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Kluwe quits Pioneer Press blog in response to pro-marriage amendment editorial

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Minnesota Vikings punter and marriage equality advocate Chris Kluwe announced Saturday he would no longer blog for the St. Paul Pioneer-Press after the newspaper published an editorial on a proposed marriage amendment that Kluwe called an “obfuscation and selected presentation of arguments.”

Kluwe, whose “Out of Bounds” blog has occasionally brought six-figure page views, tweeted that he was very disappointed in the Pioneer-Press editorial, and that he would no longer contribute to their blog network.

Chris Kluwe

The Pioneer-Press is the first major newspaper in Minnesota to editorialize arguments in favor of the state’s proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marrige — the measure goes before voters on Tuesday.

Although the editorial states “The Pioneer Press is not endorsing one way or another,” it often argues the case for the marriage amendment:

“Perhaps the most telling argument for same-sex marriage is the “love is love” approach. But as persuasive as it is, the love is love argument brings the discussion back to what should be the definition marriage. Love may be love, but even now there are any number of prohibitions around marriage between consenting (heterosexual) adults. These prohibitions are intended to be in the interest of promoting the general welfare.

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Supporters of traditional marriage are not wrong to point out that religious groups who have refused to make their facilities available for same-sex couples have lost their state tax exemption and that religious groups have been forced to close their charitable adoption agencies as a result of having to choose between fulfilling their social mission and acquiescing to a new definition of marriage. And that whenever schools educate children about marriage they will have no choice but to teach it as a genderless institution.”

Kluwe — whose status as a straight ally gained national attention in September when he posted an open letter on the website Deadspin criticizing a Maryland state lawmaker who demanded that the Baltimore Ravens silence linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo for publicly advocating in favor of same-sex marriage — has frequently used his blog to comment in favor of marriage equality and LGBT rights.

“You can say you’re not taking a side one way or the other all you want, but if you print that in the editorial section you just took a side,” Kluwe wrote on Twitter.

“My main issue with the Pioneer Press editorial is this: It’s a lie. I have no problem with them taking a position I disagree with. What concerns me is them presenting a completely biased piece (word choice, examples used, conclusions) as a neutral position. That’s not only irresponsible journalism, it’s massively hypocritical,” Kluwe wrote in a series of tweets.

“Don’t try to confuse people through obfuscation and selected presentation of arguments. It ruins discussion, and you should be ashamed.

“I will not be associated with any organization that tries to pull some bullshit like that,” he said.

Kluwe recently appeared in a video for Minnesotans United for All Families, the official campaign working to defeat the proposed constitutional ban.

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17 more reader comments:

  1. Integrity and decency.

    Posted on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 9:39pm
  2. this man espouses everything that is good about being an American! ( Or even just Human!)

    Posted on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 9:39pm
  3. I love this man

    Posted on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 9:41pm
  4. I love Chris Kluwe…

    Posted on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 9:42pm
  5. This man is amazing… such a stand-up guy. That we have allies who are this strong in their support and conviction is inspiring.

    Posted on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 9:48pm
  6. The world needs more people like Chris Kluwe <3

    Posted on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 10:21pm
  7. Guts. This man has a LOT of it.

    And good for him!

    Posted on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 10:39pm
  8. I applaud him!

    Posted on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 10:41pm
  9. Many thanks to you Chris….

    Posted on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 11:04pm
  10. that’s hot

    Posted on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 11:28pm
  11. Thanks, Chris, for standing by your principles. This is what’s called “being a mensch!”

    Posted on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 12:08am
  12. Wait, this is the same person who is fighting for the LGBTQ Community for equal (marriage) rights? I do not agree with this stand.
    Any “un-biased” news outlet has the obligation to print both sides. This way a person can see both points of view.
    Anyone who has read my comments before knows that I fully support marriage equality by any name. Anyone who has read my comments before also knows that I try to be fair and equal. I do not support preferential treatment.
    Wasn’t it Kluwe that blasted the Maryland rep for trying to silence the Ravens team member for speaking out in favor of marriage equally? I thought at that point Kluwe was fair and supported free speech.
    I’m sorry Mr. Kluwe, as much as I love what you’re doing, I think you’re out of bounds on this particular stand. I may stand alone on this, but I know in my heart, I’m right….

    Posted on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 4:40am
  13. Yes Neil, you do stand alone on this issue because you are an idiot my friend..now dont go whining about my free speech in calling you a moron.

    Posted on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 4:53am
  14. Chris Kluwe is my hero!

    Posted on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 4:59am
  15. thanks to all our straight allies!

    Posted on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 7:44am
  16. I really want to hug and thank this young mans parents for raising an amazing young man. Kluwe is not afraid to stand his ground, and is clearly vocal with his beliefs.

    Posted on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 8:23am
  17. His story is a long story of correct decisions and actions- his grandparents/parents he is and advocate that understands how to stand on his principles.

    Posted on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 8:27am