Some Republicans take strong stand against gay marriage ban

  • Article by: RACHEL E. STASSEN-BERGER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 7, 2011 - 5:33 AM

The group, including businessman Wheelock Whitney, says it is united in defeating the proposed amendment.

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danno1982Oct. 6, 11 5:12 PM

Wish my state Rep Pam Myhra (Burnsville) would support small government principles. She has been consistent in her big government views from Gay marriage to pro Tint laws.

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patrickjdOct. 6, 11 5:18 PM

The avg. nationwide vote against gay marriage is 62.5%. http://oldsite.alliancedefensefund.org/userdocs/MarriageAmendmentVotePercentages.pdf DFLers make up about 50% of voters in MN. Wouldn't that mean about 12% of DFLers are against gay marriage. That's more than "a handful". Where are the news stories on these facts Strib?

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owatonnabillOct. 6, 11 5:19 PM

There are several issues of national import that to my mind are more symptomatic than causative. The marriage amendment is one of those. While I may admire (though not necessarily support) the movement to amend the Constitution so that marriage is legally defined as the union of one man and one woman, I feel the backers of this amendment are in error. Rather than ban what we as a society have come to be, they would be better served to study the process that got us here and, hopefully, propose fixes. Masking a symptom is hardly a solution.

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sarahanneOct. 6, 11 5:22 PM

"State GOP Chairman Tony Sutton says individual Republicans can disagree with Republican beliefs on some issues..." that is nice of him. So representing your district can only be done on some of the issues, I guess. If Republicans truly believe what our Founding Fathers stood for, then they would make a law banning all political parties.

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jrspacemanOct. 6, 11 5:33 PM

It's good to hear that some people are able to stand up and speak their mind on this issue, contrary to what the official party line is. Good for them!

Sadly, I suspect that these same Republicans are going to be called RINO's and kicked out of the MN GOP just like many others did last year. Those who don't toe the party line always seem to get punished, even though they are expressing their honest opinions and those of their constituents.

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norselandcOct. 6, 11 5:34 PM

Minnesota will be the first state to vote down such an amendment. The recent polling here shows a definite continuation of the trend toward refusal to restrict the marital rights of same sex couples. I can't wait for the bigots in the Republican caucus who support the amendment to hear 'I told you so' from people like me.

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RF6700Oct. 6, 11 5:34 PM

Civil Unions Yes, Gay Marriage No

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thecolonel63Oct. 6, 11 5:40 PM

I'm about as conservative as you can get, and I could care less if gays get married. We have so cheapened the whole concept of marriage, I don't see any point in it, anyway, except for the legal implications. If gays get married, then they are going to have divorce, too, and welcome to that imbroglio. Good luck.

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d_alexOct. 6, 11 5:41 PM

Please, please let this be a sign of things to come. Sticking to the party line may have made for stronger political parties but it hasn't done the rest of us a damn bit of good. It's about time some politicians use there own mind and voice. Kudos to these brave GOPers. Hopefully the party leadership won't punish them for thinking for themselves.

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arronbOct. 6, 11 5:44 PM

patrickjd - Gallup shows that voters favor gay marriage being legal in this country. How about sticking with a reputable source. http://www.gallup.com/poll/147662/first-time-majority-americans-favor-legal-gay-marriage.aspx

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