Republican Party stands firm in support of marriage amendment

Minnesota Republican Party officials have reaffirmed support of a proposed constitutional amendment that would effectively ban gay marriage in the state.

Several prominent Republicans announced Thursday that they oppose the amendment, which will be on the statewide ballot in 2012, and would define marriage as only between one man and one woman.

State Republican Party Chair Tony Sutton quickly responded with this statement:

“The Republican Party unconditionally supports the state party platform calling for a state constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The Republican Party of Minnesota is a true grassroots organization and the party platform reflects the views and values of the majority of Republicans elected by their neighbors in communities throughout Minnesota. The party recognizes that not all Republicans might agree with all of the party platform at all times; debate is healthy, but at the end of the day the MNGOP stands behind and supports its activist and passage of the marriage amendment.

“Standing behind party activists is how the Republican Party differs from the Democrats. When Democrats held a legislative majority they could have passed a constitutional amendment changing current state law and the definition of marriage. They chose not to even raise the issue in the legislature because they feared voter reaction. In other words, they abandoned a constituency they claimed to care about for political expediency. Now that Republicans are willing to bring some finality to the issue by bringing it to a vote by the people of Minnesota, the Democrats are eager to grab a moral high ground they do not deserve.”

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Derrick Schluck on 10/07/2011 - 04:10 pm.

    “In other words, they abandoned a constituency they claimed to care about for political expediency”

    What a bunch of BS. They didn’t raise the issue because it isn’t part of their platform to openly discriminate against a segment of society. This is exatly what turn me from my “College/Young Republican” roots during the Arnie Carlson and early T-Paw days to a fierce Independent.. Keep it up GOP and all you will have remaining is a bunch of old blue hairs who are bitter about everything.

    As for me, I will stick to voting for people who want a truely balanced government which provides service to is people at a fair and equitable cost and who don’t openly discriminate against members of society, based off of their “moral” or “religious” objections.

  2. Submitted by will lynott on 10/08/2011 - 08:39 pm.

    The R party wants it their way because they’re a bunch of bigots. Th gay lifestyle offends them. That’s all.

    If I could eliminate everything that offends me, they wouldn’t exist. Everybody okay with that?

  3. Submitted by Ann Richards on 10/10/2011 - 07:24 am.

    I am old enough to remember when it could claim to be a grass roots organization. That is no longer the case, because now at the precinct caucus level one is vetted to see if you will toe the party line. That started in the late 70s or early 80s. If you don’t agree with everything, you will not be a delegate to the county or district conventions. State delegate is of course out of the question. No chance would the Elmer L Anderson, Arny Carlson, and Wheelock Whitney types make it through the process to delegate status. Shame on Sutton, it is a top-down party- not grass roots. And this is only about pushing power.

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