraph of a brief to the Supreme Court. Hilarious.

    Posted by: Lars | Feb 28, 2013 3:00:51 PM


  6. i think all gay people should kiss that dude on the right's super bowl ring for all he's done that he didn't have to do. Dean

    Posted by: CD in DC | Feb 28, 2013 3:06:44 PM


  7. Talk the talk, walk the walk. Show us your briefs!

    Posted by: Josh | Feb 28, 2013 3:10:42 PM


  8. GB, what the hell are you talking about?

    I think this is awesome.

    Posted by: Terry | Feb 28, 2013 3:30:56 PM


  9. Quick summary of their argument:
    1. Pro sports play a big role in shaping opinions and influencing progress. People get emotionally invested in their teams, to a degree that can't be explained.
    2. Individual athletes are viewed as role models, even more than historical figures.
    3. The Court's decision will set a tone that influences the language and behavior of pro athletes, and if the Court overturns the Ninth Circuit (e.g., if the Court fails to protect gay marriage in CA) then this will enable hate and discourage those in favor of gay marriage. The decision matters to a lot of people.

    The brief ends with a quick ethics argument in favor of equal protection under the law. Here are some key points made: Discrimination should be legal only when there's a legitimate and evidence-based reason for it. The "default" position is freedom from governmental discrimination. Because gay persons have been the target of discrimination, the Court ought to approach the decision with a skeptical eye toward the regulator, requiring that the regulator needs to explain why the discriminating law is needed. Marital rights are recognized as central ones. Just as use of anti-gay epithets labels gays and lesbians as inferior, for gay persons to be denied access to the label "married" puts them in an inferior class. Treating some people differently because of who they are, demeaning them in public as inferior, saying they are unworthy of the same rights despite being good citizens, means that they are denied equal protection under the laws. This has similarities to our historic civil rights struggles over race, and the Court needs to lead the way.

    Posted by: SC David | Feb 28, 2013 3:31:12 PM


  10. Josh, don't demean our allies. The consistent theme here is that everyone agrees they didn't have to step forward. But they did, and they have become leaders and great allies. Don't act like a dumb mimbo and ask to see their underwear. Next time no one will offer assistance if they think we are all as infantile as you.

    Posted by: Phil | Feb 28, 2013 4:05:16 PM


  11. LOVE these two heroic men. They are not only talented, but compassionate. I wish they knew how many gay lives they have helped save this past year with all their kind support of gays and gay youth. They truly are both pioneers!

    Posted by: Kyle | Feb 28, 2013 11:10:38 PM


  12. Amazing Guys, both Kluwe & Ayanbadejo! I appreciate everything about their efforts and embrace their support.

    Posted by: RexT | Mar 1, 2013 4:43:05 PM


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