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Vikings Punter Chris Kluwe to Speak at Ohio State April 8 on GLBT Inclusion

Columbus, Ohio — Chris Kluwe of the Minnesota Vikings will speak at The Ohio State University at 5 p.m. on Monday, April 8 in the Archie M. Griffin East Ballroom at the Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St. The event is open to the public and will be moderated by Moritz College of Law student and local comedian, Brooke Cartus.

Kluwe will discuss why he lent his voice to same-sex marriage support, the shifting attitudes toward homosexuality in sports, and how sports programs at all levels – from peewee to professional – can foster inclusion and acceptance.

Media are invited to attend a press briefing featuring Kluwe at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 8, in the Hays Cape Room at the Ohio Union.

Kluwe’s visit to the Buckeye State comes at an auspicious time in history; on March 26 and 27, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in Hollingsworth v. Perry and United States v. Windsor to determine the constitutionality of California’s ban on same-sex marriage and the Defense of Marriage Act, respectively. Kluwe – along with fellow NFL ally, Brendon Ayanbadejo – filed an amicus brief urging the Court to overturn Proposition 8. As a professional athlete, Kluwe’s is a critical voice.

About The Ohio State University
Founded in 1870, The Ohio State University is a world-class public research university and the leading comprehensive teaching and research institution in the state of Ohio. With more than 63,000 students (including 56,000 in Columbus), the Wexner Medical Center, 14 colleges, 80 centers, and 175 majors, the university offers its students tremendous breadth and depth of opportunity in the liberal arts, the sciences, and the professions