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Monday, July 04, 2011

Personal Thoughts on Perceived Sexuality

Hi all-

I know it's a holiday weekend but I need to share some disappointment I have with members of the LGBT and ally community because it reached a tipping point this morning.

In the past week I've had several people, including some from the LGBT activist community, make comments mocking the perceived sexuality of Marcus Bachmann. I find this completely unacceptable. Think about the terrible example being set for kids who overhear such intimations about Marcus Bachmann.

We oppose this exact kind of mockery and bullying in the schools because kids commit suicide over these exact same jokes and perceptions.

If, by some chance, Marcus Bachmann is living a lie we should have compassion and understanding. We know what it's like to live each day hiding truth and fearing discovery by others.

I respect your right to free speech, but I must speak out when I see injustice even when they injustice is levied against those who oppose all that I am.

So please, in the future, don't spout any of this crap in my presence because I don't want to feel the need to exercise my freedom of association and walk away.

Have a happy Independence Day and keep fighting for liberty and justice for all.

-peace-
djd
Stonewall DFL Chair

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Theocrat Provisions in GOP Budget Bills Poison Negotiations

Doug Grow at MN Post writes:

In the end, Republicans and Dayton weren't only separated by fiscal issues. Republicans apparently were still loading bills with other goodies from their platform. In the final days of negotiations, Republicans were still insisting on legislation supporting voter ID and restrictions on abortion and stem cell research in their talks with Dayton.

After the talks had collapsed, Koch said those were matters that could have been "hammered out'' with just a bit more negotiating. Fiscal issues were the key divide, she said.

Remember that this was the same legislature whose chief "accomplishment" was the passage of the Bradlee Dean anti-gay marriage amendment.