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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. Yes, Rick, it's all the fault of that monstrous regiment of feminists stealing your manhood from you...is your self-hating, pity party invitation-only or can anyone join in?

    Posted by: sosadaboutewan | Oct 1, 2012 4:47:27 PM


  2. Matt Birk has no idea what he's talking about. He has gotten very good at disguising bigotry as rational debate. Yes, Mr. Birk - this about the children. The gay children who will grow up and not think lesser of themselves, that they one day can build a life with the person they love and are attracted to. You claim that anyone who disagrees with your thinly veiled bigotry is a "name caller" and "aren't we past that?" One could ask the same of you, Mr. Birk - aren't we past the generalizations? Aren't we past the discrimination? Aren't we as a society past the demonization of an entire minority group? Shouldn't ALL Americans have the opportunity at the American dream - including, Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness? To suggest that those aspirations and dreams are for some but not for all, is nothing short of outrageous, and has NO PLACE in respectable debate.
    Yes, Mr. Birk - please think of the children. Think of the ones who may be tempted to commit suicide due to the antiquated and bigoted views of someone like yourself, who is in a position of influence, God forbid.
    If you were truly pro-marriage, you'd be doing all that you could do to protect and encourage marriage for ALL families - not just the ones that resemble yours.

    Posted by: Tre | Oct 1, 2012 4:56:45 PM


  3. Why is it when are trying to explain their hate and bigotry they always assume if they drop "as a Christian" they'll get a free pass and everything will be excused.

    What's most annoying is God is NOT on their side.

    Posted by: Michael | Oct 1, 2012 5:05:24 PM


  4. Hey dumb football player. You didn't write this the catholic church did. Do you realize that their are 16,000,000 gay people in the U.S. That's amount is larger than the 5th largest state's population. You just said we aren't good enough to 16,000,000 people. What a dumb ass.

    Posted by: Rob | Oct 1, 2012 5:24:21 PM


  5. How would he like it if we had a law to stop him from getting married or playing football?

    Posted by: Bob | Oct 1, 2012 5:38:06 PM


  6. Laws don't shape culture. Evolution shapes culture and eventually it's laws. We're evolving, learning, and deciding the things we once knew aren't necessarily so.

    You may not be affected Mr. Birk but as you suggest possibly future generations will be. They will already have the understanding that there are more important issues than human nature.

    Posted by: Jakeinlove | Oct 1, 2012 5:42:35 PM


  7. "Aren't we past that as a society?"

    Thankfully, no. You're a bigot Matt Birk. That's for you to fix, not us.

    Posted by: Randy | Oct 1, 2012 5:43:13 PM


  8. It has always been incomprehensible to me that Christians(in particular)seem to think this is their country to shape as they see fit. It is profoundly aggressive-stupidity and it needs to end. The United States of America is a secular land - that lets all its people worship as they choose...or not at all (depending). Mr. Birk is an idiot to be so public with his ignorance.

    Posted by: Geoff | Oct 1, 2012 5:52:11 PM


  9. I think Rick is hilarious. Without realizing that he's basically leather man bait with that admission of total disdain/ignorance re:".while YOU are imprisoned in a culture of effeminacy that idolizes women and reveres them in such a way that they are at the center of your universe", he'll go on to unconsciously search for a Daddy until he gets over momma smacking his little pee pee. The damage of your butchness isn't really that tough to get over Rick, the majority of us gay men have been there. Shake it off, buddy. The drag queens don't socially engineer anything but a party at a dance club, stupid.

    Posted by: interlessted | Oct 1, 2012 5:54:21 PM


  10. It doesn't matter whether you mean to demean an entire swath of people, you brow-ridged Neanderthal, the fact of the matter is that you did. How about acknowledging that same-sex couples, even married couples, actually do exist in valid and legal relationships?

    Posted by: JT | Oct 1, 2012 7:49:30 PM


  11. "The actual facts?" Rick, you certainly don't know the difference between objective facts and subjective opinions. Facts are backed up by research and studies. But that's not what you do. You toss out vague, non-provable generalizations and expect them to be accepted as "facts." Your generalizations don't even line up with my own life experiences as a gay man, and I doubt that any other gay man would agree with your fatuous viewpoints either.

    You sound like a college student who just took a gender-studies class and was turned off by the professor.

    And you're still extremely stupid.

    Posted by: Robert K. | Oct 1, 2012 9:12:49 PM


  12. "The actual facts?" Rick, you certainly don't know the difference between objective facts and subjective opinions. Facts are backed up by research and studies. But that's not what you do. You toss out vague, non-provable generalizations and expect them to be accepted as "facts." Your generalizations don't even line up with my own life experiences as a gay man, and I doubt that any other gay man would agree with your fatuous viewpoints either.

    You sound like a college student who just took a gender-studies class and was turned off by the professor.

    And you're still extremely stupid.

    Posted by: Robert K. | Oct 1, 2012 9:12:51 PM


  13. "The actual facts?" Rick, you certainly don't know the difference between objective facts and subjective opinions. Facts are backed up by research and studies. But that's not what you do. You toss out vague, non-provable generalizations and expect them to be accepted as "facts." Your generalizations don't even line up with my own life experiences as a gay man, and I doubt that any other gay man would agree with your fatuous viewpoints either.

    You sound like a college student who just took a gender-studies class and was turned off by the professor.

    And you're still extremely stupid.

    Posted by: Robert K. | Oct 1, 2012 9:13:00 PM


  14. "The actual facts?" Rick, you certainly don't know the difference between objective facts and subjective opinions. Facts are backed up by research and studies. But that's not what you do. You toss out vague, non-provable generalizations and expect them to be accepted as "facts." Your generalizations don't even line up with my own life experiences as a gay man, and I doubt that any other gay man would agree with your fatuous viewpoints either.

    You sound like a college student who just took a gender-studies class and was turned off by the professor.

    And you're still extremely stupid.

    Posted by: Robert K. | Oct 1, 2012 9:13:10 PM


  15. "The actual facts?" Rick, you certainly don't know the difference between objective facts and subjective opinions. Facts are backed up by research and studies. But that's not what you do. You toss out vague, non-provable generalizations and expect them to be accepted as "facts." Your generalizations don't even line up with my own life experiences as a gay man, and I doubt that any other gay man would agree with your fatuous viewpoints either.

    You sound like a college student who just took a gender-studies class and was turned off by the professor.

    And you're still extremely stupid.

    Posted by: Robert K. | Oct 1, 2012 9:13:43 PM


  16. yeah and likewise.. I don't HATE Christians.. I just don't think they should be allowed to marry because their relationships aren't worthy of that definition..

    Posted by: scott | Oct 1, 2012 9:31:13 PM


  17. Matt Birk IS ON POINT.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Oct 1, 2012 9:53:02 PM


  18. "GLENN,"

    IF Chris Kluwe HAS SENSE, HE WILL RESPECT Mr. Birk's VIEWS. Mr. Kluwe WOULD BE AN EVEN BIGGER FOOL TO CREATE TENSION IN THE LOCKER ROOM.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Oct 1, 2012 9:56:20 PM


  19. "GLENN,"

    IF Chris Kluwe HAS SENSE, HE WILL RESPECT Mr. Birk's VIEWS. Mr. Kluwe WOULD BE AN EVEN BIGGER FOOL TO CREATE TENSION IN THE LOCKER ROOM.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Oct 1, 2012 9:56:25 PM


  20. "Read Birk's full piece here."
    Lol no I think I've read quite enough, thank you.

    Posted by: Sam A | Oct 2, 2012 12:07:22 AM


  21. Mr. Birk, If we're all free, that means all. So you don't get to define marriage for me -- according to your standards, Christian or otherwise. By your own logic, you fall.

    Posted by: Nino | Oct 2, 2012 12:16:49 AM


  22. Which church approached him to do this ?

    Posted by: Icebloo | Oct 2, 2012 1:40:25 AM


  23. Mark Birk is ON DRUGS.

    Posted by: Christopher Allen Horton, Power Bottom | Oct 2, 2012 1:42:12 AM


  24. Um, breaking news question, why are we paying any attention to an ignorant
    roided-up (check the skin), football player!!!?? He is the past, the straight
    players in all sports who support equality for all are the future, we should be
    be giving them a big social media hug so that others will see that it’s a good
    thing to come out of the “I support equality” closet. Don’t pay attention to the
    haters, support our supporters instead. Like President Obama says: Don’t boo, VOTE!!

    Full story here: http://www.queerty.com/matt-birk-gay-marriage-opposition-20121001/#ixzz287bxW2FN

    Posted by: BrokebackBob | Oct 2, 2012 2:47:10 AM


  25. Inalienable American freedoms apparently don't extend to equal protection under the law.

    Posted by: shawnthesheep | Oct 2, 2012 3:09:32 AM


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