There’s some encouraging news coming out of the National Football League. And no, I’m not talking about the deal struck between the referees and the owners. I’m referring to the decision of Matt Birk – a six-time Pro Bowl selection, current center for the Baltimore Ravens, and the NFL’s 2012 Man of the Year – to speak out in support of an amendment that would define marriage in Minnesota as a union between one man and one woman.
His support of the amendment first came in the form of an editorial this past weekend for the Star Tribune, Minnesota’s largest newspaper. In his column, Birk warned that “marriage is in trouble right now.” Adding that “in the last few years, political forces and a culture of relativism have replaced ‘I am my brother’s keeper’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself’ with ‘live and let live’ and ‘if it feels good, go ahead and do it.’”
He’s since released a short video on the topic with the help of the Minnesota Catholic Conference.
Birk’s decision to speak out for marriage comes off the heels of several other NFL players coming out in favor of same sex unions.
His support for marriage, however, is shared by most Minnesotans. According to recent polls, 49% of voters support the amendment while 47% oppose it.
Matt deserves our support for speaking out on this issue. He knows full well that what he is doing makes him a target for marriage redefiners across the country. Thank you, Matt!