Minnesota-based Religious Right activist/rock star Bradlee Dean went ballistic on his radio show yesterday in response to his state’s new marriage equality law. Dean warned that Gov. Mark Dayton, who signed the same-sex marriage bill into law, is at “war with God” and is “about to find out what it’s like as to what the fallout is when you throw rocks towards God, he’s going to learn how gravity works.” He added that Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who backed his state’s marriage equality law, and other pro-gay rights “criminals” will face divine justice as well.
Dean even seems to believe that every gay person in the country showed up for yesterday’s celebration of the marriage equality law in order to “push their propaganda and their agendas on the American people,” just as Saul Alinsky commanded.
“They come from all over the country to do this so what you’ve seen was probably the whole lump of the population of the homosexual community in the United States of America,” Dean said.
After lamenting about the “pansies” in the Minnesota legislature, Dean and his co-hosts began discussing the “Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act,” an LGBT-inclusive anti-bullying bill, which he said is proof that “radical homosexuals” are part of a “UN global agenda” to “destroy the family.”
Dean then channeled his inner-Antoine Dodson and claimed that gays are coming after your wife and kids: “Go home, look at your wife and look at your kids, because now that’s what they’re coming for.”
He even lashed out at “my good friend Alex Jones,” who is apparently not anti-gay enough for Dean, despite his belief that chemicals in juices are turning kids gay.
Dean concluded the show by warning that gay rights advocates are creating a “totalitarian system” by pushing the anti-bullying legislation, fearing that “pharmaceutical giants” might diagnose anti-gay activists as mentally ill.
“The conservatives on the airwaves in Minneapolis are sitting there playing games with the homosexuals because they think it’s a puppy to be played with when in fact it’s a stinking water rat filled with rabies,” he concluded.
h/t: Right Wing Watch
Gay rights advocates in Minnesota believe they’ve locked up enough votes in the state legislature to legalize same sex marriage ahead of a scheduled House vote Thursday.
“Thursday’s vote in the Minnesota House of Representatives will be a historic victory for thousands of same-sex couples and families in our state,” Richard Calborn, campaign manager for Minnesotans United For All Families, said in a statement Tuesday. “We are confident that the necessary votes to extend the freedom to marry for same-sex couples have been secured and that HF1054 will pass the House floor.”
Minnesota would be the 11th (or 12th) state in the nation to legalize gay marriage should the bill pass the Democratic-controlled House and Senate. Senate leaders say they have the votes needed to pass a bill, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, and Gov. Mark Dayton (DFL) has already said he would sign it if it reaches his desk.
The bill’s passage would represent a decisive swing towards equality for a state that just last year hosted a hard-fought campaign over a referendum that would have amended the state’s constitution to ban same sex marriage.
“To me, I think the time has come,” said Marty, who has sponsored same-sex marriage bills in the past.
Hausman and Marty argue passage of same-sex marriage legislation needn’t be time consuming nor distract from the mission of setting the state budget.
Marty speaks of a two-hour debate in the Senate Judiciary Committee and an up or down vote.
Hausman is a bit more cautious, saying the number of committees a same-sex marriage bill might need to clear in the House depends on its legal implications and the desire of House leadership.
But she also looks to passing a bill before the final state budget numbers come out in the forecast.
Democrats control the legislature.
Dayton has long indicated his support for same-sex marriage, ceremonially vetoing the proposed marriage amendment when passed by the Republican-controlled legislature last session.
If lawmakers take their cue from voters in their districts, passage of the same-sex marriage legislation will be bipartisan, Hausman argues.
That’s because the amendment failed in about 20 districts that elected Republican House members, she said.
“It’s bipartisan,” she said of the perceived support.
Marty and Hausman stress passage of same-sex marriage legislation — Marty speaks of gender-neutral marriage law — would not require churches to marry same-sex couples.
“No church will be forced to marry (same-sex couples) if they don’t want to,” Marty said.
But because the Catholic Church, for instance, might debate same-sex marriage for decades, that shouldn’t prevent the state from taking action now, Marty said.
But Marty’s and Hausman’s views do not perfectly fit those expressed by DFL legislative leaders.
Senate Majority Leader-designate Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, anticipates that same-sex marriage legislation will be introduced.
About 1.4 million Minnesotans voted “Yes” on the marriage amendment defining marriage as between man and woman, with about 1.5 million voting “No.”
About 40,000 voters left the amendment ballot question blank, an omission or decision that automatically translated into a “No” vote.
Republicans are seeking to oust Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), who is up for his first reelection after his narrow 2008 win.Franken will be a tough candidate — he’s worked hard to ingratiate himself in the state, and his poll numbers look fairly solid. But Republicans hope with the right candidate they can topple the first-term senator.
Reps. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.) and John Kline (R-Minn.) are two early mentions for the race.
Paulsen had $725,000 in the bank for a possible run as of mid-October, while Franken had $1.1 million. Kline, who faced his first competitive reelection campaign in years, had just $114,000 as of mid-October, and may have spent some of that in the final weeks of the campaign.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) is up for reelection the same year, giving up-and-coming Minnesota Republicans two possibilities for a statewide run.
Franken could prove to be tough to beat, however. The former Saturday Night Live star has assiduously worked to establish himself as a workhorse rather than a show horse in the Senate since his narrow recount victory over Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.).
heehan said that while Franken has improved his image in the state since his first campaign and incumbents are tougher to beat, Franken benefitted from a Democratic wave election, helped by high turnout driven by President Obama’s first campaign and antipathy in the state towards President George W. Bush.
Republicans are considering revisions to their nomination process, changing the tradition of the state party choosing its nominees at a convention to having an open primary.
Coleman and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) have also been mentioned as possible candidates, though a few state Republicans speculated that if Coleman does decide to make another run for office he might be more likely to run for governor, the office he first ran for in 1998.
Multiple Republicans warned that a Bachmann campaign could be disastrous for them, since she’s popular with the base but not well liked statewide. The former presidential candidate and Tea Party favorite barely won reelection this year in the state’s most Republican district, and an October poll from the Democratic Public Policy Polling showed her favorability rating statewide at just 33 percent, with 55 holding unfavorable views of her.
Two other Republican who are widely mentioned as a possible candidates are Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek (R) and former state Rep. Laura Brod (R), who’s on the University of Minnesota’s board of regents. Republican National Committeeman Jeff Johnson is also expected to make a statewide bid, though most think he’ll run for governor and not for Senate.
Minnesota Vikings fans can stop worrying now. The stadium bill has officially passed the Senate, and a new stadium can now be built.
The only step left for the $975 million stadium to be fully approved is for Governor Mark Dayton (DFL) to sign the measure, and he has already stated that he will do so.
So long, Metrodome.
A new stadium has been a long time coming for Minnesota. The Vikings have been chasing an upgrade for nearly a decade, but never had any leverage until the 30-year-old lease on the Metrodome expired this year.
I think I can speak for most people when I say it’s horrible when a city is forced to surrender its professional sports team. With this news, a storied NFL franchise is staying put—at least for now.