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Minnesota: Same-sex marriage bill survives Republican attempts to halt it

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  1. The power of ‘religious conditioning’ never ceases to amaze me. If religion hadn’t ‘hijacked’ marraige, this wouldn’t even be a debate. Marriage should be a civil contract between two parties – irrespective of the gender of the parties. I’m SICK of religion’s bleating and influence over how I, as a non-believer, lead my life. Keep religion out of State matters.

  2. Robert in S. Kensington 14 Mar 2013, 12:57pm

    What also amazes me is the delay tactic when they say they are seeking more informabiout about whether it would cost taxpayers’ money to alow gay couples to marry. Yet, hetero couples continue to marry dad after day and no mention of the costs involved because of the benefits conferred both state and federal after marriage. If that’s their argument, then they might as well put a stop to anyone marrying.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 14 Mar 2013, 12:57pm

      …oops…should have been ‘information’ in the second sentence.

  3. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the Republican party as it exists now is on its last legs. It is increasingly split between the right-wing extremist religious element and a more moderate fiscally conservative aspect who understand that the American people have moved on from the “Guns and God” era.

    You just need to look at the last election and the results. The old Republican party is dead in the minds of most Americans, they just don’t understand that yet. The fanatics will have to split and create their own party, while the real Republican party moves forward to abandon religious and moralistic motivations to become more of a fiscally conservative party able to compete with the Democrats.

    America has moved on, and the very vocal religious right are now an increasing minority without enough support. The Republican party has to split to remain viable.

    This is great news and will give Americans two real parties to choose from. It’ll also force out the extremists.

  4. Spinner1906 14 Mar 2013, 1:20pm

    Isn’t it time the Republican Party was declared a hate group by SPLC?

    There are very few decent people left in it since the coup by the Tea Bags and religious extremists.

  5. Ever noticed how they bring up something else and yet even more seeking blocks and exemptions all over the place when they know they are losing? What is their problem? It’s like they just have to fight against something and they don’t care that it’s against their own law abiding citizens. The USA and UK no different in that respect. No exemptions. No exceptions. Equality all the way. I wish could laugh it off that what they are trying to stop is a vote on is a civil right to have civil rights as a human being. Where do they get off?

  6. On the other hand 14 Mar 2013, 2:43pm

    How about an article on how our own Home Secretary is promising to scrap our own equivalent of the human rights part of a Constitution, i.e. The European Convention on Human Rights, and the Human Rights Act. Without these we would not have had the scrapping of inequalities in the criminal laws, or the introduction of Civil Partnerships.

    We are seeing the demonising of human rights in the UK by the Minister who is responsible for protecting them. This is very dangerous in an age where austerity is seeing the rise of fascism in Europe.

  7. Gay Activist Paul Mitchell 16 Mar 2013, 7:31am

    Typical Republican Taliban Bigots. gay Marriage is going to happen wether you like it or not!

    Lets hope the SSM Bill passes the floor of both houses of the Minnesota Legislature!

    The SSM Bill needs 26 votes as a minimum in the Minnesota Senate and needs 45 to pass as a minimum in the Minnesota House of Representatives!

    The Democrat Governor said he will sign the bill into law if the SSM Bill passes both Houses (the same in Illinois, the Governor said there he will sign it if it reaches his desk, which already has passed the Illinois Senate about a month ago with over 30 votes as a minimum requirement)!

    Illinois just next door is yet to vote on their own SSM Bill in the Illinois House of Representatives and my sources say it is 7 votes short!

    It needs 60 votes to pass the Illinois House as a minimum!

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