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Republicans prevent DFL Senators from attending marriage equality signing ceremony

by The Big E on May 16, 2013 · 15 comments

imagesqtbnANd9GcRhlLTHok0fDiQpsx_IVQRQg-lVMpygkf1rEyJsns1mZT-bzjRXThere is a reason you didn’t see any Minnesota State Senators at the marriage equality signing ceremony on the State Capitol steps. It is because the Republican Senators behaved like absolute jerks. Only the bill’s authors, Sen. Scott Dibble and Sen. Tony Lourey, attended.
The rest were called to the floor of the Senate for a series of useless, time-wasting procedural motions.
Republicans called in all Senators to the floor for an adjournment vote. This is the highest ranking motion legislators can file and requires the attendance of all Senators. There is no debate or discussion, but DFLers needed a majority there to make sure the Republicans couldn’t end the legislative session before all of the Senate’s business was completed. Like the budget, for example.
clowns-1Once everyone (aside from Dibble and Lourey) were in the chamber, Republicans filed a arcane motion requiring Sargeant-At-Arms to bar the doors and prevent any Senators from leaving.
The sole purpose of these procedural votes was to make sure that the DFLers couldn’t join their friends, families and constituents on the Capitol steps and celebrate our momentous victory.
BTW, DFLers didn’t pull any bull**** like this when the bigots passed their bill to get the anti-marriage amendment on the ballot back in 2011.
What a bunch of sad and petty clowns.

Karen Louise Boothe May 16, 2013 at 7:01 pm

Weak people employ power plays. People with strong personal agency and REAL power don’t need tricks to be change makers and “influentials” in the world. Cannot wait to marry my wife, legally now, following our spiritual union in 2009.

gregladen May 16, 2013 at 8:22 pm

This is unbelievable. Even when they are not in the majority they manage to yank the DFLers around like they had rings in their noses. And I don’t mean the good kind.

Penny Marie Sautereau May 16, 2013 at 9:31 pm

Oh that’s childishly petty even for the GOP.

Aleks May 16, 2013 at 11:58 pm

I respectfully disagree that this is any sort of a new low for the GOP.

The Big E May 17, 2013 at 7:39 am

Ha! I think you’re right.

Eric Ferguson May 17, 2013 at 12:15 am

I have a feeling the next iteration of Senate rules will change that procedure.

Ryan May 17, 2013 at 3:02 pm

I have my guesses, but is there any more information on who in the Republican leadership is responsible for these shenanigans? This really should be getting more press.

billegoat May 17, 2013 at 4:41 pm

Whoa, whoa, whoa…
I am by no means completely defending this, as the rule invoked to do so is seldom used, and in this instance seemed like yet another low down dirty “tactic”. BUT, the Senate was in the midst of debating a bill to allow child care workers to take unionization votes. While I am glad we passed the gay marriage bill, I do believe that the debate regarding unionization was a valid argument to see through….however there is no mention made of that part of the story here.
A bunch of sad and petty clowns indeed.

Truth May 18, 2013 at 1:30 am

Missing a lot of key facts in this article. The DFL has the majority and can get through any motion they so choose. The DFL with foresight could have recessed for the ceremony, adjourned for the ceremony or if they removed the Senate from being ‘Under Call’ the archaic maneuver of barring the door would have been lifted along with it. Instead they brought up the controversial bill of childcare unionization during the ceremony. This was a mistake by the majority. There was a number of things they could have and should have done in order for all of them to be able to attend.

Michelle May 19, 2013 at 1:15 am

Bigot: a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially : one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance

Is this the pot calling the kettle black?

Dog Gone May 19, 2013 at 7:44 am

It’s the MN GOP Kettle just being as black- or at least black-hearted – as they can be.

It’s crock how the right acts like bigots, legislates like bigots, speaks and writes like bigots, and then tries to project their bigotry off on other people when they get called on their sincerely held deeply bigoted beliefs.

That would be the ones they are trying to impose on others.

Don’t like gay marriage? Don’t have one. Your choice. NOT your choice, to force others to make the same choice instead of letting them choose for themselves.

Deny others the right to attend an event or ceremony? More intolerance and bigotry, seasoned with an especially nasty and small-minded dash of spite.

And the MN GOP wonders wonders wonders why there is not more good will towards the minority party? Because they behave badly, far too often.

That pretty much sums up that key part of being a bigot, reserving for yourself rights, prerogatives, and privileges that you deny to other people. Like freedom of religion, and freedom FROM your religion being forced on those who don’t share your beliefs.

Those who share with others the maximum freedom to make their own choices for themselves are not, by definition, acting, or speaking or regarding others with either intolerance or bigotry. They are standing up against a bigoted minority that is trying to terrorize and tyrannize others, creating injustices and inequality.

Glad I could clarify that for you, in case you have a little of that black kettle schmutz you need to clean off yourself.

Michelle May 19, 2013 at 2:08 pm

I see the opportunity for self-reflection was lost on you.

The Big E May 20, 2013 at 7:42 am

So when a bigot like yourself, Michelle, decides to pivot and call those who are fighting for the rights of all the same thing we labeled you, this provides us with an “opportunity for self-reflection”? That makes no sense.

Furthermore, why is it you bigots hate gays and lesbians so much?

Maybe it’s time you thought about how Republicans hatred for LGBTs, brown-skinned people, state employees, poor people and women … in other words, the vast majority of Americans … is making your party a third rate political force in America.

Thank you for bringing your stupid to my blog. Your stupid is always welcome.

Dog Gone May 19, 2013 at 8:57 am

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