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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Minnesota Republican Party Newsletter: The Case Against Gay Marriage

The gay marriage bill passed the House yesterday and will now likely become law - now is the time to contact your State Senator.

House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt rightly said that this is not the time. But instead of “continuing the conversation” as DFL leaders promised, Republican alternatives like civil unions and reciprocal beneficiaries were not seriously considered, and Minnesota will no longer debate “if” gay marriage but “how”.

Republican Legislators will need to be vigilant, and not because sincere gay couples will receive marriage licenses, but because the underlying principles of the legislation are profound and the implications are yet to play out.

How will this impact religious liberties, government funded programs, school curriculums, parents volunteering in schools, government employees, state contracts, and other protections not specifically addressed in the legislation?

Even greater are the long term effects of the premises undergirding the law...

...If marriage equality is paramount, what then when people in other types of relationships demand their freedom to marry?

...If the previous definition of marriage was egregious because it discriminated, can there ever be a definition that won’t discriminate against someone, and what then?

...If we accept that the founding principle of “equal protection under the law” necessarily includes “equal treatment for everyone within the law”, we have embraced a very liberal notion of the purpose of law, and where does that lead?

...What is the future of freedom of conscience and religious liberty if sexual preference is elevated to the same status?

Without the DFL affording a substantive debate of these issues, it appears we have lost far more than the traditional definition of marriage in the process. Republicans now have the obligation to make sure we have not.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Boy Scouts Might Reverse Policy on Gays, Tony Perkins from FRC is Furious

From: Tony Perkins
Date: Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 4:44 PM
Subject: BREAKING NEWS: Will the Boy Scouts stand up to bullies?

The Boy Scouts of America has indicated it may bow to pressure and change its longstanding policy concerning homosexuality. Please call the Boy Scouts as soon as possible at 972-580-2000 and encourage them to stand strong.

January 28, 2013

For decades, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have heroically withstood attacks from homosexual activists. Now, officials from the organization have indicated that this may be about to change. The BSA says that it is "discussing potentially removing the national membership restriction regarding sexual orientation."

"Be prepared." The motto of the venerable organization that has helped develop countless boys into men, preparedness is not only an aspiration, but a descriptor. Thus far they've been prepared to withstand the constant bullying by those who work to bring down all that the millions of dedicated Scouts and Scout leaders stand for.

A departure from their long-held policies would be devastating to an organization that has prided itself on the development of character in boys. In fact, according to a recent Gallup survey, only 42 percent of Americans support changing the policy to allow homosexual scout leaders.

As the BSA board meets next week, it is crucial that they hear from those who stand with them and their current policy regarding homosexuality. Please call the Boy Scouts of America at 972-580-2000 and tell them that you want to see the organization stand firm in its moral values and respect the right of parents to discuss these sexual topics with their children.

Please call the Boy Scouts at 972-580-2000!


Tony Perkins