Ex-Viking Matt Birk: "Not all NFL players think redefining marriage is a good thing" [VIDEO]
|Birk, a Republican, has come out in opposition to same-sex marriage.|
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On one side of the issue, of course, are Vikings punter Chris Kluwe and Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, both of whom are outspoken gay marriage supporters. And now emerging on the other side is Ravens center Matt Birk, an ex-Viking, St. Paul native, and Catholic.
In a Star Tribune op-ed published yesterday and video published Saturday by the Minnesota Catholic Conference, Birk explains why he thinks Minnesotans should vote yes on the marriage amendment.
From Birk's "Let's protect marriage -- and speech" op-ed:
The union of a man and a woman is privileged and recognized by society as "marriage" for a reason, and it's not because the government has a vested interest in celebrating the love between two people. With good reason, 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...And here's Birk's video:
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...
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.
A response from Kluwe is on its way, but Minnesotans United for All Families has already published a detailed response to the arguments Birk puts forth in the op-ed and video. To read it in full, click to page two.