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Chris Kluwe Drops 'Pioneer Press' Over Anti-Gay Op-Ed


Chris Kluwe, the uber-gay friendly Minnesota Vikings punter, this weekend left his freelance post at the St. Paul Pioneer Press over that paper's editorial board's op-ed supporting an amendment to the state constitution that would define marriage as one man, one woman.

From that op-ed:

Love may be love, but even now there are any number of prohibitions around marriage between consenting (heterosexual) adults. These prohibitions are intended to be in the interest of promoting the general welfare. It all comes back to the initial question of the definition of marriage as a means of promoting the general welfare.

Obviously Kluwe cannot support such a publication, so he took to Twitter to explain his resignation and to tell the paper exactly how he feels about it. Read the stream of Twitter consciousness AFTER THE JUMP.







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  1. It wasn't so much their support that made him to that, but the way they went about it. They pretended to be "neutral" and then trotted out all the usual anti-gay talking points. Pure dishonesty and a lack of conviction.

    Posted by: Steve | Nov 4, 2012 4:21:57 PM

  2. wow...

    Posted by: bandanajack | Nov 4, 2012 4:33:37 PM

  3. Phenomenal. This guy is fearless - an alpha male with a heart of gold. There's just nothing more compelling.

    Posted by: PixelWizard | Nov 4, 2012 4:37:57 PM

  4. This guy is amazing!

    Posted by: Seattle Mike | Nov 4, 2012 4:44:07 PM

  5. Of course Kluwe is awesome. Moreover, I appreciate that his rage is NOT due to the Pioneer Press taking a stand with which he disagrees. Rather, he is rightfully pissed off that they cowardly editorialized for one side without having the courage to state their position explicitly.

    Posted by: Rick | Nov 4, 2012 4:55:31 PM

  6. One of our greatest weapons in out struggle is free speech, and the ability for LGBTQ and supportive allies to express their ideas, and perspectives. The down-side of the free speech idea however, is that it allows our opponents to do the same. So often, their rhetoric is full of misinformation at best, and outright lies at the worst. We succeed however, not in taking away or stopping their right to free speech, but rather by countering theirs, and hateful misinformation with truth, reason and language that encourages fairness by promoting valid discourse over fear mongering. To lose his voice from that dialogue is a shame.

    Posted by: Thomas Waters | Nov 4, 2012 5:02:25 PM

  7. @Thomas Waters: I get where you're coming from, but you are basing your argument on a false assumption. In an era of instant communication, newspapers are no longer a source of "dialogue".

    Posted by: alex | Nov 4, 2012 5:11:29 PM

  8. The comments on that article are overwhelmingly in favor of marriage rights for all. Makes me feel that all might yet be all right in Minnesota.

    Posted by: Dave in NYC | Nov 4, 2012 5:20:19 PM

  9. pioneer press is so hard up for readers, they offered
    me a two-year subscription for $2.00.


    Posted by: normadesmond | Nov 4, 2012 6:50:50 PM

  10. An EDITORIAL is still not an OP-ED.

    I wish Andrew would occasionally read the comments...

    Posted by: KevinVT | Nov 4, 2012 7:29:56 PM

  11. I have always believed that actions are the measure and words are cheap. This guy has backed up his words with actions everytime - often at some personal expense. A real class act.

    Posted by: MikeBoston | Nov 4, 2012 8:53:44 PM

  12. Intelligent, vocal, fearless and for equality. That's what a MAN is supposed to be. :-)

    Posted by: Bobby | Nov 5, 2012 8:22:48 AM

  13. @KevinVT, You're right. I'd never bothered to think about it much (though I think I've always called editorials by the correct name, but here is the definition of "Op-Ed" from Wiki:

    An op-ed, abbreviated from opposite the editorial page (though often mistaken for opinion-editorial), is a newspaper article that expresses the opinions of a named writer who is usually unaffiliated with the newspaper's editorial board. These are different from editorials, which are usually unsigned and written by editorial board members.

    Posted by: Caliban | Nov 5, 2012 10:48:00 AM

  14. This guy talks the talk, and walks the walk. Thank you,Chris Kluwe.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Nov 5, 2012 11:17:58 AM

  15. I noticed the Press Editorial states "general welfare" as the reason to strip our rights.
    Who's general welfare are they talking about?? Not ours!!!

    Posted by: ty | Nov 5, 2012 1:12:43 PM

  16. Fantasy of Chris Kluwe #1: heteros have grown out of their incessantly artificial right-wing fed obsession of speaking about us LGBT's like we're not listening and/or being affected by the conversation.

    The split was covered and remedied by one straight guy who brought simple logic and a little f*cking bit of principle all of the straight people thought they had covered.

    Am I still the silent f#!*^t observer being talked about as a subhuman? Not on dude's watch. A real man with an ethical heart being wielded properly is worthy like a populist-diddler preacher will never, *ahem* CAN never know.

    The truth of a man being a simple thing ruled by passions, even made witless by them, like ya know, "those homos" is only true if you're above the love. Too bad for the haters love is eveything from bravely platonic to same gender life-long commitments. Plus, the haters can't have any.

    These reactionaries have had every chance to tell American men what we are and aren't (or, more importantly to them), could never be. They've f*cked it all up, they've NEVER done a good job. Away with this nonsense, people here in the USA are better than them, you just won't know listening to our s**t media.

    Posted by: PostPonyPhase | Nov 5, 2012 1:18:16 PM

  17. @Thomas Waters - "To lose his voice from that dialogue is a shame."

    Huh? We haven't "lost his voice"... he's simply not going to allow the Pioneer Press to be the ones to disseminate it.

    Posted by: J.P. McPickleshitter | Nov 5, 2012 4:46:35 PM

  18. "general welfare"??
    The American Anthropological Association issued a statement on marriage when Bush II wanted a constitutional amendment to ban marriage equality. They categorically opposed his efforts.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Nov 6, 2012 7:42:47 AM

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