ESPN.com reported Thursday that Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo combined with Minnesota punter Chris Kluwe on an amicus brief that supports same-sex marriage in California.
The NFL players worked together on it and, according to ESPN.com, "filed it on the day of the Supreme Court's deadline in the case of Hollingsworth v. Perry, which challenges the law against marriage equality known as Proposition 8."
The website said the players made the argument that athletes have lots of influence and wanted to show their support for the right of gays to marry legally.
"When we advance the idea that some people should be treated differently because of who they are," ESPN.com reported that the players wrote in the brief, "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."
Ayanbadejo has never been shy about speaking out in regards to non-football issues. The issue of gays in football came up during the Super Bowl when San Francisco's Chris Culliver made several insenstive remarks about them when speaking to the media.
This issue started to come up again this week when some teams at the NFL combine reportedly may have asked questions that involved sexual orientation.