Vikings punter Chris Kluwe to debate a chair over gay marriage

Chris Kluwe in a 2008 file photo.
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Vikings punter Chris Kluwe is not shy about expressing his opinions. He was vocal about supporting the Saints bounty suspensions. He made no secret about his contempt for the replacement refs.

Most recently, he has come out strongly against an amendment that would ban gay marriage in Minnesota, where he has played since 2005. Earlier this month, Kluwe wrote an op-ed on the topic in the St. Paul Pioneer Press. His piece was a rebuttal to an editorial written by former teammate Matt Birk, who supports the amendment.

Now, Kluwe will do his best Clint Eastwood GOP convention impersonation and debate a chair on the topic. According to the Star Tribune, Minneapolis radio personality Tom Barnard will moderate the event, which will take place Friday evening at a local theater. Kluwe has invited Birk and U.S. Representative Michelle Bachmann , who also supports the amendment, to the debate. So far, they have not RSVP'd.

Kluwe is not the only local athlete speaking out against the state's potential ban on gay marriage. Minnesota Lynx star Seimone Augustus, who is engaged to her longtime girlfriend, has also spoken out against the amendment.

"I just never understood why someone else's love life and who they love and who they choose to be with affects so many other people's lives," Augustus told the Associated Press this week. "I never understood the whole point of opposing or hating someone else's happiness."

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