Sen. Paul Koering Squares off Against Tom "Phone Sex" Prichard of the Minnesota Family Council
The Senate Health, Housing and Family Security Committee heard testimony from gays and lesbians from around the state who told tearful stories of being blocked from visiting partners and children during medical crises. Following that testimony, Prichard spoke against the bill, which was submitted by Sen. John Marty, DFL-Roseville. Prichard said, "The concerns we have with the bill is that it would create a family redefinition... If the state begins writing in alternative, marriage-like statuses it will make our marriage law more vulnerable in court."
I heard Prichard testify against repealing the sodomy law. At the time, he said the reason we needed sodomy laws was to prevent teenage pregnancy. I've never understood why people pay any attention to Prichard's nonsense.
Koering, who came out as a gay man in 2005, took issue with Prichard's committee testimony and called his credibility into question.
Lloydletta's Nooz obtained a copy of the mailing and posted it here.
After distributing the lit piece, Koering states:
I had a series of questions for [Mr. Prichard]. I have a handout here from Mr. Prichard's organization to hand out to the committee just to kind of show you what kind of organization they are and how they operate. I think it just gives you a better understanding of how they are and then you can understand Mr. Prichard's testimony a little bit better...
This is a campaign brochure from last fall. ...If you look at the headline, it says "Senator Paul Koering refused to vote to protect our children from the promotion of homosexuality in public schools.” That’s not true. That’s not true at all. And so this is the kind of organization this is and the light needs to be shined on them. And so this is what I intended to do. I am trying to protect our children and to make a statement like that and to scare my constituents is just plain wrong.
Failed School Board candidate and embarrassment to the Republican Party Tom Swift comments:
You can stick a fork in Koering.
Swiftee goes on in greater detail in other comments.
Minutes and audio of the hearing are available here. The relevant bill testimony starts around 2 hours 30 minutes.