Some backstory: Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo filmed a PSA for the group “Marylanders for Marriage Equality in 2011,” supporting the gay marriage amendment on the ballot in Maryland. Then a member of Maryland’s House of Delegates, Emmett C. Burns, Jr. (D-Baltimore), publicly demanded that Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti “inhibit such expressions from your employee.” Then a football player on another team, Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, wrote a really great letter to Emmett C. Burns that contains this paragraph:
I can assure you that gay people getting married will have zero effect on your life. They won’t come into your house and steal your children. They won’t magically turn you into a lustful cockmonster. They won’t even overthrow the government in an orgy of hedonistic debauchery because all of a sudden they have the same legal rights as the other 90 percent of our population—rights like Social Security benefits, child care tax credits, Family and Medical Leave to take care of loved ones, and COBRA healthcare for spouses and children. You know what having these rights will make gays? Full-fledged American citizens just like everyone else, with the freedom to pursue happiness and all that entails.
All of it is just so good, but the postscript at the end (you’ll have to click through) kills it. Well done, football players, well done.