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.
Forgive us. As you know, we are not church-going people, so we are unable to fully appreciate that “gay marriage” is incompatible with Christian values, despite the fact that those values carry a biblical tradition of adultery such as yours. We applaud you for keeping that tradition going.
And finally, shame on us for thinking that marriage is a private affair, and that our marriage would have little impact on anyone’s family. We now see that marriage is more than that. It is an agreement with society. We should listen to the Minnesota Family Council when it tells us that marriage is about being public, which explains why marriages are public ceremonies. Never did we realize that it is exactly because of this societal agreement that the entire world is looking at you in shame and disappointment instead of minding its own business.
From the bottom of our hearts, we ask that you please accept our apology.
According to City Pages political columnist Kevin Hoffman, although Koch has not identified the other participant in the “inappropriate relationship,” he writes “it is widely rumored to be former communications chief Michael Brodkorb, who lost several positions with the GOP in the wake of the scandal.”
Koch has said she will not seek re-election in 2012, but has not indicated if she will resign from the Senate prior to her term ending.