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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Seizing the 'Super Bowl Megaphone'

Interesting piece at NYT site tonight on Brendon Ayanbadejo, the linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens, who made waves last year for taking a strong stand for gay marriage (only one other NFLer joined him fully) and is now headed to New Orleans for the Super Duper Bowl.  And already he has grown determined to take this opportunity to really go wide on this issue.  But:
On the phone Tuesday he made clear that not all his teammates support same-sex marriage. Some have religious objections. He said that discussions about their differences of opinion had an unlikely trigger: chicken sandwiches. On one or two occasions, he said, he turned down food from the chain Chick-fil-A, whose owner is a social conservative against gay marriage.
“I’ll say, ‘I’m protesting’,” Ayanbadejo recalled. “No Chick-fil-A for me.” And a few of his teammates, he said, would respond by saying that they actually agreed with the chicken chain’s owner.

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