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Minn. gubernatorial hopeful says he’ll support civil unions, not gay marriage

Thursday, April 25, 2013

ST. PAUL, Minn. — An Orono, Minn., businessman angling to be the next governor of Minnesota, says he supports civil unions for gay couples but wouldn’t back same-sex marriage if faced with a bill legalizing it.

Scott Honour

Republican Scott Honour said Thursday he believes marriage should remain between one man and one woman.

But Honour said he would accept civil unions that provide some legal recognition to gay and lesbian couples.

Honour took media questions a day entering the race through a video rollout that focused largely on his belief that government spending should be restrained. He is one of several Republicans interested in taking on Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton.

Honour says he will seek the GOP endorsement at the party’s 2014 convention but wouldn’t commit to honoring that outcome, which could push him into a summer primary.

He says a final decision on whether to abide by the endorsement will come later.

Dayton has said he supports legalizing same-sex marriage, and pledged to sign it into law if passed by the state legislature — the legislation has already cleared committees in both the state House and Senate.

Supporters are hoping to pass the bill in both chambers this session, and if successful, same-sex marriage would become legal in Minnesota by August. The bill need 68 votes in the House and 34 votes in the Senate.

Associated Press contributed to this report.
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  1. civil unions do NOT include the over 100 privileges that marriage does so not good enough.no thanks.. don’t tell me its ok to ride on the bus and then make me stand in the back!

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 1:44pm
  2. Because, you know, separate but equal is still equal……NOPE!

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 1:46pm
  3. He sounds like the governors in the south in the 60′s that were fine with people of color having an education as long as it was in separate facilities. Separate IS NOT Equal

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 1:46pm
  4. lets take away his marriage and only give him civil union.

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 1:47pm
  5. So basically, there’s no way he’ll be elected governor.. Because by the time the elections happen the entire country will have same-sex marriages. Way to alienate yourself!

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 1:47pm
  6. G!d forbid that a gay person’s capacity for love and devotion should be given the same recognition as a straight person’s! That’s what this amounts to, no? How dearly narrow minds hold onto this label, marriage, as though they were doing so well protecting its sanctity themselves.

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 1:47pm
  7. He might not have a choice once the Supreme Court rules.

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 1:53pm
  8. Why aren’t these Christians protesting marriage for all other religions if their problem is based on religion? I find this strange because gay people want a civil marriage or to be married in a church that accepts them.

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 1:56pm
  9. Hopefully the billspasses the Minnesota house and senate so that the current governor it before this guy –potentially–gets in.

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 1:57pm
  10. Well if he don’t support same sex marriages, then all we have to do is not support him, heck I’m not. Hey, I’ll run for governor because I support same sex marriages. :)

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 2:05pm
  11. So, Minnessota don’t support him. Simple enough. Bigotry is bigotry no matter how you try to disguise it.

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 2:11pm
  12. Well, hopefully he won’t make it to the Governership…

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 2:18pm
  13. I guess they are pitching the standard small tents in Minnesota and not the new and improved expanded GOP tents! lol He didnt get the memo.

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 2:20pm
  14. steve, marriage provides 1158 federal benefits,.not 100

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 2:20pm
  15. fine in that case HIS marriage should now be deemed a “civil union” and stripped of all benifits as well

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 2:30pm
  16. That’s very big of him ! – Don’t bother (too little, too late).

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 2:30pm
  17. Égalité pour tous!

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 2:41pm
  18. I hope there is someone in Minnesota running for governor who is for human rights

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 3:02pm
  19. Vote him out next election

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 3:02pm
  20. Didn’t even need to look to know another Republican bigot….what would Lincoln do?

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 3:09pm
  21. Jackass

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 4:02pm
  22. He doesn’t believe in equal rights so I can’t support him!

    Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 4:02pm