Controlling the quality of life. That's what she said.
A few weeks ago Minnesota Vikings punter, Chris Kluwe took Twitter by storm (yet again) to approach the subject of same-sex marriage and essentially human equality. It appears that Kluwe had already long been a supporter of this cause, but this particular article from NFL.com seems to has ignited the raging-logically-educated-passionately-inclined-word-spewer from within him. A Ravens player who publicly endorsed same-sex marriage was asked by a Baltimore County politician to be reprimanded, but the Ravens organization stood behind its player and supported his right to free speech. I cannot believe the politician told the player to stick to playing football and to keep out of politics. The player’s response was the best ever: “Football is just my job, it’s not who I am. I am an American before anything. And just like every American I have the right to speak!!!” I think many of us fans tend to forget that players, just like us, are also people like us with a handful of opinions. Why doesn’t Mr. Politician take his own advice, quit meddling in NFL affairs and focus on politics, although you don’t seem to be a very good one. Within hours of the article being released, Kluwe spewed the following sequence of tweets:
Kluwe got so peeved at this politician that he wrote a letter to him. There is a clean version hidden somewhere in his tweets. Profanity aside, he is indeed logical in his explanation of why this politician is, well, an “asshole.” The part that intrigued me the most, however, is a response written to Kluwe by an “awful Catholic Republican [type] who everyone [on Deadspins] seems to hate.” I understand that everyone is entitled to his/her own opinion, n’ I applaud the author (Jim) of this response for being so clear, concise, and direct about his points. However, I am also entitled to my very own opinion, which just so-happens to completely clash with that of Jim’s. I do not find gay marriage “unnatural.” I realize that there is this slippery slope that no one wants to approach, but fear of this slope is no reason to avoid expressing ones opinion. Many may object to a same-gender relationship because they think it not to be ‘normal’ or ‘traditional,’ and they think that this is something new. Let’s be honest, attraction between women or men has probably existed for millions of years, it simply was not talked about or simply frowned upon. Society rebuffing the idea that a man could be interested in a man or a woman, in a woman, does not erase the existence of such attractions. Therefore if these attractions have existed as long as those between a man n’ a woman, who is to say any of it isn’t normal? I understand that this argument can be for many other scenarios that are deemed socially unacceptable, but I plead for you to try n’ realize that whether you are man or woman, you are first & foremost part of the human race. Do we have the right to ban one human from loving another human? Like any straight person, a gay person obviously may want to get married one day, and that person should not have any laws banning such beautiful n’ harmless act. I have heard people using incest as a counterargument, asking if we should legalize that too, and I realize the domino effect same-sex marriage may have, but I find it ridiculous n’ upsetting to ban something that is pure simply to avoid the pressure of allowing another act that is frowned upon. I may be an idealist, but I believe that no one should be robbed of his or her happiness.