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Ravens Center Writes Op-Ed Against Gay Marriage

Birk said he believes gay marriage will affect the next generation.

Matt Birk, the starting center for the Baltimore Ravens and former player for the Minnesota Vikings, wrote an op-ed published this weekend in The Minneapolis Star Tribune that detailed the reasons why he is against gay marriage.

In the op-ed, he wrote, “it is important to set the record straight about what the marriage debate is all about, and to clarify that not all NFL players think redefining marriage is a good thing.”

Birk may have been referring to a controversy that ensued after a Maryland legislator wrote a letter to the Ravens’ ownership to silence Brendon Ayanbadejo, a linebacker for the team, after he came out in support of gay marriage.

Birk wrote that he believes both a mother and a father play a vital role in raising a child.

“Same-sex unions may not affect my marriage specifically, but it will affect my children—the next generation,” wrote Birk. “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,” continued Birk. “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?”

Birk, who is a native Minnesotan, finished the op-ed by encouraging people to “preserve and promote a healthy, authentic promarriage culture in this upcoming election.”

Birk’s thoughts come at a controversial time for gay marriage in both Minnesota and Maryland. In Minnesota, a state constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage will be on the ballot in November. In Maryland, Question 6 will ask the state’s voters whether to uphold a law passed in 2012 that allows same-sex couples to get a marriage license starting in 2013.

Birk’s teammate Ayanbadejo defended Birk’s stance on Twitter on Monday night.

“Matt Birk is an amazing father, teammate, man!” Tweeted Ayanbadejo. “Even if he & I disagree on marriage equality we agree on 95% of other issues.”

At least one other NFL player hasn’t been so supportive. Birk’s former teammate and current Minnesota kicker Chris Kluwe, who previously wrote a screed about the Maryland legislator who attempted to silence Ayanbadejo, called Birk’s stance “wrong.”

“If you want us to understand why same-sex marriage is bad for kids, you need to provide some sort of substantial evidence,” wrote Kluwe in an op-ed published on TwinCities.com. "Your argument lacks facts, sources, or statistics."

How will you vote on Question 6 in November? Tell us in the comments.

Timika N Grant October 03, 2012 at 03:39 AM
I think everyone is entitled to there own feelings on the subject I think that same sex marriage should be legal why not
Thomas October 03, 2012 at 06:33 AM
Many people fear that should same sex marriage become legal that pedophiles gay or not would be able to adopt and abuse children. The law would create a loop hole not much different from pedophiles joining the priesthood.
Joe October 03, 2012 at 11:52 AM
"not much different from pedophiles joining the priesthood." Or teachers joining the unions who will protect then when they molest and abuse their students by the thousands.
Andrea October 03, 2012 at 01:24 PM
I hear Brazil granted a marriage licence to a threesome. It is amazing to think how far we have come since once referring to the some of the founders of this country as 'Puritans'. Let's see...we are not allowed to define Christianity in schools...Christmas is about Santa Claus. Less than 3% will use the Gay Marriage Law, but the media and Hollywood have suckered more than 51% to support it. I am guessing those who soon have children will think better of it when they are taught more about how to accept the openly displayed fetishes of others than about real diversity of culture. Culture is about where you are from - not what you think about in private. Oh...I will be voting not to uphold.
Joe October 03, 2012 at 01:32 PM
If you cannot discriminate against 2 men or 2 women in granting marriage, it is surely the exact same discrimination then to deny 3 or 4 people in a loving relationship the same "right" to marry no? Or is there an acceptable degree of discrimination and that is not allowing 3 or more to marry?
Mike McAuliffe October 05, 2012 at 03:43 AM
Joe, I agree with you. That's been my point exactly since this gay marriage legislation hit the table. If gay marraige proponents are so open minded why do they not help promote mulit-partner unions as well as homosexual marriage of 2 people? Why do they stop at simply addressing their own cause? They appear to be rather self serving. I'm not in favor of same sex marraige or multi-partner marraige, but I'm in favor of legalizing BOTH of these arrangements rather than allowing ONLY two-person gay marraige---just to be fair.

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