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Adrian Peterson Says He’s ‘Not With’ Gay Marriage

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MINNEAPOLIS (CBS/AP) — NFL MVP Adrian Peterson says he has family members who are gay whom he loves and respects. But on gay marriage, the Minnesota Vikings running back says “that’s not something I believe in.”

Peterson made his comments in a recent interview with Sirius/XM NFL radio. He was asked his thoughts on the Vikings cutting longtime punter Chris Kluwe, an outspoken advocate for gay rights and gay marriage.

Peterson says he considers Kluwe a good friend. He says: “I have relatives who are gay. I’m not biased towards them. I still treat them the same. I love ‘em. But again, I’m not with that. That’s not something I believe in. But to each his own.”

Gay marriage will become legal in Minnesota on Aug. 1.

Peterson was named MVP after amassing 2,097 rushing yards in 2012 — just 9 yards shy of the league record. He was also named the AP Offensive Player of the Year. The accomplishments were even more impressive considering Peterson started the season after recovering from ACL and MCL tears.

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