Ernie Banks, Richard Dent Back Gay Marriage In Illinois

Ernie Banks in 2011 - Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images for BMW

Two Chicago sports legends -- Ernie Banks and Richard Dent -- are among athletes who have signed a letterr urging Illinois legislators to pass a bill allowing same-sex marriage. Banks is known as Mr. Cub, while Dent was a feared pass rusher for the Bears. Both are in the Hall of Fame.

A letter showing support for the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act was signed by retired Cubs shortstop Ernie Banks, former Bears defensive end Richard Dent, former Bears linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer and Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, a former Chicago Bear.

"We come from a variety of backgrounds, and we have played different sports for different teams. But one thing that binds us together is our belief in the importance of fairness and respect - in all aspects of life," a section of the letter reads.

The Illinois Senate has passed a bill and action is awaiting in the House. Having the support of prominent Illinois athletes can only help. Maybe Banks can update his saying to "Let's Marry Too."

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