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Thursday, May 18, 2006

A Pox on Both Sides

Outfront Minnesota often uses the word "conservative" when they are referring to anti-gay activists. This is unfortunate - because there are a number of limited government conservatives such as Craig Westover and Peg Kaplan - who have been publicly supportive of gay marriage. Then there are liberals - such as Mike Hatch, who say "there is no difference between Governor Pawlenty and myself on gay marriage".

Now there's a new campaign training group modeled on Camp Wellstone for conservatives. The Academy for Conservative Leadership mentions that Outfront Minnesota is part of "the competition".

OutFront Minnesota
OutFront Minnesota is a 501(c)(4) non-profit dedicated to advancing the issues of the GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender) community through training, lobbying and grassroots activism.
Recently, OutFront Minnesota launched a series of Community Action Trainings across the state. These trainings will provide a space for GLBT activists to meet throughout Minnesota and discuss how to ensure that their local grassroots organizing will flourish during the legislative session and the 2006 elections.

The other groups they mention are: Wellstone Action, Take Action Minnesota and Outfront Minnesota claims to be bi-partisan, but their main lobbyist, C Scott Cooper also works full time with the Minnesota Alliance for Progressive Action.

Liberal groups such as, Wellstone Action and MAPA like to have conservatives to be viewed as anti-gay. That way they have an issue they don't deserve. Unfortunately, this new conservative campaign training group is playing right into the DFL script.

Where do the many gays in Minneapolis go, who are disgusted by the way local government is run in Minneapolis, but are also appalled by the way the Leviticus crowd has taken over the Republican party at the state level?


Ann DeGroot said...

While at OutFront Minnesota we sometimes use the term conservative to talk about anti-GLBT folks, we most often use the term ultra conservative to try to differentiate among those on the conservative end of the spectrum. We are well aware of the fact that some prominant conservatives do not support the anti-GLBT tactics or policies of the ultra or extreme conservatives. We wish more of them would be vocal about it though.

We will try harder to be clear about which conservatives we are talking about in the future. If you have thoughts about other words to use to describe anti-GLBT folks, let me know.