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The Second Most Powerful Testimony in Favor of Equality (UPDATED)

Jim Burroway

March 12th, 2013

Timothy presented the most powerful testimony from a hearing held by a Minnesota House Committee. For your consideration, I present the second most powerful testimony from the same venue for our side — which just happens to be Mike Frey testifying for their side.

By the way, a Minnesota Senate committee was also holding hearings today on a bill to provide marriage equality to same-sex couples. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the bill in a 5-3 party-line vote, and it will now go on to the full Senate. Marriage supporters believed that the Senate committee posed a higher hurdle than the House committee, which is expecte to vote later this evening. Full floor votes will likely be weeks or months away, as legislative leaders vow to press on with budget bills before taking up the measure.

Update: The House Civil Law Committee passed the bill this evening on a 10-7 party-line vote. The bill now advances to the full House, but is not expected to be voted on until much later in the legislative session.

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MattNYC
March 12th, 2013 | LINK

Wow. I had no idea that sperm causes AIDS. It’s amazing he had time to testify what with the 5-minute long list of his science degrees and credentials.

MattNYC
March 12th, 2013 | LINK

Spoiler Alert: Men don’t have eggs.

Bose in St. Peter MN
March 12th, 2013 | LINK

The thing I’m curious about here in MN is whether the Catholic Church is following in the footsteps of its colleagues in Maine by keeping a bit of distance from NOM and other co-campaigners for the failed amendment.

For the rally day at the capitol last week, Brian Brown spoke, but I found no mentions of Catholic leaders at the podium. Reports of the rally were paired with those of a one-on-one meeting between Abp Nienstedt and Gov Dayton, as if it was Nienstedt’s role for the day. But, it turned out that their breakfast was an annual event scheduled for the start of the legislative session, and Dayton reported that marriage equality was only a limited topic of conversation. There weren’t even any indications that the Abp had pressed the Gov for a veto if/when a bill crosses his desk.

It strikes me as possible that NOM and MN bishops aren’t on good speaking terms.

Michael C
March 12th, 2013 | LINK

Does anyone know where this guy got his information? Is there some organization that I don’t know about that is spreading this stuff or was this guy just talking out of his… um… what’s the word I’m looking for?

Timothy Kincaid
March 12th, 2013 | LINK

I don’t know michael, but im sure it has a rash.

Andrew
March 13th, 2013 | LINK

Who is this person, and how long is he performing at the local comedy club? I don’t even know where to start.

Charles
March 13th, 2013 | LINK

So male sperm causes AIDS, not the HIV virus. And, of course sodomy is not performed by heterosexual couples. Who the HELL is the man of such great intellect and why was he even allowed to make such an ignorant statement?

Nathaniel
March 13th, 2013 | LINK

That explains why they fear AIDS even between male couples that do not engage in sexual activity with anybody outside the pair. In fact, that reasoning would suggest that such couples are more likely to get AIDS, not less. All we need are some couples that have been together a long time without getting sick to disprove this nonsense.

Actually, I wish his real concern were over AIDS and super-expensive rash creams. But I fear the only reason he even agrees with this rubbish is because he gets squeamish thinking about how other people have sex. There is only one cure for that, and it is very cheap; all he has to do is stop worrying about other people’s sex lives.

Regan DuCasse
March 13th, 2013 | LINK

Apparently their side can’t get any credentialed experts (because no legit doctor, psychiatrist or sociologist would say such a thing), on any level.
This fixation, with myth, dangerous and defamatory misinformation has to stop.
And for anyone to try and make public or community health and justification for marriage discrimination would be un Constitutional on it’s face.
NO ONE is discriminated against in that way.
If one were to be realistic and honest, obesity is a huge public health problem that costs greatly.
And childbearing and sex related injury and infection to females, to say nothing of the welfare state for children born into poverty, costs everyone over generations.
To say nothing of the fact that heterosexuality doesn’t make one immune to STD’s of any kind.
Sex is riskiest, for females and ALWAYS has been for centuries.
Once again, females are neglected in the equation.
But facts to these people are radioactive. That no facts or evidence are necessary to testify like this on public policy is even scarier.

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