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Burns needs constitutional refresher

We recently read an article regarding the letter Del. Emmett C. Burns Jr. wrote to Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti on the subject of Brendon Ayanbadejo's support of same-sex marriage ("Burns backs off attempt to silence Raven," Sept. 10).

Using his words, we are somewhat "appalled and aghast" that an elected official in Maryland would attempt to hinder the free speech of a fellow citizen. Delegate Burns and his constituents have every right to express their views, but so does Mr. Ayanbadejo.

We suggest he review both the Constitution of the United States and that of the state of Maryland to see that rights are provided to all citizens. We applaud the fact that the Baltimore Ravens are supporting Mr. Ayanbadejo (and other NFL players who have expressed their opinions). At least we can be comforted that it appears that narrow-minded people like Mr. Burns are probably now in the minority, just like those who support slavery and oppose interracial marriages.

Estle and Michael Lewis-McBride

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