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07/06/2011

Who's bankrolling MN's costly waste of time? 'Minn. Independent' is on it

by Jeremy Hooper

Minn-2012-marriageA founder of a DVD duplicating firm, a sporting goods entrepreneur, and a late meat magnate. Those are just some of the major corporate donors that Minnesota Independent reporter Andy Birkey found to be financing the North Star State's 2012 marriage referendum:

The Minnesota Independent took a look at lobbying reports, campaign finance filings and foundation tax records and found a large amount of money coming from a handful of people. Lobbying reports don’t include the amount of money given to a particular lobbyist, only whether the donation was more than $500 per year. And campaign finance reports are limited to funds that went toward advertising, print or other electioneering communication and activity.
The top donors who helped get the Minnesota marriage amendment on the 2012 ballot [Minn. Independent]

Another interesting name on the list: Barb Anderson who, along with husband George, gave a 10k donation to effort back in 2006. We say interesting, because Barb is actually on staff with the Minnesota Family Council, the chief group behind the so-called Minnesota for Marriage effort. She's also the person who has said the following about gay people and the fight to "change" us into so-called "ex-gays":

(*all clips come from Peter LaBarbera's Christian radio program.
Interestingly, 2 of the 3 source clips have been pulled since our initial posting of them
*)

Clip 1: Barb suggests that "a lot" of gay teens have been sexually abused, which is why they are "sexually confused" and in need of "change":


SOURCE: AFTAH Interview with Barb Anderson [Americans For Truth]

Clip 2: People are not tolerant if they reject the complete and utter anti-science known as the "ex-gay" movement:


SOURCE: AFTAH Interview with Barb Anderson [Americans For Truth]

Clip 3: Young people are primarily supporting equality for their LGBT friends just because it's trendy, without realizing they are getting on a "train that is leading down a track that is going to be very harmful to them and their friends":


SOURCE: AFTAH Interview with Barb Anderson [Americans For Truth]

Clip 4: Even Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal (aka "government sanctioned homosexuality in the military") is off the table:


SOURCE: AFTAH Interview with Barb Anderson [Americans For Truth]

Clip 5: Again with the "ex-gay" movement: This time Barb admits to trying to push that into schools in the name of "equal time":


SOURCE: AFTAH Interview with Barb Anderson [Americans For Truth]

Clip 6: And then there's this outright lie about the supposedly innate public health hazards of homosexuality, which even trumps Paul Cameron's resoundingly discredited "research":


SOURCE: AFTAH Interview with Barb Anderson [Americans For Truth]

Clip 7: Now let's close out with this, Peter and Barb's scoffing at the Southern Poverty Law Center's hate groups list, with Barb going so far as to call it a "badge of honor":


SOURCE: AFTAH Interview with Barb Anderson [Americans For Truth]

Follow the money. Follow the beyond the pale rhetoric that goes WAAAY beyond marriage.

Follow the path to victory?

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