He said the team never objected, and his outspokenness had nothing to do with his release from the team earlier this year. He isn't sure whether he'll be playing in 2013.
Ayanbadejo, who played for the Dolphins in 2003 and 2004, attributed the Ravens decision to economics. He said he was paid $1 million a year and a 21- or 22-year-old could do the same thing for $300,000 or $400,000 a year. "If you're an employer, are you going to pay someone an extra 600 grand to do the same thing? Probably not."
Rodney White, of Hollywood, owner of a project management company and a member of the Equality Florida board, said the media scrum around Ayanbadejo will further the momentum for same-sex marriage.
"It's not just my community's issue any more," White said. "It's an American citizens' issue."
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Local mayors who support same-sex marriage:
Peter Bober, Hollywood.
Joy Cooper, Hallandale Beach.
Pam Donovan, Margate .*
Debby Eisinger, Cooper City.*
Marilyn Gerber, Coconut Creek*
Kristin Jacobs, Broward County.
Richard Kaplan, Lauderhill.
David Levy, Palm Beach Gardens.*
Ashira Mohammed, Pembroke Park.
Lori Moseley, Miramar.
Jeri Muoio, West Palm Beach.
Frank Ortis, Pembroke Pines.
Judy Paul, Davie.
Gary Resnick, Wilton Manors.
Mike Ryan, Sunrise.
Anne Sallee, Oakland Park. *
J.P. Sasser, Pahokee. *
Beth Talabisco, Tamarac.
Pam Triolo, Lake Worth.
Michael Udine, Parkland.
Those marked with an asterisk (*) no longer carry the title mayor. One was defeated, while others left office because of term limits, a retirement, or rotated to commissioner roles late in 2012 or early this year.
Source: Mayors for the Freedom to Marry.