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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. OK, just in case you read this Mark, we LGBT US citizens, obviously, have the same rights to the same freedoms as you. Keeping people out of your sacred club for who they are is one thing, but denying us our rights is another, and definitely unAmerican. We disagree with you, and we are American. We have families, and we are American. We are different than you, and we are American. And as real Americans, we all have the same civil rights that Americans do, to everything American, and that includes an American marriage. We support ALL families, including yours. Please don't work to deny us our American rights.

    Posted by: radioredrafts | Oct 2, 2012 3:30:09 AM

  2. 1. "Being a Christian" - I am a gay Christian and my church/faith supports marriage equality. Since when, in this country, does his religion trump my religion. He claims he is for fundamental rights and equality for all people, then maybe he should begin with the 1st Amendment which ensures my religious rights as much as his.

    2. "Children" - I can't even begin to say how much I hate the "children" propaganda. Children learn bigotry and hatred at home and from their peers. The only argument I can possibly think of is that he thinks gay parents will somehow turn heterosexual children gay. In this day and age he should be well aware that being gay is not some disease nor is it something someone can be persuaded into being. Either one is or one is not.

    3. "Not bigoted or hateful" - Sorry, but you don't a free pass because you don't feel you are a bigot or hateful. The Nazis didn't feel they were bigoted or hateful towards the Jews, the KKK didn't feel like they were being bigoted or hateful towards African-Americans, and even today, rabid Fundamentalist Christians don't feel they are being bigoted or hateful towards Muslims while burning their Holy book. You say everyone should be equal and afforded the same rights while also espousing that only heterosexuals are worthy of marriage is, if nothing else, a discriminatory idea.

    Posted by: Don | Oct 2, 2012 4:31:57 AM

  3. Bigotry wrapped up in religion is still bigotry. Matt is an overpaid, idiotic, un-Christian-like bigot.I feel sorry for his wife and children.

    Posted by: JT | Oct 2, 2012 9:10:19 AM

  4. For the children's sake...

    From having read his full op-ed, he leaves out two important classes of children: those who are adopted and those who are in foster care.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Oct 2, 2012 10:19:26 AM

  5. Odd opinion from a guy who makes a living bending over and letting another man place his hands on his genitals.

    Posted by: dcinsider | Oct 2, 2012 10:23:36 AM




    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Oct 3, 2012 2:56:38 AM

  7. Matt Birk was always an arrogant jerk in Minnesota. He was a nauseating media darling
    that could do no wrong and thought he was above everyone because he went to Harvard. Big damn deal. His head has gotten so big that now he dishes out financial advice and decides who has the right to get married. Now he reires and we're supposed to get all emotional about an overrated career of a guy who spent 15 years shoving a ball between his legs. For the record i'm straight.

    Posted by: hal 65432 | Feb 24, 2013 11:34:17 AM

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