Forever purple in the rainbow

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.

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About ynnarie

Lynn Salisbury grew up in the rural town of McGrath, Minnesota. After graduating from McGregor High School in the mid 1980’s, she moved to the Twin Cities. Lynn spent her 20’s and 30’s working like the average person, never imagining the calling that awaited her. But those two decades of working, learning, growing, led to the day a friend challenged Lynn to write. Lynn met that challenge and never looked back. Now she draws from her life’s experiences and creative mind to weave stories. Stories about different worlds, different lives, different perspectives. If you ask her about her life, Lynn will tell you it’s been rather simple and sometimes boring. But if you dig a little deeper you will find that it’s been a bit more exciting than that. Lynn has done everything from designing clothes ranging from prom and wedding dresses to drag queen attire and everything in-between, became a registered, ordained Pagan minister in the state of Minnesota, to creating a group, on a social media site, of fans devoted to her favorite football team that has more members than most medium sized towns. Lynn still lives in the Twin Cities area, enjoying the changing seasons, spending time with family, working, and writing. She will admit she hasn’t found her genre niche yet, and she secretly hopes she never does, leaving the possibilities wide open for any type of story that formulates in her head, mixed with a bit of muse inspiration, to spill out into the written word. She writes what she would want to read, having taken to heart a piece of advice she once heard. And she feels blessed and grateful for the chance to share her stories with the world. As the mother of three amazing, beautiful and strong daughters, Lynn knows that even when the world seems the darkest, they are her light. And she never forgets what an honor and privilege it is to be their mother. “If you haven’t had your ‘a-ha’ moment today, you haven’t been paying attention.” – Lynn Salisbury
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