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Some Republicans to join coalition against marriage amendment

A group of prominent Republicans will announce Thursday that they're joining a coalition working to defeat the proposed state constitutional amendment that would, in effect, ban gay marriage.

The proposal will be on the statewide ballot Nov. 6, 2012.

Among those scheduled to be attend the announcement:

  • State Rep. John Kriesel
  • Wheelock Whitney, former gubernatorial candidate and longtime Republican adviser 
  • Richard Painter, former associate counsel for President George W. Bush;
  • Susan Kimberly, former St. Paul deputy mayor
  • Dale Carpenter, law professor at the University of Minnesota.

The Log Cabin Republicans and Republicans Against the Minnesota Marriage Amendment groups also will be there.

The individuals and groups will say they're joining forces with Minnesota United for All Families, which has been working on a Vote No campaign.

Their press conference Thursday is at 3:30 p.m. in the State Office Building in St. Paul.

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Comments (8)

"A group of prominent Republicans"

We really don't know if they are prominent, only that Mr. Kimball states they are.

"will announce Thursday"

Thursday is a day of the week.

"that they're joining a coalition"

A coalition are a combination of groups that have an common social or political ideology.

"working to defeat the proposed state constitutional amendment that would, in effect, ban gay marriage."

The constitutional amendment would not "in effect" ban gay marriage. It would, however, prohibit persons of the same sex from forming a union and calling it marriage, and have such a union recognized by the State and by civil society as valid. It would ban "same sex marriage".

Can I get a job as an editor now? :-)

Looks like it should have said "a group of formerly prominent Republicans". There's only one guy who currently holds office. I would guess the currently in power group would call these people RINOs.

Ahem...Susan Kimberly is sportin' a Y Chromosome, if ya know what I mean. No surprise there's support for definition bending there.

Also, a Republican was Deputy to a Democrat mayor...in St. Paul...really? Or does Susan change political affiliations like outward appearance?

Neal,Bill and Thomas. Just because you disagree with these people doesn't mean you should take cheap shots at them. Your comments are pretty snarky and not very substantive. It appears that these people are all people of substance and if you disagree with them you should address the issue and not simply attack them.

Well done, Republicans. You give us inclusive moderates hope!

Dear Neal Krasnoff:
I'm sorry we can not hire you for an editor job.

A coalition are a combination of groups that have an common social or political ideology.

Correct:
A coalition IS a combination of groups that have an common social or political ideology.

Sorry!

I'll try this again.

We cannot hire you for an editor job.

A coalition are a combination of groups that have an common social or political ideology.

Correct:
A coalition IS ( not are)a combination of groups that have A (not an) common social or political ideology.

Lest we not judge...

I guess I won't be getting that editor's job after all. :-(

Aside from you complaining about my grammatical error, my assertion stands, that Mr. Kimball needs to review the way he reports about allegedly prominent Republicans.

I'd like to see a similiar report citing how many DFLers are going to defect from the party line and vote FOR the marriage amendment. Since I just recently resigned from the DFL, I don't count. Neither do all the voters who left the DFL before me. And who will leave after me.

Taking a cue from the reaction of the pro-SSM in California after Prop 8 passed, any DFLers who are for the marriage amendment will keep their mouths shut until they enter the polling booth where they will speak as loud as they want.