Good As You: Minnesota Roundup

05/13/2011

Poll: Most Minnesotans think time-wasting bias is complete waste of time

Encouraging numbers coming out of The North Star State: A majority of Minnesotans oppose amending the state Constitution to ban same-sex marriage, according to a new Star Tribune Minnesota Poll. Fifty-five percent of respondents said they oppose adding such an...

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05/11/2011

Video: MN Sen. puts public, principled face on 'protect marriage' bogeyman

These anti-gay amendments are of course enraging on their faces. But that our passionate, human, life-reflective arguments lose out to fear-mongered canards and carefully workshopped talking points? Well in some ways, that anti-intellectual reality is even harder to swallow. Today,...

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A mere 'MN reader,' NOM? Really?

The National Organization For Marriage is pushing out an editor letter that was seemingly written by a random reader of the Star Tribune: [SOURCE] But what NOM doesn't tell you? That William LeMire is much more than just a concerned...

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'Let us vote': The Teflon of an intent-shirking movement

So, so tired of inequality-minded folks hiding behind "let us vote" deception: "The issue before the Minnesota Legislature is not whether same-sex marriage should be allowed in Minnesota. It is whether the people of Minnesota should have the right to...

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05/09/2011

Video: 'The Lord is the author of every breath'...except the ones that say 'I'm gay and okay'

MN state representative Steve Simon got all kinds of attention for suggesting that the man upstairs actually enjoys the LGBT tenants who rent rooms on his lower floors. So the Christian Broadcast Network, in its never-ending quest to repudiate benign...

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05/02/2011

Video: Minn. Republican: 'I don't believe equal rights for same-sex couples, or anyone, is a partisan issue'

At last Friday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing regarding the possibility of marriage inequality staining the state of Minnesota, some of the most powerful testimony came from a Republican by the name of Madeline Koch. Watch now: "Passage of this bill...

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Wow, really? Catholic leaders? Using their outreach arms to advocate against civil rights? Whoa, that's different [:eye roll, head shake:]

Another state, another Catholic Conference confusing its faithful membership network for a Political Action Committee. Minnesota, this time: Call with questions or concerns? How convenient for the Catholic leadership that the Constitution can't anthropomorphize itself/ use the phone. *** *REMINDER:...

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04/29/2011

Audio: MN state Sen. Barb Goodwin (DFL-50) to GOP colleagues: Put your 'protect marriage' mettle where your mouth is!

People are always telling supporters of marriage inequality that if they are really so concerned about "protecting marriage," then they should go after things like divorce and remarriage. Today, as the MN Senate Judiciary Committee debated a constitutional ban on...

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MN: 'Let us vote' says 'ex-gay' advocate who compared gays to alcoholics, pedophiles, and adulterers

With Minnesota Republicans hoping to rush a discriminatory marriage amendment (first Senate hearing this afternoon), the anti-equality side seems to be positioning Pastor Brandon as a voice for the supposed "civil right' of voting on minority rights: Pastors Discuss Gay...

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04/26/2011

MN: Three GOP Senators move to make gay scapegoat official state animal

Three more Republican state Senators are wasting their constituents' time and energy with the divisive belief that certain, largely faith-based views on marriage deserve exclusive codification within CIVIL law. This time, Minnesota: St. Paul– Senator Warren Limmer (R-Maple Grove), Senator...

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12/10/2010

Forget late fees: It's basic fairness leading Minnesotans to return hostile DVDs

You know those anti-gay DVDs that Minnesota's Catholic church sent to locals? Yea, well -- thousands of folks are regifting them this holiday season: ST. PAUL, Minn. - Catholic anti-gay marriage DVD protesters are delivering more than 3,000 DVDs to...

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11/03/2010

Audio: Bachmann Turns on Overdrive

Rep. Michelle Bachmann (To the R of Ronald Reagan and Anita Bryant's lovechild-MN) on what she'd like to see for the next Congress: (← click to play) *AUDIO SOURCE: Rep. Michelle Bachmann [Concerned Women For America] As for the non-conservative...

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11/01/2010

MN: To sink boatload of bias, Catholic artist makes 'Wave'

You know those discriminatory DVDs that the Minnesota Catholic Church sent around to state voters in hopes of cultivating a more homo-hostile atmosphere? Yea, well -- one local, Catholic artist saw potential where previously there'd only been limitation: [Lucinda Naylor]...

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10/28/2010

We're having nun of it: NOM's been dishing it in MN for months

The mailers in question don't even revolve around marriage equality. But since the National Organization For Marriage's thoughts revolve around little else, they'll do all they can to drum up a little controversy and connect it directly to gay Minnesotans'...

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10/14/2010

Video: Minnesota 'family' guy to bullied victims: Just nicely ask them to stop, duh

What does the National Organization For Marriage's partner in Minnesota, the Minnesota Family Council, suggest that bullied LGBT students do to combat their situations? Well, MFC leader Chuck Darrell has a novel approach: He thinks the vulnerable kids should just...

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10/13/2010

'I have a scheme': NOM still co-opting Martin Luther King's legacy

The latest from the National Organization For Marriage: *** *The actual text from MLK's "Give us the Ballot" speech: "Give us the ballot, and we will no longer have to worry the federal government about our basic rights. Give us...

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10/12/2010

'Traditional marriage' is all about reproducing (the same limited worldview)

We're not sure if conservative Minneapolis Star Tribune columnist Katherine Kersten (pic.) literally borrowed Maggie Gallagher's brain before penning her latest piece. Though the column -- wherein Kersten knocks MN gubernatorial candidates Mark Dayton (DFL) and Tom Horner (I) for...

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09/28/2010

United affront: MN anti-gay campaign not just for Catholics anymore

You know that National Organization For Marriage/Catholic Church (as if there's a difference) homo-hostile DVD that the local leaders are sending around to state voters? Yea, well -- it's not just the Catholic Church that's joining in on the war...

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09/24/2010

Video: 'Bill, bill, magazine, bill -- ooh look, my anti-civil rights Catholic propaganda DVD has arrived!'

You know those DVDs that the Catholic church is sending around to Minnesota voters? Well the footage is now out on the web. And surprise, surprise -- it has the National Organization For Marriage's fingerprints all over it, prominently featuring...

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Video: NOM ads make incontinent bulls look dry; Baume makes sensible vids

Matt Baume: Stop8.org *** *The original: *WARNING: No civil rights legacies were ably examined in the making of this ad [G-A-Y]

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09/23/2010

Minnesota Archbishop: 'There is no difference between the civil and religious definition of marriage...'

Minnesota Catholics' aggressively anti-gay DVD campaign is currently traversing the state, mailbox to mailbox, marking the biggest waste of postage since the time its publishers mistakenly sent Guns & Ammo magazine to the Illiterate Pacifist Society's entire mailing list. But...

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09/22/2010

*WARNING: No civil rights legacies were ably examined in the making of this ad

Right, and MLK is of course included because oh his famous speech, "I have a dream that a majority of citizens will vote on all of the crucial minority rights and protections for which I'm fighting, even though gays forty...

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09/20/2010

MN Catholics' new effort: Like Netflix, but with gays' love in the horror category

On numerous occasions we've asked you to pay some focus to Minnesota, where Maggie Gallagher and the rest of the National Organization for Marriage have so obviously been laying the exact same kind of framework for a potential ballot initiative...

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08/18/2010

One MN, one 'whoa, man!': NOM targets North Star State

Surprise, surprise: Target's favorite candidate for Minnesota governor, Tom Emmer (R), is also National Organization for Marriage's top guy: (click to play audio clip) Oh, and look: NOM's now incorporating the "angry gay protestors" meme, building on the victimization routine...

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08/16/2010

You'd think with so many jumbo paper towel packs, Target would be better at handling messes

Right when they open a long-awaited Manhattan store, too: Target Corporation Message to LGBT Community: We Won’t Make it Right HRC to Devote $150,000 in Minnesota to Elect Pro-Equality Candidates WASHINGTON – After two weeks of good-faith discussions – and...

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07/30/2010

Audio: Citing slope towards pedo & poly, #NOMTour speaker backs nothing more than roommate-like rights

Should you attend today's National Organization For Marriage rally in Rochester, MN, and should you want to be treated like an equal citizen regardless of your sexual orientation, take heart. Because one of today's featured speakers, Gary Borgendale, is totally...

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07/29/2010

NOM featured speaker Brad Brandon's extremist quips: Now 100% more shareable

Yesterday we let you hear some truly extremist quotes in which Brad "gays teach kids to masturbate" Brandon, a featured speaker at NOM's St Paul tour stop, compared gays to alcoholics, pedophiles, and adulterers, before suggesting that we can and...

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NOM's hurtful voices: It's not just about gays edition

This past March, Pastor Dennis Campbell of St Cloud, Minnesota's Granite City Baptist Church placed the following ad in the local St. Cloud Times: [SOURCE] Wow, okay. So what does this kind of sentiment, which cruelly and monolithically excludes and...

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07/28/2010

NOM's hurtful voices: 'One hand, one woman' edition

Earlier this year, Minnesota Pastor Brad Brandon told a group of "traditional marriage" supporters that gay activists are teaching kids how to flog their logs: Brandon, a young pastor from the Hastings area, was among several dozen people who showed...

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06/02/2010

Video: NOM was all like, 'hey, this guy supports equality.' This guy now like, 'yea -- and?!'

Minnesota state senator John Marty (DFL-54) responds to the National Organization For Marriage's latest attack ad, in which he was personally singled out: Plain and simple: NOM is pushing discrimination. It's not deep. Not astounding. But it's the easy, direct...

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05/19/2010

Rosary vs the ring finger, MN edition: Keep your eye on Nienstedt!

In California, there was Bishop Cordileone. In Maine, Bishop Malone. And now for those of you focusing on Minnesota and the potential for a ballot fight to happen there, it's time you start learning the name Archbishop John Nienstedt. We've...

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05/18/2010

Audio: Love is all around, no need to waste it. But Minnesota Maggie will try anyway

And now we have more on how NOM is trying to lay groundwork in Minnesota, as if they are latter day Mary Tyler Moores hoping to turn the world on with their biases. What follows is a speech that Maggie...

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Video: It's official: NOM's bombing North Star State equality

Based on our monitoring of their increased activities in the state, we told you that the National Organization For Marriage is coming for Minnesota: NOM's bombarding Minnesota -- have we learned enough to care? [G-A-Y] Today, they bear us out...

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04/16/2010

Gopher Staters against Maggie & Sal's out-of-state burrowing

On a couple of occasions already, we've told you about an anti-marriage equality speaking engagement that Maggie Gallagher and Bishop Salvatore Cordileone (who is widely credited as the "father of Prop 8") have planned for St Paul, Minnesota. And now,...

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04/08/2010

Cord that's already shocked us now stretching to MN

Bishop Salvatore Cordileone is credited by those in the know as being a, if not THE, guiding voice behind Proposition 8. And on 4/17, he will appear alongside Maggie Gallagher at a St. Paul, Minnesota, event, where the two are...

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03/26/2010

9 reasons for teaching children not to lie

We know that Minnesota social conservatives are scared that marriage equality could come to their state, and are therefore laying groundwork for a potential fight. But what they are saying to convince the state legislature to put a (debatably) constitutional...

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The rosary vs. the ring finger: St. Paul, Minnesota edition

Look out, Minnesota. The man who most everyone involved on the pro-Prop 8 side of the debate credits as being the sole most important guiding voice, Bishop Salvatore Cordileone, is coming to St. Paul next month to rally Catholics for...

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10/19/2009

She can run but she can't hide (her re-election time eyebrow raisers)

How extreme is Congressperson Michelle Bachmann (very Far R-MN)? Well to get that answer, we must first let you hear this guy: This is local radio personality Bradlee Dean. He doesn't so much care for gay folk, progressives, Obama supporters,...

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08/21/2009

Gays as roof-rippers: Why won't evangelicals join us in saying 'WTF?'

You might have heard that a Minneapolis based pastor, John Piper, recently referred to an area tornado as a "gentle but firm warning" to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for their approval of homosexuality. And if so, you probably...

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01/07/2009

Video: Do you need a Franken video? Anita/Franken video.

Does our new Democratic senator from Minnesota have an anti-gay past? Well of course not! He's a great equality advocate. But as you can see in this newly unearthed footage, back in 1977 he did pal around in his underwear...

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04/05/2006

A Senator scorned: Bachmann warns of Minn. men/men marriage

Pissed at the MN Senate Judiciary Committee for their decision to kill her bill proposed marriage ban, state senator Michelle Bachmann says the following to Agape Press: Republican Senator Michelle Bachmann notes that the defeat of the measure means the...

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