Prayer controversy jeopardizes same-sex amendment vote

  • Article by: RACHEL E. STASSEN-BERGER and BOB VON STERNBERG
  • Updated: May 21, 2011 - 2:33 AM

A controversial pastor delivered a prayer that left House members - of both parties - shocked and incensed.

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nitewindMay. 20, 1110:24 PM

What a fool. Your "You can run but you can't hide" program is toast now.

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unionsrockMay. 20, 1110:25 PM

Leidiger, a freshman, didn't do his homework before bringing Dean into the chambers. I hope this lack of diligence isn't indicative of his or other freshmen legislators performance - on either side of the aisle.

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mn_cameraMay. 20, 1110:29 PM

Shocked? Doubtful. This was deliberate, and it was a clear example of the hatred and bigotry cloaked in a pseudo-religious wrapper that is displayed by the supporters of this loathsome amendment. Many of the same supporters would be in favor of segregation, I suspect, and anti-intermarriage laws that were common in parts of the US until the mid-20th century. This amendment does not deserve a place on the ballot, and if the bigots triumph and get it there, it needs to be voted down.

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elo_62May. 20, 1110:32 PM

If folks in Minnesota did not think that our legislators were inept prior to today let this story serve as proof that they are. For any legislator, Republican or Democrat, to allow this to happen in our capitol is sickening.

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jasonsamuelsMay. 20, 1110:35 PM

So who's the mysterious "man who identified himself as a Catholic priest?" Depicted in several photos, yet no name?

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vorenusMay. 20, 1110:35 PM

I love it. This little episode was the icing on the cake for this session. These repubs are toast in the next election, then we can get back to making this state great again.

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madmaggieMay. 20, 1110:36 PM

Perhaps someone can explain why our state government business sessions are opened by prayers? Why is this accepted as a given? I'm thinking separation of church and state is a good thing. When do Druids get equal time? After today's debacle (good work at screening your agenda, Mr. Speaker and Rep. Leidiger!), why shouldn't anyone with a sanctimonious, vile message be allowed time to spew at will under the protected auspices of "prayer"?

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pic6325May. 20, 1110:41 PM

What unbelievable is that some legislators claim they didn't know Bradlee Deans politics. His connection and influence with MN GOPers is well documented on the web news blogs. You either believe the legislators are totally out of touch or they knew his politics and just wanted his words in the public record on the day they passed the "Bradlee Dean" amendment vote.

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wwheinMay. 20, 1110:44 PM

Rep. Leidiger,(R) said he didn't know or maybe he didn't care.

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dorsanoMay. 20, 1110:49 PM

Way to give prayer a bad name.

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