Baltimore Ravens center Matt Birk has come out against gay marriage, saying it would negatively affect his children.

Birk made his comments in an editorial published Sunday in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

“Same-sex unions may not affect my marriage specifically, but it will affect my children – the next generation,” Birk wrote. “Ideas have consequences, and laws shape culture. Marriage redefinition will affect the broader well-being of children and the welfare of society. As a Christian and a citizen, I am compelled to care about both.”

The 36-year-old Birk added that a gay marriage ban “is not meant as an offense to any person or group.”

“All people should be afforded their inalienable American freedoms. There is no opposition between providing basic human rights to everyone and preserving marriage as the sacred union of one man and one woman.”

Birk, a St. Paul native, played a decade for the Minnesota Vikings. He is the latest NFL player to weigh in on the issue. Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe and Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo have both spoken up in support of marriage rights for gay couples.

On November 6, Minnesota voters will decide whether to approve a constitutional amendment which would define marriage as a heterosexual union, while Marylanders will decide whether to uphold a marriage equality law approved by lawmakers.