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02/10/2006

Deep pocketed Minnesotans throw cash at non-problem

by Jeremy Hooper

   An AP report indicates that the queer marriage adversaries at Minnesota for Marriage raised $220,000 last year, more than half of which came from just two local businessmen. According to the report, Eden Prairie's Ron King, a real estate developer, gave $35,000 to the nuptials thieving cause, while the owner of Plymoth's Primera Technology Inc., Robert Cummins, gave $90,000 to the group and an additional $35,000 to their cousins in 'mo matrimony suppression, Minn. Citizens for Defense of Marriage.

Relatedly, your scribe travelled to St. Paul last year with his partner, spent $300 on a hotel room, $20 in a cute little shop on Snelling Avenue, $75 for dinner, $120 for tickets to a show, $6 for ice cream following the show, and $0 for the multiple "I love you"s exchanged. Why am I telling you this? Because with this $521 and treasure chest of priceless love, we did more to demonstrate to Minnesotans the true non-threatening impetus behind our desire to get hitched, than the anti-gays' hundreds of thousands of coinage did to convince folks that we're hellbent on destroying society/family/marriage/existence via "I dos." It's rare that one who supports us could be convinced to oppose because of untruthful "protect marriage claims -- though one who's on the fence only needs the exposure of true love to wrap their hearts around the concept. While our side admittedly has to cough up cash to fight these "battles," it's our firm belief that via simply spreading our truth to the world, we can combat even the most well-financed of duplicitous campaigns more effectively than dead presidents ever could.

Big money already flowing into gay marriage fight [AP via Minn. Public Radio]

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