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    Broadening Support For “Athletes’ Brief” On Marriage Equality

    NFL stars and LGBT allies Chris Kluwe and Brendon Ayanbadejo announced the addition of numerous supporters for their “Athletes’ Brief” with the U.S. Supreme Court.

    The Athletes' Brief was filed in the case of Hollingsworth v. Perry, which challenges California's Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage. The brief expresses the importance of equal rights and the role that athletes play in affecting public behavior by the way they treat others, especially their effect on young people. Some of the supporters include:

    Brendon Ayanbadejo

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    Baltimore Ravens linebacker, 2013 Super Bowl Champion.

    Chris Kluwe

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    NFL punter with the Minnesota Vikings.

    Scott Fujita

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    NFL Linebacker, most recently with New Orleans Saints

    2009 Super Bowl Champion with Saints

    Robbie Rogers

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    Soccer Player, formerly with U. of Maryland, U.S. men’s national soccer team, professionally with Columbus Crew (2008 MLS Cup winner) and Leeds United

    Cheryl Reeve

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    WNBA Head Coach, Minnesota Lynx

    WNBA Champion & Coach of the Year 2011

    All-conference point guard, LaSalle

    Hunter Hillenmeyer

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    Former NFL linebacker with Chicago Bears

    Hudson Taylor

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    Division I Three-Time All-American wrestler

    Columbia University coach

    Rashad Evans

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    Michigan State wrestler

    Former UFC light heavyweight champion

    Sean Avery

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    Former NHL Left Wing with Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, Dallas Stars and New York Rangers.

    Adam Podlesh

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    NFL punter, Chicago Bears

    April Ross

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    Professional beach volleyball player

    National Freshman of the Year and All-American at USC

    2012 Olympic Silver Medalist, Beach Volleyball

    Jennifer Kessy

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    Professional beach volleyball player

    All-American at USC

    2012 Olympic Silver Medalist, Beach Volleyball

    Alex Mack

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    NFL Center, Cleveland Browns

    Winner of Draddy Trophy, the “academic Heisman”

    Rebekkah Brunson

    WNBA Forward, Minnesota Lynx

    2011 WNBA All-Star

    Founder, 32 Foundation, sponsoring academic and athletic opportunities for youth in the DC area

    Chris Gocong

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    NFL linebacker, Cleveland Browns

    Seimone Augustus

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    WNBA guard/forward, Minnesota Lynx

    Two-time Olympic gold medalist

    Three-time All-America with LSU

    2011 WNBA Champion (Finals MVP) and three-time All-Star

    Connor Barwin

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    NFL linebacker, Philadelphia Eagles, formerly with Houston Texans.

    Pokey Chatman

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    WNBA Head Coach, Chicago Sky

    Kawika Mitchell

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    Former NFL linebacker, New York Giants, Buffalo Bills, and New Orleans Saints

    2007 Super Bowl Champion with Giants

    D'Qwell Jackson

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    NFL Linebacker, Cleveland Browns

    Elected team captain

    Michelle Marciniak

    Former point guard and National Champion (and MVP) with Tennessee Vols, and Seattle Storm of the WNBA

    Former Asst. Coach – Univ. of S. Carolina