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And the Catholics go to the Minnesota State Fair to create “the most ideal society for children”

Timothy Kincaid

August 24th, 2012

Yesterday we heard about Lutherans, Jews and Evangelicals who are out opposing Minnesota’s proposed anti-gay marriage ban. Today we hear about the Catholics who are supporting it. (Albert Lea Tribune)

Tim and Pat Dusbabek, a married couple from Ramsey volunteering at the Minnesota for Marriage booth, said their strong views are motivated not by hate or fear of gay people but rather hope of creating what they called the most ideal society for children.

“If the amendment would not pass and our marriage laws got overturned, the focus of marriage wouldn’t be on children but rather on adults and their needs,” said Tim Dusbabek, a retired research scientist at Medtronic.

The Dusbabeks, who are Catholic, said they got involved in the campaign after the church they attend in Elk River put out calls for volunteers. Pat Dusbabek said in most cases when she spoke to married couples at the fair, one had a strong view on the issue and the other was more apprehensive.

“We certainly have good friends ourselves who are very much on the other side of the issue,” Tim Dusbabek said. “We just agree to talk about something else.”

Oh, my. Of course we can’t predict anything based on one booth at the fair, but it sounds as though it’s not all happy smiles and sunflowers at the Catholics’ Minnesota for (Only Our) Marriage booth.

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Regan DuCasse
August 24th, 2012 | LINK

If they really wanted to help create more ideal societies for children, they’d crusade to diminish domestic violence, which wipes out entire families.
Especially in custody disputes.
Were they serious about that, they’d crusade for the ability for men and women to get cheap, readily available birth control.
Especially there should be no interference when women want to have a tubal ligation.
And more importantly, they’d support programs and more creative and effective ways to keep young people from drugs.

But noooooooooooo….
They are too busy investing a seriously disturbing amount of money in assuring that only a PORTION of children, will have married parents.
These same people obviously can’t make straight people STAY married, or attend to their parental duties.
But somehow they see something grand and purposeful in fucking with gay adults who ARE committed and taking care of each other and are being responsible to their children.

If I hadn’t seen anything so impossibly stupid and USELESS even to THEIR purpose, I wouldn’t have believed it.

Kathleen
August 24th, 2012 | LINK

In a totally non-scientific observation, I was actually at the Fair last evening (opening night), from 7-11, and saw not a single Vote Yes person. I did, however see dozens of Vote No folks. (In MN, Vote No means to NOT amend the constitution).

FWIW, among fairgoers last night, there was a complete preponderance of anti-bigots.

Steve
August 24th, 2012 | LINK

Catholics talking about what’s best for the children are the height of hypocrisy. The arrogance and myopia of them is unbelievable.

Richard Rush
August 24th, 2012 | LINK

If gays suddenly abandoned their quest for marriage rights, do you think the Catholic Church would direct their freed up time and money to solve the problem of the legions of children born to single mothers who desperately need both a mom and a dad? Me neither.

Hunter
August 25th, 2012 | LINK

It strikes me that anyone identifying themselves as Catholic would want to back off any discussion of the best interests of children.

customartist
August 25th, 2012 | LINK

Wouldn’t it be “most ideal” if Heterosexuals would refocus their efforts on improving Their Own Divorce Rates?

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