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Athletes back gay marriage bill

Updated: March 7, 2013, 1:31 PM ET
ESPNChicago.com

Two Hall of Fame athletes signed a letter supporting a gay marriage bill on its way to the Illinois House.

Former Chicago Cubs shortstop Ernie Banks and former Chicago Bears defensive end Richard Dent, along with former Bears Hunter Hillenmeyer and Brendon Ayanbadejo, wrote that the "Illinois General Assembly should act now and give same-sex couples the freedom to marry."

"In sports, any time a player is not treated with fairness and respect, the game is diminished," ...

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