Obama: MN Gay Marriage Ballot ‘Divisive’ & ‘Discriminatory’

 

President Obama’s administration has come out against Minnesota’s planned constitutional amendment to codify the state’s ban on marriage equality.

Said Obama for America Minnesota Communications Director Kristin Sosanie in a statement released Monday:

“While the President does not weigh in on every single ballot measure in every state, the record is clear that the President has long opposed divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same sex couples.  That’s what the Minnesota ballot initiative would do – it would single out and discriminate against committed gay and lesbian couples – and that’s why the President does not support it.”

This November Minnesotans will go to the ballot to vote on whether to write the state’s existing ban on same-sex marriage into the constitution.

After a lot of years of trying the move was pushed through by GOP lawmakers, though some Democrats did support the referendum.

LGBT rights groups and wider civil rights commentators have decried the campaign the GOP waged to gather support for the bill as being one of misinformation that was grounded in scare tactics like that gay marriage will lead to bestiality and that same-sex marriage harms children — even though the referendum is not about whether to legalize marriage equality but on cementing the state’s ban.

Anti-gay groups who supported the ballot measure, among them the embattled National Organization for Marriage, are currently facing legal scrutiny as documents recently came to light suggesting the groups may have flouted state finance laws in order to keep donor identities a secret.

Religious conservatives, and particularly conservative Catholics in the area, have begun politicizing prayer and school discussions to try and grow support for the constitutional amendment, though many have faced a backlash for their political messaging.

Polls suggest Minnesotans are about evenly divided on the issue with Public Policy Polling finding that 46% of people favor the amendment while 47% are opposed and 7% are undecided.

 

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49 comments

Laura F.
Laura F.3 years ago

Now that it is so close to the vote here in MN, I am shocked at how many people have signs in their yard in support of this amendment. I now know who my neighbors really are. Vote NO Minnesota!

Tony C.
Tony C.3 years ago

Oops it should principles

Tony C.
Tony C.3 years ago

A class in RESPECT AND RESPONSIBILITY should be taught from Grade one to graduation, children should be taught that anything is permissible as long as it does not hurt themselves or anyone else. If children are taught at a very early age that every child has their own strengths and weaknesses and that they should use their strengths to help others not to tease or bully them.
It should not matter if a child comes from a FAMILY of a mother and father, 2 mothers or 2 fathers or a single mother or father as long as they are LOVED.
Sex Education should be taught on LGBT, Contraceptives, Masturbation, Pregnancy and all forms of sex. Let us face it whether we like it or not children are curious and are having sex earlier and earlier. Children should be taught the JOYS and the CONSEQUENCES of having sex ( Pregnancy, STD, AIDS and others.) Cut out Geography or History early on then put it back in. Geometry and Algebra can be learned in college if needed. I believe this is a solution. Stopping the damage before it starts so that Bullying, Sexual Assault, and many others will be greatly diminished if not eradicated. It is my belief that when children graduate with these principals where they are taught RESPECT for themselves and others and to take RESPONSIBILITY for their actions. If children grow up with these principals I believe business and government would benefit greatly. Within a few generations this world would be a much better place to live in.

Brittany Roche
Brittany Roche3 years ago

Sooner or later the U.S. Supreme Court will rule that it is unconstitutional for people to "vote" on other people's civil rights. If this was allowed to happen in the South in the late 50's and early 60's, African-Americans would probably still not have the right to vote (in those states), could not use "White" bathrooms or drinking fountains, and would be forced to sit in the back of the bus!

And for you rabid, hateful, anti-Gay people out there -- YOU have now been outed! This study is about YOU:

http://www.care2.com/causes/study-homophobia-masks-gay-feelings.html

Sandy Erickson
Sandy Erickson3 years ago

Why focus on Michele H.? If you don't l;ike the game don't buy it.

Sandy Erickson
Sandy Erickson3 years ago

First,Obama should stay out of the state law process,he is missing up the counrty as it is. Second,why step into the gay thing? More pitting American against American?

Stacey Gunderson
Stacey Gunderson3 years ago

Wow, I just moved to MN, and I had no idea this was in the works. I'm ashamed! If the majority of people are against it, then how can they pass this? They need to listen to the people! I moved here from Iowa, where gay marriage is legal, and no one I know is against it! In fact, most of us Iowans are proud of it... we are tolerant, level-headed people. Those that post rants against gay marriage need some therapy, how can you hate people that you don't even know?

Sandi C.
Sandi C.3 years ago

OUR COUNTRY IS FALLING APART, AND ALL THEY SEEM TO CARE ABOUT IS GAY MARRIAGE, ABORATIONS & MITT'S DOG!

Sally W.
Sally W.3 years ago

Michelle H - The hatred in your words is amazing and facinating. Where does this hatred stem from? You know they say that some who are most against GLTB people and are so outspoken and hateful towards them have actually shown to harbour repressed homosexual feelings. They lash out because any Gay message or mention of being Gay reminds them of their own latent feelings. Just a thought.

That aside, like I have always said, two consenting adults should be allowed to love and marry without discrimination.

Sally W.
Sally W.3 years ago

Michelle H - The hatred in your words is amazing and facinating. Where does this hatred stem from? You know they say that some who are most against GLTB people and are so outspoken and hateful towards them have actually shown to harbour repressed homosexual feelings. They lash out because any Gay message or mention of being Gay reminds them of their own latent feelings. Just a thought.

That aside, like I have always said, two consenting adults should be allowed to love and marry without discrimination.