Ayanbadejo: Gay marriage is evolution of civil rights

WASHINGTON -  

Baltimore Ravens linebacker and activist Brendan Ayanbadejo appeared on a Sunday morning talk show in advance of two important gay rights cases that will be argued before the Supreme Court this week. 
 
Ayanbadejo has been an advocate for legalizing same- sex marriage since 2009. He garnered national attention in 2012 when he publicly clashed with Maryland State Delegate Emmet Burns over the issue. 
 
He told Bob Schieffer on Face the Nation that the fight for same-sex marriage is, "the evolution of civil rights and equal rights."  He said he wants to use his influence as a public figure to increase tolerance. "We're not going to stop until everyone is treated fairly, and that's especially including the LGBT community."
 
This week the Supreme Court will hear two pivotal cases in the fight for same-sex marriage. 
 
On Tuesday, a lesbian couple will try to persuade the court to strike down Proposition 8, a California voter-approved ban on same-sex marriages and to declare that gay couples can marry nationwide.
 
A second case, set for Wednesday, involves the part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that prevents same-sex couples who are legally married from receiving a range of federal tax, pension and other benefits that otherwise are available to married people.
 
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