New York Ranger Sean Avery Comes Out for Marriage

New York Ranger Sean Avery became the first professional athlete in New York to announce his support for the freedom to marry.

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Charles Barkley speaks out against anti-gay discrimination

Freedom to Marry Voice for Equality, Charles Barkley, spoke out Monday during a pre-game tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. against anti-gay discrimination.

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Straight wrestler launches ‘athlete ally’ to combat homophobia

Hudson Taylor, a straight All-American wrestler and coach at Columbia University, has launched the website AthleteAlly.com in an effort to combat homophobia in sports and ensure the locker room is a safe space for all.

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COMMENTARY: The Athletic Supporter ponders a pro-athlete’s support

Roman Jimenez: "I’d like to thank Antonio Cromartie for his courageous support of a cause I didn’t even know he supported. I want to thank him for being brave enough to stand up for something some of his fellow teammates may well disagree with."

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Voice for Equality: Antonio Cromartie

Antonio Cromartie is is an American football cornerback for the New York Jets of the National Football League. Cromartie is credited with the longest play in NFL history, as he returned a missed field goal 109 yards for a touchdown on November 4, 2007.

In November of 2010, Mr. Cromartie became the first NFL player to take part in the NoH8 campaign, a group dedicated to building support for the freedom to marry.

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Voice for Equality: Laura Ricketts

Laura Ricketts is co-owner of the Chicago Cubs and CEO of Ecotravel.com. Ricketts is also a board member of Lambda Legal and the Housing Opportunities for Women organization.

Ricketts' ownership stake in the Cubs is uniquely noteworthy because it makes her the first openly gay owner of a major-league sports franchise.

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Voice for Equality: Isiah Thomas

Isiah Thomas might not be able to be a consultant for the Knicks while simultaneously coaching Florida International University's men's basketball team.

But while he awaits the NBA's decision, the former Knicks coach is lending his support to a different cause - opposing a ban on the freedom to marry.

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Voice for Equality: Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo

Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo responded to a pre-FIFA World Cup interview question about his native country's new freedom to marry law by saying, "...we must respect the choices made by anyone, because, after all, all citizens should have the exact same rights and responsibilities."

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Video: Anna Huang and Alison Stocking: First female couple in New York Times ‘Vows” video series

Anna Huang and Alison Stocking, the first female couple featured in the Vows video series, never doubted their love despite all kinds of difficulties.

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Can the NFL Tackle Marriage Equality?

The Nation
September 29, 2009
Dave Zirin observes: "As a direct result of the movement for marriage equality, there are green shoots for social justice becoming visible in the locker room." First it was the NFL's Brendon Ayanbadejo writing on behalf of the freedom to marry in the Huffington Post. Now Scott Fujita, of the New Orleans Saints, has lent his support as well. [Link]

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