“Maryland Delegate Emmett C. Burns Jr. (D-Baltimore County) has changed his mind: Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo has a right to support gay marriage.
In an interview with The Baltimore Sun Sunday night, Burns flip-flopped on a letter he wrote to Ravens ownership that blasted the player for his public support of gay marriage. The founder and pastor of Rising Sun First Baptist Church had asked the Ravens to “inhibit such expressions from your employee and that he be ordered to cease and desist such injurious actions.”
Now he disagrees with himself.
“Upon reflection, he has his First Amendment rights,” Burns told the Sun. “And I have my First Amendment rights.…Each of us has the right to speak our opinions. The football player and I have a right to speak our minds.”
Burns’s move in support of the U.S. Constitution comes after a flurry of criticism of him and support for Ayanbadejo.”