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Monday, November 24, 2008

Outfront Minnesota Uses Michele Bachmann's Reelection by a Plurality to Suggest They Can't Accomplish Anything at the Legislature

Minn Post:

Still, both she [Monica Meyer] and Duran have concerns about a backlash. They point to the re-election of Rep. Michele Bachmann as a reason for GLBT rights advocates to be wary. They look at an adoption amendment in Arkansas that passed this November that is chilling: The amendment says only married couples can adopt and, of course, in Arkansas only a man and a woman can marry.

Bachmann didn't even campaign on the gay marriage issue in her congressional campaign - she campaigned on taxes, immigration scares and "drill baby drill". If campaigning on that issue would have helped Bachmann, she'd have done it - but she didn't. Bachmann winning by a plurality in the most conservative, gerrymandered district in the state is NOT a referendum on gays. OutFront Minnesota is just using this as an excuse for asking nothing from the Democratic Legislature. They will then continue to blame Governor Pawlenty for lack of progress. Pawlenty deserves criticism for vetoing the municipal domestic partnership bill. However, Kelliher and Pogemiller deserve criticism if they don't get the bill through both houses.

Gay groups locally and nationally were not involved in trying to defeat Michele Bachmann. It was a different story with Marilyn Musgrave in Colorado, who was defeated handily by Betsy Markey.


Markh said...

so... Outfront MN raises funds from the gay community because.....



(it's hard to hear anything with the noise of the crickets)

Jo Marsicano said...

OutFront Minnesota raises funds from the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community because our organization works year round advocating for this community.

This year, for instance, our legal program worked with elected officials in the City of Minnetonka to revise an ordinance that penalized people for being in the "wrong" bathroom - obviously creating potential hazards for our transgender brothers and sisters. You now cannot be arrested just because someone thinks you're the "wrong" gender for the bathroom you're in. Our Anti-Violence program provided referrals, helped get orders for protection, and provided direct one-on-one counseling for GLBT members who were victims of domestic violence and hate or bias crimes. We went all over the state co-sponsoring screenings and post-film discussions of "For the Bible Tells Me So" - helping people talk more meaningfully about the intersection of religion and sexual orientation, and about 1,000people in all attended these events.

Our training and education team went to public schools, universities, correctional facilities, police academies, churches, and workplaces to facilitate positive, constructive conversations about sexual orientation and the way it plays out in all areas of our political and social life.

We worked with state lawmakers to again advance bills to improve the lives of GLBT people including the local government domestic partner bill. We conduct the largest GLBT lobby day in the country and have every year increased attendance at this event, reminding lawmakers and reaffirming for them that they have GLBT constituents and that their votes on our issues matter. In addition, 54% of OutFront Minnesota Action-endorsed candidates won their races for election or re-election, helping our community rely on a fair-minded majority at the legislature.

The grassroots organizing OutFront Minnesota has been doing is necessary in order to get marriage equality passed by the legislature in our state. We talk to 25,000 each year all over Minnesota to lay the groundwork for this change.

OutFront Minnesota is proud of the work we do on behalf of our community. Vocal criticism of the organization helps us stay on our toes, always looking for ways we can do better.

We also acknowledge that given the diverse views of our community, there will at times be disagreement with our approach, tactics, or strategies.

In turn, however, we must disagree with those who claim that we "do nothing." Our donors, members, volunteers, and straight allies would also disagree with this assertion, as would the hundreds of individuals and organizations who contact us every year for assistance, information, referrals, and guidance on a host of issues related to the work of pursuing equality for GLBT people.

We are grateful for forums like Lloydletta's Nooz for enabling the community to discuss these issues with vigor.

Jo Marsicano
Communications Director
OutFront Minnesota

DavidD said...

Well Praise Be To Jesus! We've solved the bathroom problems of transgender people.

OutFront needs to grow a pair. And Jo, don't even think about eviscerating me for saying "grow a pair" like you did to Eva the last time she said that about OutFront.

You are nothing but shills for the do nothing DFL. OutFront can blow me for all it's worth.