Like the rest of Baltimore, the LGBT community celebrated the Baltimore Ravens’ upcoming return to the Super Bowl after a 12-year absence. Community members have been donning Ravens gear throughout the playoffs that saw the team triumph on the road against favored powerhouses Denver Broncos and New England Patriots after beating the Indianapolis Colts at home.
Local bars are already planning Super Bowl parties and special events to coincide with the unexpected fortune of the Ravens. Even political organizations joined in on Ravens fever. In a nod to Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, Equality Maryland tweeted, “Way to go #Ravens – thanks to @brendon310 for standing up for our families this year!”
Ayanbadejo was a high-profile, outspoken advocate for marriage equality during the referendum battle that ended with the voters deciding by a 52-48 margin to legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland. Ravens center Matt Birk, on the other hand, openly opposed the measure.