It’s not uncommon for American sportsmen to be extra vocal regarding their hatred of gay people and supporting opposition to equal rights for gay people. One of the latest being Baltimore Ravens’ player Matt Birk who took to the media and made a video disclosing his opposition to equal marriage rights for same-sex couples in a new video for the Minnesota Catholic Conference.
“Supporting the basic rights of children and the authentic rights of people with same-sex attraction are not mutually exclusive, and we must resist the forces that are telling us otherwise,” Birk claims in the anti – equality video.
Over the weekend the footballer told a local newspaper that marriage needs “protection” so it can remain as being between one woman and one man.
This comes from a country that holds so much regard for the ancient institution of marriage that you can get married in under 5 minutes to someone you’ve known for less than a day by someone dressed as Elvis.
However, Birk’s latest remarks have pulled in a quick response from Minnesota Vikings player Chris Kluwe, who is a keen supporter Equality and was recently on the cover of Out magazine. “If you want us to understand why same-sex marriage is bad for kids, you need to provide some sort of substantial evidence” the sports star said.
In a recent interview he used the Bible to illustrate why it was important to support equal marriage, “It’s all about the Golden Rule. Treat others as you want to be treated. It’s that simple. It’s something that needs to be spoken about, and it’s something I can do while fulfilling my job as a football player.”
Like most of us, when he was growing up he had used homophobic slurs, however he now realises how harmful the use of such words can be, “Unfortunately, as kids, sometimes you don’t understand what your words can mean because you’re not emotionally mature enough,” he said “As you grow up and start learning about the world you realize, Hey, some of this stuff is hurtful.”
Birk had previously been awarded the accolade of humanitarian of the year by the NFL, although how you can be a humanitarian by denying others the rights you take for granted is a question that will be asked by many inside and outside the world of sport.