Minnesota lost a great voice for equality when the Vikings decided to drop Chris Kluwe as their punter. Someone who had spent the better part of the last year and a half fighting for marriage equality in our state is now gone. Granted, in this day and age it doesn’t matter where you speak from, your voice can still be heard.
But Minnesota did the right thing. Stood on the correct side of equality. Minnesota became the 12th state to approve same sex marriage. And Chris Kluwe helped play a large part in getting us there, along with many who had been fighting for decades to get us there.
But there’s something about a public celebrity to help spread the message.
And now Chris looks to be punting in California for the Raiders. And somehow, having Chris Kluwe go back to his home state seems so very appropriate. A state that was the leader in pushing for marriage equality only to yank that equality away via public vote and now is having its day in front of the Supreme Court. It’s almost like Chris was needed there.
And fate, destiny, whatever you want to call it, took a great public speaker from where he wasn’t needed any longer and put him smack dab in the middle of where he is needed most with his skills. Not the skills of a football punter, but the skills of a great speaker. Someone who can rally others to his cause. Someone who does his research and speaks about what he knows as well as what he feels.
Good luck to you Chris Kluwe. Thank you for your time in the beloved Purple (still need to get my #5 Kluwe jersey somehow!) and thank you for your unapologetic drive for marriage equality in Minnesota. You DID make a difference. You ARE making a difference. And that legacy will last longer than your punting legacy. And it’s one to be proud of. Just like most Minnesotans are proud you were one of our own for the time you were here. You are always welcome back any time, any day. And you will always be forever Purple in our hearts.