Chris Kluwe wants to debate Mary Franson

Vikings punter Chris Kluwe plans to extend a formal invite to Mary Franson.
Vikings punter Chris Kluwe plans to extend a formal invite to Mary Franson.

Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe wants to debate Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, over her opposition to gay marriage.

Rep. Mary Franson: Chris Kluwe wants "to undermine traditional values"
Chris Kluwe playing bass at Music for Marriage Equality benefit tonight

As we reported yesterday, Franson recently posted a call to arms on a her Facebook page, claiming she was "under attack by those who oppose traditional marriage."

"Because I am standing on my principles the leftists who oppose marriage between 1 man and 1 woman are now funneling money to my opponent," the post continued. "I need YOUR HELP NOW to counter their attacks."

Franson included embeds of four tweets alongside the message, one of them Kluwe's. Not one to back down from a fight, Kluwe quickly took the offense on his Twitter account.

"Basically, I was pointing out the fact that it is very hypocritical of her to ask for a return to traditional values, when traditional values say she should have been in the kitchen, and not in office," Kluwe told City Pages yesterday. "Traditional values doesn't just mean what you want it to mean. It can also mean some pretty bad stuff."

Kluwe says he's been talking to Minnesotans for Equality -- a group opposing the constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage -- about organizing a debate between him and Franson.

"We're thinking of actually extending her an official invitation to see if she wants to do a debate," says Kluwe. Asked if he thought she'd accept, Kluwe laughed. "I don't think she will."

Calls to Franson yesterday were not returned, but we'll update if she responds.

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