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Young Republican: MN Gay Marriage Ban Wrong Direction for GOP (VIDEO)

Young Republican: MN Gay Marriage Ban Wrong Direction for GOP (VIDEO)

Self-identifying 24-year-old Republican Madeline Koch’s testimony before the Minnesota Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety concerning GOP plans to enact a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage has gone viral on the Internet, with her statement that equal rights should not be a partisan issue the main focus.

During her testimony, Koch, a young woman who self-identifies as straight and with no overt stake in the marriage amendment beyond her party’s choice of direction, said the amendment would be a misstep for the GOP:

“I’m here today because I would like to give you my perspective and the perspective of most people I know who are a part of my generation, political party and sexual orientation on why adding a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage is not only wrong on a moral front but also takes our party in the wrong direction for future generations of Republicans. I don’t believe that equal rights for same-sex couples — or anyone — is a partisan issue.”

Watch below:

Koch’s testimony came during a three hour hearing on the bill on Friday.

The bill was advanced by the panel in an 8 to 4 party-line vote. The measure now goes before the 11-member Senate Rules and Administration Committee.

Minnesota already has a statutory ban on same-sex marriage, but a constitutional amendment would likely ward off court intervention overturning the ban.

Republican leaders, who are in control of both legislative chambers, have openly said they aim to fast-track the proposed amendment to put it before voters on the 2012 ballot. Legislative rules mean that the Democratic governor has no veto power, so this will likely come down to a test of both campaign strategy and public opinion.

Testimony delivered Monday by Representative Steve Simon (DFL Hopkins/St. Louis Park) in which he asked “How many gay people does God have to create before we ask ourselves whether or not God wants them around?” has also received a lot of attention. Watch here.  

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9:13PM PDT on May 6, 2011

For all the desire the GOP has for "smaller" government, why don't they keep the governmentt out of my bedroom & out of my doctor's office?

10:17AM PDT on May 6, 2011

Well done! Just hope it falls onto open ears and hearts.

9:34PM PDT on May 5, 2011

Tom Y - so, you just discount the relationships of gay people who ARE monogamous and have managed to stay faithful for 20, 30, 40, 50 years or more? And you discount people like Newt Gingrich (wife # 3 & each divorce was worse than the last - one of them he served papers on while she lay in a hospital bed suffering from Cancer). Like Donald Trump (what is this wife #4)? People like the gov who went AWOL so he could be with his mistress? All those shamed government officials who resigned because they cheated or got caught cheating on their wives?
The only person who can destroy a marriage are the 2 people inside it.... The gay people are not the problem. People like YOU are the problem with marriage.

2:30PM PDT on May 5, 2011

We need more people like Madeline who are self-identified straight and Republican to stand up for the rights of everyone. This is awesome.

12:08PM PDT on May 5, 2011

I wonder if the Republicans believed that she was actually a "Republican"? An independent thinker who cares about other's rights?? I find it hard to believe.

11:10AM PDT on May 5, 2011

This is where the pro-family groups have their inroad: to calmly, confidently explain why family structure is so important to economic and social stability. They've already got a victorious argument based on factual evidence. They only need to present it, and stay on that message for retaining the traditional definition of marriage. The instability of gay relationships will reinforce that argument in its own way.

10:34AM PDT on May 5, 2011

The daughter of a homophobic senator told him that they had already los, he just did not know it yet. She said the younger generation does not care about same sex marriages, race, and most of the other issues that seem to be so important to the older Republicans.

Can't come soon enough

10:18AM PDT on May 5, 2011

wanting to ban same sex marriage isn't the only "wrong direction" the GOP is taking. not taxing the wealthy and corporations, cutting programs for the poor, keeping education unaffordable to the masses, the willingness to poison our air, water and food, not cutting military spending, global interventionism, support for torture, not wanting to give women control over their own bodies, government secrecy, no respect for the bill of rights, wanting to take away the right to collective bargaining...

8:23AM PDT on May 5, 2011

I do believe that many in the Republican party have different brains than the rest of us. They do not run on logic and critical thinking they run on fear, superstition and religious fervor. Part of that fear is that if they give an inch to gay people in any way they will take over the world and force every one to be gay. While the rest of see that if gay people are given their rights as human beings, they may not commit suicide at 13 or 16 or 22. It is hard to stay alive if your government is telling you there is something very wrong with you and that even God does not love you. Maybe the youth of the party will coerce them to re-evaluate their ideas. At least this young woman seems to be looking forward to a day when they will be overturning these draconian measures when they come into power. This young woman and many other young people who are Republicans, seem to be less fearful, less war like and more centrist. I don't hold out much hope for the amendment being denied, but it is nice to think that the youth of this party are actually bringing educated minds to problems that are besetting them.

6:00AM PDT on May 5, 2011

Koch is one voice in thousands inside the Republican Party which sounds intelligent and prudent. Perhaps she's a Democrat, or perhaps she's actually a lesbian. However if she's a lesbian AND a Republican, she ought to have her brains checked.

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