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Vikings punter Chris Kluwe wins Webby award for online support of gay marriage

Chris Kluwe at the GLAAD awards last month. (Larry Busacca / AP) Chris Kluwe at the GLAAD awards last month. (Larry Busacca / AP)

Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe scored another (off-the-field) award Tuesday, getting a Webby for his online work supporting same-sex marriage.

The award came a day after a breakthrough in gender issues in sports yesterday, when NBA center Jason Collins announced he was gay, the first active player in a major men’s American sport league to do so.

In March, Kluwe’s Twitter account was named by Time magazine as one of the top 140 this year. He was honored today, judges said, for supporting gay marriage. He is one of 20-some current athletes who signed a ”friend of the court” brief in favor of same-sex marriage in a case being considered by the Supreme Court.

Other winners of the 17th annual Webby Awards included Netflix, Jerry Seinfeld, NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover Social Media. A lifetime achievement award went to Steve Wilhite, creator of the GIF.

In Jason Collins’ first-person piece, published in Sports Illustrated on Monday, he credited Kluwe and former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo for helping change the climate in pro sports.

Kluwe, a bassist and video-game nut, has an irreverent touch on Twitter and, in a longer entry on Huffington Post, wrote about why he is an activist for gay rights.

 

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