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Ravens Center Writes Op-Ed Against Gay Marriage

Birk said he believes gay marriage will affect the next generation.

Matt Birk, the starting center for the Baltimore Ravens and former player for the Minnesota Vikings, wrote an op-ed published this weekend in The Minneapolis Star Tribune that detailed the reasons why he is against gay marriage.

In the op-ed, he wrote, “it is important to set the record straight about what the marriage debate is all about, and to clarify that not all NFL players think redefining marriage is a good thing.”

Birk may have been referring to a controversy that ensued after a Maryland legislator wrote a letter to the Ravens’ ownership to silence Brendon Ayanbadejo, a linebacker for the team, after he came out in support of gay marriage.

Birk wrote that he believes both a mother and a father play a vital role in raising a child.

“Same-sex unions may not affect my marriage specifically, but it will affect my children—the next generation,” wrote Birk. “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.”

“I am speaking out on this issue because it is far too important to remain silent,” continued Birk. “People who are simply acknowledging the basic reality of marriage between one man and one woman are being labeled as ‘bigots’ and ‘homophobic.’ Aren’t we past that as a society?”

Birk, who is a native Minnesotan, finished the op-ed by encouraging people to “preserve and promote a healthy, authentic promarriage culture in this upcoming election.”

Birk’s thoughts come at a controversial time for gay marriage in both Minnesota and Maryland. In Minnesota, a state constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage will be on the ballot in November. In Maryland, Question 6 will ask the state’s voters whether to uphold a law passed in 2012 that allows same-sex couples to get a marriage license starting in 2013.

Birk’s teammate Ayanbadejo defended Birk’s stance on Twitter on Monday night.

“Matt Birk is an amazing father, teammate, man!” Tweeted Ayanbadejo. “Even if he & I disagree on marriage equality we agree on 95% of other issues.”

At least one other NFL player hasn’t been so supportive. Birk’s former teammate and current Minnesota kicker Chris Kluwe, who previously wrote a screed about the Maryland legislator who attempted to silence Ayanbadejo, called Birk’s stance “wrong.”

“If you want us to understand why same-sex marriage is bad for kids, you need to provide some sort of substantial evidence,” wrote Kluwe in an op-ed published on TwinCities.com. "Your argument lacks facts, sources, or statistics."

How will you vote on Question 6 in November? Tell us in comments.

McDaniel Student October 03, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Chris Kluwe is my hero. This guy is ignorant. End of story.
Hank October 03, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Matt Birk is a Harvard Graduate. You may disagree with him but calling him ignorant just makes you look foolish.
newsjunkie October 03, 2012 at 08:48 PM
It just goes to show there is a difference between being educated and being intelligent! Shut up and play!
McDaniel Student October 03, 2012 at 09:56 PM
I'm not calling him ignorant because I think that he's homophobic, if he was I would call him a bigot. I am merely calling him ignorant because he is ignoring a large amount of statistical data which shows that children raised by same-sex couples are not adversely affected by it, nor are children that go to school with children of same-sex couples. Those that vote against the referendum are not bigots, well... some of them are, but not all of them! They have merely fallen prey to the loudest argument used by the anti-homosexual marriage lobby: That allowing gays to get married will somehow hurt your children or the "welfare of society". This argument is a red herring that is based off of ignorance, admirable ignorance, but ignorance none the less.
Lisa T October 04, 2012 at 11:43 PM
You can be extremely intelligent and still be ignorant. There is nothing in Birk's letter that supports his assertion that same-sex marriage will "affect the broader well-being of children and the welfare of society." He should ask Zach Wahls what he thinks: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSQQK2Vuf9Q

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