Matt Birk, whose leadership on the football field has brought success to both the Minnesota Vikings and the Baltimore Ravens, is appearing in a short online video in support of the Minnesota Marriage Amendment, which that state's voters will decide on in the November elections. The amendment would define marriage in Minnesota as only between a man and a woman. The six-time Pro Bowl center, who grew up in St. Paul and is a strong Catholic as well as a married father of six, taped the video for the Minnesota Catholic Conference, which has joined other religious and pro-family organizations to push for passage of the amendment.
“Outside and unfortunately even inside our own parishes, we have people telling us to stop talking about marriage, an institution that the church has been talking about for thousands of years,” Birk tells viewers of the video. “They say if we stand up and talk about the natural definition of marriage that we are somehow being mean or bullies. Supporting the basic rights of children and the authentic rights of people with same-sex attraction are not mutually exclusive, and we must resist the forces that are telling us otherwise.”
Birk goes on to explain that it is unfair to children “if we don't make every effort to stand up for their rights, to be known and loved by their mother and their father whenever possible. While divorce, death, and other circumstances too often prevent it, no child should be intentionally deprived of knowing their mother and their father. If we allow genderless marriage to be made law, the implication is that the contributions of part of our community, either men or women, are somehow insignificant and less valuable.”
While saying that he can “put up” with such government-imposed hardships as higher taxes and prohibiting prayer in schools, Birk says that “letting a small number of business and government elites and judges define what marriage is for Minnesotans doesn't seem very fair and doesn't make a lot of sense.”
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