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Friday, May 25, 2012

Disingenuous Arguments from Proponents of

Look True North has a post featuring the typical arguments for the Bachmann marriage amendment.

You will hear that the amendment "makes gay marriage illegal" but of course that isn't true, either. Gay marriage has NEVER been legal in the state of Minnesota, so all this amendment does is to write existing law into the Constitution. Nothing, absolutely NOTHING, changes in the law, for anybody. What it DOES do is protect that current definition against some judge who might, on a whim, overturn current law without the legislature OR the people having any say in the matter.
Actually what putting this into the constitution does, is tie the hands of legislatures who might want to pass a law allowing for marriage equality. Of course this writer goes into the usual nonsense:
If you love someone of the same sex, or your mom, or your cat, or White Castle cheeseburgers, you are perfectly free to do so, but you cannot marry them.
Comparing a committed loving relationship between two members of the same sex to loving "White Castle cheeseburgers" is par for the course, and typical of the arguments coming from those supporting the amendment.
Lastly, what you will hear is that proponents of this amendment "hate gay people." That is table-pounding at its best, and hateful in itself.
Actually I haven't heard that from those opposing the amendment - especially Minnesotans United for All Families. However, some of the organizations working in support of this amendment - especially the Minnesota Family Council have a long record of anti-gay animus. Their publications about gay people speak for themselves. To the Minnesota Family Council, the only good gay person is an ex-gay person.

Sunday, May 06, 2012

University of Minnesota Senate Opposes Marriage Amendment

Via Developers are Crabgrass, we learn that the University of Minnesota took a position in opposition to the anti-gay marriage amendment.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Prop 8 Overturned Again by Appeals Court

Project 515 responds:

MEDIA STATEMENT


Project 515 Reacts to Prop. 8 Decision

Minneapolis, Minn. — In reaction to the decision of the United States 9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirming the unconstitutionality of Proposition 8 in California, Ann Kaner-Roth, executive director of Project 515, stated, “Project 515 supports any and all efforts to provide equal rights to same-sex couples and their families. While this decision does not have any direct effect on the 515 Minnesota laws that discriminate against same-sex couples, the fact that Prop. 8 has been found, yet again, unconstitutional is encouraging.”

The Circuit Court announced today that Proposition 8 is in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution. According to the court opinion, “The People of California may not, consistent with the Federal Constitution, add to their state constitution a provision that has no more practical effect than to strip gays and lesbians of their right to use the official designation that the State and society give to committed relationships, thereby adversely affecting the status and dignity of the members of a disfavored class.”



Prop. 8 amended the California Constitution to eliminate marriage rights for same-sex couples in November 2008. The legal team opposing Prop. 8, headed by the American Foundation for Equal Rights, argued that the State of California is in violation of the United States Constitution, which includes the right to equal protection under the law. The decision today affirms a lower court decision that also found Prop. 8 unconstitutional.

The lead attorneys in the case, Theodore Olson and David Boies, successfully argued on behalf of two same-sex couples who wish to marry but cannot because of Prop. 8.

The two attorneys were on opposite sides of the Bush v. Gore decision in the year 2000, and Theodore Olson served in the administrations of two Republican Presidents, Ronald W. Reagan and George W. Bush. Noting this, Kaner-Roth stated, “Equality is not a partisan issue. As we discuss a constitutional amendment to the Minnesota Constitution that would ban marriage for same-sex couples, we hope Minnesota voters acknowledge the fact that state constitutions and the Federal Constitution cannot and should not discriminate against Americans based on sexual orientation.”

Project 515 is a Minnesota non-profit organization working to ensure that same-sex couples and their families have equal rights and considerations under Minnesota law. There are at least 515 current state laws that discriminate against same-sex couples and their families. For more information, visit www.project515.org.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Theocrats Decide on Rick Santorum as Their "Stop Romney" Nominee

Check it out at the New York Times. The story quotes the usual suspects including the FRC's Tony Perkins, who is well known for purchasing David Duke's mailing list. The leading theocrats met in Texas to discuss stopping Romney's campaign and coming to a consensus. The theocrats were concerned about Newt Gingrich's multiple marriages and attacks on Bain Capital.

They really don't have anywhere to go, since they will all suck it up and support Mitt Romney in the general anyway as Peter LaBarbera stated in a tweet:

Monday, January 02, 2012