Reigning MVP of the National Football League Adrian Peterson has voiced his opposition to gay marriage. Peterson also said that he isn’t against homosexuals, and that he has family members who are gay, and that he respects them. Despite this however, in a recent interview Peterson voiced his opinion against gay marriage.
During an interview last week on Sirius XM radio’s NFL Radio, the dominant running back gave his comments on the subject. The subject came up in the conversation as a result of outspoken gay rights advocate and former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe being released by the team. Peterson was asked how he felt about losing the longtime teammate.
Peterson replied that it “hurt me to see him leave” and that he didn’t feel that he lost his spot on the Vikings roster as a result of his comments for gay rights. The conversation then got interesting, with Adrian taking the opportunity to voice his own views on the subject. Adrian Peterson said that he considered Kluwe to be a friend, but that he stood against him on the subject of gay marriage . Following that up, Peterson elaborated “To each his own, [but] I’m not with it,” he said. “I have relatives who are gay. I’m not biased towards them. I still treat them the same. I love ’em. But again, I’m not with that. That’s not something I believe in. But to each his own.”
How can someone say they aren’t biased towards something, yet they suggest it be treated differently? Perhaps Adrian Peterson should stick to running the football and not voicing his opinions. That comment was an ignorant one to make. Now I am not at all saying that someone has to support gay rights or their ability to wed, that is a subject that people are split on and have their own justifications on each side. However, if you are going to stand against a group of people’s ability to do something that you are allowed to do, then you are clearly treating them differently and have some sort of bias against them.
It sounds like Peterson didn’t think his words through when he said that “[he’s] not biased towards [homosexuals]. [He] still treats them the same.” If he had, he would have seen that to say such would require taking a stand similar to what Chris Kluwe had. If that is the statement that Adrian Peterson wants to make, he can’t voice his opinions against gay marriage in the same sentence.
Peterson is an incredible talent on the football field, but with slip ups like this happening in a routine interview, it shows that a careful tongue is still something even a great athlete needs. Adrian Peterson has every right to say he is against gay marriage, that’s the beauty of living in the United States of America. The debate on this issue is a major issue debated throughout the country today, whether or not you support one side or the other, the fact remains that if you are against their right to marry, you are not treating them equal to everyone else.
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