No other national topic has been more prevalent, prevailing and divisive in the last few months than same-sex marriage. States across the nation have voted in favor of marriage equality, while many celebrities, especially, and surprisingly, several athletes. But Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson recently shared his thoughts on the matter and revealed that he doesn’t believe in same-sex marriage.
“To each his own,” Peterson said in an interview with Sirius/XM NFL Radio. “I’m not with it. But I have relatives that are gay. I’m not biased toward 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.”
The running back opened up about his stance on marriage equality after being questioned about his former teammate, Chris Kluwe, who some believe was let go because of his high-profile pro-same-sex marriage stance.
“I’m sure the Vikings organization did not release him based on that. They know Kluwe. They’ve known him for a long time. They know he’s outspoken,” said Peterson.
The Vikings also denied releasing him for being an LGBT ally and Kluwe has since been signed by the Oakland Raiders.
It’s unfortunate that Peterson doesn’t believe in gay marriage, but he’s entitled to his opinion. Clearly, there are still hurdles to jump when it comes to changing the social climate around LGBT issues, but at least Peterson isn’t actively trying to prevent LGBT people from getting married.
However, there are a growing number of athletes who do believe in same-sex marriage. Check out some of them below. –nicholas robinson