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Chris Kluwe’s campaign for marriage equality: ‘This is an issue about freedom’

Monday, October 15, 2012
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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings’ punter Chris Kluwe, an outspoken advocate for marriage equality, appears in a new video for Minnesotans United for All Families, the official campaign working to defeat Minnesota’s proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

“It’s not the government’s job to tell us what to do. That’s not what America stands for,” says Kluwe. “At the end of the day, this is an issue about freedom… and treating other people the way that you would like to be treated.”


Last month, Kluwe posted an open letter on the website Deadspin that he had sent to Maryland state lawmaker Emmett Burns, defending the opinions of Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, and sharply criticizing Burns on his attempt to stifle Ayanbadejo’s free speech.

Ayanbadejo has also been a vocal supporter of same-sex marriage, and Burns had sent a letter demanding that the Ravens “inhibit such expressions” by their employee.

On October 1, Kluwe posted a letter in response to a video statement released by former Minnesota Viking Matt Birk, who said defending traditional marriage was “in line with God’s will.

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