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Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe wants to debate anti-gay lawmaker

Friday, September 28, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Chris Kluwe, the Minnesota Vikings punter whose profanity-laced letter to a Maryland lawmaker in defense of Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo’s support of same-sex marriage, wants to debate a Minnesota state representative who has expressed anti-gay views.

Kluwe has told City Pages, a Minneapolis-St. Paul alternative weekly, that he’s been in talks with Minnesotans for Equality, an LGBT advocacy leading the campaign to defeat a proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, to organize a debate with Rep. Mary Franson (R-Alexandria, Minn.).

Chris Kluwe (left) and Mary Franson.

Franson recently posted a cry for help on a her Facebook page, claiming she was “under attack by those who oppose traditional marriage.”

“Because I am standing on my principles the leftists who oppose marriage between 1 man and 1 woman are now funneling money to my opponent,” the post continued. “I need YOUR HELP NOW to counter their attacks.”

Franson included embeds of four tweets alongside the message, one of them Kluwe’s.

Kluwe said he was simply “pointing out the fact that it is very hypocritical of her to ask for a return to traditional values, when traditional values say she should have been in the kitchen, and not in office.”

“Traditional values doesn’t just mean what you want it to mean. It can also mean some pretty bad stuff,” said Kluwe, who told City Pages that he’s thinking of extending Franson “an official invitation to see if she wants to do a debate.”

But, he said, he remains skeptical over whether or not Franson would accept.

“I don’t think she will,” he added.

Franson generated headlines around the state after she reportedly declared, “My concerns are that our children in our schools could be taught some liberal agendas because of the marriage amendment. Because in the schools they may be taught … that (same-sex marriage) is normal behavior. I personally do not believe it is.”

Last month, Kluwe made national headlines of his own and earned himself legions of new fans when he wrote an open letter to Maryland Delegate Emmett C. Burns in defense of Ayanbadejo, who has also been an outspoken supporter of marriage equality.

Burns had previously written a letter to the Ravens’ owner demanding that he silence Ayanbadejo’s support for same-sex marriage.

Voters in both Minnesota and Maryland will consider ballot initiatives in November relating to marriage equality.

The Minnesota measure asks voters to approve a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage; the Maryland initiative asks voters to approve or reject the state’s recently passed marriage equality law.

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12 more reader comments:

  1. Thank you, Chris Kluwe!

    Posted on Friday, September 28, 2012 at 4:58pm
  2. YOU GO GURL!!! errr, u kknow what i mean, lol

    Posted on Friday, September 28, 2012 at 4:59pm
  3. I am becoming more a Baltimore fan everyday. Which is big for a girl in Colts territory.

    Posted on Friday, September 28, 2012 at 5:00pm
  4. Thank you to Mr Kluwe – I hope that debate takes place.

    Posted on Friday, September 28, 2012 at 5:03pm
  5. I am sure she is too much of a coward to agree to a debate.

    Posted on Friday, September 28, 2012 at 5:04pm
  6. I love Chris Kluwe!

    Posted on Friday, September 28, 2012 at 5:12pm
  7. thanks ,great idea good luck to you .

    Posted on Friday, September 28, 2012 at 6:03pm
  8. Chris Kluwe is the BEST!!

    Posted on Friday, September 28, 2012 at 6:51pm
  9. Way to Go Chris Kluwe!!! you are my superstar. Hope you punt her off the stage and right out of office with her prehistoric thinking… ironic a VIKING like you is so much more enlightened and Loving of your other brothers and sisters in the world than a woman elected to SERVE the people. Love you and I got your back!

    Posted on Friday, September 28, 2012 at 7:00pm
  10. DAMMIT!!!!!!!! I don’t want to become a Vikings fan!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, September 28, 2012 at 7:09pm
  11. I just wanted to say to this woman that her statement about people who oppose marriage between 1 man and 1 woman it the same shit that most republicans say. She is not fit to be in the office she holds. The people who oppose her are for marriage equality they are not opposed for a marriage between 1 man and 1 woman. She is the typical republican slim and need to be voted out of office.

    Posted on Friday, September 28, 2012 at 8:54pm
  12. now this is one debate i would want to see

    Posted on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 10:43am