National conservative group mounts new lobbying push for gay marriage in Minnesota, elsewhere

  • Article by: PATRICK CONDON , Associated Press
  • Updated: April 27, 2013 - 5:37 PM
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kd5757Apr. 27, 13 2:09 PM

Good to see Republican's doing their part in ensuring justice for all. It should always have been a bi-partisan issue but it never is too late to do the right thing.

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matthewJamesApr. 27, 13 6:40 PM

The dems have tried to change the Constitution now they want to change the bible. What's next communism instead of capitalism oh I forgot we already are commies.

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swmnguyApr. 27, 13 6:53 PM

What could be more Conservative than promoting marriage? My Grandfather would have been 100 years old last November, and he was one of the most devout and most Conservative men I have ever known. However, when he was 96 he and I were talking, and he said he couldn't think of one good reason to ban same-sex marriage. He said the idea was a bit of a shock to him because until so recently, gay people had to hide their identities. But he said everyone has always known numerous gay people, and same-sex couples. People just pretended they were "Spinster Sisters," or "Old Bachelor Farmers," or what-have-you; anyone who paid any attention knew exactly what was going on.

He was the one who pointed out to me that same-sex couple fulfill all of the objectives the State values from married couples, so that it was grossly unfair not to include same-sex couples in the benefits and protection of marriage.

Since that conversation, it's always struck me really odd that Conservatives have opposed same-sex marriage. I've always chalked it up as a consequence of Reagan's embrace of the Evangelicals, which pushed the Republicans into many extreme positions to pander to fundamental Protestantism, while falsely calling it "Conservatism."

I'm glad to see this group acting in the name of real Conservatism rather than pandering to a religious extremist minority.

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banjerjeffApr. 27, 13 9:23 PM

As a fiscal conservative that is dead tired of the republican's devotion to social conservatism, this is a breath of fresh air and a step in the right direction. Its high time the libertarian wing of the conservative party told the social conservatives to get out of our lives and let us live free of the views of the vocal social conservative minority.

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markeyboyApr. 27, 1310:41 PM

The GOP has been and still is willing to exclude citizens rather than use the big tent for their platform. This appears to be a thin vote gathering impetus rather than a warm and fuzzy welcome to the GOP turnip wagon for gay voters.

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copper88Apr. 27, 1310:59 PM

Wow! Republicans with an eye on the future. Will wonders ever cease?

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guessagainApr. 28, 13 6:18 AM

matthewJames: "The dems have tried to change the Constitution now they want to change the bible. What's next communism instead of capitalism oh I forgot we already are commies." First, I believe it was the GOP who wanted to change the Constitution. Second, the bible has no place in our legal system. Finally, if you are already a commie, that's your problem. The rest of us are pretty comfortable with American capitalism.

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ericgus55Apr. 29, 1310:51 AM

It's nice to see the Barry Goldwater version of libertarian "conservatism" winning out over the Jerry Falwell version or religious "conservatism." The current debates over social issues (same-sex marriage, when does 'life' begin, what should scientists be allowed to study, etc.) illustrate the divide between the libertarian and the religious versions of "conservatism," and show that the two versions are often incompatible. I will always side with the libertarian version, because I believe that individuals should be the ones to decide their own answers to moral and philosophical questions and should be free to act accordingly.

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ericgus55Apr. 29, 1310:58 AM

matthewjames - Tell me again, which party has proposed that we change (amend) the US Constitution? (Marriage amendment, flag burning amendment, balanced budget amendment, etc.)

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conchfritterApr. 29, 1312:27 PM

Allowing gays to marry is inherently a conservative position. My grandpa was the most conservative person I ever knew, and if you ever asked him what goes on inside his private home, he would say "none of your darn business!". What two consenting adults do in the privacy of their own home as long as they are not hurting someone is none of our darn business. One of the key reasons I left the GOP to become a Libertarian. The so called party of "smaller government" has demonstrated in the past that they sure don't mind creating more government when it comes to policing people's personal lives.

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