Tag Archive: same sex marriage


Just wanted to share, if you are interested. It is rather long, but my friend says they are most articulate. Many of us have made up our minds, though not all, methinks… Many of us have this issue on upcoming election ballots…

First video is Oprah’s in depth story about Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka, including some thoughts from Harris’ parents. Kind of long, but might be interesting to browse.

Second is former Minnesota governor and his wife, Jesse and Terry Ventura. This one is short.

Just sharin…

thanks for stopping in…


An Articulate Jock from MN…

UPDATE: 9/12/2012

more VERY related links:

The Good Man Project: Liam Day

The Good Man Project: Joanna Schroeder


Reblogged, in its entirety from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chris-kluwe/an-open-letter-to-emmett-burns_b_1866216.html?utm_hp_ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false#sb=276959,b=facebook

Editor’s note: Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo has voiced his support for a Maryland ballot initiative that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state. In response, Maryland state delegate Emmett C. Burns, Jr. (D-Baltimore) wrote a letter to Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti urging him to “inhibit such expressions from your employee.” In the open letter below, Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe responds to Burns.

Dear Emmett C. Burns, Jr.,

I find it inconceivable that you are an elected official of the United States government. Your vitriolic hatred and bigotry make me ashamed and disgusted to think that you are in any way responsible for shaping policy at any level. The views you espouse neglect to consider several fundamental key points, which I will outline in great detail:

1. As I suspect you have not read the Constitution, I would like to remind you that the very first amendment in this founding document deals with the freedom of speech, particularly the abridgment of said freedom. By using your position as an elected official (when referring to your constituents in order to implicitly threaten the Ravens organization) to argue that the Ravens should silence Brendon Ayanbadejo from voicing his support for same-sex marriage, not only are you clearly violating the First Amendment, but you come across as a narcissistic fromunda stain. What on Earth would possess you to say something so mind-boggingly stupid? It baffles me that a man such as yourself, a man who relies on that same First Amendment to pursue your own religious studies without fear of persecution from the state, could somehow justify stifling another person’s right to free speech. To call that “hypocritical” would be to do a disservice to the word. “Mindfuckingly, obscenely hypocritical” starts to approach it a little bit.

2. You wrote, “Many of your fans are opposed to such a view and feel it has no place in a sport that is strictly for pride, entertainment and excitement.” Holy fucking shitballs. Did you seriously just say that, as someone who is, according to your Wikipedia page, “deeply involved in government task forces on the legacy of slavery in Maryland”? Have you not heard of Kenny Washington? Jackie Robinson? As recently as 1962 the NFL still had segregation, which was only done away with by brave athletes and coaches daring to speak their mind and do the right thing, and you’re going to say that political views have “no place in a sport”? I can’t even begin to fathom the cognitive dissonance that must be coursing through your rapidly addled mind right now; the mental gymnastics your brain has to tortuously contort itself through to make such a preposterous statement are surely worthy of an Olympic gold medal (the Russian judge gives you a 10 for “beautiful oppressionism”).

3. This is more a personal quibble of mine, but why 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 from what you believe, or act differently from you? How does gay marriage affect your life in any way, shape, or form? Are you worried that if gay marriage became legal, all of a sudden you’d start thinking about penis? (“Oh shit. Gay marriage just passed. Gotta get me some of that hot dong action!”) Will all your friends suddenly turn gay and refuse to come to your Sunday Ticket grill-outs? (Unlikely. Gay people enjoy watching football, too.)

I can assure you that gay people getting married will have zero effect on your life. They won’t come into your house and steal your children. They won’t magically turn you into a lustful cockmonster. They won’t even overthrow the government in an orgy of hedonistic debauchery because all of a sudden they have the same legal rights as the other 90 percent of our population, rights like Social Security benefits, childcare tax credits, family and medical leave to take care of loved ones, and COBRA health care for spouses and children. You know what having these rights will make gay Americans? Full-fledged citizens, just like everyone else, with the freedom to pursue happiness and all that that entails. Do the civil-rights struggles of the past 200 years mean absolutely nothing to you?

In closing, I would like to say that I hope this letter in some small way causes you to reflect upon the magnitude of the colossal foot-in-mouth clusterfuck you so brazenly unleashed on a man whose only crime was speaking out for something he believed in. Best of luck in the next election; I’m fairly certain you might need it.

Chris Kluwe

P.S. I’ve also been vocal as hell about the issue of gay marriage, so you can take your “I know of no other NFL player who has done what Mr. Ayanbadejo is doing” and shove it in your closed-minded, totally-lacking-in-empathy pie hole.



These are just a few inspiring videos I found today, thanks to one of my spirit sisters… for other excellent videos please go to The Daily Beast

Nancy Pelosi: Reproductive rights

Dalia Ziada: Arab Spring in Egypt

Leymah Gbowee: Women have been “Politely” silent

and shall be no more…

Lindsay Addario: War Correspondent and new mother

Women, we must speak and act what we know to be right. Now is the time. We have been “politely” silent too long, in my eyes. At any level you may find yourself in a position to speak up and/or out for what you KNOW is right. Be it against some injustice you have witnessed, be it in a classroom where equality can be undermined as well as anywhere.
This does not mean we all have to go out and buy nice new soapboxes, but you can if you want to. Not only will you be seen better, as you stand atop it, but you will look good too!!! Kidding aside, I challenge each and every woman to LOOK for, not just wait for, but LOOK for and FIND opportunities to speak out about injustice/justice, inequality/equality, lies/truth. If not us, then who?

It is easy to speak of these things in a room where all agree with our spirit and our passion and mission.

But what about when we are out in the world.
Perhaps there is a neighbor whose husband abuses her, physically, emotionally, in any way. Can we be silent?
Perhaps there is a neighbor who is in desperate need of health care, but can’t afford a life saving procedure or prescription. Can we be silent?
Perhaps you know a woman who has found her life partner and wishes to make this known to all the world, but they pass laws against it. Can we remain silent?
Perhaps your state is trying to pass a law that makes it illegal for unionized government workers to demand more pay, instead of losing it to rising their health care costs. Or to ensure there is equal pay for equal jobs. Can we remain silent?
Perhaps there is a child in your child’s class, that is homeless. Can we be silent?

Perhaps we need to share more of the things that can and must be changed, to help awaken our other selves, the ones who are afraid to speak up, but will throw themselves in front of a child to protect him/her from the bullet she knows is coming. Passion. Awaken our passion, and we cannot be kept silent.

“Be the change you want to see in the world” may have been said by a man (Ghandi), but that doesn’t make it any less true. We need to speak the change, act the change and be the change. Now. Please.


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