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Vikings Asst. Coach Mike Priefer Denies Kluwe 'Bigot' Accusations: 'I Have Gay Family Members...'

Minnesota Vikings Assistant Coach Mike Priefer, whom Chris Kluwe called a "bigot" in a statement accusing team officials of releasing him because of his gay activism, issued a statement yesterday denying Kluwe's claims.

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“I vehemently deny today’s allegations made by Chris Kluwe. I want to be clear that I do not tolerate discrimination of any type and am respectful of all individuals. I personally have gay family members who I love and support just as I do any family member. The comments today have not only attacked my character and insulted my professionalism, but they have also impacted my family.”

Minnesota Vikings Deny Chris Kluwe Claims He Was Fired for Gay Activism

The Minnesota Vikings have released a statement denying claims made by former Viking punter Chris Kluwe that he was fired for his activism on behalf of gay rights:

C_kluweThe Minnesota Vikings were made aware of Chris Kluwe’s allegations for the first time today. We take them very seriously and will thoroughly review this matter.

As an organization, the Vikings consistently strive to create a supportive, respectful and accepting environment for all of our players, coaches and front office personnel. We do not tolerate discrimination at any level. The team has long respected our players’ and associates’ individual rights, and, as Chris specifically stated, Vikings ownership supports and promotes tolerance, including on the subject of marriage equality. Because he was identified with the Vikings, Chris was asked to be respectful while expressing his opinions. Team ownership and management also repeatedly emphasized to Chris that the Vikings would not impinge on his right to express his views.

Any notion that Chris was released from our football team due to his stance on marriage equality is entirely inaccurate and inconsistent with team policy. Chris was released strictly based on his football performance.
We will have further comment at the appropriate time.

Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt Claims Satan is Behind Gay Marriage: VIDEO

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Over the past few years, Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt has been one of the more visible adversaries in the fight for LGBT rights and tolerance in Minnesota. He spearheaded a mass mailing of 400,000 anti-gay DVDs in 2010, created a special "marriage prayer" to drum up support for the anti-gay amendment on the state's ballot last November, and even told the mother of a gay son that she must reject him or risk burning in hell.

With such a bigoted view of gays, it comes as no surprise that Nienstedt places homosexuality squarely on the side of Satan. Speaking at the conservative Napa Institute Conference last month, Nienstedt listed off all the evil works of the devil, which in addition to homosexuality include abortion, contraception, and pornography. The Huffington Post reports:

"Today, many evil forces have set their sights on the dissolution of marriage and the debasing of family life," Niendstedt said. "Sodomy, abortion, contraception, pornography, the redefinition of marriage, and the denial of objective truth are just some of the forces threatening the stability of our civilization. The source of these machinations is none other than the Father of Lies. Satan knows all too well the value that the family contributes to the fabric of a good solid society, as well as the future of God's work on earth."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP (skip to 16:00 for the quote)...

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The Greatest Political Ad of 2013 So Far: VIDEO


Will walking out of a lake in skin-tight bike shorts, promising to no longer visit the strip clubs, and yelling at people to "wake the f**k Up" get Jeffrey Alan Wagner elected Mayor of Minneapolis?

Probably not, but it will elect him famous on the internet.


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Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak Tells Gay Chicago Couples: 'Our City Would Like to Marry You' — VIDEO


Yesterday Towleroad mentioned that Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak was headed to Chicago, Madison, Milwaukee, and Denver — cities in states where marriage equality is not yet a reality — to campaign for gay couples to come and get married in Minneapolis.

Rybak smartly has dollar signs in his eyes and knows that marriage equality tourism can boost Minneapolis's and Minnesota's economy.

Here's his pitch to the people of Chicago.


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Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak Launches Campaign to Promote Marriage Equality Tourism

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak wants gay couples to come to Minnesota and get married, MPR News reports:

RybakThe Democratic mayor officiated 46 same-sex weddings on August 1, when the new law went into effect. He's inviting same-sex couples from other states to hold their ceremonies in Minneapolis.

Rybak is traveling to Chicago this week to launch an ad campaign, followed by visits to Madison, Milwaukee and Denver.

"Heck, if we get 30 couples from Chicago to come up here and do a wedding, that's 30 weddings, 30 wedding parties, 30 rentals of great places, 30 florists," said Rubak. "You begin to ripple that through the economy — now it's assumed we're going to get more than 30 — that's a lot of money...We really think this could have a very significant financial impact."

The Minneapolis Convention and Visitors Association, a co-sponsor of Rybak's campaign, is offering free wedding planning services to interested couples.


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