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Chris Kluwe Quits St. Paul Pioneer Press Over Marriage Equality Amendment Editorial

Chris Kluwe, Minnesota Vikings punter and outspoken proponent of marriage equality, has resigned as a contributor to the St. Paul Pioneer Press in the wake of the paper's editorial on the upcoming vote on Amendment 1, which, if passed, will embed inequality into the Minnesota state constitution.

The Pioneer Press' editorial likely rankled Kluwe in two ways. The editors go to great pains to criticize proponents of marriage equality. But this was the more forgivable problem. More important is the fact that they made their case in the most nonsensical way possible.

Huffington Post
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November 3, 2012
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Marquee Las Vegas - Nightclub and Lounge to host official #SpiritDay after party, with host Sean Avery

Marquee Nightclub, located in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, will be hosting a Spirit Day after-party with special celebrity host, NHL legend Sean Avery! Guests wearing purple will receive complimentary admission and open bar until midnight. Marquee Cares will donate 100% of pre-sale tickets and a portion of the table proceeds to GLAAD and Flip the Script!

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Orlando's Best Fight Ever

On October 11, the LGBT community celebrates National Coming Out Day and this year we have one more newly out person with whom to celebrate--Puerto Rican boxer Orlando Cruz. When the former Olympian said in interviews last week that he is gay, I know he made a world of difference for so many people.

Huffington Post Latino Voices
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October 11, 2012

Opponent of first openly gay boxer: “It doesn’t matter that he’s gay, he’s a great boxer”

The sports world was buzzing after Orlando Cruz, a Puerto Rican boxer and top featherweight, announced that he was gay, becoming the first openly gay active boxer in history. So what did his opponent have to say? “The fact that he came out as being gay doesn’t take away his merits as a great boxer,” says Jorge Pazos at Orlando International Airport today in a video posted by EMC events.

NBC Latino
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October 11, 2012

Chris Kluwe plays for your side.

On September 7, you could sense the howls of laughter reverberating across the Internet after Kluwe’s excoriating letter to Maryland state delegate Emmett C. Burns Jr. was published on the sports fansite Deadspin and quickly went viral. A week earlier, in a letter brimming with self-importance, Burns had told the Baltimore Ravens to “order” linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo to cease advocating for same-sex marriage. Kluwe’s response was a master class in how to take down a pompous and wrong-headed ass.

Out
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October 3, 2012
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