Since when do we vote on civil rights?

It is currently against the law in Minnesota for anyone to get married save one man and one woman. That law has existed since the 1970s.

However, that’s just not enough for a bunch of out-of-state interests. They want to make sure that the law cannot change, even if demanded by legislation.

Minnesota will have an entry on the November ballot to make one-man-one-woman a state constitutional requirement. The measure was passed by the Republican-led state legislature, and will be put before the voters this year.

Needless to say, there is a lot of lobbying and campaigning on the issue. One of the biggest visible groups supporting the amendment is the Minnesota Family Council. Formerly known as the Berean League, this is the same group that fought tooth-and-nail for years to keep anti-sodomy laws on the state books. It’s interesting to note that not a single straight person was ever brought up on such charges; the laws were only used to prosecute gays and lesbians.

Here is only the latest in a series of expensively-produced video ads supporting the amendment:

It’s also worth noting that the MFC has raised over a million dollars for their effort, almost all of it from seven wealthy out-of-state donors. ($100 bet says that one or more of them are closely affiliated with the Catholic Church, just as NOM is.) Minnesotans United for All Families, one of the largest groups opposing the amendment, has also raised about a million dollars from over 50,000 supporters.

Guess which group is the real grassroots effort. (The Spouse and I went canvassing for them last Saturday.)

The saddest thing about this amendment is that it is not even necessary; existing statutes prevent gay marriage in the state. The proposed amendment is a move by homophobic bigots and religious haters to ensure that the state never has gay marriage.

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2 comments on “Since when do we vote on civil rights?

  1. BearDrummer says:

    No matter how hard they fight, no matter how hard they try, their breed will die out, and more reasonable laws will be in place.

    • givesgoodemail says:

      I dunno, man. The Civil Right Era fight happened 50 years ago, and it has still fallen short in many arenas. It’d be nice to see faster evolution.

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