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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Democrats Drop Comprehensive Sex Education

They should have let Governor Pawlenty veto the bill.

Chuck Darrell from the anti-activist Minnesota Family Council is crowing over on Michael Brodkorb's blog.

# Chuck Darrell Says:
May 22nd, 2007 at 1:55 pm

Liberals energized social conservatives to close ranks and fight domestic partnerships, mandatory sex education, smoked “medical” marijuana and others.

Governor Pawlenty received thousands of calls in the last week of the session. Concerned parents thanked the Governor for signaling his opposition to mandatory sex education, and urged him to veto any bill containing same.

Mandatory sex education was removed in the 11th hour of the session.

Thank you Gov. Pawlenty.

Margaret Anderson Kelliher kowtowed to theocrats at every opportunity. This session the MFC has proved to be a more effective organization than Outfront Minnesota. Outfront needs to get better at what they do - or let a new organization start that focuses on lobbying the legislature, and focus on what they do well - their non-profit piece.


Markh said...

Wow - and the theocrats didn't even vote for the DFL!

They got it goin' on.

Jo said...

OutFront Minnesota has a full time lobbyist and Public Policy Director who've both worked closely with lawmakers throughout the duration of the 2007 legislative session. Through their efforts, four pieces of GLBT-friendly legislation moved forward and momentum was good. We secured 59 lawmakers in the House and Senate to cosponsor the bills, which went through painstaking but successful committee hearings and floor votes.

Due to the governor's vetoes and threat of veto, these bills did not become law. We are as disappointed as anyone in the results of the session. Political work to move a community forward is difficult and takes a long time. The governor must answer to the social conservatives who helped elect him and unfortunately that means sacrificing what's best for our community.

What we must remember is to maintain relationships with all of the bills' cosponsors as well as leadership. Only in maintaining these relationships do we have any hope of moving these bills forward next year or in another year.

Critics have the luxury of throwing stones at anyone who doesn't do precisely what they think is best. At OutFront Minnesota, however, we prefer to keep trudging forward, one success and failure at a time and never give up the struggle.

Jo Marsicano
Communications Director
OutFront Minnesota