Earlier today at a House hearing at the Minnesota Capitol, Representative Steve Simon (DFL, Hopkins/St. Louis Park) noted that the arguments against a proposed Minnesota constitutional amendment that would ban marriage for same-sex couples have all been religious in nature. Yet he also said that if sexual orientation is innate as science is showing us, and not a "lifestyle" choice, then God created gay people. Rep. Simon then drew applause by asking: How many gay people must God create before we accept that he wants them around?
Update: MN Democrat's Speech Against Constitutional Gay Marriage Ban Racks Up YouTube Views – Associated Press via Star Tribune (May 5, 2011).
Recommended Off-site Links:
House Committee Passes Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment – Andy Birkey (The Minnesota Independent, May 2, 2011).
Republican Rep. Talks About His Opposition to Same-Sex Marriage Ban – Rachel E. Stassen-Berger (Star Tribune, May 2, 2011).
Father of Minnesota Soldier Takes His Case Against Marriage Amendment to State House, Veterans Groups – Doug Grow (MinnPost.com, May 2, 2011).
Senate Committee Passes Anti–Gay Marriage Amendment – Andy Birkey (Minnesota Independent, April 28, 2011).
MN Legislators' Triming of Marriage Amendment Wording Could Leave Door Open for Same-Sex Civil Unions – Rachel E. Stassen-Berger (Star Tribune, April 28, 2011).
Supporter of Gay Marriage Offers Sunny View of Vote – Gail Rosenblum (Star Tribune, April 30, 2011).
Just Say No to Wedge Politics – Lori Sturdevant (Star Tribune, April 30, 2011).
Banning Gay Marriage Would Institutionalize Injustice – Gary Boelhower (Duluth News Tribune, May 1, 2011).
See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Disappointing, But Not Unexpected: "Marriage Amendment" Bill Passes MN Senate Judiciary Committee
Governor Mark Dayton to LGBT Advocates: "I Stand with You"
A Celebration of Faith and Family; A Call for Compassion and Fairness
Quote of the Day – November 4, 2010
A Message for NOM (and the Catholic Hierarchy
Minnesotans Rally for Equality and Love
Responding to Bishop Tobin's Remarks on Gay Marriage
Archbishop Nienstedt Calls (Again) for a Marriage Amendment to Minnesota's Constitution
A Catholic Statement of Support for Same-Sex Marriage
Steve Chapman: "Time is On the Side of Gay Marriage
Dale Carpenter on the Win-Win" Reality of Gay Marriage
Dr. Erik Steele on the "Naked Truth on Same-Sex Marriage
Stephanie Coontz on the Changing Face of "Traditional Marriage"