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

Baltimore Ravens linebacker, 2013 Super Bowl Champion. Nick Wass / AP

Chris Kluwe

NFL punter with the Minnesota Vikings. Hannah Foslien / Getty Images

Scott Fujita

NFL Linebacker, most recently with New Orleans Saints
2009 Super Bowl Champion with Saints
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Robbie Rogers

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 Marcio Jose Sanchez, File / AP

Cheryl Reeve

WNBA Head Coach, Minnesota Lynx
WNBA Champion & Coach of the Year 2011
All-conference point guard, LaSalle
Michael Hickey / Getty Images

Hunter Hillenmeyer

Former NFL linebacker with Chicago Bears Jonathan Daniel / Getty Images

Hudson Taylor

Division I Three-Time All-American wrestler
Columbia University coach
Neilson Barnard / Getty Images

Rashad Evans

Michigan State wrestler
Former UFC light heavyweight champion
Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images

Sean Avery

Former NHL Left Wing with Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, Dallas Stars and New York Rangers. Christopher Pasatieri / Getty Images

Adam Podlesh

NFL punter, Chicago Bears Rick Osentoski / AP

April Ross

Professional beach volleyball player
National Freshman of the Year and All-American at USC
2012 Olympic Silver Medalist, Beach Volleyball
Marcelo Del Pozo / Reuters

Jennifer Kessy

Professional beach volleyball player
All-American at USC
2012 Olympic Silver Medalist, Beach Volleyball
Marcelo Del Pozo / Reuters

Alex Mack

NFL Center, Cleveland Browns
Winner of Draddy Trophy, the “academic Heisman”
Karl Walter / Getty Images

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

NFL linebacker, Cleveland Browns NFL via Getty Images / Getty Images

Seimone Augustus

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
Al Bello / Getty Images

Connor Barwin

NFL linebacker, Philadelphia Eagles, formerly with Houston Texans. George Bridges / MCT

Pokey Chatman

WNBA Head Coach, Chicago Sky Travis Lindquist / Getty Images

Kawika Mitchell

Former NFL linebacker, New York Giants, Buffalo Bills, and New Orleans Saints
2007 Super Bowl Champion with Giants
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D’Qwell Jackson

NFL Linebacker, Cleveland Browns
Elected team captain
David Maxwell / Getty Images

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

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Sarah Karlan is the Deputy LGBT Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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