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Saturday, October 1, 2016

With Democratic governor Mark Dayton’s signature, Minnesota becomes the 12th state to legalize same-sex marriage.

The marriage-equality movement has been racking up wins since Vice President Biden and President Obama came out for same-sex marriage in 2012. But Minnesota presents a special symbolic win for the movement, as it is the home of one of the most virulent defenders of “traditional marriage” — Michele Bachmann.

“…Bachmann opposed marriage equality with a religious fervor, viewing it as a struggle for the future of society,” Mother Jones‘ Timothy Murphy reported. As a state legislator, she introduced an amendment banning same-sex marriage in 2004 when President George W. Bush made a Constitutional amendment banning such marriages a cornerstone of his campaign, though his running mate Dick Cheney supported letting states decide if gay couples should be allowed to wed.

Bachmann also reportedly led a group of her fellow “Christian” activists to pray over the desk of the state senator who first placed same-sex marriage on the ballot.

Today the congresswoman represents what’s left of the active same-sex marriage opposition that has basically disappeared from American politics, except in the reddest of states. Only far-right fundamentalists, who often seem to be in denial about their own marriages, remain obsessed with the issue — and they seem to have lost their most powerful ally.

One single group has been most responsible for and effective in opposing equal marriage, according to Mother Jones‘ Stephanie Mencimer:

Consider that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was the single biggest funder and organizer of the 2008 campaign to pass California’s Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in one of America’s most liberal states. The church is estimated to have directed at least $20 million to that effort, along with significant organizing clout.

But after their involvement in supporting Prop 8 was exposed and attracted ridicule, Mormon leaders decided to withdraw from the political battlefield.

“In the other four states last year that had marriage, you didn’t see the Mormon church anywhere,” says Kevin Nix, spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign, told Mencimer.

Some speculate that the group didn’t want to muddy the waters for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, but Mormons were not seen alongside the Catholics and evangelicals opposing the bill in Minnesota.

If the Church of Latter-Day Saints has truly given up the fight and the Supreme Court overturns the Defense of Marriage Act as expected — allowing same-sex couples the federal benefits of marriage — it’s easy to imagine blue state after blue state quickly catching up with Michele Bachmann’s Minnesota

Photo: Gage Skidmore via Flickr.com

  • charleo1

    Michelle has a vested interest in keeping Gay marriage illegal.
    She don’t want her husband Marcus leaving her, and marrying
    his boyfriend.

    • CrossWinds

      Reminds me of that Song……..” Another one bites the dust.”……..

    • RobertCHastings

      Is he really gay? Is that why he still pushes his”pray away the gay” program in his church?

      • charleo1

        Well, honestly I have no personnel information. But, I have it
        on good word, there is only one way a guy comes by a swoosh
        like Marcus’s.

        • RobertCHastings

          Ouch!

  • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

    So this means Marcus can divorce Michelle and marry his one true love?

    • RobertCHastings

      No, it means SHE can marry HER one true love, whoever she may be.

  • mah101

    “… and the first state in the Midwest to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed.”

    Isn’t Iowa still in the Midwest? It has been legal there for years!

    • RobertCHastings

      Something we should all have remembered. Thanks for the reminder.

  • Siegfried Heydrich

    And what’s really interesting is that Brazil’s Supreme Court just effectively approved marriage equality there the other day, requiring that notaries and justices no deny gay couples the right to register their unions. And that’s a country that is overwhelmingly catholic . . .

  • stcroixcarp

    I am so proud of my Minnesota neighbors and friends. Long live the DFL. (Democratic Farmer Labor Party). Hubert Humphrey, Gene McCarthy and Paul Wellstone would be proud of you. What a wonderful Memorial Day gift.

    • EastCantabrigian

      Paul Wellstone opposed gay marriage. He voted in favor of DOMA. If he were alive today, I think he would have “evolved” like many Democrats, but his record on marriage equality was clear. He opposed it.

  • Didn’t I hear Ms. Bachmann say that if marriage equality became a reality in her state that she’d leave? Well, Michelle?

  • mandinka

    Since this passed then AIDS $$ should dry up

    • RobertCHastings

      And what is your point, since AIDS money is available through many sources in all fifty states regardless of their stance on marriage equality. I have no figures, but I don’t think that AIDS is a strictly gay affliction, like Reagan thought, until his rich donors started croaking.

      • demhack

        Its primarily a gay disease and since they now can marry their life styles need to mature and bath houses eliminated

        • RobertCHastings

          So, let’s see. THEIR lifestyles need to mature? What about lifestyles that STILL spread syphilis, gonorrhea, cervical cancer, genital herpes, teen pregnancy, etc., etc., etc.? These are normally spread through HETERO sexual contact. If ignorant and homophobic policies that teach ONLY abstinence would get into the real world, maybe THOSE issues would be cleared up, also.
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      • tax payer

        AIDS money is there, but it’s money from the tax payers and why should we pay for their pleasures.

        • RobertCHastings

          A great deal of the money going towards the help of victims of AIDS is from private and charitable sources. Most of taxpayer money that ultimately is directed toward the problems of AIDS is medical and pharmaceutical research money to organizations National Institutes of Health, and to specific hospitals that deal with AIDS patients. AIDS is NOT a strictly gay disease, nor is it one of God’s scourges. Many of the current victims of AIDS have contracted the disease from, simply, unprotected sex, like any other STD.

          • tax payer

            Bi-sexual people catch it too and than they pass it on to their spouses, so straight people ( women ) catch it from their bi-sexual husbands. It’s not right, but that’s the way it is.

          • RobertCHastings

            All of which flies in the face of the Reagan and conservative assertion that AIDS was a gay disease sent to afflict them by a vengeful God.

  • Mortalc01l

    With all this praying by Christians and the fact that the prayers are not working, it would seem that the baby jeebus is on the side of the gays.!

  • tax payer

    Men and women live together in sin all over this country and they call themselves husband, and wife ( common-in-law ). These people also can live together in sin and call themselves husband, and husband or wife and wife, so who gets married these days?