Minnesota Vikings punter Christopher James “Chris” Kluwe has recorded three ads opposing Minnesota's proposed gay marriage ban.

“In November, I will make my wife, children and friends extremely proud by speaking out for the marriage discrimination amendment,” Kluwe, 30, said in one of the 30-second ads released by Minnesotans for Equality, a group working to defeat the amendment.

“This change to our constitution teaches our children that the love between certain groups of people is less worthy of recognition than the rest. Our children need our loving guidance. Together we can show them that our state stands up for equality for all loving and committed relationships.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

In an interview with gay sports blog Outsports, Kluwe said his brother-in-law and his partner who live in California “would love to get married but they can't.”

“I've always believed that people are inherently the same and should have the same rights and equal protections under the law,” he said. “It really doesn't matter what you do with who or whom as long as you're not infringing on someone else's rights. Everyone should be free to live their own life however it makes them happy.”

“I don't think a lot of people realize that family is family,” he added. “If you find out your kid is gay, are you going to love him any less? Because if you do, then you're probably not doing parenting for the right reasons.”