Baltimore Ravens center Matt Birk stars in a new video supporting Minnesota's proposed gay marriage ban.

In the video for the Minnesota Catholic Conference, Birk suggests he supports the ban because marriage equality would hurt children.

“They say if we stand up and talk about the national definition of marriage that we are somehow being mean … or bullies,” Birk, 36, says in the 3-minute-30-second video. “Supporting the basic rights of children and the authentic rights of people with same-sex attraction are not mutually exclusive and we must resist the forces that are telling us otherwise.”

“If we allow genderless marriage to be made law, the implication is that the contributions of part of our community – either men or women – are somehow insignificant and less valuable,” he adds. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

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.