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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Marriage Amendment is Pawlenty's Turd in the SOS Punchbowl

From the Rake blog.

It was amusing to hear Governor Pawlenty's State of the State message today start off with a discussion of turkey droppings and end with the biggest gobbler gunk of all: "And let's make sure that courts can't throw out our defense of marriage laws in Minnesota, like they have in other states. Let's define marriage in our Constitution as being between a man and a woman."

Aside from all the rhetoric about strengthening education, (when he allows tuition at the U to rise 50 percent during his tenure,) or health care, (when there are 77,000 fewer Minnesotans covered now than there were when he took office,) or holding the line on taxes (when local property taxes have had to take up the slack for the state's abrogation of its educational responsibilities,) the anti-gay marriage amendment was the true turd in the state's punch bowl.

Here's the truth on the anti gay marriage amendment: the Republicans want it on the ballot, not because they believe in it, but because it's what brings the one issue religious right-wingers to the polls. And when those people vote, we get a Republican majority that's beholden to them. And when that happens, we all get a good pranging, gay or not.

Spot points out Pawlenty more logic on abortion.

Midtopia points out that Tim Pawlenty and Mike Hatch are united in using the concern about privacy to close off legitimate public access to government records. It's rare that the Star Tribune's reader's representative writes something worth while in her column.

There's a reason for sunshine laws. Let's keep them.

Sponge at Minvolved points out:

One final thing, while you're sitting there pondering these questions, don’t forget who started the nonsense:

[screen shot of a message from Tim Pawlenty from the infamous cd]

Gay Marriage Three

Beware of those who can still smile while engaged in such buffoonery.

You can call Governor Tim Pawlenty at 651-296-3391 to give him an earful about this buffoonery.