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NFL's Chris Kluwe sticks up for same-sex love

Kluwe volunteers with the Minnesotans United for All Families (Jim Gehrz/AP Photo/Star Tribune)

Kluwe volunteers with the Minnesotans United for All Families (Jim Gehrz/AP Photo/Star Tribune)

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Chris Kluwe kicked up quite a buzz with his Deadspin piece sticking up for NFLers' right to free speech. The article attacked Maryland delegate Emmett Burns for trying to suppress comments made in support of same-sex marriage by Baltimore Raven Brendon Ayanbadejo -- and it went viral.

Kluwe has since released a book of collected essays titled Beautiful Unique Sparkleponies: On Myths, Morons, Free Speech, Football and Assorted Absurdities, and he speaks to Jian about the platform that professional football has provided him with to be a role model.

Standing up for fair treatment of everyone isn't a new shtick for Kluwe, though. "I was raised by my parents to treat other people the way I would like to be treated," he says. "It's a very simple philosophy -- we learned it in kindergarten."

Original show aired July 12, 2013

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