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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Outfront Minnesota ED on Air America

I heard Amy Johnson getting interviewed on Air America. She said that Outfront Minnesota's top legislative priority was marriage equality. I find that interesting.

Shower Curtain Chronicles had an interesting comment:

This year, Outfront and Project 515 both worked behind the scenes to
prevent a bill that would grant full marriage rights to same-sex couples from being introduced in the 2008 legislative session. I know, because I was the one who brought the Marriage and Family Protection Act to the legislature.

A DFL lawmaker told me that both Outfront and Project 515 had contacted the Senate Majority Leader's office to try and stop the bill. The Majority Leader's office subsequently leaned on the bill's authors to drop the effort, but they courageously refused and the first marriage equality bill in Minnesota history was introduced…over
the objections of the state's largest "GAY RIGHTS ORGANIZATION."

I heard from a separate source who had talked to the Reitans, that "leadership" had put some pressure on bill authors after he introduced this bill. This is supporting evidence for this story.

I wrote to Outfront Minnesota and Project 515 requesting comment. Outfront responded:

This was simply a timing issue. OutFront Minnesota spoke with Senator
Marty about wanting to be sure the municipal government benefits bill was heard and voted on without being unintentionally held back by the introduction of Senator Marty's bill.

This year, Senator Marty's bill will be introduced earlier in the session. Linda Higgins has signed on again.