Another Ravens player is speaking up on marriage equality. Unfortunately, Matt Birk is regurgitating the god awful (see what I did there) arguments of the side of bigotry.
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.
I am speaking out on this issue because it is far too important to remain silent. People who are simply acknowledging the basic reality of marriage between one man and one woman are being labeled as “bigots” and “homophobic.” Aren’t we past that as a society?
No, we aren’t. Nor should we be. Failing to call bigotry out when it is present is not some higher societal value toward which we should strive. It is, in fact, sacrificing our sense of justice on the altar of political correctness. To do so would be a failure, not something for us to “get past,” it is something for us to choke on. You’re a bigot, Matt Birk, and you’re owning it in every way but in title.
I’m literally writing this from the back of a car on my way to KC. I wish I had the time to rip into his whole article. You guys will just have to let me live vicariously through you in the comments.