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Minnesota House Passes Marriage Ban

Jim Burroway

May 22nd, 2011

The Minnesota House, after a long debate that went late into Saturday night, the Minnesota House has approved a measure to write discrimination into the state’s constitution by a vote of 70-62. Four Republicans voted no, while two Democrats supported the measure. Same-sex marriage is already illegal in Minnesota, with that precedent established nearly forty years ago. This measure, which goes before Minnesota’s voters in 2012, would make marriage equality even more illegaller in the state.

The vote comes on the heals of an acrimonious controversy on Friday when Bradlee Dean, of the “You Can Run But You Cannot Hide Ministry, gave the opening prayer in which he contended, during the prayer, that President Barack Obama was not a Christian.

The Minnesota Independent notes that Dean is no stranger to outrageous statements :

The Minnesota Independent noted that Dean has a history of controversial remarks, “including advocating the incarceration of gays and lesbians, that the LGBT community is trying to usher in Sharia law in Minnesota, that gay men molest an average of 117 children “before they get caught,” and that Muslim nations that execute gays are more moral than American Christians.”

Dean is known to be close with Minnesota GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann. His prayer before the Minnesota House was so embarrassing to the Republican leadership that they delayed the scheduled debate on the marriage bill until late Saturday evening, when fewer people would be paying attention to the chamber’s proceedings. GOP leaders also rushed to apologize and distances themselves from Dean following outcry from Democratic legislators.

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Amicus
May 22nd, 2011 | LINK

“…rush … to distance themselves” is a joke.

If Dean is a MN resident, they rushed instead to put the matter in his votin’-hands!

John
May 22nd, 2011 | LINK

I haven’t seen his opening prayer, but is it something that could be effectively used in campaign ads?

Timothy Kincaid
May 22nd, 2011 | LINK

John,

No. It was a Christianist prayer deliberately intended to insult anyone who was Jewish or Muslim or atheist or of any other faith, as well as any who are ecumenical and considerate of other faiths, but it didn’t mention gays or the anti-gay proposed legislation.

TomTallis
May 22nd, 2011 | LINK

All record of that prayer and the person offering the prayer have now been stricken from the official record on orders from the GOP. Officially, it never happened.

http://www.startribune.com/politics/statelocal/122394509.html

Donny D.
May 23rd, 2011 | LINK

Though video clips of it, and news items on it and its aftermath, are still quite accessible on the Internet.

james
May 23rd, 2011 | LINK

And the very next day after the House voted to put the ban on the ballot, a tornado struck Minneapolis. Perhaps God is sending a warning that he/she is not happy with lgbt folks being oppressed by people claiming to be speaking for God.

Well, that’s not really what I believe about tornadoes, but the right-wingnuts are always claiming natural disasters are “God’s punishment.” So I just thought I’d mention that claiming to know what God thinks is, well, a bit of a stretch.

Timothy Kincaid
May 23rd, 2011 | LINK

James,

I don’t believe that God send tornadoes as a punishment either. But considering how often natural disasters dance around the gay folk and leave them just fine while mowing down the, ahem, less tolerant portions of the country, I am tempted to think that God has a wicked sense of humor.

Oh, and it’s a given that God hates trailer parks.

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