MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — As far right-wing and so-called Christian “family values” groups continue to insist that same-sex marriage is a force that is destroying the sanctity of marriage, one Minnesota resident “apologized” on behalf of the state’s LGBTQ community for causing anti-gay GOP state senator Amy Koch to have an extramarital affair.
In a open letter to Koch — published in the local alternative newspaper, City Pages — Minneapolis resident John Medeiros has rendered an apology to Koch “on behalf of all gays and lesbians living in Minnesota … for our community’s successful efforts to threaten your traditional marriage.”
Koch resigned her leadership post in the state Senate last week amid allegations of an “inappropriate relationship” with a state Senate staffer.
Koch, who is is married with one child, has been one of the leading proponents of Minnesota’s 2012 ballot initiative aimed at amending the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage.
“We are ashamed of ourselves for causing you to have what the media refers to as an ‘illicit affair’ with your staffer,” Medeiros wrote.
The letter comes a day after Koch issued her own apology released yesterday, in which she expressed her “deep regret” for “engaging in a relationship with a Senate staffer.”
Following is the complete text of Medeiros’ letter to Koch:
Dear Ms. Koch,
On behalf of all gays and lesbians living in Minnesota, I would like to wholeheartedly apologize for our community’s successful efforts to threaten your traditional marriage. We are ashamed of ourselves for causing you to have what the media refers to as an “illicit affair” with your staffer, and we also extend our deepest apologies to him and to his wife. These recent events have made it quite clear that our gay and lesbian tactics have gone too far, affecting even the most respectful of our society.
We apologize that our selfish requests to marry those we love has cheapened and degraded traditional marriage so much that we caused you to stray from your own holy union for something more cheap and tawdry. And we are doubly remorseful in knowing that many will see this as a form of sexual harassment of a subordinate.