Ayanbadejo to host "Monday Night football" party for same-sex marriage

The latest evidence that Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo won't be muzzled about his support for same-sex marriage: He is hosting a Monday Night football party for the cause.

Gov. Martin O'Malley this morning applauded Ayanbadejo for "tackling the issue" (O'Malley's pun, not ours), and plans to join. The party is set for Oct. 8 at Mother's Federal Hill Grille in Baltimore.

The football player has been a longtime supporter of same-sex marriage, but received a flood of attention after Baltimore County Del. Emmett Burns, a Democrat, tried to stop him from talking publicly about the issue. The delegate softened his position after a national outcry that included a scathing and obscenity laced letter from Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe.

On Nov. 6, Marylanders will vote on a new law allowing gays to marry. Should the referendum pass, the first weddings would be Jan. 1, 2013.