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07/03/2013

Audio: Matt Birk labels Kluwe, Ayanbadejo 'against traditional marriage'

by Jeremy Hooper

On yesterday's edition of Tony Perkins' radio show, anti-equality former NFL player Matt Birk branded pro-equality players Brendon Ayanbadejo and Chris Kluwe as being "against traditional marriage":


[SOURCE: Washington Watch w/ Tony Perkins; 7/2/13]

This aggressive bastardization of the English language is not okay and it needs to stop.

Sit me down at a wedding and I will turn into mush. I will cry at the ceremony. I will be the first on the dance floor. I will eat me a big ass piece of cake and possibly even request seconds. Then, in the months and years to follow, I will check in and try to help you and yours through anything that might be troubling you. This is all true regardless of whether your union is male/female, male/male, or female/female.

Based on their own lives committed to female significant others and their children, I'm going to assume both Kluwe and Ayanbadejo are equally in support of the man/woman marriage dynamic. They are not against so-called "traditional marriage"—they are for the freedom to marry independent of arbitrary gender constraints! That is not a minor distinction. Suggesting they are anti- something suggests that they are trying to take something away from someone else. But they are not anti-anything—Matt Birk is.

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