Vikings' Chris Kluwe Features in Out Magazine in Support of Same-Sex Marriage

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterOctober 17, 2012

Photo Credit: Out Magazine
Photo Credit: Out Magazine

Outspoken Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe continues to be a champion for equal rights, and his latest is a photo spread in a recent issue of Out Magazine

If you want to know how Kluwe feels about a certain subject, you only need ask. The athlete is quite willing to expound on his feelings and has recently been a leader in the fight for same-sex marriage. 

As Yahoo Sports reports, his latest call to arms is featuring in the pages of Out Magazine

The spread in the magazine delves deeper into his thoughts on marriage and rights he feels are not shared by everyone. 

He destroyed Maryland state delegate Emmett C. Burns Jr. and his thoughts on players speaking their minds in a recent Deadspin article

Burns had called into question Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo and his willingness to show support for same-sex marriage. 

Here are some of the thoughts he had to share with the magazine

I find it inconceivable that you are an elected official of Maryland’s state government. Your vitriolic hatred and bigotry make me ashamed and disgusted to think that you are in any way responsible for shaping policy at any level. 

That is just a sampling of the kind of high-brow flambé you can expect from Kluwe. 

If you want a reason why Kluwe has become so outspoken for gay rights and same-sex marriage, it's rather easy.

You only need to look to a rule most of us learned while growing up but seldom recall on a daily basis. 

It’s all about the Golden Rule. Treat other people as you want to be treated. It’s that simple. It’s something that needs to be spoken about, and it’s something I can do while fulfilling my job as a football player.

In 2012, it's sad that an athlete could be so divisive for championing a subject that should be so obvious. 

The hope is decades from now we look back at how ridiculous this all was, knowing that the country moved in the right direction thanks to those brave enough to shout their opinions. 

It would be very easy for a punter from Minnesota to show up on Sundays, kick a ball and go home to rest on his couch. 

Kluwe can't sit back while others are taken to task, and we thank him for that. 

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