Chris Kluwe playing bass at Music for Marriage Equality benefit tonight

Chris Kluwe playing bass at Music for Marriage Equality benefit tonight
Chris Kluwe rocking out with Tripping Icarus (Facebook).

Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe will be joining singer/songwriter Jonatha Brooke on stage for at least one song at the Dakota Jazz Theater tonight for the Music For Marriage Equality benefit concert.

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Cities 97's Brian Oake will be hosting the show, also featuring music by Keri Noble and Chastity Brown. Sponsored by Minnesotans for Equality, proceeds will support the campaign against a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in Minnesota.

Kluwe, the bassist for alternative rock band Tripping Icarus, has always been a supporter of gay marriage. But the punter has been getting national attention for his political views since scolding Maryland Delegate Emmett C. Burns Jr. in an open letter for trying to silence Ravens linebacker and fellow gay-rights advocate Brendon Ayanbadejo.

Originally published on Deadspin, the letter begins like this:

I find it inconceivable that you are an elected official of Maryland's state government. Your vitriolic hatred and bigotry make me ashamed and disgusted to think that you are in any way responsible for shaping policy at any level. The views you espouse neglect to consider several fundamental key points, which I will outline in great detail (you may want to hire an intern to help you with the longer words):

Then goes like this:

I can assure you that gay people getting married will have zero effect on your life. They won't come into your house and steal your children. They won't magically turn you into a lustful cockmonster.

And ends like this:

P.S. I've also been vocal as hell about the issue of gay marriage so you can take your "I know of no other NFL player who has done what Mr. Ayanbadejo is doing" and shove it in your close-minded, totally lacking in empathy piehole and choke on it. Asshole.

Amazingly, Burns ended up retracting his criticism of Ayanbadejo, admitting in an interview with the Baltimore Sun that the football player "has his First Amendment rights."

The details on tonight's event:

Chris Kluwe playing bass at Music for Marriage Equality benefit tonight

Check out Minnesotans for Equality's website for more information.

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