Archive for the ‘Minnesota’ Category

Gay marriage foes tout conservative-backed parenting study

Posted on: June 21st, 2012 by Andy Birkey 17 Comments

Maggie Gallagher appears on the Christian Broadcasting Network to discuss a controversial new study on children raised by gay parents.

A dozen groups fighting against marriage equality are touting a controversial study about gay and lesbian parenting that was funded by two conservative organizations. (more…)

Bachmann backs Minnesota anti-gay marriage amendment, says same-sex marriage is like incest

Posted on: February 8th, 2012 by Andy Birkey 2 Comments

After a failed attempt at the Republican nomination for president of the United States, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann has returned to one of her signature causes: banning marriage equality for same-sex couples. On the radio show of Pastor Brad Brandon, Bachmann expressed satisfaction that a cause she once championed — a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage — was finally on the state ballot in 2012. She said same-sex couples do not have a right to marriage, just like she does not have a right to marry her son.

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Al Franken stars in new marriage equality video

Posted on: January 26th, 2012 by Andy Birkey No Comments

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.)  lent his likeness to a new video series launched by the Human Rights Campaign called “Americans for Marriage Equality.” Franken is the first member of Congress to appear in a video for the campaign, which supports equal rights for same-sex couples, even as legislators in his home state have put a constitutional measure banning marriage equality on the 2012 ballot. The video was released on Thursday.

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Appeals court says Minnesota marriage-equality lawsuit can move forward

Posted on: January 23rd, 2012 by Andy Birkey No Comments

A panel of Minnesota judges on Monday ruled that at least part of a lawsuit over marriage rights for same-sex couples could go forward because a district court erred when it dismissed the case last year. Three couples sued for the right to marry in 2010 after they were denied marriage licenses by Hennepin County, the state’s largest county and home to Minneapolis. The decision could complicate a fervent debate in Minnesota over a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would ban same-sex marriage.

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Watchdog group releases extensive report on ALEC’s activities in Minnesota

Posted on: January 20th, 2012 by Andy Birkey 1 Comment

Campaign ethics advocate Common Cause Minnesota released a report on Wednesday outlining the connections the corporate-backed American Legislation Exchange Council has to Minnesota’s legislators. According to the report, titled “Legislating Under the Influence: How Corporations Write State Laws in Minnesota,” Minnesota has 30 members affiliated with ALEC — all Republicans — and at least 60 pieces of ALEC’s model legislation have been introduced in the state legislature. (more…)

Abortion-rights group predicts more anti-abortion legislation in 2012 than 2011

Posted on: January 19th, 2012 by Sofia Resnick 1 Comment

Twice as many anti-abortion-rights state laws were passed in 2011 than in 2010, according to a new report by NARAL Pro-Choice America, the nation’s largest abortion-rights policy group. Even more legislation is expected in 2012, NARAL policy experts said during a Thursday press briefing on the 21st edition of “Who Decides? The Status of Women’s Reproductive Rights in the United States.”  (more…)

News anchor, anti-abortion activist to be the ‘face’ of Minnesota anti-gay marriage amendment

Posted on: January 9th, 2012 by Andy Birkey 7 Comments

Kalley King Yanta, a former anchor for a Minneapolis-based television station and an anti-abortion-rights activist, has joined the Minnesota for Marriage group to anchor videos intended to convince Minnesotans to vote for the anti-gay-marriage amendment on the ballot in 2012. The videos — and Yanta — have come under immediate scrutiny.

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Archbishop orders Minnesota priests to support or stay silent on anti-gay-marriage amendment

Posted on: January 5th, 2012 by Andy Birkey 39 Comments

“There ought not be open dissension on this issue,” is the message the Catholic hierarchy is telling priests in Minnesota — “this issue” being same-sex marriage. (more…)