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Pro-Life Raven Skipped White House Visit in Protest Against Planned Parenthood

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Here at Baltimore Fishbowl, we’ve given a lot of attention to (former) Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo’s activism on behalf of gay rights and marriage equality. But there’s another Raven with strong political beliefs — so strong, in fact, that he sat out the team’s White House visit earlier this week in protest.

The Ravens’ New Linebacker Can’t Stop Getting Arrested

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McClain didn’t seem overly upset about this December, 2011 arrest

Rolando McClain, the former Oakland Raider/brand new Baltimore Raven, got arrested the other night. Again. (And for doing something pretty stupid, too.) This makes three arrests in 16 months, which may be making the Ravens leadership a little bit nervous.

Did the Ravens Axe Brendon Ayanbadejo for his Gay Rights Activism?

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It’s been an up-and-down week for Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo. The outspoken gay rights advocate flew to New York to accept the Straight for Equality in Sports Award from PFLAG, only to learn that he would be “released” — polite sportstalk for “cut” — from the team. In an interview with Newsday, Ayanbadejo intimated that his activism was perhaps to blame:  “My bark is louder than my bite. I make a lot of noise and garner a lot of attention for various things off the football field. When that starts happening, why do you have that player around?”

Del. Burns Admonished Again, Officially This Time

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L to R: Brendon Ayanbadejo, Chris Kluwe, Del. Emmett C. Burns Jr.

It wasn’t enough that Minnesota Viking Chris Kluwe wrote him an obscenity-laden, chastising open letter back in September. Del. Emmett C. Burns is facing heat again for the letter he wrote to Ravens owner Steve Biscotti asking that Biscotti discourage Raven Brendon Ayanbadejo from being so vocal in his support for marriage equality. This time it’s from the General Assembly’s ethics committee, and though Burns hasn’t not revealed the exact contents of the letter, we know it’s over Burns’s use of legislative stationery in his plea to silence Ayanbadejo.

How to Milk This Super Bowl Victory as Long as Possible

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Winning the Super Bowl should be like celebrating a significant birthday — it’s important to milk it for all you’ve got, and to make it last as long as possible. Who knows when we’ll get this excuse again? (Orioles 2013!!)

49ers Player Makes Stupid Homophobic Comments — Aren’t You Glad You’re a Ravens Fan?

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We’ve written plenty about how rad we think it is that Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo has been an outspoken advocate for marriage equality, to the point of using his Super Bowl appearance to further the cause. That activism seems all the more awesome now that we hear how some other players — notably the 49ers Chris Culliver — discuss sexuality and football. ” No, we don’t got no gay people on the team, they gotta get up out of here if they do,” Culliver told Artie Lange in an interview on Super Bowl Media Day.  “Can’t be with that sweet stuff… Nah, can’t be in the locker room. Nah.”

Baltimore Raven Uses Super Bowl Fame to Advocate for Gay Rights

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Just hours after the Ravens won the AFC Championship game, Brendon Ayanbadejo was already thinking strategically — not so much about football (though we hope that’s on his mind, too), but about how he could use this trip to the Super Bowl to further his favorite adopted cause, gay rights.

For Ayanbadejo, Being Called “Gay” Is an Honor

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Time was, celebrities rumored to be gay would issue a statement vehemently denying any queer tendencies and then quickly add, “not that there would be anything wrong with that!” Well, we may be fast approaching a time when those same celebrities may responding with something more like, “No, but I’m so flattered you’d assume that,” what with GQ naming Raven Brendon Ayanbadejo (as well as Viking Chris Kluwe) an “honorary gay” for his vocal, uncompromising support of gay marriage this past year.

The Governor and the Football Player Walk Into a Bar to Support Gay Marriage

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No it’s not a set-up for a joke — it’s more like a team we wouldn’t mind joining:  last night, Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo and Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley joined forces in support of marriage equality (and foosball) in a fundraiser at Federal Hill bar Mother’s last night.

And Now the Anti-Gay Marriage Raven Speaks Out

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When it’s all said and done, it’s pretty cool that one of the most public feuds between football players right now is a war of words and ideas — more precisely, a very public, very heated debate about gay marriage. And it’s centering on our very own Baltimore Ravens.

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