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NFL’s Matt Birk: ‘Defending traditional marriage is in line with God’s will’

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Just two days after penning an op-ed in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune in which he wrote that “same-sex unions may not affect my marriage specifically, but it will affect my children,” Baltimore Ravens center (and former Minnesota Viking) Matt Birk reiterated his opposition to marriage equality in a video supporting Minnesota’s proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

In the video, released Monday by the Minnesota Catholic Conference, said he has a responsibility to seek to know God’s will, and he believes defending traditional marriage is in line with God’s will.

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Birk, a Minnesota native and father of six, is urging voters to support the state’s anti-gay marriage amendment, because same-sex marriage “will affect the broader well-being of children and the welfare of society.”

Birk’s remarks follow the recent debate on the issue in which Ravens’ linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo came under fire from Maryland lawmaker Emmett Burns, who demanded the Ravens silence Ayanbadejo’s public support for same-sex marriage.

Minnesota Vikings’ punter Chris Kluwe, also a marriage equality supporter, blasted Burns in a profanity-laced letter published last month at Deadspin.

And in response to Birk’s recent op-ed, Kluwe wrote, “I will support your right to worship at whatever altar you choose, but I will not support you trying to force it on someone else, or to deny someone else legal benefits due to religious reasoning.”

Birk said he wants to clarify that “not all NFL players think redefining marriage is a good thing.”

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  1. Whew. I am glad someone can tell me what God’s will is. I’ve been confused all these years.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 1:58pm
  2. who has spoke with god directly…dumb fuck meat head

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 1:59pm
  3. Who cares what these NFL guys think? Keep YOUR religion AWAY from MY body…

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 1:59pm
  4. excuses excuses……huh

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 1:59pm
  5. Because straight divorce doesn’t damage children. Smh.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 1:59pm
  6. looks like he played a few too many minutes without his helmet on

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 2:00pm
  7. OMG not another christian extremest!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 2:00pm
  8. As soon as the opinion of a man who gets paid far too much to run headfirst into other men is relevant, I’ll ask for it.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 2:01pm
  9. Wow, some people are so stupid. Where I live, marriage equality has been legal for almost ten years, you know what’s happened? Gay people got married. Our water did not turn to lava, we don’t have locusts eating all of our food and skin. We just have happier queer people.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 2:02pm
  10. Keep doing your day job, there’s a good boy.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 2:02pm
  11. G!d preserve us from those who claim to know G!d’s will!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 2:02pm
  12. When will people finally get it in their bigot-filled minds that religion needs to have no part when it comes to our government? Chris needs to punt some sense into their heads!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 2:03pm
  13. Yep. Believe whatever you want but do not force it on others.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 2:04pm
  14. How does he know what God’s will is

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 2:04pm
  15. need we even respond to this?? NO ONE SPEAKS FOR GOD, BUT GOD HIMSELF! Get a clue!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 2:05pm
  16. Oh, what a surprised. Another intolerant hick claiming to know god’s will. Yeah, we know what happened to those types in the bible. SMH.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 2:05pm
  17. *surprise

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 2:05pm
  18. What the hell. When will we ever see seperation between church and state?? When doing political stuff like this let it just be that POLITICS

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 2:06pm
  19. So it’s bad to let same sex people marry, but it’s totally ok to have 6 kids in an overpopulated world?

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 2:07pm
  20. “[Federal religious freedom law] is a shield, not a sword” -Bush-Appointed Judge

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 2:07pm
  21. “Be Wary of those who Claim to Know God’s Will for Your Life” -Job 32-37

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 2:12pm
  22. screw this guy he knows nothing but how to play football no one these days really cares about the will of someones so called god

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 2:13pm
  23. dumb idiots

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 2:14pm
  24. morons…morons everywhere.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 2:27pm
  25. Vomit. What about divorce bigot?

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 2:31pm
  26. I suppose God himself told you this

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 2:31pm
  27. God’s will for him. People need to stop putting their ways of life out there and expecting everyone else to be them! They are so convinced their way is right that they think its right for everyone. But everyone is unique. To put in a plain picture: we are all parts of a body. And eyeball can not do the foots job and so on. Of course thats a very simplified version of very very complex people but you have to grant another person his own beingness or else not only will you not reach them, you wont even be able to communicate with them. Whats real to you is real to you and thats just a starting point. Just because you talk to someone dont make you 1 of them – the feeling that hurts you so bad when your associating with them – you have to make them more like you so you are not like them. But these people think they get a little bit of fame and can chage the world to there own comfort zone. They call its saving us. Now, I am saved for excepting christ died in my place, most likely like this Matt fella. He don’t need to be making me uncomfortable like a drunk pushing up on me at a bar cause it”s the direction he is sees to go. EVERYONE CHOOSE FOR YOURSELF. It is your own choices that will bring you rewards good or bad. You have that god given right. To make mistakes and learn from them Is also a god given right. He told Adam, don’t eat from the tree. From the very 1st man, even the fact that the tree was even placed there in the 1st place, shows God wants use to be allowed to choose for ourselves. Noone should pressure anyone into anything at anytime. Oh yes, by all means state whats right for you. Just don’t expect it to be for everyone or some kind of cure for what you think is our disease. It only means it is what is right for you.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 2:34pm
  28. He is probably gay

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 2:38pm
  29. Stop being so close minded nfl Matt Birk!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 2:39pm
  30. this is Sooo sad!!! These days the definition of family has been changed. Love, nurturing, understanding….that’s what matter. I am a bisexual woman, and all of my children are Amazing people. Correct me if I am wrong but the catholic church covered up the fact that Many of their priests were molesting young children. Huh, NONE of my sisters would EVER do that!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 2:40pm
  31. That’s YOUR god. Shut up about anyone except yourself you jerk!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 2:52pm
  32. GOD’S WILL OR ANY PERSON’S GOD’S WILL HAS NO RELEVANCE HERE………..SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE MEANS EXACTLY THAT…………….

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 2:53pm
  33. and he, being a football player, would be an expert on what’s God’s will?

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 2:56pm
  34. OH PLEASE…he doesn’t even know the ‘history regarding God, Sacred Scriptures and the church’…

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 3:01pm
  35. I’m really glad some one is saying he knows what god wants…..especially since that big homophobic book that was written by a man keeps contradicting itself

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 3:02pm
  36. Wow-when did people from the NFL become experts on god’s will, politics and homosexuality? Who gives a shit what some overpaid meathead has to say-about anything?

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 3:06pm
  37. THIS SOB NEEDS TO BE SUSPENDED FINED FIRED .

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 3:18pm
  38. What a FUCKING IDIOT.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 3:28pm
  39. Wow-what a jerk

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 3:41pm
  40. To deny human nature is to deny God’s creation. Matt, better get on message.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 3:59pm
  41. wtf assholes are among us god save me from this rabble!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 4:09pm
  42. What a complete ass! In the line of God? Really dipshit….my happiness is IN the HEART of God! When will people realize that we were born this way! I didn’t wake up one day and say I am gonna stop sucking pole. I think I am going ro make my life just a bit more challenging, be gay and be judged! People suck

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 4:22pm
  43. first of all it WILL affect your kids THEY WILL BE LESS HATEFUL AND BIGOTED, second GOD’s will is for women to be subservant..is you wife your slave? and third according t o “GOD’s” will, raped women MUST MARRY thier rapist..TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE>>>

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 4:48pm
  44. uhm… what we’re asking for has nothing to do with your god, damn it!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 4:51pm
  45. soon to be a washed-up has-been second-rate brainless jock.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 6:23pm
  46. This washed up piece of shit needs to fuck right off!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 6:53pm
  47. Those who claim to know God’s for me concern me soooo much!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 3:54am
  48. Love how opponent countered with,” I will support your right to worship at whatever altar you choose, but I will not support you trying to force it on someone else, or to deny someone else legal benefits due to religious reasoning!” hate it when people use that “religious shield” to justify hate!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 5:10am
  49. god who???

    Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 6:03am