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Minnesota Vikings Punter Chris Kluwe, Defender of Marriage Equality, Appears on 'The Ed Show': VIDEO


Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, whose letter defending gay rights and the free speech of Baltimore Raven Ayanbadejo against the attacks of Maryland House of Delegates member Emmett Burns Jr went viral today, appeared this evening on The Ed Show to talk about his views and the Burns letter.


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  1. The Tide is turning my peeps....and we can't go back to the 1950s...please register and it for yourself and for the generations to come!

    Posted by: Josh | Sep 7, 2012 11:15:41 PM

  2. The Democrats now officially support full equality for gay people. Emmett Burns Jr is claiming to be a Democrat. If he is not willing to support the official Democratic platform then he should be thrown out of the party. You are either a Democrat or you are not - you can't pick and choose the pieces you want to support.

    The Democrats should refuse to fund his re-election campaign.


    Posted by: Icebloo | Sep 7, 2012 11:35:28 PM

  3. Go to the Vikings Official Website and donate just a dollar (or more) to the "Children's Fund" in Chris Kluwes name. It's a small way to thank him, he deserves it.

    Posted by: John | Sep 7, 2012 11:44:33 PM

  4. Emmett Burns is indeed a Democrat but that doesn't mean he has to agree with the so-called party platform. There's lots of Democrats - including blacks - who are quite conservative on this issue.

    Posted by: jason | Sep 7, 2012 11:45:02 PM

  5. he's free to support whatever views he wants, but as an independent. The world is moving forward and if he wants to be stuck in the 50's he's free to do himself, without the backing of a major political party

    Posted by: MaddM@ | Sep 8, 2012 12:20:17 AM

  6. The MD Gay Org and Civil Rights org need to file Ethics Charges.

    Posted by: MCnNYC | Sep 8, 2012 12:33:56 AM


    Posted by: Edd | Sep 8, 2012 2:40:47 AM

  8. Some of the comments are odd -- this Uncle Tom Ho may be pleasing his constituents, which he is free to do. However, the image of Black church people in Maryland is in the toilet, with many of us, and he does it no good.

    Posted by: Bob | Sep 8, 2012 2:43:52 AM

  9. Oh what a fox! What a dear, kind-hearted and gracious man. I will forever hold Chris Kluwe in my heart. Go Vikings...!!!

    Posted by: Bill Michael | Sep 8, 2012 3:20:04 AM

  10. We need to get all our LGBT reps in public relations shedding more light on this story and exposing Representative Burns for who he is. It will most definitely help our side as the public, on virtually all blogs and sites are overwhelmingly supporting Ayanbadejo speaking in favor of gay rights. So many straight people on facebook who were indifferent toward marriage equality are expressing far more support because they are outraged by what Burns did. We need to get the spotlight on this story even more so! Come on LGBT camp. Expose the true freedom stoppers. And show the hetero atheltes fighting for us in their face.

    Posted by: Dynex | Sep 8, 2012 3:22:55 AM

  11. I think this is a key opportunity for pro LGBT groups to use this story, and the well known and well liked football players who are pro gay in it, to tap into a target demographic we've had trouble with: but could easily garner more support from: older heterosexual Middle America men. Most of them can be positively influenced and seeing a narrow minded politician attempt to stiffle the freedoms of their beloved hetero atheletes all for showing compassion for us, at the very least will make them think. I think this is a golden opportunity for the movement, and I can only hope and pray it won't be a missed opportunity.

    Posted by: Ricardo Luis | Sep 8, 2012 3:26:42 AM

  12. A lot of people on social media, from the dozens of comments sections on articles this has been posted in to twitter and even you tube, are incredibly on the side of these football players and are attacking conservatives. Heck, I honestly can't remember reading so many positive supportie comments for us and our allies. This really could be our answer to the Chik Fil A mess and we wouldnt have make a case either, just share the story. The facts speak for themselves and make a positive impact.

    Posted by: Steve-ATL | Sep 8, 2012 3:30:04 AM

  13. Can you even imagine if the roles were reversed? Two public figures speaking against gay marriage then having a politician contact their employer and tell the employer to make sure it never happens again because it's a bad influence on the company? The right wing would run with that and make themselves the biggest martyrs ever, and sadly win impressionable minds with their calculating media ploy.
    Why our organizations haven't called out Emmet Burns Jr. And/or publically praised these two footballers at the same time is beyond some of us. I guess they are busy organizing a dinner party with celebrities?

    Posted by: Miakal | Sep 8, 2012 3:33:41 AM

  14. An elected official who has said his religion dictates his decision making as a policy maker in Maryland, who is against gay rights, vocally badgering a private citizen for expressing support of gay rights, then same said elected official touching base with the person's employer to get them punished for expressing their opinion for equality....... Are we in the United States still? No really. Are we? This seriously can't be 2012.

    Posted by: Art Smith | Sep 8, 2012 3:36:59 AM

  15. I read the letter from House delegate Emmett Burns JR and am truly shocked. Did he really write that and send it to the NFL? That's both frightening and disturbing. He not only spoke on behalf of the wishes of all his constituents in it. He not only clearly requested the athletes rights be limited. He also made the bold claim that it would jeapordize the reputation and status of the Ravens football team. It not only read like a violation of constitutional rights but almost came off like a threat to the team. I can assure you burns violate his ethics code contract he signed before becoming a delegate, which disables delegates from carrying out such conduct. Hope this isn't just brushed off, because we're no better than the most militant communist country when our house delegate are sending letters to our bosses with bold false claims all to silence us. That'll be a scary future folks. I agree- Burns needs to be exposed

    Posted by: Michelle | Sep 8, 2012 3:46:46 AM

  16. I'm a Steelers fan, but I now have a new interest in the Vikes. For those not fans of pro football, kickers are often the free spirits of a football team (ex: Sebastian Janikowski/Raiders, Jeff Reed/Steelers, Garo Yepremian/Dolphins). Mr. Kluwe's passionate, well-spoken and handsome self just picked up a new Twitter follower here, and I applaud John's idea of making a donation to the team charity in his honor. At least we know a sure winner for the next GLAAD awards. :)

    Posted by: SC David | Sep 8, 2012 5:04:42 AM

  17. I did go to the Vikings' website and clicked on "Children's Fund" but it was purely informational... I didn't see any links for donating.

    Posted by: sparks | Sep 8, 2012 6:55:32 AM

  18. @ Jason--yes, Jason, as you've made it quite clear in your postings for some time, you are ambivalent (to put it nicely) about gay people yourself. It must be difficult for you to live in that head.

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | Sep 8, 2012 7:01:29 AM

  19. Why didn't Ed interview Raven Ayanbadejo?

    Posted by: Alan | Sep 8, 2012 7:08:05 AM

  20. Sorry - I was copying/pasting . . . Raven obviously isn't his first name.

    Posted by: Alan | Sep 8, 2012 7:09:31 AM

  21. If (hopefully when) the Minnesota anti-equality ballot fails then I seriously think America's gay and human rights organisations should send a delegation to Maryland to present an award to Emmett Burns thanking him for his contribution to that victory. It would embarrass and annoy him but it would be a classy and stylish way of responding to his arrogance and wrongful behaviour.

    Posted by: Den | Sep 8, 2012 7:12:04 AM

  22. What Miakal said. Huckabee would already have used up a good ten minutes of airtime trying to get people to buy Ravens tickets if Ayanbadejo were anti-equality and the situation were reversed. This is Chick-fil-A x 2 and no one on the right will hear a peep. So much for the power of the "librul media."

    And while Burns is still a Democrat, I have a feeling we'll see a party shift once we get our equality (which will be funny considering how many people left the party when *he* got equality).

    Posted by: kp05 | Sep 8, 2012 7:27:25 AM

  23. @Daniel Berry, NYC

    Don't feed the troll

    Posted by: QJ201 | Sep 8, 2012 7:51:58 AM

  24. @ Alan - Ed probably interviewed the Vike, because he lives in Minnesota. I'm certain he'll have the Raven on if he can.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Sep 8, 2012 7:53:48 AM

  25. @QJ201 - you are right. thanks.

    meanwhile, Kluwe is a hottie..

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Sep 8, 2012 8:35:49 AM

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