When 379 large corporations asked the Supreme Court last week to declare a Constitutional right to same-sex marriage, advocates were met with partners in the National Football League and Major League Baseball.
The New England Patriots, San Francisco Giants, and Tampa Bay Rays all joined in filing the brief, which seeks to declare the few remaining same-sex marriage bans unconstitutional.
“San Francisco is the epicenter of the marriage equality movement and it is only fitting that its professional sports team would join in this effort,” Giants President Larry Baer said in a statement. “The San Francisco Giants are proud to sign the brief because it speaks directly to our core values of equality and social justice for all.”
Rays President Brian Auld added that it was important for his organization to send a “signal of inclusion” in joining the SCOTUS brief.
The development is notable, as sports franchises rarely engage so directly in political issues. Gay marriage is currently the law of the land in 37 states and the District of Columbia. Decisions on same-sex marriage bans in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee are expected this summer.
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