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Donte' Stallworth takes to Twitter to speak out for gay rights

By Matt Vensel

1:30 PM EDT, May 18, 2011

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Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo has been vocal about his support of gay rights and same-sex marriage in Maryland. He filmed a video for Equality Maryland and has spoken about the subject on ESPN. Now another Ravens player has gone public with his support -- and he did it on Twitter, of course.

Apparently responding to the news that CNN anchor Don Lemon has come out of the closet, Ravens wide receiver and soon-to-be free agent Donte’ Stallworth called opponents of gay rights “hypocrites.”

Well, technically he called them “hyporcrites,” but I won’t mock him for ignoring the red squiggly lines.

“Sad that people are ridiculed for their sexual orientation in this age... and leave religion out of this, God loves ALL!!! #hyporcrites,” Stallworth Tweeted on Tuesday. “These politicians that use religion to deter gay marriage are same ones doing dirty under the table ish & war mongering #WheresYourReligion.”

Stallworth then quoted comedienne Wanda Sykes and sent words of encouragement to Lemon.

It’s great to see professional athletes like Stallworth speaking out in favor of gay rights and people in the sporting world coming out of the closet. Is it now safe for an active player in a major pro sport to announce he is gay? Sadly, I don’t think so. But at least things appear to be slowly moving in that direction.