NFL's Matt Birk: Let's protect marriage -- and speech
Same-sex unions may not affect my marriage specifically, but it will affect my children.
I think it is important to set the record straight about what the marriage debate is and is not about, and to clarify that not all NFL players think redefining marriage is a good thing.
The union of a man and a woman is privileged and recognized by society as "marriage" for a reason, and it's not because the government has a vested interest in celebrating the love between two people. With good reason, government recognizes marriages and gives them certain legal benefits so they can provide a stable, nurturing environment for the next generation of citizens: our kids.
Children have a right to a mom and a dad, and I realize that this doesn't always happen. Through the work my wife and I do at pregnancy resource centers and underprivileged schools, we have witnessed firsthand the many heroic efforts of single mothers and fathers -- many of whom work very hard to provide what's best for their kids.
But recognizing the efforts of these parents and the resiliency of some (not all, unfortunately) of these kids, does not then give society the right to dismiss the potential long-term effects on a child of not knowing or being loved by his or her mother or father. Each plays a vital role in the raising of a child.
Here is where all the Super Bowl media attention should have focused - this player winning the BIG ONE just before retirement. Instead we had wall to wall coverage of that dancing, self-absorbed jackass
Good for him and his family. He was a hugh loss for the Vikings when he left for the Ravens. Best wishes.
Thank you, Matt, from Raven Nation for your hard work, excellent play and helping to bring the Lombardi Trophy back to Baltimore! Keep up the great work and words - a man of honor! I know Joe’s going to miss you...