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posted Friday, October 19, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 42
Chris Kluwe 'shows' his support in OUT Magazine
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Chris Kluwe 'shows' his support in OUT Magazine

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, an outspoken straight ally to the LGBTQ community, posed for pictures in the current issue of OUT Magazine.

Kluwe, who strongly supports the freedom to marry, recently told CNN, 'To me, this fight is about equality and human rights. The fact is there are Americans who pay taxes and serve in our military - who defend this country - who do not receive the same legal protections as the rest of us. To me, that's flat-out discrimination. That's the same as segregation or [women's] suffrage.'

'I will defend to the death your right to say or do whatever you want, as long as it does not oppress other people,' he said.

The pro football player told OUT Magazine's Cyd Zeigler he has 'always relished breaking that stereotype of the dumb jock athlete because while I enjoyed athletics growing up, I also enjoyed reading and video games, and athletic sport is not what defines me as a person.'

'I think as more and more generations start rising through the NFL, a lot of these kids see that it's OK to be something other than an athlete,' he continued.

ATTITUDES ARE CHANGING
'I think there is a much more tolerant atmosphere in the NFL now,' he told CNN, when asked if an openly Gay player would be accepted in the league. '[But] until someone comes out, we never will know.'

Kluwe has also said via his Twitter account that he's ready and willing to debate any Minnesota politician on the same-sex marriage issue. In fact, according to Yahoo! Sports, he recently sent 10 debate invitations to prominent local Republicans, and has not received a response.

'Citizens United - corporations are not people,' he told CNN. 'And if you look at our current election, we're spending over a billion dollars to decide who our next president is going to be, and to me, that says that money has an overriding influence in our politics right now.'

Kluwe says he's merely reaching out to speak for those he feels are not properly represented.

'It shouldn't be news when someone speaks out for equality. It should be news when someone speaks out against it.'

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