Rally downpour dampens gay-marriage supporters but not Dayton’s message

Gov. Mark Dayton learned a valuable political lesson while sitting in a downpour a few years ago.

Dayton was attending the dedication ceremonies of the library of  President Bill Clinton.

The outdoor dedication was held in a downpour, which seemed to go unnoticed by the dignitaries, who were comfortably seated and speaking from a comfortably sheltered stage.

Dayton, along with the rest of the audience, was seated in the rain for an event that went on for three hours. Unkind things were being muttered about the dignitaries who spoke on and on.

All of this came back to the governor as he an attended Thursday’s outdoor Capitol rally in support of same-sex marriage. Nasty, heavy sleet was falling.

Rather than speaking from the sheltered podium that had been set up,  Dayton stepped out from under cover.

“I don’t believe I should be under shelter while you’re standing in the rain,’’ Dayton told the crowd of a few hundred people.

His action was applauded, as were his words in support of same-sex marriage.

Among other things, Dayton poohpoohed the alternate idea proposed by some legislators to approve “civil unions,” rather than marriage, for same-sex couples.

“People don’t want to be civiled-unioned,’’ he said. “They want to be married.’’

 He called marriage “a fundamental right’’ under the Constitution.

 “Now we have to count on elected officials to turn a ‘no’ [the defeat of the marriage amendment] to a ‘yes’ [legislative approval of same-sex marriage],’’ Dayton said.

Before and after the rally, proponents of same-sex marriage were to seek out members of the Legislature to drum up support for the change in Minnesota law.

“Good luck,’’ Dayton told them. “We’re going to get this through. Be respectful, but be persuasive.’’

Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by stan James on 04/18/2013 - 11:41 pm.

    Cus vs marriage

    I thought I was well tuned in re marriage bills. didnt realize that something may happen in OH

    Good man the Gov. may take a couple years. Re the civil union thing, if the anti marriage folks want to have gays have only CUs, lets have the state void all marriages and replace them with CUs for str8s and also for gays.

    Let the screaming begin by the conservatves. CUs for gays only is just a different form of segregation.

    BTW is nt Sen Porter from OH.

  2. Submitted by stan James on 04/18/2013 - 11:42 pm.

    cus vs marriage

    oops its MN, not OH. sri

  3. Submitted by Jean-Jacques Burlamaqui on 04/19/2013 - 12:18 am.

    Homosexual Marriage is not a “Right”

    Same-sex marriage disregards the natural order of procreatory responsibility, not only confusing the natural disposition of parental authority; but undermining the legal principle that children have a right to a relationship with their biological parents, depriving a child access to their biological parent’s genetic, cultural and social heritage, not for extraordinary circumstances, but as a matter of routine. Same-sex marriage amounts to institutionalized adultery through a hostile takeover of civil society by the State. Children will no longer be entitled to their biological parents, as the transitory wants of same-sex adults will have taken precedence over a child’s best interest.

    Children are not pets one purchases from rescue shelters(adoption clinics) and puppy mills(insemination and surrogacy). Children are human beings endowed with a natural desire to be procreated from an engendered act of love between a husband and a wife. Same-sex marriage is adulterous by nature and thereby destructive to not only children, but to our civilization.

    Here are two truths regarding marriage: (1) A man creating a family with another man is not equal to creating a family with a woman, and (2) denying children parents of both genders at home is an objective evil. Kids need and yearn for both.

    Same-sex marriage proponents demand “Marriage Equality”, yet, in return, they offer less-than-equal protection of the child’s happiness than can be afforded through the presence of both biological parents.

    Same-sex proponents profess that it is love which gives the right to join the institution of marriage, yet, in doing so, they selfishly violate the principle loving objective of this noble institution; to protect a child’s Natural Right to be raised by both biological parents.

    Same-sex marriage is not justice in the eyes of a child. Same-sex marriage is an abuse of power, a tyrannical subversion of the fundamental principles of marriage and the duties which it enjoins; contrary to the nature and state of man, same-sex marriage is merely the unwarranted whims of an ignorant and selfish generation whose conduct is nothing less that an embarrassment to the dignity of mankind.

    In fine, same-sex marriage is an unnatural extravagance which the supporters most ignorantly claim to be a “right”.

    “No one has a right to do that which, if everybody did it, would destroy society.” —Immanuel Kant

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