Chris Kluwe explains his letter supporting same-sex marriage

1:49 PM, Sep 8, 2012   |    comments
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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe spent some time in the national spotlight Friday and not for his football skills.

The 30-year-old punter, entering his eighth season with the Vikings, wrote a letter for deadspin.com Friday in which he directly addressed a Maryland lawmaker who criticized a Baltimore Ravens player for donating tickets to a fundraiser supporting gay marriage.

Friday night, Kluwe sat down with KARE 11's Julie Nelson to explain his letter and why he responded to the situation.

Last week, Maryland state lawmaker Emmett C. Burns wrote a letter to the owner of the Ravens which started by saying, "As a Delegate to the Maryland General Assembly and a Baltimore Ravens Football fan, I find it inconceivable that one of your players, Mr. Brandon Ayanbadejo, would publicly endorse Same-Sex marriage, specifically, as a Raven Football player."

Kluwe responded by writing, in part, "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."

Kluwe's letter, which went viral Friday afternoon, included language not fit for kare11.com. His letter - again, which does contain graphic language - can be read on deadspin.com.

Kluwe also appeared on The Ed Show on MSNBC Friday night to talk about his letter.

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