National Football League player tangles with Maryland legislator over gay marriage

Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe writes open letter to Maryland politician about his views on gay marriage

National Football League player tangles with Maryland legislator over gay marriage
08 September 2012

Don’t expect Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe and Maryland Assembly Delegate Emmett C. Burns Jr. to share a cup of coffee soon.

Last week Burns wrote a letter to the owner of the Baltimore Ravens, a National Football League team. The legislator is displeased Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo has made public statements in support of same sex marriage. Burns, as reported by Politico, requested the owner to ‘inhibit such expressions.’

Kluwe responded with an open letter to the sports blog Deadspin. The US football player begins with a blunt assessment.

‘I find it inconceivable that you are an elected official of Maryland’s state government,’ Kluwe writes. ‘Your vitriolic hatred and bigotry make me ashamed and disgusted to think that you are in any way responsible for shaping policy at any level.’

He continues by making a few points involving  free speech rights, the history of professional athletes being invovled in political movements, and the nature of freedom. Kluwe ends by noting gay marriage will not impact the legislator or other straight married couples.

‘I can assure you that gay people getting married will have zero effect on your life. They won’t come into your house and steal your children.’

The 30 year old has been the punter for the Vikings for eight years, and is vocal in his opposition to a November ballot initiative in Minnesota that would change the state constitution to define marriage only between a man and a woman.

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