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Baltimore Ravens' Matt Birk Wants to Keep Marriage from Gays

Matt Birk, a center for the Baltimore Ravens (Brendon Ayanbadejo's team) and a former player for the Minnesota Vikings (Chris Kluwe's team) wants people to know that he doesn't share their pro-equality views, penning an op-ed in the Star Tribune calling for voters to protect marriage, and noting that "not all NFL players think redefining marriage is a good thing."

BirkSays Birk, in part:

Same-sex unions may not affect my marriage specifically, but it will affect my children -- the next generation. Ideas have consequences, and laws shape culture. 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. 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?

Don't we all have family members and friends whom we love who have same-sex attraction? Attempting to silence those who may disagree with you is always un-American, but especially when it is through name-calling, it has no place in respectful conversation.

A defense of marriage is not meant as an offense to any person or group. All people should be afforded their inalienable American freedoms. There is no opposition between providing basic human rights to everyone and preserving marriage as the sacred union of one man and one woman.

Read Birk's full piece here.

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  1. Self-contradicting word salad

    Posted by: Steve | Oct 1, 2012 1:31:54 PM

  2. If people REALLY want to defend marriage shouldn't they be looking to outlaw divorce?

    Posted by: Alan | Oct 1, 2012 1:33:40 PM

  3. Put some popcorn on for Kluwe's response...I'm sure it will be good

    Posted by: Glenn | Oct 1, 2012 1:37:10 PM

  4. Good, Thank you Matt Birk.

    Now let me tell you what you just did. You just attacked a whole hell of a lot of people. Your attack was with words and opinions, A lot of people feel like words and opinions don't count as attacks, they are wrong. While it is surely one of the weaker ways to attack, it is an attack none the less.

    So You attack gay people as being unfit for your children to be aware of. Marriage is in no way sacred, your argument is one where you frame two things subjectively in response to your feelings.

    Basically I want it to be clear that you took an assumption, a risk and a shot at us. You will be attacked back, by some of the people affected by your actions, other will do nothing. Later you will regret that this has happened, if your smart, you will regret your actions that brought this all about.

    Anyway, I just want to thank you for putting it on the internet.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Oct 1, 2012 1:38:31 PM

  5. I don't get how you say something like this will matter to his children and that ideas have effect, but fail to actually explain, at all, how it affects his children or society? Until you actually make an argument, keep your mouth shut.

    Posted by: Sanderson | Oct 1, 2012 1:39:24 PM

  6. He is a hypocrite for wanting all people to have basic human freedoms but not for same-sex marriage. Since this is against his religion, he wants it be the law of the land, and to hell with non-Christians. Does he not know Christ's teaching of render to God what is God's and to Cesar what is Cesar's?

    Posted by: trees | Oct 1, 2012 1:40:42 PM

  7. Worry about divorce Matt, not my marriage that does NOT affect you.

    Posted by: marc | Oct 1, 2012 1:40:58 PM

  8. Did Maggie Gallagher help him write this? It has all of the basic NOM talking points. What a puppet.

    Posted by: Kevin | Oct 1, 2012 1:41:02 PM

  9. We aren't discussing human rights. We are not talking 'sacred' (ie., church related) rites. We are talking civil marriage equality - which is one of those inalienable rights that heteros enjoy that is denied to a minority.

    Perhaps he has forgotten to where his helmet while playing.

    Posted by: MikeBoston | Oct 1, 2012 1:42:37 PM

  10. He didn't write that.

    Posted by: jakke | Oct 1, 2012 1:42:47 PM

  11. He also fails to realize that marriage inequality effects the relationships of same sex couples, as well as the children and other family members of same sex couples. Unlike Mr. Birk, there are people who can produce valid evidence of how marriage discrimination has negatively impacted their lives.

    Posted by: Cadence | Oct 1, 2012 1:43:25 PM

  12. apparently he didn't get the memo that the younger generation is COOL with Marriage Equality

    Posted by: paul | Oct 1, 2012 1:46:05 PM

  13. Anyone who prefaces a thesis with "as a Christian" when engaged in civil debate in a secular society deserves to be smacked on the nose with a rolled-up newspaper.

    Posted by: Rich F. | Oct 1, 2012 1:47:30 PM

  14. Bigots don't like to be called bigots.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Oct 1, 2012 1:49:18 PM

  15. ..but it's for the children. THE CHILDREN! Obviously gay children don't factor in Mr. Birk's equation. It always amuses me when bigots cry foul when they are called out on their intolerance, and as usual, they hide behind religion to justify their indignation. No one is silencing you chief, keep the hits coming...

    Posted by: MikeSin | Oct 1, 2012 1:49:31 PM

  16. that's because you are bigots. sorry, sugar.

    aren't we "past this as a society"? past what? bigotry?

    apparently not, but we should be. you can't promote bigotry and discrimination and then get upset when you get called a bigot.

    it's like i said to my embarrassing extended family members in Michigan: "I'll stop calling you racists when you stop calling President Obama a Kenyan-born socialist who wants to destroy america because he's also a secret Muslim."

    the thing idiots like Birk dont' understand is that just because the same meaningless buzz-terms have been repeated by the conservative right all the time doesn't mean those terms mean ANYTHING.

    lgbt couples marrying in no way affects the marriages of non-LGBT couples. this is empirically true.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Oct 1, 2012 1:54:09 PM

  17. "Marriage redefinition will affect the broader well-being of children and the welfare of society"

    "There is no opposition between providing basic human rights to everyone and preserving marriage as the sacred union of one man and one woman."

    Both of these statements would have been perfectly legitimate 50 years ago.

    The problem is that, over the last 50 years, under feminist influence, this society has largely destroyed the intact nuclear family that was once the building block of society.

    Nowadays, most children grow up in either a) a household from which the father has always been absent, b) a household from which one parent--again, usually the father--is absent due to divorce, or c) a household from which both parents are usually absent because both are working......all of which are horrible environments for children and which is evident in the horrible state of well-being of children, health-wise, education-wise, ethics-wise, and otherwise.

    Just for once, I would like to see a straight man stand up to feminists and correctly point a finger at them for the sorry state of the family and then do something about it.....but, instead, we get this kind of scapegoating.

    Posted by: Rick | Oct 1, 2012 1:55:58 PM

  18. Rick, have you talked to a therapist yet about whatever it was that went so horribly wrong between you and your mother?

    Posted by: RyanInWyo (formerly RyanInSacto) | Oct 1, 2012 2:00:58 PM

  19. @LITTLEKIWI your post is right on. I can't STAND this meme of "aren't we past name calling and slandering those who disagree as bigots" Not when the accurate English word for what you are in denying a minority equality is "bigot".

    @STEVE Yes, you;re right it's self-contradicting word salad. Because imagine another minority and situation there, the hypocrisy would leap out. Like I remember the 1970's: "Defense of our traditional neighborhoods is not meant as any offense to black people, and of course all people deserve their inalienable rights. It's just that this neighborhood is special, so we can't have any blacks IN it."

    Posted by: Strepsi | Oct 1, 2012 2:01:08 PM

  20. Wait... gays can't marry but gingers can? I'm not bigoted at all, because I have "many friends who are gingers" so I can't be a bigot. Won't anyone think of the children?

    Posted by: CMLion | Oct 1, 2012 2:01:14 PM

  21. Oh man, Rick is at it again.

    Posted by: MATHMAJOR | Oct 1, 2012 2:04:29 PM

  22. Funny guy. He says we all love people who have same-sex attraction. Just not enough to consider them equals under the law. And he wonders why people get angry at the homophobes who say this stuff, but don't want to have to be scrutinized by others. Stop hiding behind religion and just come out and say you're a bigot. Gays would stop bothering you for it if you left us alone and kept your hate in your own church.

    Posted by: MS | Oct 1, 2012 2:05:32 PM

  23. STFU! He blew it when he tossed "Christian" in there. I don't give a rat's a$$ about his religion and I'm not trying to be part of his crummy religion. I just want the same rights and responsibilities as he gets.

    Posted by: Bill | Oct 1, 2012 2:06:08 PM

  24. It's just sad and pathetic to watch a grown man denigrate his fellow humans and then claim to be a "christian". Your an ugly bigot and hater Mr. Birk and unless you have something worthwhile to contribute to the discussion you really should STFU!

    Posted by: SFshawn | Oct 1, 2012 2:06:43 PM

  25. Just for once, Rick, I would like to see you stand up to be counted.

    I have a straight father who stands up, every day, to be an advocate for the LGBT Community.

    And he's not standing up to 'feminists', because feminists aren't the problem. The problem(s) are anti-gay bigots. This is why we LGBT people, and our Allies, need to stand up to be counted, and to raise our voices.

    There. Now, Rick, will you provide the URL where you can show us all the incredible advocacy and bravery you exhibit in your daily life as a strong masculine empowered openly-gay man?

    Or is this just another Monday, where you come online to anonymously complain about "feminists" because you don't have the balls to be a real man and do real work in this world?

    Just curious. ;-)

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Oct 1, 2012 2:07:12 PM

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