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Chris Kluwe, Minnesota Vikings Punter, Challenges Minnesota Rep. Mary Franson To Gay Marriage Debate

09/28/2012 01:04 pm ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016

The Minnesota Vikings punter who penned a controversial letter to a Maryland legislator in defense of same-sex marriage has now challenged another lawmaker to a similarly-themed debate.

Chris Kluwe tells City Pages that he's been in talks with Minnesotans for Equality, a Minnesota-based LGBT rights advocacy group urging voters to beat back the state's ballot initiative that would ban marriage for gays and lesbians in the state constitution, about organizing a debate between him and Minnesota Rep. Mary Franson.

"We're thinking of actually extending her an official invitation to see if she wants to do a debate," Kluwe told the publication. Still, he remained skeptical over whether or not Franson, who has claimed to be "under attack by those who oppose traditional marriage," would accept.

"I don't think she will," he added.

Franson, a Republican, generated headlines after she reportedly declared, "My concerns are that our children in our schools could be taught some liberal agendas because of the marriage amendment. Because in the schools they may be taught...that [same-sex marriage] is normal behavior. I personally do not believe it is."

Last week, Kluwe defended his obscenity-laced letter to Maryland Delegate C. Emmett Burns in an interview with HuffPost Gay Voices Editor-at-Large Michelangelo Signorile, calling same-sex marriage "a human rights issue."

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