|Maryland Del. Emmett C. Burns|
Clearly the backlash has finally managed to pierce the veil of stupidity surrounding this religious nut, and he has had to eat a little crow. (Though not nearly enough crow in my opinion.)
This courtesy of Baltimore Sun:
"Upon reflection, he has his First Amendment rights," Del. Emmett C. Burns Jr., a Baltimore County Democrat, said in a telephone interview. "And I have my First Amendment rights. … Each of us has the right to speak our opinions. The football player and I have a right to speak our minds."
Burns, who is also the pastor and founder of the Rising Sun First Baptist Church in Woodlawn, has been under fire for a letter he wrote last month urging Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti to "take the necessary action" and order Ayanbadejo to "cease and desist" his advocacy of gay rights.
Yeah except this douchebag did not just "speak" his "mind." He demanded that this player's boss shut him up and take away HIS First Amendment rights. And he did it while using official letterhead from the Maryland House of Delegates, which is kind of the very definition of the government trying to suppress somebody's right to freedom of speech.
In other words, as a representative of the government, he is making a false equivalency and his attempt at an apology sucks ass.
Fortunately for him Mr. Avanbadejo is a much more generous human being than he is.
Ayanbadejo said that the delegate's revised sentiment is "a little too late from a damage control perspective" but hopes that Burns will "open his heart" on the issue.
Yeah I also think that the damage to Mr. Burns reputation has already been done, but unlike Mr. Avanbadejo I hold out little hope that he will ever change his intolerant opinion concerning who should, or should not, be allowed to marry the person that they love.