You thought the Vikings stadium debate was a drawn out, controversial one? That pales in comparison to a number of hot button issues that have dominated our social politics for decades, including same sex marriage.
Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, who never seems to shy away from speaking his mind, has lent his celebrity voice to a series of ads aimed at shutting down a Minnesota ballot initiative that would redefine marriage within the state as only between a man and a woman.
Kluwe says that his wife’s brother is gay but that he doesn’t really know if he has any friends that are.
“Honestly, I’ve never really asked anyone,” said Kluwe. “I’m more interested in if you’re going to play video games with me!”
Kluwe, a married man with two daughters, believes that the same sex issue is a clear cut one and has no qualms about saying so.
“One of the things my parents [Ron and Sandy] brought me up with is that you should have equality for everyone,” he said. “I would like to think I have a pretty strong sense of justice and right and wrong. [The proposed marriage amendment] is just blatant discrimination and that’s not right, that’s wrong.”
In a league that has a fairly strong reputation as being homophobic, Kluwe’s involvement with this campaign is noteworthy if for no other reason than to point out that there, in theory, could be a risk of backlash.
Of course, Kluwe has never been the type to care what anyone else thinks about him.
“People should treat each other the way they want to be treated and that’s basically what life boils down to,” Kluwe concluded.