Kriesel (R) on Minnesota’s marriage ban

Timothy Kincaid

May 22nd, 2011

Last night, freshman Republican Rep. John Kriesel, an Iraqi war veteran, stood on prosthetic legs to deliver the following message to his fellow legislators:


May 22nd, 2011

Oh, my goodness.

I am totally floored. You could not have asked for a better spokesperson.

Wow. Just wow.

Thank you, John Kriesel. Thank you.


May 23rd, 2011

I hope that marriage equality groups that fight this amendment enlist this man as a spokesperson. He is a fantastic ally.

Regan DuCasse

May 23rd, 2011

He said it and only a morally grounded person WOULD agree with him.
How DO you accept the service, and contributions of a minority you commit to outsider status by voting to make them have less than another citizen doing the same thing?

I have asked the anti gay over and over, how do you vilify one group of people for doing what heterosexuals are applauded for?
They NEVER, EVER answer that question. One might conclude that a person paying their taxes, being responsible or raising children with love and care, and altogether contributing to the general welfare is what one is EXPECTED to do without fanfare.

But in the process of trying to make gay people appear threatening for doing the right things, heterosexuals doing it are given a loftier and more heroic status. It’s like a race, where the culture warriors are moving the goal posts and giving accolades to the person who has ALWAYS been accorded first place without ANY effort, while placing more and more weight on the gay person in the same race.

This is why isn’t exceptionally strange to try and have marriage discrimination laws based on the ability to procreate, when there AREN’T any laws that do that against anyone else.
There are no laws that discriminate based on lack of being an ideal parent for future children, or being a NON parent.

Yet, that’s exactly what the anti gay want to do.

Notice that their protests are fully based on ‘what might happen’ ‘what will happen’, ‘what could happen’, but not at all on what ACTUALLY or ALREADY has that defy that assertion.

So basing Constitutional amendments on PERCEPTION is extremely dangerous and unacceptable.
We have every reason to protest this as strongly as possible. Especially to the general public, especially to justices and the courts.
How could ANY justice worth their study of law decide in favor of laws that completely contradict basic laws already well established, and favor conjecture, prejudice and perception?

John Kriesel is stating a reality, and appealing to reason, logic and a moral imperative.

And unfortunately, these things didn’t prevail. And they DAMN WELL should have when someone is making law!


May 23rd, 2011

My goodness, an ethical, moral, sane, compassionate, logical non-tea bagger Republican from the land of Michelle Bachman! Who would’ve thought such a person still existed in this day and age?


May 23rd, 2011

Completly amazing a evolved politician maybe there is some hope and on top of that a exception to the BIGOT party.

Leave A Comment

All comments reflect the opinions of commenters only. They are not necessarily those of anyone associated with Box Turtle Bulletin. Comments are subject to our Comments Policy.

(Required, never shared)

PLEASE NOTE: All comments are subject to our Comments Policy.


Latest Posts

The Things You Learn from the Internet

"The Intel On This Wasn't 100 Percent"

From Fake News To Real Bullets: This Is The New Normal

NC Gov McCrory Throws In The Towel

Colorado Store Manager Verbally Attacks "Faggot That Voted For Hillary" In Front of 4-Year-Old Son

Associated Press Updates "Alt-Right" Usage Guide

A Challenge for Blue Bubble Democrats

Baptist Churches in Dallas, Austin Expelled Over LGBT-Affirming Stance

Featured Reports

What Are Little Boys Made Of?

In this original BTB Investigation, we unveil the tragic story of Kirk Murphy, a four-year-old boy who was treated for “cross-gender disturbance” in 1970 by a young grad student by the name of George Rekers. This story is a stark reminder that there are severe and damaging consequences when therapists try to ensure that boys will be boys.

Slouching Towards Kampala: Uganda’s Deadly Embrace of Hate

When we first reported on three American anti-gay activists traveling to Kampala for a three-day conference, we had no idea that it would be the first report of a long string of events leading to a proposal to institute the death penalty for LGBT people. But that is exactly what happened. In this report, we review our collection of more than 500 posts to tell the story of one nation’s embrace of hatred toward gay people. This report will be updated continuously as events continue to unfold. Check here for the latest updates.

Paul Cameron’s World

In 2005, the Southern Poverty Law Center wrote that “[Paul] Cameron’s ‘science’ echoes Nazi Germany.” What the SPLC didn”t know was Cameron doesn’t just “echo” Nazi Germany. He quoted extensively from one of the Final Solution’s architects. This puts his fascination with quarantines, mandatory tattoos, and extermination being a “plausible idea” in a whole new and deeply disturbing light.

From the Inside: Focus on the Family’s “Love Won Out”

On February 10, I attended an all-day “Love Won Out” ex-gay conference in Phoenix, put on by Focus on the Family and Exodus International. In this series of reports, I talk about what I learned there: the people who go to these conferences, the things that they hear, and what this all means for them, their families and for the rest of us.

Prologue: Why I Went To “Love Won Out”
Part 1: What’s Love Got To Do With It?
Part 2: Parents Struggle With “No Exceptions”
Part 3: A Whole New Dialect
Part 4: It Depends On How The Meaning of the Word "Change" Changes
Part 5: A Candid Explanation For "Change"

The Heterosexual Agenda: Exposing The Myths

At last, the truth can now be told.

Using the same research methods employed by most anti-gay political pressure groups, we examine the statistics and the case studies that dispel many of the myths about heterosexuality. Download your copy today!

And don‘t miss our companion report, How To Write An Anti-Gay Tract In Fifteen Easy Steps.

Testing The Premise: Are Gays A Threat To Our Children?

Anti-gay activists often charge that gay men and women pose a threat to children. In this report, we explore the supposed connection between homosexuality and child sexual abuse, the conclusions reached by the most knowledgeable professionals in the field, and how anti-gay activists continue to ignore their findings. This has tremendous consequences, not just for gay men and women, but more importantly for the safety of all our children.

Straight From The Source: What the “Dutch Study” Really Says About Gay Couples

Anti-gay activists often cite the “Dutch Study” to claim that gay unions last only about 1½ years and that the these men have an average of eight additional partners per year outside of their steady relationship. In this report, we will take you step by step into the study to see whether the claims are true.

The FRC’s Briefs Are Showing

Tony Perkins’ Family Research Council submitted an Amicus Brief to the Maryland Court of Appeals as that court prepared to consider the issue of gay marriage. We examine just one small section of that brief to reveal the junk science and fraudulent claims of the Family “Research” Council.

Daniel Fetty Doesn’t Count

Daniel FettyThe FBI’s annual Hate Crime Statistics aren’t as complete as they ought to be, and their report for 2004 was no exception. In fact, their most recent report has quite a few glaring holes. Holes big enough for Daniel Fetty to fall through.