Minnesota Viking Punter Chris Kluwe has sent out over ten letters to local politicians and proponents of the marriage amendment, asking for the opportunity for a public debate on Friday, October 19th, with local radio host Tom Barnard set as the moderator. The debate is set to take place at the Brave New Workshop who will adhere to their motto of Promiscuous Hostility, Positive Neutrality.

After State House Representative Mary Franson attacked Kluwe's character by categorizing him as an opponent for traditional values, his quest for a debate ensued. Debate invites have gone out to Representative Mary Franson, Keith Downey, Kurt Daudt, Mary Kiffmeyer, Steve Drazkowski, Steve Gottwalt and Senators Mike Perry, Kurt Bills, David Hann and Michelle Bachmann. In addition a request letter to Minnesotans For Marriage, the official committee supporting the marriage amendment, was sent to the attention of Chairman John Helmberger and Campaign Manager Andy Parrish.

"I would like to debate any and all politicians who are interested in passing the Minnesota marriage amendment so I can finally get a logical reason why we should discriminate against American citizens," said Chris Kluwe.
No one gave him a direct answer (one of them made a hilarious backhanded comment), so now this will happen:|text|Sports|p

Billed as "Chris Kluwe vs. The Chair," Kluwe will take the stage at downtown Minneapolis' The Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre to share his views against Minnesota's Same Sex Marriage Amendment, Amendment 1, which if passed, would limit legal marriage in that state between a man and a woman.

In addition to Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann and numerous other politicians who support the amendment, organizers also invited Kluwe's former teammate Matt Birk to discuss the amendment. Since none of those people agreed to come to the event, Kluwe decided to appear with the chair and a local radio host serving as moderator.

So for the debate, which is being moderated by KQRS radio personality Tom Barnard, Kluwe will go up against Brave New Workshop actors who will occupy the empty chair and act as the "Vote Yes" side using direct quotes from those who support the amendment.
What a joke.