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Minn. GOP lawmakers denounce effort to legalize same-sex marriage

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Just hours after a marriage equality bill was unveiled at the Minnesota state capitol, a group of Republican lawmakers are calling for its defeat.

Backers of the marriage equality bill said last fall’s defeat of a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage shows the state of Minnesota is ready to legalize same-sex marriage.

But Republicans say voters only rejected putting the ban in the constitution, and that it shouldn’t be seen as an endorsement of gay marriage.

About 15 GOP lawmakers gathered for a press conference Wednesday to denounce the bill.

State Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen said that homosexuality was a choice and that they should not be rewarded with the same marital rights as heterosexual couples. “The concept you are born that way is an unscientific lie.”

Referencing a decade-old genome study, Gruenhagen added: “There is no gay gene. The concept that there is a gay gene is an unscientific lie.”

State Sen. Dan Hall, a pastor, said he’d go to jail before presiding over a gay wedding ceremony.

The bill has an exemption that no church would be forced to perform or solemnize a same-sex union.

Earlier in the day, Democratic lawmakers formally launched a long-anticipated effort to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota by summer.

The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Scott Dibble, a Minneapolis Democrat who married his partner in California four years ago, said that the bill’s simple aim is: “To allow folks who so desire who have demonstrated the lifetime of love and commitment to get married, even if they are a same sex couple.”

Dibble said he doesn’t know if he has the votes to pass the measure in the Democratic-led Legislature.

“I think we’re close. I don’t know if we’re there,” he said.

Republican Sen. Branden Petersen is the only member of his party to sign on as a co-sponsor of the bill. Gov. Mark Dayton says he would sign the bill if it reaches him.

Associated Press contributed to this report.
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17 more reader comments:

  1. Hey GOP, you are a dwindling group and need to SIT DOWN AND SHUT THE F UP!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 1:23pm
  2. It is Michele Bachmann’s state, what do you expect?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 1:26pm
  3. michele bachmann is a cunt!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 1:27pm
  4. These jerks need their heads examined. How Stupid of a Come Back they made.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 1:28pm
  5. Um, yeah, it’s a choice to be gay when it means you can get disowned by your family, lose your job, and have your life get 100% more difficult and awkward. Someone needs to slap these idiots a few times so they can get an iota of sense into their sick, unscientific heads.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 1:29pm
  6. cant believe these homophobic bastards are still using that its a choice crap

    Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 1:33pm
  7. Not a choice.. Part of who we are assholes…

    Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 1:34pm
  8. GASP! No way.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 1:37pm
  9. Hm…funny how they talk about marital “rights” when they really mean marital “privilege”

    Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 1:38pm
  10. The times they are a-changing!! Get with it, Repugs! It’s gonna happen!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 1:45pm
  11. I am as God made me.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 1:46pm
  12. —-
    They don’t impress me as very intellectual
    Just obsessed with being heterosexual
    They still believe you can choose your sexuality
    To justify their opposition to equality

    G-O-P
    I think you know that it means to be
    Gay Obsessed People
    Drowning in hate and bigotry

    G-O-P
    I think it’s really plain to see
    Guardians Of Prejudice
    On the wrong side of history

    Do me a favor and stay out of my bed
    And don’t tell me who to love or who to wed
    Just because you’re narrow and oh so straight
    Doesn’t mean my civil rights are subject to debate

    You say same gender loving society wrecks
    Yet you always seem obsessed with gay sex
    Me thinks perchance thou doest protest too much
    Cause inside you secretly long for another man’s touch

    Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 2:12pm
  13. You can bet ole Michelle and Marcus Bachman are leading the GOP hate train! These statements sound straight from her Play Book!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 2:23pm
  14. Equal rights for all!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 2:28pm
  15. They’re just afraid that marriage equality will make it harder for them to feel morally superior.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 4:01pm
  16. i don’t like gays who express there gayness. I don’t like it. its so ungodly for people with the S card. Gays should not have more rights than those like me who are straight. I don’t care who you are. you have the right to keep it, to keep it in the closet and if you can’t then go seek God for help. Thats why he still here. all you have to do is seek him in secret and over time he will here you and come to your aid, God bless everyone including the gays for we all need help like them. I”m sorry but its not ok to be gay. If you think it is ok, then you need to stop lessing to satan and start lessing to God. He will tell you and help you out.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 4:25pm
  17. “You shall not shave around the sides of your heads, neither shall you disfigure the corners of your beard.” Leviticus 19:27. I see you’re shaved. That is so ungodly of you.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 5:48pm