No, Roger Goodell didn't take sides in the gay-marriage debate. But he told Politico he's not going to stop NFL players like the Ravens' Brendon Ayanbadejo from doing so, either:

"I think in this day and age, people are going to speak up about what they think is important. They speak as individuals and that's an important part of democracy," Goodell said at POLITICO's Playbook's Lunch with Mike Allen.

NFL players: They're allowed to be concerned citizens, too!*


(*The NFL itself? They'd rather not go there.)