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Minnesota Vikings Punter Chris Kluwe Comes Out Swinging in Defense of Brendon Ayanbadejo and Gay Rights

Minnesota Viking punter Chris Kluwe, like Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, is an advocate for LGBT rights and marriage equality. He has recorded three radio ads for Minnesotans for Equality, the group fighting a November ballot that would constitutionally define marriage as opposite sex only.

KluweListen to one of Kluwe's radio ads here.

Now, Kluwe, in the form of an extremely colorful letter, is coming out against Maryland lawmaker Emmett C. Burns, who this week urged Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti to silence Ayanbadejo from speaking his mind on gay rights.

Here's the closing part of Kluwe's letter, published in full on Deadspin.

I can assure you that gay people getting married will have zero effect on your life. They won't come into your house and steal your children. They won't magically turn you into a lustful cockmonster. They won't even overthrow the government in an orgy of hedonistic debauchery because all of a sudden they have the same legal rights as the other 90 percent of our population—rights like Social Security benefits, child care tax credits, Family and Medical Leave to take care of loved ones, and COBRA healthcare for spouses and children. You know what having these rights will make gays? Full-fledged American citizens just like everyone else, with the freedom to pursue happiness and all that entails. Do the civil-rights struggles of the past 200 years mean absolutely nothing to you?

In closing, I would like to say that I hope this letter, in some small way, causes you to reflect upon the magnitude of the colossal foot in mouth clusterf*ck you so brazenly unleashed on a man whose only crime was speaking out for something he believed in. Best of luck in the next election; I'm fairly certain you might need it.

Sincerely,
Chris Kluwe

P.S. I've also been vocal as hell about the issue of gay marriage so you can take your "I know of no other NFL player who has done what Mr. Ayanbadejo is doing" and shove it in your close-minded, totally lacking in empathy piehole and choke on it. A**hole.

Read Kluwe's full letter HERE. It follows a more tempered response from Ayanbadejo.

(h/t think progress)

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  1. This is officially my favorite sentence of the day.

    Posted by: Nick | Sep 7, 2012 3:00:05 PM


  2. Oops...that would be "They won't magically turn you into a lustful cockmonster."

    Posted by: Nick | Sep 7, 2012 3:00:25 PM


  3. It's great these straight allies are speaking out for us especially as they work in such a traditional homophobic industry.

    I hope the two players mentioned here go from strength to strength. They sound like great men.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Sep 7, 2012 3:05:28 PM


  4. It's great these straight allies are speaking out for us especially as they work in such a traditional homophobic industry.

    I hope the two players mentioned here go from strength to strength. They sound like great men.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Sep 7, 2012 3:05:29 PM


  5. Yowser! Other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play? :-)

    Posted by: KJ | Sep 7, 2012 3:05:59 PM


  6. LOL! Well said! Lustful cockmonster indeed!

    Posted by: Jeff | Sep 7, 2012 3:07:41 PM


  7. Amazing.

    Posted by: denison | Sep 7, 2012 3:09:46 PM


  8. BRAVO!

    Posted by: ohyeah | Sep 7, 2012 3:15:09 PM


  9. In the immortal words of Keith Partridge: "I think I LOVE YOU"

    Posted by: Ned | Sep 7, 2012 3:17:45 PM


  10. and both proud UCLA alumni ! Atta Boy Brendon and Att Boy Chris !! Representing UCLA proudly !! Go Bruins !!

    Posted by: Dave | Sep 7, 2012 3:17:54 PM


  11. I totally want a t-shirt that says "Lustful Cockmonster" now. Line forms behind (wink-wink) me.

    In all seriousness, tho, Mr. Kluwe is awesome. Proud to say he plays for our MN Vikings.

    Posted by: AJ | Sep 7, 2012 3:18:16 PM


  12. Hot in every possible way :)

    Posted by: Pommie | Sep 7, 2012 3:18:33 PM


  13. From the full letter:

    "...not only are you clearly violating the First Amendment, you also come across as a narcissistic fromunda stain."

    I had to look up "fromunda." It's "the residue from unclean male genitals, as in 'the gross stuff from unda your balls.'" LOL!

    Thanks, Chris Kluwe! Not only did I love your blistering and hilarious letter to Emmett Burns, I learned a new word today!

    Posted by: Caliban | Sep 7, 2012 3:19:44 PM


  14. strangely, his photo does indeed make me a little "cockmonster-ish"!

    Posted by: natamaxxx | Sep 7, 2012 3:25:05 PM


  15. Brilliant.

    Posted by: Seattle Mike | Sep 7, 2012 3:27:17 PM


  16. OMFG what an awesome response to that hater! This guy is incredible!!!! And damn hot too! Thanks, Chris, you are amazing!

    Posted by: CKNJ | Sep 7, 2012 3:51:44 PM


  17. Phenomenal letter...we need more of these muscular, take-no-prisoners responses to the anti-gay crap that's flung our way. Thank you, Chris Kluwe, for your beautiful ferocity.

    Posted by: James in Hollywood | Sep 7, 2012 3:53:31 PM


  18. I'm completely in love with him. mart, well-educated, effing GORGEOUS, and stands up for what's right even though he has no personal stake in it. That's a real man. Just wish he was a 'lustful c**kmonster' :p

    Posted by: DanSwon | Sep 7, 2012 3:57:13 PM


  19. One more NFL ally is Scott Fujita of the Cleveland Browns.

    Posted by: Cris | Sep 7, 2012 3:57:26 PM


  20. *smart* (oh the irony)

    Posted by: DanSwon | Sep 7, 2012 3:57:43 PM


  21. I laughed so hard reading this letter... and I was also thinking 'This is awesome - thank you so much.' And yeah, Chris sent it directly to Burns' e-mail address. Pure. Awesome.

    Posted by: Oz in OK | Sep 7, 2012 3:59:44 PM


  22. Mr. Kluwe wins the Internet today.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Sep 7, 2012 4:02:19 PM


  23. GOOD FOR HIM!! I hope the Vikings organization stands behind him and does not succumb to the inevitable pressure from con-servatives that will probably now call for HIS firing. Because we all know they are probably starting a boycott or some other nonsense even as we speak. Let the Vikings know that he should be applauded for this before the cons start in!

    Posted by: DAN | Sep 7, 2012 4:03:09 PM


  24. Wow. Great response.

    Posted by: Randy | Sep 7, 2012 4:05:03 PM


  25. Oh crap!!!

    As a 6'3" linebacker sized fag, I have none-the-less successfully refrained from watching any type of sports for the past close to 50 years. Now, thanks to this dude, I have to at least follow the Vikings!

    Well played, Chris Kluwe, well played!

    Posted by: Jay | Sep 7, 2012 4:07:57 PM


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