Friday, February 10, 2006

Marriage amendment difficulties

The following is a post from a month ago when it looked as if the marriage amendment would not be on the ballot. Check out KvM and Wind Beneath the Right Wing for specifics.

"But it should be noted that this death takes place in the shadow of new life, the sunrise of a new world; a world that our beloved comrade gave his life to protect and nourish." - Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan

Wind Beneath the Right Wing and KvM are reporting on the potential death of the marriage amendment in the state legislature.

While many Minnesotans support such a measure, there are not enough votes in the DFL controlled senate to get the measure to a floor vote. This move is sure to hurt the already struggling Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson with his own reelection bid. Many in his home were upset with his decision to force a shutdown. They are also upset over the lack of movement of the Marriage Amendment, something he could easily get to the floor.

The death of the marriage amendment could be the best thing for GOP candidates in the 2006 legislative races. In many swing districts voter may be motivated to kick out their DFL legislators for not supporting it.

In Greater Minnesota, many conservative Democrats may have to chose between the party's view and the view of their constituents.

So look at is this way, in the shadow of the Marriage Amendment's death comes in the sunrise of the GOP controlled legislature.


At 8:26 AM, Blogger North Star Politics said...

Democrats voted again and again to keep the government running, while Republicans voted an equal number of times to shut it down. Dean Johnson had nothing to do with it.

By the way, the last time the gay-bashing amendment failed (the "marriage amendment" you fail to define anywhere in your post) the DFL made huge gains in the House.

At 11:37 AM, Blogger Gary Matthew Miller said...


Then you won't mind us shooting ourselves in the foot again, right?

At 4:55 PM, Blogger lloydletta said...

The ONLY democrat to lose in 2004, Rebecca Otto (now running for State Auditor) voted IN FAVOR of the Bachmann amendment. It seems to me that people choosing candidates on the basis of this issue, who favor the amendment are already going to vote for the Republican candidate. The Democrats have to contend with alienating their base.

From a Lloydletta reader in response to my post about the Willmar anti-gay rally:

Thought you might want to know this ironic tidbit -- the reason Dean Johnson won't be in Willmar while all these idiots are rallying about gay marriage is that he'll be out of town, performing a wedding ceremony.
You could probably confirm this with Scott Dibble or with Johnson's people, although I don't know who that is now that Christine Almeida is gone. I think his people should send out a press release saying
something like "So who's truly valuing marriage this Saturday?"

EY: Were anti-gay democrats like Al Juhnke, "no gays live in my district" Colin Peterson, or Elwyn Tinklenberg invited to speak at the Willmar rally?


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