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Brendon Ayanbadejo Talks About Leaving the Ravens and Reports of Gay NFL Players Coming Out: VIDEO

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Brendon Ayanbadejo, who was cut from the Baltimore Ravens yesterday, sat down with MSNBC's Thomas Roberts today to talk about reports that it was because of his marriage equality advocacy. He also expands on statements he made to the Baltimore Sun that up to four gay NFL players may be planning to come out at the same time.

And, Towleroad gets a nice shout-out.

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Thomas Roberts Gets Personal on Marriage Equality: VIDEO

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MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts took off his professional hat for a moment yesterday to talk about his marriage last September to his husband Patrick.

Said Roberts:

"I don't think that we would have gone for a civil union. Getting married in the fall was something very personal, and very incredible! ... It's only made our lives better...The otherness, it's time for that to go away....If the Supreme Court gets rid of DOMA and goes ahead and strikes Prop 8 out of the way, is that going to get rid of homophobia in this country? No. But it does make the government stand up to appreciate the fact that the LGBT community exists in this country. We're good taxpaying Americans..."

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MSNBC's Thomas Roberts Talks with Ken Mehlman, Richard Socarides About DOMA, Prop. 8 Cases: VIDEO

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MSNBC's Thomas Roberts today spoke with former RNC Chair Ken Mehlman who led the Republican amicus brief opposing Proposition 8, about yesterday's arguments. In a separate segment, he spoke with out gay Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) and former Clinton aide Richard Socarides.

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NBC's Pete Williams Says SCOTUS Not Ready to Issue 'Any Kind of Sweeping Ruling' on Gay Rights: VIDEO

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NBC's Pete Williams, who was in the courtroom, tells Thomas Roberts that the Supreme Court is "not prepared to issue any kind of sweeping ruling about gay rights" and that it's likely they'll limit their ruling to California. He also notes that it's "risky" to make any kind of an assessment simply based on oral arguments.

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Our legal expert Ari Ezra Waldman has posted his analysis of today's arguments. Read his take on their questioning of Prop 8 proponents HERE, and opponents (Ted Olson's argument) HERE.

And listen to the audio and read the transcripts of today's arguments HERE.

(via the new civil rights movement)

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David Mixner Talks to MSNBC's Thomas Roberts About Bill Clinton's DOMA Reversal: VIDEO

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Political strategist and longtime activist David Mixner joined Thomas Roberts on MSNBC today to talk about former President Bill Clinton's op-ed urging the Supreme Court to overturn DOMA, which he signed into law in 1996.

Mixner said that while he welcomes Clinton's decision to do so, it's important to not rewrite history and sweep his original actions under the rug. Mixner also talks about the upcoming SCOTUS decisions.

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Thomas Roberts Speaks to Freedom to Marry's Evan Wolfson About Marriage Equality Ad Campaign: VIDEO

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This morning I posted about the new million-dollar marriage equality campaign spearheaded by HRC and Freedom to Marry which has as its lead-off piece of media an ad featuring Dick Cheney, Laura Bush, and Colin Powell making pro-equality statements.

Freedom to Marry's Evan Wolfson joined MSNBC's Thomas Roberts today to talk about the campaign.

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