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Chris Kluwe to debate empty chair on marriage equality in Minnesota

Chris Kluwe will debate an empty chair on the merits of the Minnesota ballot amendment that would ban same-sex marriage in the state constitution. Since opponents of gay marriage have zero arguments in their favor, the chair is an appropriate stand-in.

Kluwe is scheduled to debate "an empty chair" on Minnesota's proposed marriage amendment at 5 p.m., Oct. 19, at the workshop's Experimental Thinking Centre, located at 824 Hennepin Av. S. Minneapolis. Twin Cities radio personality Tom Barnard will moderate.

A blunt, outspoken opponent of the amendment, Kluwe has invited amendment supporters, including Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and former Viking Matt Birk - who also has been outspoken on the other side - to the debate. So far, his offers have reportedly gone unanswered.

The latest poll shows the amendment passing 47% to 46% with less than three weeks to go, though the no side (pro-gay marriage) has picked up support since the last poll. Kluwe has certainly done his part to raise the visibility of the issue in the state where he works as punter for the Minnesota Vikings.