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NFL player Chris Kluwe not 'excessively fondled' at gay fundraising event

Minnesota Vikings star tackles gay stereotypes in humorous blog, and stands up for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people
Chris Kluwe defended the rights of gay people and says they are not treated like American citizens should be.

Pro-gay rights NFL player Chris Kluwe says he was not ‘excessively fondled’ at a gay marriage fundraiser.

Writing firmly tongue in cheek, Minnesota Vikings Punter Kluwe joked in a new blogpost  trying to combat the idea gay football fans are not like straight fans.

His blog, published on TwinCities.com expresses Kluwe’s view that gay football fans are just the same around him as straight one would be.

Kluwe wrote: ‘Gay people are exactly the same as straight people. They laughed, they yelled, they congratulated me in the Vikings winning. They asked for autographs, shook my hand, posed for pictures and introduced me to their significant others.

‘At no point was I excessively fondled and at no point did a bacchanal riot threaten the chastity of my pant fasteners.’

‘In short, it was American citizens, doing American things, in a quintessentially American way.’

Kluwe, 31, attended the VOTE No Mn event, a gathering to encourage people to vote no on a proposed marriage amendment to Minnesota marriage law that would see same-sex marriage banned.

The married father of two first came to attention earlier in September, when he publicly defended fellow NFL player, Brendon Ayanbadejo of the Baltimore Ravens for speaking out in favour of gay marriage.

In the rest of his blog entry Kluwe speaks of the sadness he feels for gay people made to feel like second class citizens in America.

‘Gay people are not treated as American citizens. The amount of individuals who came up and thanked me and Brendon for taking a stand was staggering, and frankly depressing.

‘I use the word depressing because for that many people to thank us for showing basic empathy, to thank us for recognizing that they are human beings just like everybody else, means that so many other people have not.’

He adds: 'I will not stand for a world that demeans those it finds ‘different’ or ‘gross’. I will not stand for an ideology that promotes slavish adherence to a single arbitrary standard, that sacrifices children on the altar of oppression and control.

'I will not stand for one more RED TINGED MUSHROOM CLOUD second of people thinking that they have the right to live someone else’s life for them, for the complete lack of empathy so often shown in our society.

'I stand for gay marriage. I stand for the end of segregation. I stand for a woman’s right to vote. I stand for equality under the law, for treating others how I want to be treated, for the fundamental human right to live a happy life free of tyranny.'

Click to read the full version of Kluwe’s blog.

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