‘How many gay people must God create before we accept that he wants them around?’

Steve Simon LGBTQ Nation

Minnesota state Rep. Steve Simon (D-St. Louis Park) testified before a House committee on Monday against a bill that would seek voter approval to amend the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage.

Simon said, if sexual orientation is innate as science is showing us, and not a lifestyle choice, then God created gay people.

“If that is true … what does that mean to the moral force of your argument?” he asked. “How many gay people must God create before we accept that he wants them around?” Watch:

The House Civil Law Committee approved the bill by a vote of 10-7 along party lines — all Republicans voted for the measure.

On Friday, Madeline Koch, a self-identified heterosexual Republican, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee to oppose the ban, and said, “I ask you to not let me down as my representatives, by putting your own personal beliefs and benefits in the way of equality.” (Video here.)

That committee also approved the bill — the vote was 8-4, with all Republicans in favor and all Democrats opposed.

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