Good As You: Minnesota Roundup

01/25/2012

Video: 'Why Minnesota Should Tarnish Its Most Precious Governing Document', Ep. 4

Minnesota For Marriage's Kalley Yanta is back with another exciting report. And by "report," I of course mean "case for enshrining heterosexism into a state's public policy at the crude exclusion of others": **Note: Kalley Yanta has already admitted her...

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01/17/2012

Video: Third 'Minnesota Marriage Minute' now up; still not a minute

Kalley Yanta's back with another Minnesota For Marriage newscast, this one "explaining" why citizens should meddle with the state constitution so that judges who have actually studied the law cannot: **Note: Kalley Yanta has already admitted her fight is against...

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01/16/2012

Catholic bulletins as electioneering aids: MN Edition

The Minnesota For Marriage campaign is, hands down, the most nakedly Catholic ballot push I've seen in any of the states where equality has gone to referendum. It's a truth we've all seen from the chief group behind the push,...

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01/13/2012

Exclusive: Maryland Marriage Alliance comes out for transgender children (*or at least the clipart version thereof)

Even though I stand firmly against their campaign to stop civil marriage equality in the Old Line State, I'm thrilled to see Maryland For Marriage supporting transgender children. Why do I say they are? Oh. Well, because just like Minnesota...

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01/10/2012

Video: MN For Marriage addresses amendment's 'why'; confuses tenacity with merit

Kalley Yanta's back with another "MN For Marriage" newscast: All of these other states have done it so Minnesota should do it too? That's a junior high student's argument for getting a persuadable friend to dip into his parents' liquor...

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01/06/2012

Is Minnesota For Marriage's spokesperson against 'the homosexual lifestyle'? 'Exactly, exactly'

Kalley Yanta is the new face of Minnesota For Marriage, the campaign that is trying to write civil discrimination into the state's most precious governing document. Now listen in as Kalley and local radio personality Brad Brandon explain to you...

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01/05/2012

MN For Marriage supportive pastor: 'Come for Lord's prayer, stay for man's unfair political games'

Steve Goold, senior pastor at New Hope Evangelical Free Church in New Hope, MN, on how local faith leaders should preach over the next few months: “I believe every pastor who takes this issue seriously should expose what God has...

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12/07/2011

Minnesota marriage ban supporter: Daughter telling me she's a lesbian 'would be a lot like Katrina in New Orleans'

He goes on to define homosexuality as a disease: [SOURCE: PublicInsightNetwork] *ANOTHER: This one also based in the voter's admitted faith-based opposition to gays as out and proud people, despite what the MN for Marriage campaign will surely say:

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11/15/2011

MN For Marriage: Know them by their Tweets

Come November 2012, Minnesota For Marriage -- a coalition of the National Organization For Marriage, the Minnesota Family Council, and the Minnesota Catholic Conference -- will be working to convince voters that the state's proposed amendment banning marriage is fit...

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Minnesota's Sierra Club vs. particularly oppressive change in climate

The Sierra Club North Star Chapter, a leading environmental organization in Minnesota, has adopted a resolution opposing the proposed marriage ban that will go before state voters in 2012: "To achieve our mission of environmental protection and a sustainable future...

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11/07/2011

Video: Why Minnesota should tarnish its most precious governing document with motiveless discrimination

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11/02/2011

Minnesota For Marriage solicits votes with tantalizing gift card offer

Is this even legal? MN4M_DriveFor5 [H/t: Scott Hutcheson] They can probity get away with it, since it's not technically buying votes. But still -- kind of weird, no? My idea: Let's all sign up and get everyone we know to...

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10/26/2011

Katherine Kersten: Opposing marriage equality is like opposing Jim Crow South

Of course she positions her stance as being pro-"traditional marriage" rather than anti-others'-rights. But I trust that you'll see through that: "America's need for [NOM's Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance] should open our eyes to the increasingly Orwellian situation we face. It's...

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10/24/2011

Report: Major MN businesses reluctant to take principled stand #MNUnited

Looks like most Minnesota corporations are planning on staying out of the 2012 ballot fight over an anti-gay constitutional amendment. The Associated Press contacted thirteen different state-based Fortune 500 companies, specifically reaching out to businesses that currently offer domestic partner...

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10/17/2011

Official 'MN For Marriage' proponent: Gays engage in 'acts of grave depravity'

Along with the National Organization For Marriage and the Minnesota Family Council, the Minnesota Catholic Conference makes up the official coalition trying to write a discriminatory marriage amendment into the state's constitution. And to this end, this very same MNCC...

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MN's discriminatory amendment: Most unapologetic Catholic/state marriage to ever grace U.S. politics?

Way back on May 19, 2010, I told you that if you are watching the state of Minnesota for clues about the push to ban civil marriage equality in the state, then to focus on the man who groups like...

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10/10/2011

Exclusive: Minnesota For Marriage comes out for transgender children (*or at least the clipart version thereof)

Over the weekend, the coalition that's trying to mark Minnesota's constitution with crude bias abruptly changed its identifying imagery from this… …to this: New kid, softer colors -- but same hostility towards either of those kids, should he or she...

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09/12/2011

How Minnesota For Marriage's new spokesman views inclusive faith

Chuck Darrell was just appointed as Communications Director of the so-called Minnesota For Marriage coalition. And here is how that same Chuck Darrell views churches that support LGBT people and their rights: [Chuck Darrell's Twitter] "Sola Scriptur[a]" = Scripture alone...

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Questions for Richard Carlbom, the man who'll unite Minnesota

At the tender age of twenty-three, Richard Carlbom was elected mayor of St. Joseph, Minnesota. Now, at only thirty, Carlbom is stepping away from his post as spokesman for St. Paul mayor Chris Coleman, so that he can lead a...

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09/07/2011

Does Minnesota For Marriage liken gays to pedophiles and/or Hitler? Because their pal Brad Brandon does

Back when he was appearing on the National Organization For Marriage's summer tour, this site dug up audio in which Pastor Brad Brandon compared "Satan-influenced" gays to alcoholics, pedophiles, and Hitler -- audio that our pals at Think Progress then...

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08/30/2011

Plante joins MN For Marriage campaign; plants seeds for our side

The Minnesota Catholic Conference has announced the NOM's Christopher Plante will be working on the effort to write largely faith-based discrimination into the state constitution: Mailers, TV ads, print ads and more can be expected as future elements of the...

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Flier belier: Debunking MN For Marriage's latest handout

MN For Marriage's latest, in two parts: (highlighting/numbering = mine) 1. No, nobody is seeking "two irreconcilable and conflicting definitions" of marriage. Equality activists are seeking *one* concrete definition that doesn't discriminate on the basis of gender. The ones creating...

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08/29/2011

MN state campaign against *civil* marriage: Planted firmly in church's front yard

This was the scene outside the Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul, where the so-called "Minnesota For Marriage" group set up its information booth: [SOURCE: Minnesota For Marriage's Flickr (more photos at link)] Same NOM stock photos we're used to;...

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08/24/2011

Video: Rep Keith Ellison (D-MN): Minnesotan for Marriage

Message from Rep. Keith Ellison from Chris Gegax on Vimeo.

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Reviewing MN For Marriage's 'scholarly review'

This blip is running on the newly-launched "Minnesota For Marriage" site: [Minnesota For Marriage] Now, clearly this snip, found under MN For Marriage's "Why Preserving Marriage Matters" section, is meant to sound like marriage equality opposition has a broad base...

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08/23/2011

More than one way to skim a 'Skinner'

On the newly-launched (and predictably stock-photo-laden) "Minnesota For Marriage" site, the anti-equality side writes the following: SOURCE: [Minnesota For Marriage] This is a quote I've seen casually dropped onto a number of "protect marriage" sites, the idea being that SCOTUS...

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07/12/2011

Audio: Bachmann in '04: 'It’s part of Satan, I think, to say this is gay'

Some media outlets have played the clip from this same conference where she called homosexuality "personal bondage, personal despair, and personal enslavement." But for my money, this one -- wherein the GOP superstar invoked Satan, sexual dysfunction, and the Love...

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07/11/2011

Video: On steps of historic Basilica, singing praise for civil equality #MNUnited

Before this year's Basilica Block Party, annually held at the Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis, there were calls to boycott the event on the basis of the Catholic church's efforts to put a gay marriage ban on the state's...

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07/06/2011

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

A 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...

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07/02/2011

Photo: Minnesota lawmakers should've read own wall's writing

OutFront Minnesota just posted a number of evocative images taken on May 21, the day the state's legislature made the unfortunate choice to put marital discrimination onto the 2012 ballot. And while many of them have their own takeaways, it's...

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07/01/2011

Shaking NOM's piggy bank: MN Board lends a hand

A win in the ongoing case of The National Organization For Marriage v. Transparency: The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board ruled [Thursday] that corporate donations to groups advocating for or against a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex...

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06/10/2011

Minnesota for Marriage's Sample Sermon: Homosexuality 'deviant', just like pedophilia

*Earlier roundup of MFC/Minn. For Marriage's eye-opening comments: MN Archbishop denies marriage ban's anti-gay animus; gives us another reason to show the undeniable animus [G-A-Y]

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MN Archbishop denies marriage ban's anti-gay animus; gives us another reason to show the undeniable animus

The Minnesota Family Council *IS* the force behind the state's marriage amendment. Not kind of. Not sort of. Not a little bit. But *is*. As we've shown you a couple of times already: There are two lobbyists currently registered in...

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06/08/2011

Forward or reverse? Target opts for neutral

Unfortunate: Target Corp. said it is remaining "neutral" on Minnesota's controversial marriage amendment, despite the company's long history of policies friendly to gays and lesbians. At its annual meeting today, Target chairman and CEO Gregg Steinhafel was asked about the...

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06/07/2011

Minn. For Marriage's chief lobbyist: Gays 'live in conflict with how we are made'

In anticipation of the 2012 fight to pass a discriminatory marriage amendment at the ballot, the so-called "Minn. For Marriage" team has registered two lobbyists: [MN Campaign Finance Board] And now, in our continued efforts to pre-game this fight with...

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06/03/2011

Minnesota Family Council researcher: 'GSAs affirm sexual disorders'

Come the fall of 2012, the Minnesota Family Council and the National Organization For Marriage, most likely guided by their pragmatic handlers at Schubert Flint Public Affairs, will be telling state residents that their attempt to ban same-sex marriage in...

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Brian Brown wants 'dignified and civil debate' in MN; sadly, NOM's coalition partner already ruined that

In his latest e-blast, National Organization For Marriage president Brian Brown predicts the following for Minnesota's 2012 ballot fight: In 2012, we hope, pray and expect that the people of Minnesota, after a dignified and civil debate, will join 31...

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06/01/2011

The real question: Will MNForMarriage hire a campaign manager or a repo man?

The Minnesota Family Council has already began the 2012 effort to write discrimination into the state constitution. So in our continued effort of showing you what, exactly, is fueling the MFC's push for bias (hint: It goes well beyond marriage),...

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05/27/2011

Even more Minnesota Family Council: 70 pages on 'Informing Citizens of the Anti-American, Pro-gay Bias of Diversity Training'

Found yet another document in which Minnesota Family Council (NOM and the rest of the conservative movement's big ally in the MN marriage fight) researcher Barb Anderson lashes out against those who'd "normalize" homosexuality rather than embrace her scientifically-rejected "ex-gay"...

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Audio: Same-sex marriage is 'big government', says group using govt. force to discriminate against gay people

"Want more government? Big government? Then support homosexual marriage" ... "Will result in a tax on the religious freedoms of churches and individuals" .... "Subsidizing alternative lifestyles" ... "Greater marital breakdown" ... "When the family breaks down, government grows. Homosexual...

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Minnesota Family Council: Resist same-sex marriage like Lincoln resisted slavery

"[Lincoln's] principled approach to persuasion in the great moral issue of his day, slavery, points to the need to approach homosexual marriage with a principle-based response" ... "How we respond in the media needs to be done from a principled...

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Audio: Minnesota Family Council becomes even more of a liability to 2012 'protect marriage' fight

And now we have more from Barb Anderson, the top researcher for the group that's leading the charge to write a marriage ban into Minnesota's constitution, the Minnesota Family Council. Because once again we have concrete evidence of Minnesota's primary...

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05/26/2011

Yet another yanked MFC doc: Teaching gays' benign normalcy = 'psychological tampering'

Found yet another document that's been conveniently scrubbed from the Minnesota Family Council's website. Probably because it, like all the other yanked ones that we've already shown you, proves that their fight is not just against marriage equality but rather...

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05/25/2011

Minnesota Family Council prez: Focus only on our current vehicle, not the sustaining gas

This is completely outrageous justification! NPR reports: The Minnesota Family Council's website has posted inflammatory material linking homosexuality with bestiality and "other deviant behaviors," including pedophilia. Prichard defends the postings as getting "into the nature of homosexuality and homosexual behavior,"...

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Minnesota Family Council: Proving for years that 'marriage protection' isn't the endgame

The Minnesota Family Council can scrub away as many incendiary documents as they wish. The undeniable truth: This organization has been pushing "change" rhetoric and Paul Cameron-laden junk science for the past fifteen years or so: Just a smattering of...

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The documents the Minnesota Family Council doesn't want you to see

So you remember our post wherein we laid bear the incendiary, Paul Cameron-citing work of the Minnesota Family Policy Council? The documents where they likened gays to bestiality and pedophilia, encouraged "ex-gay" therapy, and even wrote that "accepting homosexuals as...

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05/23/2011

White House: Marriage shouldn't be between one MN and one ban

Our official statement on the Minn. marriage amendment that will go before voters in 2012: It's nasty, discriminatory, and finds its support in a group that condemns gays in ways that go well beyond the ring finger. Now The Washington...

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If it walks like a ban and it stigmatizes like a ban...

Whenever Minneapolis Star Tribune columnist Katherine Kersten writes about same-sex marriage, it seriously sounds like she's simply repurposing a National Organization For Marriage press release. So it's no surprise that in the wake of the news of the state legislature...

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05/22/2011

MN's chief anti-equality lobby: 'Accepting homosexuals as normal victimizes homosexuals themselves'

Last night, in a 70-62 vote, the Minnesota House of Representatives voted to send a marriage amendment to the state's 2012 voters. An amendment that the state's main anti-gay lobby group, the Minnesota Family Council (an official Focus on the...

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05/20/2011

Enjoy the jailing of gays? Well the MN House GOP has a gig for you!

As they continue along on the ignoble quest of writing discrimination into the state constitution, today Minnesota House Republicans did this. Minnesota Independent reports: Minnesota House Republicans invited anti-gay preacher Bradlee Dean of You Can Run But You Cannot Hide...

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