By Michael Gold
The Baltimore Sun
10:51 AM EDT, October 2, 2012
Predictably enough, Ravens center Matt Birk’s opposition to same-sex marriage has caught the attention of Vikings punter Chris Kluwe.
In response to an op-ed Birk penned in support of, as he wrote, “preserving marriage as the sacred union of one man and one woman,” the outspoken Kluwe published a six-point takedown of what he calls Birk’s “logical fallacy.”
The crux of Kluwe’s response—which is far less profane than his letter to the Maryland delegate who tried to silence linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo — is that Birk “lacks facts, sources or statistics” and needs evidence to support his reasoning.
“I will support your right to worship at whatever altar you choose,” Kluwe wrote, “but I will not support you trying to force it on someone else, or to deny someone else legal benefits due to religious reasoning.”
Additionally, the Minnesota punter takes issue with Birk’s statement that gay marriage will impact his children.
“The only impact same-sex marriage will have on your children is if one of them turns out to be gay and cannot get married,” Kluwe said. “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?”
Despite his opposition to Birk’s views, Kluwe was quick to state his respect for the center, a former Vikings teammate.
“This is not an attack on you as a person or your beliefs,” he clarified, “but the argument you presented in the Star Tribune simply does not stand up to logical inspection.”