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04/19/2007


Chris Kluwe Joins Anderson Cooper and Chris Hayes to Discuss Vikings Homophobia Claims: VIDEO

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Former NFL punter Chris Kluwe joined CNN's Anderson Cooper and MSNBC's Chris Hayes last night to discuss claims he made last week regarding homophobia at the Minnesota Vikings organization and objections to his gay rights advocacy which eventually led to him being released from the team.

"I made sure that I had witnesses because that's a very easy defamation of character case and it would be pretty easy for him to prevail in a court of law...I am 100% confident in everything I related is how it happened and really encouraged by the fact that the Vikings are taking it seriously and opening an investigation because I think once they talk with people they'll find out what happened."

Anderson noted that the investigation does not have subpoena power so it's up to players to cooperate and asks Kluwe if he thinks players will come forward.

"I'm confident because it's the right thing to do. One thing that I'm going to push for is there must be anonymity for these witnesses because being black-balled in the NFL is a very real possibility and this is not something I'm going to force my friends to submit to..."

Said Kluwe to Hayes about the possibility of an openly gay player coming out sometime soon:

"This doesn't just happen to me. This happens to millions of people across the country. But things are getting better. Progress is being made. At the same time, we can't just be content with the progress that's been made. We have to strive for more progress so that when that player does come out they know that they have support..."

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Cory Booker Tells Chris Hayes, 'My Sexuality is Not an Issue Right Now': VIDEO

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MSNBC's Chris Hayes asked Senate candidate and Newark mayor Cory Booker about recent remarks by his opponent Steve Lonegan mocking Booker's pro-gay remarks, remarks in which Booker revealed he told Twitter followers, "I hope you are not voting for me on the presumption I'm straight."

Replied Booker:

"The point I'm getting a chance to make right now is that we need to stop in America talking about anybody in the public realm besides what is important, the content of their character, the quality of the ideas, the courage within their hearts to serve others - that's what's important. And so here we have an opponent that is trying to say God-awful things and literally saying 'well I believe a guy should be a guy'. Almost like saying that you are not a man if you're gay. That is so extreme let's shine lights on this for a second...Being a man is about love. About kindness to others. About standing up for what's right. My sexuality is not an issue right now."

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Chris Hayes Talks to Kaitlyn Hunt, Charged with Felony for Relationship with Another Girl: VIDEO

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As Steve reported last weekend, Florida’s Sebastian River High School senior Kaitlyn Hunt began a relationship earlier this year with a fellow classmate, a 15-year old girl. This past February, soon after her 18th birthday, she was arrested and charged with two felony counts of lewd and lascivious battery on a child 12–16 years of age. Hunt's parents claim the the family of their daughter's girlfriend has never approved of the same-sex relationship and has since made Hunt a target.

Chris Hayes last night spoke with Hunt, her mother, and lawyer about the case.

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Hunt's family has started a petition on Change.org (which has so far netted over 160,000 signatures) as well as a Free Kate Facebook page.

CNN adds:

While some of the 150,000 people signing an online petition asking prosecutors to drop the case have suggested that it's being handled differently because it involves a same-sex relationship, Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar said that has nothing to do with it.

"If this was an 18-year-old male and that was a 14-year-old girl, it would have been prosecuted the same way," he said. CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin concurs, saying whether the people involved are same-sex or opposite-sex, the legal issues are the same.

"A kid, a child under the age of 16, cannot consent to having sexual relations with an 18-year-old, an adult under the eyes of the law," she said. "And that really is all this case comes down to when you look at it legally."

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Hudson Taylor, William Rhoden, and Dan Savage Join Chris Hayes to Discuss Jason Collins, Gay Athletes: VIDEO

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Athlete Ally's Hudson Taylor, New York Times reporter William Rhoden, and Dan Savage joined Chris Hayes last night to talk about what the reaction will be from the NBA owners and players to Jason Collins' coming out.

Said Savage:

"What this debate comes down to ultimately is not who gay people are and where gay people are. We are who we are and we are everywhere. If there's no openly gay people in whatever environment you're in or whatever environment you're talking about that doesn't mean there are no gay people. There's no openly gay people. I think ultimately what this comes down to is who straight people are. This isn't about whether Jason Collins or other athletes who happen to be gay are pansies. It's about whether heterosexual men and heterosexual athletes in locker rooms are pansies. If they're afraid of gay men, if they're jumping up on chairs and shrieking and too afraid to shower in the same conditions that marines, and sailors, and airmen shower in...Are straight people better than they've been built? Are straight people less bigoted than they've convinced themselves they are? I think they are less bigoted as we saw in the military after the 'DADT' repeal and a lot of LGBT soldiers came out and it was a non-issue and they were accepted."

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MSNBC's Chris Hayes and Panel Look at CPAC and the GOP's Trajectory on Gay Rights, Marriage: VIDEO

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MSNBC's Chris Hayes and his panel took a lengthy look at CPAC and the GOP's trajectory on same-sex marriage over the weekend.

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MSNBC's Chris Hayes Rejects Invite to Speak at CPAC Because They Discriminate Against GOProud, Gays: VIDEO

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MSNBC host Chris Hayes was invited to speak on a panel at CPAC this year, but he's turning it down because CPAC won't allow gay conservative group GOProud (a group Hayes admits is "not an organization I share much with ideologically, or even, truth be told, like all that much") to attend while explaining that the mission of the conference is how to resurrect the Republican party.

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