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Saturday, April 05, 2003

Linda Chavez on Paycheck Protection

Bill Would Stop Union "Paycheck Skimming"

"The campaign finance reform bill passed in the House has been called many things, including the 'Incumbent Protection Act.' But Shays-Meehan legislation could also be called the 'Union Abuse Protection Act' for its failure to cure ongoing abuses by union leadership. . . . Labor unions are unique in using non-voluntary contributions to fund political activity...including lobbying and political activities ranging from issue ads and other soft money contributions to organizing local and state party
efforts on behalf of Democrats.

"...Fortunately, Shays-Meehan is not the only bill out there to address campaign abuses. Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) introduced the Worker's Freedom of Choice Act in January, which will enable the Department of Labor to enforce workers' rights, and more importantly gives workers a private cause of actions against union's that violate the Act's prohibition on misspending union worker dues on political activity."

- Linda Chavez, president of the Stop Union Political Abuse organization

Spokesman has a devastating article about Public Safety Commisioner Nominee Rick Stanek

from the article:

With major cuts underway for schools, libraries and social services, Ellison said Stanek, and the police interests he represents, will become even more important to maintaining order in the state. “Stanek is their muscle, and he’s the one willing to direct police to control the more vulnerable members of our society,” he said. “He’s even more dangerous than what they have had in the past because he is articulate and he can be smooth.”

Ellison said he was concerned that Stanek’s rise represents a shift in government into a literal “police state,” where police both write and enforce laws.

“I wonder what his leadership will do to this state,” said Ellison. “People have to realize that, in a democracy, civilian power is always supposed to trump police power.”

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Rep. Ellison has hit the nail on the head here.

Eva

Do Privacy Fears Allow Terrorism?

By Michelle Delio |
08:30 AM Apr. 03, 2003 PT

NEW YORK -- Privacy advocates: Quit picking on the U.S. government.

If you don't want the government to do what it must to protect you from terrorists, you should butt out, said Heather MacDonald, a lawyer at the Manhattan Institute, a conservative think tank. She made her remarks Wednesday at the 13th annual Computers, Freedom and Privacy conference.

from Wired

Bush's UnAmerican War

Outer Ring: Country-Western Accents
[April 2003] by Joe Pastoor
Arlon Lindner. Not from around here, are you?

When Joel and Ethan Coen made Fargo and gave the world a generous serving of the rounded, marbles-in-the-mouth outstate Minnesota accent, it seemed a little over the top. But we all knew it was out there. Just 20 minutes of any WCCO-AM call-in show will prove it. Even those of us in the metro have the long O and the hard R, though we think we talk like newscasters.

Of course, we’re always adding to the mix. Norm Coleman, a New Jersey native, brought us vowels that sounded, oddly, sort of South Boston. First he told us, “I wanna be yah Mayah,” then “I wanna be yah Govenah,” and finally, “I wanna be yah Senatah.” With his thumb ever poised for action, there will doubtless be more of these announcements, but that’s a different story. More recently, Coleman has turned his Southie accent against one of his own party, scolding State Representative Arlon Lindner. He is the Corcoran legislator who has lately brought shame on the state with language that sounds more like Deliverance than Grumpy Old Men.

more......

More on the Stillwater Bigots............

A friend of mine from Stillwater sent me a copy of a letter he sent to the editor of the Stillwater Gazette.....

Mark:

With all of your expressed concern about the accuracy of the content of your paper, I am amazed that you allow opinionated and unsubstantiated tripe like Rev. Lenard Huebscher's column exist off the editorial page of the Gazette. Would you allow a column in your paper's news section to read "Being a fundamentalist Christian is just like being a fascist"? I doubt that would even pass muster on your editorial page. Yet you allow Huebscher to state in the news section "Being gay is a sin just like stealing." Kind of a double standard, wouldn't you say?

You indicated in a later edition that you were attempting to resolve this controversy by taking Huebscher's column off the sponsored page and putting it on the religion page, where opposing viewpoints would run along with it each week. That's hardly a compromise. The hateful and bigoted bile of Huebscher gets weekly exposure, while others must take turns writing opposing viewpoints.

I would suggest that a far more equitable solution would be to confine Huebscher's ravings to the editorial pages, hold him to the same standards as you do your letter-writers, and let him wait his turn for space to express his opinion like everyone else.

The Gazette is helping to perpetuate the image of what many gays perceive Stillwater to be these days--a haven for bigots. I grew up in Stillwater and I don't believe it is. But with your paper spreading Huebscher's hate and Michele Bachmann leading the charge of bigotry at the Capitol, it's starting to look like it to outsiders. Do you really want Stillwater to have the same reputation as, say, Corcoran, home of Arlon Lindner?

Please re-examine your treatment of this matter and apply your standards equally to all those who write for your paper.

Another Wizstory about the 35W Excess Project.

Who is Ghostwriting the columns by Pauline Thomas published in the Spokesman Recorder?

But Hannity stood up to the RNC and decided to rant about fistgate on his radio show.

This is what baited Rush to go after Free Republic on his show:

As you probably know, Governor Cellucci has now been nominated as Ambassador to Canada. Conservative groups are opposing the nomination.

Last night on Hannity & Colmes, Sean Hannity began his show by noting that he had received a number of calls asking him to ignore the Cellucci/Fistgate Controversy.

Of course, Sean ignored the GOP's attempt to censor his show and instead had Alan Keyes on his show to discuss the entire controversy and Cellucci's unworthiness for any public office.

It would seem highly unlikely that Sean is the only one to have recieved such a call from the GOP. Certainly, if you wanted a story ignored, you would not want the #1 rated radio talk show host in the country talking about the story.

Of course, Rush had important things to talk about on Friday. More Napster. The Song of the Century. Did he talk about his golf game? I may have nodded off.(Yawn.)

Perhaps Rush will talk about the Cellucci and Fistgate on Monday. Or, perhaps Rush is taking marching orders from the RNC.

EY: This was so hilarious. Really a classic Free Republic story.

This Free Republic thread on the same topic, got removed pretty quickly also. It seems like what is preferred over there is discussion like this.

Rush Held Hostage by Fistgate

Rush Held Hostage Day 5 - Has RNC Forbidden Rush from Discussing Cellucci Nomination and Fistgate?

Your Opinion/Questions Editorial Keywords: HIS RNC SILENCED RUSH ON FISTGATE CONTROVERSY
Published: March 13, 2001 Author: Diago
Posted on 03/13/2001 19:49:03 PST by Diago
First of all, if you are unfamiliar with the entire Fistgate Controversy and Governor Cellucci's role in it, please visit the Massnews.com's Fistgate Archive CLICK HERE .

Here's a quick taste of what Cellucci's got going in his far left state:

"Fisting [forcing one’s entire hand into another person’s rectum or vagina] often gets a bad rap....[It’s] an experience of letting somebody into your body that you want to be that close and intimate with...[and] to put you into an exploratory mode."

The above quotation comes from Massachusetts Department of Education employees describing the pleasures of homosexual sex to a group of high school students at a state-sponsored workshop on March 25, 2000.

In better days, the man ultimately responsible for this, Cellucci, would wind up in prison. Unfortunately, Cellucci was recently nominated for Ambassador to Canada.

Conservatives rightly opposed the nomination the homosexual activist Hormel when Clinton nominated him to an Ambassodorship. It is now time for the same voices to speak out against Cellucci.

Sean Hannitty spent almost his entire show last Friday blasting the Cellucci nomination. He welcomed Alan Keyes on to his show to join him in discussing this outrageous nomination.

At the beginning of his show, Sean noted that he had received several calls from the GOP asking him not to discuss the Cellucci/Fistgate Controversy. Did Rush receive the same calls? Is this why Rush has been so silent on this controversy?

This weekend, on an older thread, many dittoheads rose to Rush's defense pointing out that Friday was "Open Line Friday." These folks assured us that Rush would be on top of this story on Monday.

Well, Monday and Tuesday have passed and Rush is still silent. He has spent his last three shows condemning moderates while he himself ignores this ultraliberal GOP appintment.

Will Rush ever discuss the Fistgate controversy? Will he ever question the nomination of Cellucci? Or will he remain a hostage of the RNC?


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Then there is some more about how Cellucci's nomination would get "conservatives" (really bigots) mad at Bush. This one ended rather commically with Rush Limbaugh really giving it to a Freeper caller who was going on about fistgate.

Getting booted off of Free Republic

A while back, I got booted off of Free Republic. Threads like this were what got me booted. Racicot now has met with the HRC board of governors.

Eva

Dibble's response on Sen. Pappas's stupid statements

From: "Sen.Scott Dibble"
Organization: MN Senate
To: Eva Young , sen.scott.dibble@senate.mn,
terrell@terrellbrown.org, adg@outfront.org, sen.linda.higgins@senate.mn,
disabilitygoddess@att.net, sen.richard.cohen@senate.mn,
sen.sandy.pappas@senate.mn, rep.keith.ellison@house.mn,
rep.lynne.osterman@house.mn, rledger@organize.afscme.org,
rep.ray.cox@house.mn, rep.karen.clark@house.mn
Date: Sun, 23 Mar 2003 15:10:25 -0600
Subject: Re: Sen Pappas and Identity Politics gone mad
Priority: normal
X-mailer: Pegasus Mail for Windows (v4.02a)
X-MIME-Autoconverted: from Quoted-printable to 8bit by www15.web2010.com id h2NLAr1L017852

Eva,

I cannot respond to a second hand account of what one of my
colleagues is claimed to have said.

I can reiterate my communications on the subject. I’ve encouraged
DFL’ers to withhold their support for contract ratification if domestic
partnership benefits are eliminated. The Republican Governor
and Republican leadership, to a person, have, since day one,
promised to blackmail the entirety of the contracts and torpedo them
if they do contain domestic partnership benefits. That will result in
the return of every single state employees’ negotiated wage and
benefits to the levels they were two years ago (even triggering a
technical requirement that they refund any increases received back
to the state). That sounds like an agenda of extremism and
madness to me. Clearly, the choice is false and a classic use of a
wedge strategy. Clearly the contracts must be ratified.

I have also made clear that the GLBT community, while mature
enough to understand who is truly responsible – that a contrived
dynamic has been constructed by the Republicans – will
nevertheless be extremely unhappy when domestic partnership
benefits are eliminated.

I know it is extremely frustrating and disappointing for you Eva, but
the truth is, and will remain, that the Republicans -- their Governor,
their legislative leadership, their party and its platform, their
fundraising strategies, their activists -- with an extremely rare
exception, are wholly arrayed against the interests of the GLBT
community and are pursuing an anti-gay agenda with increasing
vigor and enthusiasm.

--Scott

GREETINGS FROM THE FAMILY PRIDE COALITION!
Anti-gay bills around the country......

from the Family Pride E Newsletter

ANOTHER ANTI-GAY PARENTING MEASURE FILED IN TEXAS

Texas Representative Robert Talton has filed yet another bill that would wreak havoc on children in the Texas foster care system. Rep. Talton has now filed House Bill 1911, which would prohibit the placement of a child/children in a foster home with any unmarried individuals. Since Texas does not allow for civil unions or same-sex marriage, gay and lesbian Texans would, in effect, be banned from serving as foster parents. This bill was referred to the House Committee on State Affairs.

Two other anti-gay parenting measures – HB 916 and HB 194 -- have been previously referred to the House Committee on Juvenile Justice and Family Issues.

HB 916, by Rep. Sid Miller (R-Stephenville) would prohibit gay and lesbian couples from adopting in Texas. Rep. Miller has dubbed this bill the “Defense of Families Act.” In a news release issued by his office, Rep. Miller said, “I believe strongly in the preservation of the traditional family, and I do not believe homosexuals should be allowed to continue adopting children in Texas. By allowing two people of the same sex to adopt children, the state of Texas has been sending a signal that it condones and approves of homosexual activity. I believe homosexuality is immoral, and the state of Texas should not endorse their alternative lifestyle by allowing homosexuals to adopt children.”

Rep. Talton pre-filed HB 194 in November 2002, a bill that would ban lesbian, gay and bisexual Texans from serving as foster parents. This measure is one of the worst anti-gay parenting measures anywhere in the country. Not only would it prohibit LGB people from becoming foster parents, this bill also calls for the removal of children currently living in foster homes with LGB parents – in spite of a $50 million cost to the state to do so, and in opposition to the best interest of previously displaced Texas children.

IOWA ANTI-GAY ADOPTION BILL DIES IN COMMITTEE

An Iowa bill that would have banned lesbians and gays from adopting children or serving as foster parents has died in committee.

According to the bill’s chief sponsor, Sen. Ken Veenstra (R-Orange County), the Senate Human Resources Committee, of which he is the chair, will not return to this measure after the committee moved last week to suspend debate on the bill.

Veenstra told the Quad City Times that the best interest of children are served by placing them with married, male-female couples. “I believe these issues have to be addressed in stages. I believe we’ve accomplished the first stage in creating an awareness of the issue."
Sen. Joel Bolkcom (D-Iowa City) told the Times that what supporters of the bill actually accomplished was simply to frighten Iowa gays and lesbians who are already caring for children. "I don't think it ever had support in this chamber," he said. "I think it's an exercise to terrorize families in this state with a crazy idea."

LAMBDA FAMILIES TO HOST PARENTS’ DAY CELEBRATION

Lambda Families of New Jersey will host a Parents’ Day celebration on Sun., April 6 from 1:30-4:30pm at the Connection for Women and Children, 79 Maple Street in Summit, New Jersey.

Lambda Families will provide dessert and drinks. Each family is asked to please bring a potluck dish to share. Children will be able to make gifts for their parents at the craft table, and there will be family play time in the large gym with gymnastics equipment and a sharing circle for parents and children. For more information, call (908) 273-4242.

FAMILIES LIKE OURS TO HELP FIND FOSTER PARENTS IN WASHINGTON STATE

Factoria Mall and Families Like Ours have joined forces to help children in the Washington State foster care system. Families Like Ours, with Northwest Adoption Exchange, will be training up to 75 individuals for foster care and adoption at the Factoria Mall beginning in April. There are more than 11,000 children in the Washington State system, and a great need for more foster families. Families Like Ours is the only Puget Sound training agency that specifically services gay and lesbian families.

The monthly classes are free to the public, but require registration. The program will cover the 18 hours needed for the training, and will also include a discussion panel at the end of the program comprised of foster and adoptive parents. In addition to the required class program, resource material and additional information will be available to address issues specific to gay and lesbian families.

The first program will include classes on April 8 (6-8pm), April 11 and 12 (8:30am-5:30pm). Another program will take place May 13 (6-8pm) and May 16-17 (8:30am-5:30pm). A third offering will take place June 10 (6-8pm) and June 13-14 (8:30am-5:30pm). Space is limited, and prospective parents must register by calling (425) 793-7911 or e-mailing support@familieslikeours.org.

LGBT PARENTS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Appeals Court Rules Lesbian Couple Can Jointly Adopt Children

From the Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Court of Appeals has rejected a lower court ruling that two women can't both adopt three children because the women aren't married.

Amber Crawford-Taylor of Gary wants to adopt her domestic partner's children. Yesterday's (March 18) ruling sends her case back to lake juvenile court. Her partner, Shannon Crawford-Taylor, adopted an Ethiopian boy and girl and a Chinese girl in 1999. All three adoptions were processed as single-parent international adoptions.

The appeals court says the state's adoption statutes don't specifically address the issue of second-parent adoptions. The court found that a second parent sharing legal responsibility for children in a nurturing environment is in the best interest of the children.

FAMILY PRIDE 2003 CALENDAR
May 23-25 -- Family Pride Family Camp – Newton, New Jersey (Register now online!)
July 12-19 – Family Week – Saugatuck, Mich.
August 2-9 – Family Week – Provincetown, Mass.

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The Family Pride Coalition is the only national non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the well being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents and their families through mutual support, community collaboration and public understanding.

The Deadbeat from Stillwater

originally published in the Stillwater Gazzette

March 3, 2003

To the Editor:

When I think of State Sen. Michele Bachmann, hard-working aren't the first words that come to mind. Self-serving maybe, but not hard-working.

Bachmann has the lightest workload of any state senator. Although she serves on only three committees, two of them meet at exactly the same time. That means Bachmann only attends a maximum of four committee meetings a week. The rest of her colleagues' calendars, with the exception of two in leadership positions, are filled with anywhere from six to 11 committee meetings a week.

According to the Secretary of the Senate's office, senators are "strongly discouraged" from requesting assignments to committees with conflicting schedules. An aide in Bachmann's office says she often attends committee meetings in lieu of the senator. Is this the kind of representation Washington County voters elected in November?

When Bachmann's not skipping committee meetings, she's promoting herself with meaningless resolutions-six of them already this session, dealing with such matters as a missile defense system and the federal estate tax. Bachmann is well-versed in the art of authoring these self-serving public relations gimmicks. In her first two years in office, she authored 21 of them-10 percent of all the resolutions proposed by the entire 67-member Senate during that period. When you add up the cost of drafting, printing, voting on and recording these resolutions, the cost to taxpayers for promoting Michele Bachmann starts to look like real money.

When Michele Bachmann's lease is up in four years-after all, she says she's just renting the office-the voters of Senate District 52 should evict this deadbeat tenant and elect someone who at least pays the rent.

Karl Bremer

Etenza the Phony

From a house DFL source:
"Their budget is built on a house of cards, and it won't stand," said House Minority Leader Matt Entenza, DFL-St. Paul. "It's not a plan, it's a run to the casino."

But casinos have never bother Matt Entenza when it comes to selling them his influence. He's collected $3,350 from Indian gambling interests and lobbyists in the past two years alone (attorney general's race and House race).

What a phucking phony!

EY: I oppose the Racino. However, I think I'd agree Etenza is quite disingenuous on this one.

Spendy Pappas and Identity Politics Gone Wacky......

I had sent this to Sen. Scott Dibble last week......

Hi Scott:

I talked with Senator Pappas today about the contract ratification. She said you had told her that the gay community would fully "understand" a vote in favor of the contract without DP benefits in it - and that the gay community was behind the contract ratification vote. Is this correct that you told her this? I informed Pappas she was misinformed. I talked to C. Scott Cooper, Ann DeGroot and board members of OutFront Minnesota. They have never taken the position that it is ok for legislators to take this
vote.

She also mentioned that I should be bringing these concerns to you, rather than her, because after all you are gay - and you deal with the gay stuff, and so she doesn't have to bother with it. Kind of reminds me of the Wiz's statement a while back on Minneapolis Issues list that constituents shouldn't expect Neva to take on sodomy repeal because she is an African American Woman.

This is a rather poor precident. Will Sen. Pappas next be telling her African American constituents to go talk with Keith Ellison or Neva Walker?

Rep. Lynne Osterman has said she is willing to do a floor amendment in the house to ratify the contracts as written. Rep. Osterman told me she believes the legislature should be focusing on policy, not being HR folks.

Filing an ethics complaint against Arlon Lindner for saying something stupid isn't doing anything for the gay community. It is simply
grandstanding. Republican leadership clearly stated they disagree with what he said. He has a right to say such things. Working on maintaining the negotiated benefits in the contract would do lots more for both your gay and union constituents. It is a bit disingenuous after all for AFSCME to say they want to be able to negotiate issues like pay freezes and health insurance, but then walk away from their negotiated health insurance and kowtow to the bigots regarding domestic partner benefits.

Eva Young

Friday, April 04, 2003

Another Stillwater Embarrassment

The following column appeared in the Stillwater (MN) Gazette March 20, 2003. This "columnist" appears in the Gazette every week on a page sponsored by the businesses listed at the end. If you wish to contact the Gazette about their "columnist," you may do so at stwgztte@pressenter.com , attn Editor Mark Brouwer.

BEING GAY IS A SIN JUST LIKE STEALING
By Rev. Lenard Huebscher, Grace Baptist Church, Stillwater, MN

I was recently asked what I think of Rep. Arlon Lindner's view on homosexuals.

What I think is not important. The Bible, in Romans chapter one, uses four different phrases to describe homosexual activity. Romans 1:24 says it is "uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves."

In verse 26 it is referred to as "vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature."

Verse 27 reads: "And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves, that recompense of their error which was met."

We learn from the Scripture passage that homosexual activity is a learned activity just like lying or stealing. This is part of man's depraved nature. He does not need to be taught evil that comes naturally.

Notice that the Bible says it is against "nature." man was not created a homosexual. In the creation story of Genesis 2, the Bible says, "it is not good that man should be alone; I Will make him an help meet for him.'...but for Adam there was not found an meet help for him. And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept; and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

"And Adam said, 'This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called a Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh."

Homosexual living is therefore a sin against God. It is the outward indication of a depraved heart in rebellion against God. Persons embracing such a practice should receive no special treatment. It can be classed with lying or stealing.

A Christian's responsibility is to love such persons, and have compassion on them, as God does, but the error cannot be condoned. Before I came to Christ, my sin was just as offensive to a holy God--as is all sin. Each person needs to turn from all sin and turn to Christ, who alone can cleanse and free us from sin, the punishment of it, and the enslavement of it.

That's why he came to die on the cross for our sins, fully finishing the work of salvation for all that turn to him.

If you have a Bible question, write or call Pastor Lenard Huebscher, Grace Baptist Church, 12721 75 St. N., Stillwater, MN 55082. (651) 430-3132.

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A Stillwater Embarrassment

During debate in the Senate -- which passed the bill 39 to 26 -- about an amendment that would have included the partner benefits, Sen. Michele Bachmann, R-Stillwater, raised concerns that the costs of those benefits would be prohibitive because "the homosexual lifestyle makes them more likely to be disproportionate consumers of health-care services." Quoting a report from the conservative Culture and Family Institute in Washington, D.C., Bachmann listed what she said was scientific evidence that gay men are more likely to be victims of domestic abuse and have shorter lifespans, and that gays and lesbians are at greater risk of
psychiatric disorders. "The taxpayers of the state of Minnesota should be put on notice that we, in a budget crisis, may not be able to sustain this level of benefits."

EY: The Culture and Family Institute is an anti-gay organization which supports sodomy laws, among other wacky positions. Conservative is not synonomous with anti-gay bigotry, and calling the C&F Institute "conservative" is an insult to true conservatives. Bachmann needs a Republican Primary opponent.

Log Cabin Republicans of Minnesota Comments on Contract Ratification

The following was signed by Gregg White Development Director and Ann Degroot, Executive Director of OutFront Minnesota. On this issue, Log Cabin Republicans of Minnesota takes an opposing position to Outfront Minnesota.

In the opinion of Log Cabin Republicans of Minnesota passing the contracts without domestic partner benefits is undermining the negotiation process, and has established the precident of giving the legislature line item veto of the union contracts, with the full and willing cooperation of the public employee labor unions, AFSCME and MAPE. It is also kowtowing to the worst kind of bigotry and gives our state a black eye. Iowa, our neighbor to the south, has just started offering domestic partner benefits, and although there were legislators who opposed those benefits on principle, chose not to get into the role of being Human Resources Directors rather than legislators.

I also am a member of OutFront Minnesota, but I disagree with them strongly on this issue. In addition, when I asked OutFront Board Members, ED Ann DeGroot and C Scott Cooper their lobbyist, I was told that OutFront's position was not the one described below.

There are going to be efforts by the DFL and the unions to blame the Republicans for this. While there certainly is enough blame to go around, the unions are equally at fault for not fighting for their negotiated contract. When the unions say that salary and benefits should be decided by the bargaining table and not the legislature, they lose credibility when they decide to drop their efforts to get their negotiated contract ratified.

Eva Young
President
Log Cabin Republicans of Minnesota

Did Outfront Minnesota Make a Deal with Labor?

Outfront Minnesota had denied this position to me repeatedly. However the facts remain that the contracts passed without Domestic Partner benefits, and there were no OutFront Minnesota alerts before the votes and the committee meetings.

Here is the letter they sent to the Minnesota Senators and Representatives. I wonder how many OutFront Minnesota Members would agree with this. I'm not sure who they considered to be "our friends" - perhaps such notables as Senator Sandy "Spendy" Pappas, who told me that I should talk with Scott Dibble about the gay issues, and she takes her cue from Scott.

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OutFront Minnesota's letter to our friends in the Minnesota Senate

April 3, 2003

Dear Senator:

As a supporter of rights for GLBT Minnesotans, you must surely share our outrage at the loss of domestic partner benefits for state
employees. These benefits were collectively bargained in good faith, and partners of many gay and lesbian state employees are currently receiving health care coverage as a result. It appeared that the State of Minnesota was finally catching up with the private sector in its fair treatment of GLBT employees. The benefits have been in place for over a year, and have been administered by DOER without difficulty. The cost to the State has been minimal, and the opponents' fears about massive fraud have been proven to be baseless.

Nonetheless, opponents of the benefits are willing to destroy state employees' entire contracts over this one issue. In their determination to discriminate, they are willing to endanger the financial well being of thousands of their own employees, and to violate PELRA and the collective bargaining process. We urge you not to let this happen.

Please express your concerns loudly and clearly about this process and the outcome for GLBT employees. We expect to hear your outrage, and we hope you will hold accountable those responsible for this fiasco.

Please also vote for the amendments which will be offered by Senator Dibble; 1) to reinstate the benefits, and 2) failing that, to allow domestic partners of state employees to purchase insurance from the pool at their own expense.

Finally, regardless of the outcome of the amendments, please then vote to approve the altered contracts for our state employees.

We understand that you may wish to stand up for gay and lesbian state employees by rejecting SF293, and we appreciate your support. However, some gay and lesbian state employees will find themselves without the health coverage provided by the domestic partner benefits, regardless of whether you pass this bill. The question before you is whether or not they will also lose their most recent raises. Certainly, we join you in condemning the politics which led to the removal of these benefits from the contracts, but we also believe that at this point the best outcome for all state employees - including those who are gay and lesbian - is to now pass the contracts, and give our employees some measure of financial security.

If you have any questions about the position of OutFront Minnesota on this matter, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you again for your support.

Sincerely,

Ann Marie DeGroot, Executive Director
OutFront Minnesota
Gregg White, Development Director

Figures don't lie, but liars figure.......

This correspondance was sent to Senate Judicary committee members regarding Judy Lindsay's testimony about the repeal of the human rights act as it applies to gays.

Eva

To: Senate Judiary Committee Members
From: Eva Young
Re: Pubmed search on JAMA article cited at Human Rights hearing

I would like to challenge Judy Lindsay, who testified at the recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearing about the correlation between bipolar disorder and homosexuality. Lindsay testified under oath that a "January 2001" Journal of the American Medical Association article states that there is a correlation between bipolar disorder. Notably, Ms. Lindsay left out information about who the authors of this study were in her testimony. I did a search of Entrez Pubmed to try to find the specific article. I was unable to find the article by searching the full text for the term "homosexual" and limited the search to dates between 12/00 and 2/02 and the journal JAMA.

This isn't a unique problem when dealing with citations from anti-gay organzations like the Minnesota Family Council. Judy Lindsay made some pretty horrendous claims about how homosexuality can cause bipolar disorder - and cited the Journal of the American Medical Association as backup for her bizzarre claims.

Eva Young
Near North
Minneapolis

At 12:14 PM 4/2/2003 -0600, The Lindsays wrote:
The article I was referring to was entitled "Same Sex Sexual Behavior and Psychiatric Disorders". It was written by theo G. M. Sandfort, et. al. and published in the Archives of General Psychiatry (Journal of the American Medical Association), Vol. 58, No. 1, January 2001. I am sure that, in order for it to be published in this distinguished venue, must have passed a strenuous peer review.

Thank you for pointing out my failure to identify the source of my testimony. I hope this answers your question.

Sincerely,
Judy Lindsay

From: Eva Young
Date: Sat Apr 5, 2003 12:22 am
Subject: RE: Pubmed search on JAMA article cited at Human Rights hearing

Judy, when I talked with you by phone, you told me you had not read the whole study, but only portions that you found on a website (and I'd like you to supply the URL of the website). I would like to go to the website, read the quotes from the website, then compare the website text with the study text. The website was not necessarily peer reviewed, though studies
in JAMA typically are.

In the past, authors of peer reviewed studies have objected when anti-gay organizations such as the Family Research Council have taken parts of their studies out of context and erroneously reported results.

I think it is telling that you would testify to something without having read the whole study. I believe it was Mark Twain who said "figures don't lie but liars figure."

Studies that are peer reviewed can have flaws, and often those flaws come forth with subsequent studies.

Eva Young



I would like to challenge Judy Lindsay, who testified at the recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearing about the correlation between bipolar disorder and homosexuality. Lindsay testified under oath that a "January 2001" Journal of the American Medical Association article states that there is a correlation between bipolar disorder. Notably, Ms. Lindsay left out information about who the authors of this study were in her testimony. I did a search of Entrez Pubmed to try to find the specific article. I was unable to find the article by searching the full text for the term "homosexual" and limited the search to dates between 12/00 and 2/02 and the journal JAMA.

This isn't a unique problem when dealing with citations from anti-gay organzations like the Minnesota Family Council. Judy Lindsay made some pretty horrendous claims about how homosexuality can cause bipolar disorder - and cited the Journal of the American Medical Association as backup for her bizzarre claims.

Eva Young
Near North
Minneapolis

Too Stupid to Win

Check out Mike Krause's column in Lavender.

I'd encourage folks to send letters to the editor. Clearly this just tells me why I do not want to vote democrat - and it shows how the Democrats aren't "getting it" in a way that will allow them to be successful in future elections.

A month ago, Krause's column was pretty hard hitting - not this type of drivel. It talked about how gays could effectly reduce discretionary tax income going to the state - and pointed out how gays contribute to the state with tax dollars, so should quit getting the short end of the stick in terms of benefits. So here's my point by point response to Krause's column......

Paul's Heavenly Plan
By Michael Krause

It seems certain that when Paul Wellstone died, he went to heaven. And when he arrived there, I imagine him being greeted by Eleanor Roosevelt, William O. Douglas, Martin Luther King, and other great American liberal thinkers. They would have admired our late senator's tenacity and principles in fighting for human and civil rights, social justice, poor children, and the environment.

From the vantage point of heaven, it is possible to see into the future. Once he had settled in, Paul looked out across the larger picture of American political history, and into the future of the struggle for a more just and caring society.

From his new vantage point, with a little help from Eleanor, he could see that it would be necessary to lose some battles in order to win the war. So, it may have been Paul's guiding hand that allowed the last election to result in the resounding defeat of the progressive agenda and the Democratic Party, perhaps even by his shaping his own ill-fated memorial service.

EY: Just more politicizing God - and haven't I heard so much moralizing from Dems about Republicans using this "God is on our side" argument shamelessly. What's sauce for the goose.....

Krause:

You see, only by losing the 2002 election battle would people in Minnesota and across the country be able to see the true Republican agenda.

At the federal level, there is no longer a politically divided government with more than one party in charge, no blurring of the lines between political parties that are forced into messy compromises out of necessity.

The American public, which has expressed its desire for balance and divided government in the past, finally is able to get a clear and unvarnished picture of the Republican vision for our society.

In Minnesota, a Republican governor, an overwhelming Republican majority in the House, and only a slim DFL edge in the Minnesota Senate have created a similar situation. Republicans largely are setting the agenda and the tone for a different kind of social contract between residents of the state and their government.

So, what is that vision we are seeing played out in halls of the State Capitol and the National Capitol?

Almost immediately, in Minnesota, it became an attack on the rights of GLBT people, who were portrayed by some Republicans in the most vulgar of stereotypes. The threat to civil-rights protection appears to have subsided for now. But it is likely to be back, targeting transvestites and transsexuals, who are the most vulnerable among our community, and raising scary images of gay, lesbian, and bisexual people preying on children in schools.

EY: And excuse me, the house speaker and Governor have been scuttling away from Lindner every time he opens his mouth. Lindner is widely seen as a marginal character in the Republican party -- and a constant embarrassment. Sure the Republican Party of Minnesota can be legitimately chastised for endorsing Lindner, in the same way they were chastised for endorsing Renee LaVoi (and the party eventually backed off the LaVoi endorsement). Sviggum could be asked to use his discretion to remove Lindner from the tourism committee - just because the this position is inappropriate for someone who tends to give a poor image to the state. Other than that, it's the responsibility of Lindner's constituents to remove him from office.

Krause continues:

It is the same tactic being used to attack the right of women to safe and legal abortion, focusing on a rare but necessary medical procedure, inflaming public sentiment against it, and using it as a wedge to chip away at the constitutional right of women to control their own bodies and medical decisions.

EY: And I'm sorry - on this issue, the pro-choice forces have failed to make the case to the American people - for example, I don't see people asking the question about whether partial birth abortion bans ban the procedure in cases where the fetus is dead. A straight ban on that procedure would ban the procedure in the case of both a live and dead fetus - unless the law explicitly deals with that - and this is just another example about why we don't want legislators micromanaging medical decisions.

Krause continues:

Arlon Lindner's trial balloon that would have allowed overt discrimination against us didn't fly. However, Republican leaders in St. Paul never are likely to support our full rights to the benefits of legally sanctioned relationships, even when state employees have bargained for those benefits freely in their collective-bargaining agreements.

EY: And the unions quickly asked the legislature to pass legislation ratifying the contract without those negotiated domestic partner benefits.

Krause continues:

More broadly, we are beginning to see that the Republican agenda includes an attack on the urban centers where many of us live, slashing state funding that has supported basic city services, even undercutting operating support for the new light-rail system and transit generally.

The Republican vision of Minnesota has fewer loans for students and much higher tuition at our public universities. This vision has less access to medical care for working but poor families, as well as a meaner society for people who are out of work, down on their luck, and in need of food, clothing, and shelter.

The Republican vision has fewer public libraries, and less public support for arts and culture. This vision has fewer opportunities to enjoy state parks and campgrounds, and less funding overall for environmental programs.

At the national level, we have seen a Republican president's rush to war, against the majority of public opinion among our usual allies, and inflaming anti-American hatred in the Moslem world. We have seen unprecedented attacks on the civil liberties of all Americans in the name of domestic security.

EY: Then why does Krause fail to mention Pawlenty's nomination of Stanek to public safety - considering Stanek's record of police brutality and using racial epithets to refer to African Americans. Trent Lott and Arlon Lindner have made offensive remarks. Stanek has a history of beating people up - which is worse?

Krause continues:

And with job losses mounting every day, Republicans continue to push for tax cuts that mostly will benefit the wealthy and will push the nation further into debt by trillions of dollars.

These are dark days, but there is hope that Minnesotans and other Americans will recognize the vision of society being promoted by Republicans in St. Paul and Washington D.C., and will reject it.

Don't forget, only about 10,000 votes statewide gave Republicans their legislative victories in Minnesota. So, Paul Wellstone, who couldn't bear to see people suffer or experience injustice, may yet see the kinder and more just society that he fought for while on this earth.

EY: Well Paul Wellstone voted for DOMA and that continues to be part of his legacy. The unions and our DFL "friends" like Senator Hottinger and Rest are introducing legislation that undermines the negotiated contract. Speaker Sviggum introduced an identical bill in the house. So please explain to me how the DFLers are so much better than those evil republicans here?

This type of stuff might play well to Democrats, but does nothing to reach beyond the Democratic base.

Wednesday, April 02, 2003

Stupidity Virus Hits Representative Lindner yet again.....well his lawyer actually

Tip from Shawn Lewis

Published April 2, 2003

Rep. Neva Walker, a black DFLer from Minneapolis, said she was taken aback when she received a letter recently from the lawyer of Rep. Arlon Lindner, R-Corcoran, that was addressed to her as Walker-Black.

Lindner is the subject of an ethics complaint by House DFLers who found comments he made recently as offensive to gays and blacks. As I have commented before, Lindner says stupid things, but saying stupid things is not an ethics problem. Personally, I think Speaker Sviggum ought to remove Lindner from his position on the Tourism committee, because as long as he chairs a committee he is an embarrassment both to the state and to the house republican caucus.

Walker said Tuesday night, "I do believe it was an accident and somebody forgot to erase it. . . . I am an elected official and I deserve respect, and that misprint is a lack of respect."

EY: It is rather wierd. Does Lindner's lawyer track legislators by their demographic characteristics - race, gender, sexual orientation etc.?

James Anderson, Lindner's lawyer, said he apologized to Walker for getting her name wrong and said it was a "simple mistake."

"I can tell you that the person typing the letter apparently looked at the file and put the words together wrong," he said.

"Basically, it's a tempest in a teapot," he said, adding that "some people are just hypersensitive if from a simple mistake they can call someone a racist."

Walker said, "It's easy to say that when you're not on the receiving of a racist comment, but racist attacks are emotionally and mentally draining. And I am far from sensitive. It takes a lot to offend me. . . .Folks who are so focused on this issue
don't realize that there is a pattern with this particular representative."

EY: I think most every legislator - especially the Republican legislators are painfully aware of the "pattern with this particular representative" as Walker put it.

David Piehl comments:

Basically, it's now clear that Lindner's records contain information pertaining to people's race; it might be logical to conclude that he also tracks other protected class information such as sex, sexual orientation, religion, etc.

Why would Lindner collect such data if not to create different messages for different audiences? If that is the case, that people are receiving different messages based on their membership in a protected class, then I consider that blatent discrimination!

Thank you Neva, for bringing to light another example of rep Lindner's bigotry. Neva has my full support!

EY: Ofcourse whenever you fill out a state application form, you are asked to provide information about your racial background - this to measure the effectiveness of the state Affirmative Action programs.

On STRIDEnt Exposure and Raucous Flying Fur

Russell girds his loins and drinks:

The cup of courage. . .bottoms up!

I have worked to further STRIDE's efforts; you can call me a member if that helps. I have read Raucous Caucus. I have laughed at it. No work of mine has ever appeared on it. I DO want a bumper sticker saying "Not approved about the Minnesota Council on Humor (That's not funny!)." I guess that means that I drive a car sometimes.

David Piehl weighs in with the real lowdown: Scott's accusations are sounding more and more like a witch hunt; think about it, although there is no link, why would it matter if there were?? I think it's just another attempt to impune STRIDE's increasingly effective strategy because STRIDE represents real interference for a boondoogle project containing precious few benefits for the area. STRIDE is nobody's lapdog.

Lisa McDonald adds: I totally agree that Scott Persons' post sounded way too STRIDEnt and obviously both raucouscaucus and the STRIDE folks must be getting to him.

EY: Lisa McDonald got plenty of criticism for an edgy underware piece she did during the campaign. Her campaign would not have been approved by the Minnesota Council on Humor either. Full Disclosure: Lloydletta is honored to have Raucous Caucus link to Lloydletta's Nooz and Comments.




The Fur Flies about the Connection between Raucaus Caucus and Stride

Stride and Raucous Caucous are obviously getting to Scott Persons. Now is Scott breaking the rules against ad hominem attacks with this statement: Now that we've established the STRIDE/cowardscaucus connection, would any other STRIDE leaders like to drink from the cup of courage and claim their work? We're all waiting... Jason Goray poses the question. Incidently, since only one person has been singled out with Raucous Caucus, I'd wonder if the term "cowardscaucus" might not be in violation of list rules.

Farmers Insurance advertises on the Mike Savage Radio Show

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OR

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From Ross Olson's List of Minnesota Resources

Ross Olson's national list included notorious anti-gay organizations such as the American Family Association and the Culture and Family Institute. Locally, most of these Minnesota resources seem to be anti-gay. Thanks to Olson for pointing out Linda Marquardt's consulting business. I had not been aware of that one before.

Abstinence Resource Center
New Life Family Services
1515 East 66th Street
Richfield MN 55423
phone 612-866-7643
website http://www.newlifefamilyservices.com/

Has an experienced group of speakers who give talks to the students
Has other resources as well

EY: A while back, I had volunteered to give a talk about abstinence to a class. I was not taken up on my offer.

ASK
Adults Saving Kids
(Formerly A-STOP -- Alliance for Speaking the Truths on Prostitution)
1901 Portland Ave.
Minneapolis MN 55404
phone 612-872-0684 e-mail mailto:a-stop@honeycomb.net
internet www.adultssavingkids.org

Works to increase awareness of the predatory sex industry and its danger for young teens.
Shows that it is not a victimless crime but destroys lives.
Publicizes that pornography, nude dancing and escort services are all part of it.

Campaign Fundamentals Consortium
Linda Marquardt
17429 Weaver Lake Road
Maple Grove MN 55311
phone 763-420-2783

e-mail mailto:marquard@bitstream.net
Consulting campaign help for conservative school board members and other officials.
Researches voting records on incumbants.
Publishes "Family Plan" which is a campaign tool.

EY: I'd be interested in reading the "Family Plan". Notably, Linda Marquardt spoke at Lindner's Press Conference about the need to ax the human rights act as it applies to gays. Linda Marquardt is also the person I was referring to in this excerpt from a post to the MN Politics Discuss list.


Do the nutcases in the GOP still have too much control? I'd certainly give an unqualified yes to that one. I just heard from a friend who managed a campaign for a candidate in the western suburbs (Lindner territory). My friend met with a Quistie GOP activist who is a major player over there -- and managed Penny Steele's first campaign. The Quistie asked my friend
what church he went to (my friend is a catholic, but doesn't attend church regularly), then the Quistie started going on in rather vivid detail about "gay bowel syndrom" and whatever else. My friend wasn't quite sure what this had to do with the campaign. I hope to interview this Quistie sometime for my column in Lavender. I'm sure that it will be easy enough
to get some good soundbites from that one.


After talking with other Republican party activists, I understand that Marquardt is not a Quistie. I don't always get my social conservative taxonomy correct.

Love Lines Crisis Center
2535 Central Avenue NE
Minneapolis MN 55418
phone 612-379-1199
web site http://www.lovelines.org
Provides phone counselling for all sorts of problems, psychological, physical, material and spiritual.

Maple River Education Coalition
153 Chestnut, Suite 200B
Mankato MN 56001
phone 507-344-1961 e-mail mailto:mredco98@aol.com
website http://MREdCo.com/
Education issues, especially in Minnesota

EY: Lloydletta's Nooz has noted in the past that Mr Ed is an anti-gay organization. Jim Thompson on the MN Politics mailing list disputes this.

Minnesota Christian Chronicle
(Doug Trouten , Editor)
7317 Cahill Road, suite 203
Minneapolis MN 55439
phone 612-562-1234
e-mail mailto:editor@mcchronicle.com
website http://www.mcchronicle.com/
Christian Newspaper

Minnesota Family Council
(Tom Pritchard, Director)
2855 Anthony Lane South
Minneapolis MN 55518-3265
phone 612-789-8811
e-mail mailto:mail@mfc.org
website http://www.mfc.org/ Legislative information,
Puts out weekly fax line information on social issues
Publishes Minnesota Citizen, Pro-Family News

New Life Family Services
1515 East 66th Street
Richfield MN 55423
612-866-7643
web site http://www.nlfs.org
Provides help for women in crisis pregnancies, supports keeping the baby or adoption.

Outpost Ministries
PO Box 22429
Robbinsdale MN 55422-0429
phone 763-592-4700
e-mail hope@outpost-inc.com
Dan Puumala outpost_inc@email.msn.com
website http://www.exodusnorthamerica.org/findministry/ministries/a0000197.html
Helps those trying to get out of homosexuality

EY: The link is a dead one.

Taxpayers for Excellence in Education (TEE)
(Barbara Anderson)
PO Box 372
Anoka MN 55303
phone 612-427-5929 e-mail

In a continuing effort to influence teachers and administrators especially in the Anoka Hennepin District.

EY: Hats off to Ross Olson for collecting these. It is especially useful to know about Linda Marquardt's organization. I'd be very interested in a client list on that one.


FRC bleats - Lieberman avoids vote.....

Interestingly enough Joe Lieberman avoided voting on the Timothy M. Tymkovich nomination. Was that because of the FRC bleating about Lieberman on April Fools day?

Steve Perry from City pages has a blog - that mostly covers the war.

Tuesday, April 01, 2003

Independent Gay Forum: Varnell, Paul. 'WWJD: Jesus on Anti-gay Slurs.'

By Paul Varnell
A slightly different version was published October 23, 2002, in the Chicago Free Press.
WHAT WOULD JESUS SAY about anti-gay slurs? The received wisdom is that Jesus never addressed the issue of homosexuality. But some interesting evidence suggests that teachings attributed to Jesus indicates strong disapproval of using anti-gay slurs.

FRC Bleating at Lieberman

Lieberman Leads Charge on Gay Benefits

It's a truism in presidential politics: The first primary is fund raising. No candidate can get to the starting gate if he doesn't raise a lot of money early. So the Democratic hopefuls are throwing elbows, pushing and shoving in order to corner the largess of the well-heeled gay and lesbian lobby. In a replay of the disgusting pandering at the National Abortion Rights Action League annual gala, Democratic candidates are lining up to push a bill in Congress granting all the taxpayer-funded benefits of marriage to unmarried live-in partners of federal employees. Sen. Joe Lieberman is preparing to introduce such "domestic partner" benefits legislation. Sen. John Kerry co-sponsored a similar bill last year. Unfortunately, as we noted in the Update yesterday, a handful of wobbly Republicans makes passage of such legislation in the Senate a real possibility. The House, then, must become the firewall against this attack on marriage.

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This one would help federal employees. However the Tax equity act will help more people: Tax Equity for Health Plan Beneficiaries Act of 2003
(Introduced in House)

HR 935 IH

108th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 935
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the exclusion from gross income for employer-provided health coverage for employees' spouses and dependent
children to coverage provided to other eligible designated beneficiaries of employees.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 26, 2003
Mr. MCDERMOTT (for himself, Mr. ABERCROMBIE, Mr. MATSUI, Ms. NORTON, Ms. LEE, Mr. FILNER, Mr. NADLER, Mr. GEORGE MILLER of California, Ms. CARSON of Indiana, Ms. LOFGREN, Mr. LANTOS, Mr. WAXMAN, Mr. KOLBE, Ms. WOOLSEY, Mr. BLUMENAUER, and Mr. BERMAN) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means
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A BILL
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the exclusion from gross income for employer-provided health coverage for employees' spouses and dependent children to coverage provided to other eligible designated beneficiaries of employees.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the `Tax Equity for Health Plan Beneficiaries Act of 2003'.

SEC. 2. EXTENSION OF EXCLUSION FOR EMPLOYER-PROVIDED HEALTH COVERAGE TO ALL ELIGIBLE BENEFICIARIES OF EMPLOYEES.

(a) IN GENERAL- Section 106 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (relating to contributions by employer to accident and health plans) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

`(d) COVERAGE PROVIDED FOR ELIGIBLE BENEFICIARIES OF EMPLOYEES- In the case of employer-provided coverage under an accident or health plan for an eligible beneficiary (other than a spouse or child) of an employee, such coverage shall be treated for purposes of this section in the same manner as such coverage for the spouse of an employee is treated.'.

(b) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendment made by this section shall apply to taxable years beginning after the date of the enactment of this Act.

EY: This bill will cover more people.

Osment vs Lindsay race culmonates in primary

Still more background on Judy Lindsay when she ran for legislature.

Posted: 8/29/02
The District 37B primary features 18-year incumbent Dennis Ozment against two-term District 196 School Board Member Judy Lindsay. The candidates have taken different approaches in gathering support. Lindsay has stated she will support the platform 100 percent and has signed a no new taxes pledge written by the Taxpayers League of Minnesota. Ozment has carried the Republican endorsement every year except this one, when the party split and did not endorse either candidate. He did not sign the no new taxes pledge. Following are interviews with each candidate.

from Gaywire posting

"Ex-Gay" forum back online! Log on and JOIN THE FUN!
Self-described “ex-Gay”minister Stephen Bennett has his online forum up and running again. I encourage every Gay person who enjoys a spirited debate to log on and join the fun.

The forum can be found at http://www.sbministries.org/appiesboard/

Stephen Bennett first came to my attention a couple of years ago when I was routinely monitoring the websites of such virulently anti-gay organizations as the American Family Association. Such websites typically don’t tolerate dissent, so they don’t have message boards, but Stephen Bennett’s website does. Or at least it did, for a while.

This guy claims to have left the Gay “lifestyle” 11 years ago. He got married, fathered a child, and now is one of the “ex-Gay” poster children for the Religious Right. His most recent claim to fame is getting into an argument with Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly over the issue of Gays adopting children.

Several months ago he shut down his online forum after more and more Gay people like me were posting messages to counter his anti-Gay rhetoric. I’m happy to report that a new version of his forum is now back up (albeit with little fanfare), and I encourage anyone who is so inclined to log on, register, and let the fur fly, ESPECIALLY if you are a Gay Christian. I ought to mention that a day after I logged on, Stephen or his moderator recognized my name and immediately banned me without explanation. So the more, the merrier!

CHUCK ANZIULEWICZ
http://hometown.aol.com/PolishBear

Another BEL type radio station Judy Lindsay
School Board Member District 196
Founder of 'In Defense of Innocence'
To contact Judy to learn more about this group and their concerns about defending children and parental rights:
Call: 651-423-5314
E-mail: jlindsay@unique-softward.com

EY: folks can write Judy directly to ask her about the JAMA study.

Sociopol covers the Hearing on Repealing the Minnesota Human Rights Act as it applies to gays.

Monday, March 31, 2003

Maybe this is the article Lindsay was referring to

Thanks to David Evertz for the pointer. I was searching in JAMA, so missed this one.

Same-Sex Sexual Behavior and Psychiatric Disorders
Findings From the Netherlands Mental Health Survey and Incidence Study (NEMESIS)
Theo G. M. Sandfort, PhD; Ron de Graaf, PhD; Rob V. Bijl, PhD; Paul Schnabel, PhD
Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2001;58:85-91.

Judy Lindsay, another witness for repealing the bill ran in a GOP primary against Dennis Osment

from MPR: GOP Rep. Dennis Ozment of Rosemount advanced over opponent Judy Lindsay. District Republicans declined to endorse either one this year.

Ozment's primary win, part of a 9-0 showing by challenged incumbents Tuesday, qualifies him for a November showdown with DFLer Rosie Isaacson for the Rosemount-area seat. But he's looking on the bright side: "I won't be fighting my own people."

Political family feuds forced 42 statehouse primaries. Ozment was pushed to a primary against school board member Judy Lindsay after local GOP activists deadlocked at their endorsing convention, with some questioning whether the incumbent was too moderate.

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It's good she didn't win.......

Anti-Gay Campaign Organization

Campaign Fundamentals Consortium
Linda Marquardt
17429 Weaver Lake Road
Maple Grove MN 55311
phone 612-420-2783

e-mail marquard@bitstream.net
Consulting campaign help for conservative school board members and other officials.
Researches voting records on incumbants.
Publishes "Family Plan" which is a campaign tool.

EY: This woman is seen as a gatekeeper in the Maple Grove area. This information was found on Ross Olson's resource list which seems to be a good list of anti-gay organizations and individuals in Minnesota.

Sviggum says No Way to Repeal of Human Rights Act as it applies to gays

Sviggum Puts Stop to Lindner Bill
Rachel E. Stassen-Berger, Saint Paul Pioneer Press, 3/21/2003
State Rep. Arlon Lindner called a press conference Thursday to promote his bill striking homosexuals from Minnesota's Human Rights Act, but he didn't get much of a boost from the event.

Before his supporters had even left the room, House Speaker Steve Sviggum -- a fellow Republican -- took to the podium to reiterate that the bill was going nowhere in the House.

On top of that, a Senate version of his bill will get a hearing today, but the DFL-controlled Senate committee isn't likely to pass it, and even the sponsor has had doubts about the bill. "When I first met with Arlon about it I wasn't sure he was taking the right approach," said Sen. Michael Jungbauer, R-East Bethel.

Lindner's bill would remove homosexuals as a protected class under the state's Human Rights Act, as well as removing them from a list of recognized Holocaust victims.

Jungbauer's concern about the Human Rights Act is that some might want to use it to "force (an) agenda into schools" and other public places.

The current Human Rights Act says nothing in it should be "construed to mean the state of Minnesota condones homosexuality" or authorizes or permits the "promotion of homosexuality or bisexuality in education institutions."

Jungbauer says he wants to put some teeth into that part of the law. But his Senate bill, which mirrors Lindner's bill, wouldn't do that.

Lindner, a sixth-term representative from Corcoran, didn't say much about his bill Thursday. He is already the subject of a House ethics complaint for saying he doubts gay people were persecuted during the Holocaust and that his bill would keep America from becoming "another African continent" because of the spread of HIV.

Instead, at his news conference, he let two suburban mothers speak in support of his bill.

"We are afraid of the sex pushers coming into our community and pandering to the curiosity of children and childlike adults," said Judy Lindsay, a Rosemount mother of three. That's what's happening, she said, because of Minnesota's human rights act, which prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation.

"We think the state has gotten involved in legislating immorality," said Maple Grove grandmother Linda Marquardt.

http://www.hrc.org/familynet/newsstand.asp?ID=2074

EY: I'm curious whether Linda Marquardt is the GOP activist who is a gatekeeper up in the Maple Grove area.

I Lost My Job Defending Innocence by Judy Lindsay

This woman testified at the Judiciary Committee on Jungbauer's bill to repeal the human rights act as it applies to gays.

I would like to challenge Judy Lindsay, who testified at the recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearing about the correlation between bipolar disorder and homosexuality. Lindsay testified under oath that a "January 2001" Journal of the American Medical Association article states that there is a correlation between bipolar disorder. Notably, Ms. Lindsay left off the authors of this study. I did a search of Entrez Pubmed to try to find the specific article. I was unable to find the article by searching the full text for the term "homosexual" and limited the search to dates between 12/00 and 2/02 and the journal JAMA.

Is this another example of the Minnesota Family Council and their crazed following bearing false witness? It won't be the first time, and won't be the last......