May 8, 2013 at 5:20 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Kluwe cut by Minnesota Vikings
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Chris Kluwe (Photo by MN National Guard via Wikimedia Commons)

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—The Minnesota Vikings on Monday officially cut punter Chris Kluwe from their roster.

Kluwe, who played for the team since 2005, publicly backed same-sex marriage last fall. Minnesota Public Radio on Tuesday reported Kluwe said he was unsure whether his advocacy played a role in the Vikings’ decision to release him.

The team stressed his performance and salary — and not his marriage activism — were  contributing factors.

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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