Dayton flies to L.A. for gay rights donors’ conference

Gov. Mark Dayton is scheduled to fly to Los Angeles today to attend a conference of high-end donors to gay rights causes.

According to its website, the Gill Action Political Outgiving Conference is:

“…geared toward individuals whose annual philanthropy exceeds $25,000 and who are interested in increasing the effectiveness of their giving in support of the LGBT movement. The events are invitation-only, private, solicitation-free, and no media are permitted.”

Dayton’s travel had been restricted since February when he had hip surgery, but his campaign manager said Wednesday night that Dayton would attend the California conference, which is scheduled to run through Sunday.

The Star Tribune reported:

Tinucci said the Los Angeles conference will honor officials, “who made progress on the marriage issue.”

The conference had been planned for the Beverly Hills Hotel, but organizers reportedly have moved it to a new, undisclosed location, because the hotel is owned by the sultan of Brunei, and that country is expected to implement a law making homosexuality punishable by stoning.

The governor’s public schedule for today says simply: “In the afternoon, the Governor will travel out of state for political events.”

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