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Chris Kluwe speaks out against homophobia in the NFL

In 2012, Chris Kluwe became one of the most outspoken supporters of same-sex marriage in Minnesota. That year, he also penned an infamous letter to Maryland state delegate Emmett C. Burns, Jr. defending Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo's support for same-sex marriage. In an award-winning 2012 cover story, we chronicled Kluwe's efforts to pry open the last closet in America: major league sports.

At the start of 2014, Kluwe went nuclear on Deadspin and caused an uproar by speaking out against Vikings coaching staff Leslie Frazier, Rick Spielman, and Mike Priefer. Kluwe wrote that Priefer said "We should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows" and exhibited other homophobic behavior.

Follow our coverage of Kluwe's football career and activism (as well as its aftermath) in the links below.

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  1. Chris Kluwe takes a stand
    Cover Story
    The Vikings punter pries open the last closet in America: major league sports.
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  2. The 5 most dispiriting revelations in Chris Kluwe's nuclear Deadspin piece
    Blotter
    The lengthy piece lays out in stunning detail the behind-the-scenes machinations within the Vikings organization during Kluwe's brave stand in favor of gay marriage.
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  3. Chris Kluwe calls for Priefer's firing, mulls hostile workplace claim [INTERVIEW]
    Blotter
    Chris Kluwe caught up with City Pages after publishing his controversial post about Frazier, Spielman, and Priefer on Deadspin.
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  4. Mike Priefer: "I vehemently deny the allegations made by Chris Kluwe"
    Blotter
    Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer has just issued a statement vehemently denying the allegations of homophobia made by Chris Kluwe in his Deadspin post.
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  5. Is Kluwe telling the truth about Coach Mike Priefer's alleged "nuke the gays" comment?
    Blotter
    On the radio, former Vikings linebacker and current KFAN host Ben Leber said he believes the homophobic statement must've occurred, if it happened at all, during a "a specialists meeting."
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  6. Best Unlikely Activist 2013
    Best of the Twin Cities
    Chris Kluwe has never been afraid to speak his mind.
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  7. Chris Kluwe: Behind the Scenes
    Slideshow
    A look at Kluwe's career and activism through photos.
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  8. Chris Kluwe says politician is "literally an asshole" for anti-gay marriage stance
    Blotter
    Vikings punter and gay rights advocate Chris Kluwe isn't shy about letting you know where he stands.
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  9. Chris Kluwe to Emmett Burns: Gay marriage "won't magically turn you into a lustful cockmonster"
    Blotter
    Kluwe to Burns: "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."
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  10. Jeff Dubay compares Kluwe's staunch support of marriage equality to "nazi mentality"
    Blotter
    Dubay: Not a Kluwe fan.
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  11. Chris Kluwe files Supreme Court brief opposing Prop 8
    Blotter
    Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe and Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo filed a U.S. Supreme Court brief supporting same-sex marriage.
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  12. Vikings push back against Chris Kluwe with defensive statement
    Blotter
    The Vikings released a statement pushing back against Chris Kluwe's charges that the organization fired him for his support of gay marriage.
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  13. Chris Kluwe blasts NFL for tolerating Redskins nickname
    Blotter
    Kluwe sounds off on the Redskins nickname controversy.
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  14. Deadspin raises the blacklisting question about Chris Kluwe
    Blotter
    Kluwe: Out of work for football reasons... or his outspoken gay rights advocacy?
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  15. Chris Kluwe cut by Raiders and out of NFL, for now
    Blotter
    Chris Kluwe might have to make the transition to full-time author (or whatever is next for him) a few years earlier than he'd hoped.
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  16. The most hilarious and thought-provoking parts of Chris Kluwe's new book
    Dressing Room
    It's not all cockmonsters and sparkleponies here.
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  17. Chris Kluwe offers fond farewell to Minnesota
    Blotter
    After more than eight years in Minnesota, Vikings punter Chris Kluwe is leaving for good.
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  18. Mark Dayton criticizes Vikings for releasing Chris Kluwe
    Blotter
    Dayton thinks Kluwe should've at least gotten the opportunity to compete for his job.
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  19. Chris Kluwe counters Onion jab with satirical Twitter rant
    Blotter
    The Onion didn't waste any time this week in ribbing Chris Kluwe.
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  20. Chris Kluwe: "I wouldn't have changed anything"
    Blotter
    Kluwe: "I've got plenty of leg left in me."
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  21. Vikings throw Chris Kluwe under the bus while confirming his release
    Blotter
    Vikings.com: Chris Kluwe is old and not that good. But we wish him the best.
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  22. Chris Kluwe on out gay athlete: "Big kudos to Jason Collins"
    Blotter
    Kluwe says he was pleasantly surprised with how quickly a pro athlete came out.
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  23. Chris Kluwe named Twin Cities PRIDE Grand Marshal
    Blotter
    Chris Kluwe has emerged as one of the loudest advocates for gay rights in America...
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  24. Chris Kluwe, Brendon Ayanbadejo to receive award for promoting equality in sports
    Blotter
    Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe and Ravens linebacker Brendaon Ayanbadejo will be honored for their efforts promoting equality...
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  25. Chris Kluwe to closeted NFL player: You have allies within the league
    Blotter
    Kluwe says an active gay player would have plenty of support.
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  26. Chris Kluwe is Salon's Sexiest Man of 2012
    Blotter
    Chris Kluwe's year of winning continues...
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  27. Chris Kluwe on the election: 'It makes me proud to be part of this state'
    Blotter
    Chris Kluwe talks election results with City Pages.
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  28. Chris Kluwe battles government agent in new Vote No ad [AUDIO]
    Blotter
    In a radio ad, Vikings punter Chris Kluwe battles a government agent in a satirical skit riffing off his now-infamous "Lustful Cockmonster" letter...
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  29. Chris Kluwe Marriage Amendment Debate
    Slideshow
    A group gathered at Brave New Workshop to hear Kluwe voice his opinions live and debate an empty chair (as supporters of the Amendment all declined to show).
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  30. Chris Kluwe to debate empty chair
    Blotter
    One day before the Vikings punter is scheduled to argue for gay marriage, none of the Minnesota Republicans he invited to spar have accepted.
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  31. Chris Kluwe sends debate challenge to 10 Minnesota Republicans
    Blotter
    Chris Kluwe just can't find a sparring partner.
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  32. Chris Kluwe receives official citation in Maryland
    Blotter
    This must be a little awkward for Emmett Burns Jr.
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