OC NFL Kicker Kluwe Defends Gay Marriage, Free Speech

Vikings kicker Chris Kluwe of Los Alamitos made headlines for a letter chastising a Maryland state delegate who reportedly attempted to quiet a Baltimore Ravens player for his support of gay marriage.

Orange County native and Minnesota Vikings kicker Chris Kluwe is proving his words are as powerful as his leg.

The former Los Alamitos Griffin is making headlines this week for a sharply-worded letter sent to a Maryland delegate in defense of gay marriage and free speech.

Kluwe stepped into the furor created last week when Maryland state delegate Emmett C. Burns Jr. sent a letter to the owner of the Baltimore Ravens, urging the team to “inhibit" the expressions of Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo who publicly favors gay marriage, according to the website Deadspin.com

In response, Kluwe wrote a scathing letter to the delegate.

While much of the letter contains colorful language, Kluwe sums up his position in the first paragraph quoted by Deadspin:

Dear Emmett C. Burns Jr.,

I find it inconceivable that you are an elected official of Maryland's state government. 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. The views you espouse neglect to consider several fundamental key points, which I will outline in great detail (you may want to hire an intern to help you with the longer words):

Kluwe goes on to chastise Burns regarding the first Amendment:

As I suspect you have not read the Constitution, I would like to remind you that the very first, the VERY FIRST Amendment in this founding document deals with the freedom of speech, particularly the abridgment of said freedom. By using your position as an elected official (when referring to your constituents so as to implicitly threaten the Ravens organization) to state that the Ravens should 'inhibit such expressions from your employees,' more specifically Brendon Ayanbadejo, not only are you clearly violating the First Amendment, you also come across as a narcissistic…stain.”

Kluwe closes with:

P.S. I've also been vocal as hell about the issue of gay marriage so you can take your "I know of no other NFL player who has done what Mr. Ayanbadejo is doing" and shove it in your close-minded, totally lacking in empathy piehole and choke on it.

Click here to read Deadspin’s story containing the full text of the letter.

Kluwe’s letter is earning him cheers on a facebook page for his alma mater, Los Alamitos High School. What do you think of his letter?

John B. Greet September 14, 2012 at 01:47 AM
"My point was only that we should not equate things that are not the same. To do so is self-delusional." Of course there are differences between gay married couples and straight married couples, but the difference has nothing to do with their marriages. Each are married because they have chosen to: A: Engage in the civil contract of marriage in the eyes of the State; B: Have their unions solemnized by an officiant of their particular religious faith system; or C: Both. If it is your contention that the primary purpose for marriage is procreation, then straight couples who cannot procreate for whatever reason should likewise not be called married, correct? If it is your contention that marriage is the sole purview of the church, then you have to be specific as to which church and then you have to amend our Constitution to stipluate that we are no longer a Constitutional Republic but, rather, a Theocracy. Sorry, Larry, every single argument I have ever heard against allowing gays to "marry" and be called "married" fails even the simplest tests of logic. In truth, folks who argue against gay marriage are simply arguing preference, not principle. Where our society's laws are involved, however, the only principles that *must*, in all cases, apply are those of due process and equal protection. To deny gay folks the right to marry (and to be *called* married) is a blatant denial of their right to both due process and equal protection.
David F. Manns September 17, 2012 at 03:36 AM
The "Natural" order of things... people are gay. That is the natural order. When did you decide you were heterosexual? Remember that day? No. Because you were always Hetero. Now I remember when I realized not everyone was not like me... but I was never not gay. I never decided, "hum... girls are nice and everything, but guys have plumbing I like better." Nope. So We are the same. It is just that NOT as many people are Homosexual as Heterosexual. Not as many people have Blue eyes, or Blonde Hair. So should they not be allow to marry? Why not? What about albino people, I think they look strange, so nope no marriage for them. Who are you to decide what the "natural order" is. Clearly people who have sex with the opposite sex stand a much higher chance of passing on their genes. So it would be clear why people who have same sex on the mind would not have been the dominate genes in the pool. Think of the things we have kept because it was tradition... arranged marriages. It was tradition once to sell your children into slavery, or whore them out. The natural order: Fighting for your stuff when a clan of younger stronger men come to take it from you. THAT IS THE NATURE OF THINGS. We decided, that as a society we would have laws, and enforce them. This is a for most of the impulses people have to steal and harm others. So what harm is having to people who love one another afforded the same rights as two other people who love one another?
David F. Manns September 17, 2012 at 03:59 AM
Larry your right. We should remove marriage from the wording of the law. ALL LAW. The state has no right to babel on about any religion institution. I support the TRADITIONAL DEFINITION OF MARRIAGE: A Male and many Females. From a Traditional point of view this has thousands of years and much more biblical (a traditional book) backing than this one and one crap. Oh wait that is NOT what you want, so it is pick and choose, like the shellfish think in Jewish law... or pork. All traditions we have done away with... why because Sea bugs are good eats, and bacon is wonderful. So you are a Traditionalist, but just some things, maybe only for a few 100 years or so, or just like thinks when you were a kid? Is any of this moving into the gray matter? Just because something was a way, doesn't mean it is right. Just because you cannot understand (or fathom) how anyone could not like a woman's body for sex, or how anyone could like a mans body in a sexual way, doesn't afford you the right to impose your views or "definition" on anyone else. So we are going to have to say marriage, or we need to remove it from the law, or say this Contract affords all rights and privileges afforded to others by under the term marriage. Which I am sure the Traditional Marriage people would say you are redefining a word. YES WE ARE... like extending the idea that all MEN includes blacks, women Ect. All Men are created equal. Don't see you crying about that tradition? (but know some do.)
D. Wayne Crane September 17, 2012 at 05:57 AM
Tex Watson who personally killed most of the victims in the Tate-LaBianca murders (Charles Mason gang) has been married twice and has fathered several children all while in prison.......... Domestic violence (most commonly between husband and wife) is the #1 reason for Police intervention in most major precincts........... Finally, statistically, speaking, the majority of marriages now end in divorce. Is it possible that the people fighting so rabidly against gay marriage are really only concerned about looking foolish compared to the marriages of committed gay couples? Or, do heterosexuals simply want to left alone until they've finished destroying the institution of (traditional) marriage?
Joyce Malson October 16, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Chris Kluwe is my hero. I listened to his interview last night & he is completely open & honest with no hidden agendas. We need to have more people in the spotlight stand up for human rights.


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