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Minnesota Vikings’ Chris Kluwe Tackles Bigoted Baltimore Raven’s Matt Birk’s Anti-Gay Editorial

Yesterday we posted about bigoted Baltimore Raven Matt Birk and the anti-same sex marriage editorial that he penned for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.   Later that day Birk had the nerve to increase the gay hate by maing a video for the Minnesota Catholic Conference against same-sex marriage.

Well lucky for us America’s answer to the UK Rugby stud Ben Cohen, Minnesota Viking and equality advocate Chris Kluwe responded to Birk’s homophobic nonsense with six reasons why Birk is wrong.

Problem the firstYour argument lacks facts, sources, or statistics. You can’t just say “Same -sex marriage is bad for kids because I think it’s bad for kids, and I think it’s bad for kids because it’s bad for kids”. That’s called circular reasoning and it’s a logical fallacy. If you want us to understand why same-sex marriage is bad for kids, you need to provide some sort of substantial evidence. Tell us that children from same-sex couples are more likely to grow up broke and miserable and alone and will end their days starving in a gutter. Just don’t use a study like this one, which displays clear source and confirmation bias (as outlined neatly in this article from Slate). Use something like this (sadly behind a paywall, but the abstract should give you the high notes). I’ll sum it up for those who don’t want to click on links: there’s no difference between children raised in heterosexual relationships and same-sex relationships, as evidenced by a meta-study of nineteen different LBGT studies.

Problem the secondYour argument that “government recognizes marriages and gives them certain legal benefits so they can provide a stable, nurturing environment for the next generation of citizens: our kids” is flawed on two counts. The first flaw is one of simple mathematics – if “marriage” is so necessary to the proper raising of children, why are we not passing an amendment to outlaw divorce? Current statistics from the CDC put the national divorce rate at approximately 50% (of roughly 2.1 million marriages a year, 1 million will end in divorce). They also put the number of same-sex couple households at 685,000, and those with children at 160,000. Let’s say, purely for the sake of example, that every single one of those same-sex households got married. You’re telling me you’re more concerned with the impact of those 160,000 households, as opposed to the 1 million heterosexual couples getting divorces? If this is truly about the children, shouldn’t divorce be first up on the constitutional amendment list, in order to save more children?

The second flaw is that you’re actually arguing in favor of same-sex marriage. If children having a stable home is the main crux of your concern, then denying gay couples the benefits of 1100 federal laws can only harm the children they will raise. Not allowing those children the same health benefits, family care benefits, survivor benefits; that can only be a detriment to the upbringing and care of a child, correct? Or do you propose that same-sex couples should be unfit for adoption, should be unfit to raise children?

Problem the thirdYou’re conflating “‘if it feels good, go ahead and do it’” with couples that want the stability and benefits of marriage and just so happen to be gay. There’s plenty more heterosexual couples that marry because “it feels good, go ahead and do it” with no intention of ever having children than there are same-sex couples (again, simple mathematics). Should we deny marriage to anyone who doesn’t plan to have kids? What about the infertile couples? The old people? You yourself say “Marriage is in trouble right now — admittedly, for many reasons that have little to do with same-sex unions.” So why the discrimination? Why should we be passing a constitutional amendment denying legal rights to American citizens who pay taxes and serve in our armed forces? If “marriage” is so important, why aren’t we going after all those “many other reasons” first?

Problem the fourth Marriage has already been redefined multiple times over the years. Marriage used to be one man and multiple women. Marriage used to be a way to exchange property between two families. Marriage used to be between brother and sister to keep the royal bloodline pure. Marriage used to be between children. Marriage used to be only for people that were the same skin color. Marriage used to be a lot of things, many of them oppressive towards women and minorities. I think I’d rather marriage be between two people that love each other and are committed to each other no matter what combination of fleshy bits are hanging off their bodies; not a reality TV show.

Problem the fifthYou’re trying to raise a religious argument in a secular matter. The First Amendment isn’t just about the freedom FOR religion, it’s also about the freedom FROM religion. The word “marriage” appears in thousands of legal documents and laws in this nation, and to attempt to narrowly define it through a religious application means you’re trying to assert a religious viewpoint on those who may not necessarily hold the same views. Our founding fathers knew quite clearly the dangers that state sponsored religious persecution could inflict (they lived through it!), and the First Amendment is worded in favor of state neutrality for a reason. 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.

Problem the lastThe only impact same-sex marriage will have on your children is if one of them turns out to be gay and cannot get married. What will you do (and I ask this honestly) if one or more of your kids ends up being gay? Will you love them any less? What will your actions speak to them, 15 years from now, when they ask you why they can’t enjoy the same relationship that you and your wife have now? And if your response is “We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it”, well, for a lot of people that bridge is here right now. They’re trying to cross it, but the way is barred, and I will do my best to tear those barricades down any way I can because I believe that we are infringing on the free will of other human beings by denying them their basic right to live free of oppression. I love my daughters for their minds and their personalities, not for who they love as adults. That’s none of my damn business, and I will support them in life no matter who they want to marry.

Seriously want to swap brains with Chris Kluwe for just a week so that I can voice my myself as brilliantly as he does. But, since I can’t I am so glad that he’s on our side.

As for Matt Birk (who in the past has been paid by  The National Organization for Marriage) in his “editorial” he states he  “encourage people on both sides to use reason and charity as they enter this debate. ” But on YouTube where his anti  same-sex marriage video for the Minnesota Catholic Conference is posted the comments are “disabled”

Same Sex Marriage Scrimmage – Baltimore Ravens’ Matt Birk Comes Out AGAINST Same Sex Marriage

Is football becoming the battleground for LGBT Equality and Same-sex marriage.

Standing proudly for it we have the Cleveland Brown’s Scott Fujita, Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, and the awesomely vocal Chris Kluwe of the Minnesota Viking.

But now we have Baltimore Ravens center (and former Viking) Matt Birk coming out publicly AGAINST same-sex marriage in an Op-Ed that he penned for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune .

…Same-sex unions may not affect my marriage specifically, but it will affect my children — the next generation. Ideas have consequences, and laws shape culture. Marriage redefinition will affect the broader well-being of children and the welfare of society. As a Christian and a citizen, I am compelled to care about both.

I am speaking out on this issue because it is far too important to remain silent. People who are simply acknowledging the basic reality of marriage between one man and one woman are being labeled as “bigots” and “homophobic.” Aren’t we past that as a society?

A defense of marriage is not meant as an offense to any person or group. All people should be afforded their inalienable American freedoms. There is no opposition between providing basic human rights to everyone and preserving marriage as the sacred union of one man and one woman.

I hope that in voicing my beliefs I encourage people on both sides to use reason and charity as they enter this debate. I encourage all Americans to stand up to preserve and promote a healthy, authentic pro-marriage culture in this upcoming election

Don’t we all have family members and friends whom we love who have same-sex attraction? Attempting to silence those who may disagree with you is always un-American, but especially when it is through name-calling, it has no place in respectful conversation.

It always amazes me when people who want to harm and deny rights to others call for “respectful conversations” mostly because they are wrong and full of shit and they know it.

Like so many others opposed to marriage equality, Birk fails to substantiate any opposition with anything real proof, instead making comments like this: “Same-sex unions may not affect my marriage specifically, but it will affect my children” and  “Marriage redefinition will affect the broader well-being of children and the welfare of society.”

Blah, blah. blah, blah, blah……

All religious right talking points and personal opinions but no real proof on anything he stated.

That exact same argument Matt Birk put forward was used to oppose inter-racial marriage just a couple of decades ago.  People were absolutely positive that children born from inter-racial unions would be doomed to a life of discrimination, harassment, and other horrible fates.

As for your “freedom of speech” Birk no one is stopping you.  But here’s a newsflash meathead. When you use bigoted arguments from the past to justify your opinion in the present.  It does indeed make you a bigot.

Shockingly (NOT)  Birk is also Republican who recently headlined a fundraiser to support the passage of MN’s Voter ID Law

Paging Chris Kluwe!