LGBT advocate and Oakland Raiders player Chris Kluwe speaks against traditional marriage proponents who bash marriage equality; in his new book, Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies: On Myths, Morons, Free Speech, Football, and Assorted Absurdities, he says he’s “tired of seeing children used to disguise bigotry.”
“Unfortunately, what every single one of these shrieking harpies fails to realize is that they’re not, in fact, thinking of the children when they start spewing their ignorance,” Kluwe said. “They’re thinking of themselves. They’re thinking of their own inability to accept the fact that two people of the same sex might happen to love each other, but they have an inkling that if they say they can’t accept it, they’re going to be called bigots, so they mask their fear and stupidity with the strongest shield they can think of—the children.”
Along with Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, Kluwe is a staunch supporter of LGBT rights. In March, Ayanbadejo and Kluwe submitted an amicus brief pleading for the Supreme Court to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and offered support to Jason Collins for coming out as they supported all LGBT athletes to come out.
Recently, Kluwe transferred from the Minnesota Vikings to the Oakland Raiders. He humorously declined to attend the President’s annual LGBT soiree at the White House.
Kluwe continues to advocate for LGBT rights taking priority over homophobic athletes’ protests, as well as objecting to the religious right using children as an excuse.
“It’s about giving our children the tools to succeed in life—tools like empathy and kindness. It’s about creating a nurturing environment so our children can grow up to be whoever they want to be and not face any stigma for their choices,” Kluwe concluded. “So please, think of the children, but with love, not fear.”