As the NFL kick-off its regular season (the first game was Wednesday), one of the biggest topics heading into the season is...gay marriage?
It's true, in a (potentially) surprising way.
Over the last week, the internet has reacted to Brendon Ayanbadejo, a linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens, who spoke in support of same-sex marriage. Following that, Maryland state delegate Emmett C. Burns Jr. wrote a letter to Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, asking him to silence his employee.
Now, Chris Kluwe, the punter for the Minnesota Vikings, has responded, in a letter published on the sports blog Deadspin.
In it, Kluwe asks Burns, "[W]hy do you hate freedom? Why do you hate the fact that other people want a chance to live their lives and be happy, even though they may believe in something different than you, or act different than you?
"I can assure you that gay people getting married will have zero effect on your life," Kluwe continues. "They won't come into your house and steal your children."
Kluwe's letter has drawn monster hits for the site since it was published. And as such, MSNBC has arranged for Kluwe to appear on the air tonight during the Ed Schultz Show.
Kluwe joking said about the appearance that his guess "is we talk about secrets to successful tabletop miniature gaming."
Here's what I don't get about this. Without diving down the political rhetoric hole, why should Ayanbadejo not have freedom of speech like everyone else? Agree or disagree, we can't pick and choose who can and can't speak. (See: Westboro Baptist Church)