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Rep: Same-sex marriage: part politics, part personal

May 8, 2013

MARSHALL — One of the most anticipated bills in years will soon be coming before the Minnesota House, and it has nothing to do with budgets, bonding or stadiums....

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May-09-13 8:30 PM

Rona, excellent idea! Legalize, control and tax. Many things that are now not legal could be legalized, controlled and taxed, it would reduce crime and increase the government income thereby lowering our taxes. It would also raise moral standards by having less people break the law. We all have our personal moral and ethical standards, a change in law would not affect them.

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May-09-13 5:18 PM

when the gay rights bill is passed lets legalize grass and as long as you are on a roll legalize all the illegals. This should give the ruling party control forever.

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May-09-13 11:35 AM

i miss gabberflasted. he was the only one with sound vision around here. he could really call it correctly. he saw all this coming from a dem-controlled congress and governor. i wonder why he doesn't comment anymore. atlas must have shrugged his way.

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May-09-13 9:35 AM

"History has shown that should your ilk ever prevail in gaining substantial control of our government people who think like me face a great risk of government persecution"--SELyonCo

that claim can't be backed-up. what a bigot. truth is, the only system that allows different beliefs to survive under it without persecution is Christianity, and not the kind of christianity that is dictate from a church.

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May-09-13 9:18 AM

To paraphrase Al, "if I agree with you that murder is wrong, I'm wonderful. If I disagree with you, no matter what grounds, I'm unworthy of respect". Some issues simply are that black and white. You can be on the right side of history or accept the consequences of being on the wrong side of it. History has shown that should your ilk ever prevail in gaining substantial control of our government people who think like me face a great risk of government persecution, but I am prepared to accept those consequences for trying to be fair and open-minded.

I do agree with you that this should be put to a public vote, because until the voters approve it there will simply legal challenges from opponents who simply can't accept that gay marriage doesn't hurt anyone.

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May-08-13 8:00 PM

SEL - you are showing you biases yet again. If I agree with you on gay marriage, then I am wonderful. If I disagree with you, no matter on what grounds, I am bigoted, rooted in the past and unworthy of any respect from you.

Can't have it both ways.

Let the entire voting public vote on this issue in a November election.

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May-08-13 3:15 PM

This bill is interesting but there are many that deserve equal attention from the media. Several tax bills are being strongly opposed by the liquor and tobacco industries. This bill is important for our environment, S.F. No. 796 - Game and Fish and Invasive Species. Rona, perhaps the whole state is filled with people, some of whom drink, smoke, like to fish, and who would like to pay less in taxes. Others believe we will have a better state if our education system is improved and properly funded. Finally our legislators are making some real progress.

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May-08-13 1:03 PM

Chris is absolutely right about your personal belief system playing a large part in whether or not you support this bill. If you truly believe that the U.S. is a country where all are equal under the law then this is the kind of equal rights bill your beliefs compel you to support. If, on the other hand, you are still stuck in the "separate, but equal" mindset of the last century then it makes sense that you would continue to oppose same-sex marriage, much like our forefathers opposed mix-race marriage, often using the same tactic of quoting scripture to justify their bigotry. As despicable as Westboro Baptist is, at least they are honest about hate driving their agenda.

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May-08-13 8:48 AM

You can see the priorities it being the most anticipated bill in years. The whole state must be filled with gays and illegals. No wonder the politicians voted themselves a big pay raise.

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