Lawmaker Cries on House Floor, Upset Gays Might Be Able to Marry: ‘My Heart Breaks for Minnesota’

ScottTears were shed for equality in Minnesota this week, but some were not of the joyful kind.

One Minnesota lawmaker is taking the state's expected passage of marriage equality very hard.

"My heart breaks for Minnesota," said a Rep. Peggy Scott, R-Andover. "It’s a divisive issue that divides our state,” she said, wiping tears from her eyes as she stood on the House floor after the vote. “It’s not what we needed to be doing at this time. We want to come together for the state of Minnesota, we don’t want to divide it."

The Washington Post interviewed House Speaker Paul Thissen on this week's vote:

I did not (know I would get Republican support on the bill). I had an inkling we might, but we didn’t call the vote until we knew we had the votes on our side…I think it’s hugely significant, because it shouldn’t be a partisan issue. And nationally, it’s really not. There are so many Republicans across the country that do support moving in this direction. And so what that means, for the state, for the conversation we’re having, is that it has moved beyond being a partisan issue to being an issue about Minnesotans and their freedom and equality. And I think that’s hugely important.

The Senate has scheduled debate to begin at 12 pm (1 pm ET) on Monday.

Comments

  1. Caliban says

    She looks a bit like Christine Baranski, playing a f*cking idiot, in a bad wig. And her comments are moronic. If you don’t want to “divide” Minnesota then stop being so divisive about the civil rights of a group of people and keep your Sky Fairy BS where it belongs, far away from government.

  2. PE says

    I hope because the gays are able to get marry, she will keep crying for the rest of her life. Drink plenty of water as you will need them for re-hydration.

  3. Zeke Rice says

    Letter I just sent to my hometown newspaper:

    Representative Peggy Scott is getting a lot of press about her weepy reaction to the House’s vote in favor of marriage equality. She said that her “heart breaks for Minnesota” over this “divisive issue that divides our state.” She also said: “It’s not what we needed to be doing at this time. We want to come together for the state of Minnesota, we don’t want to divide it.” Perhaps she needs to be reminded that she had no such qualms about dividing our state in favor of her own interests when she co-authored the Marriage Amendment in April 2011.

  4. MArk says

    She should be impeached for such an outrageous behavior, there shouldn’t be place in politic for emotionally unstable people, I think is a serious issue

  5. Eddie says

    So in her mind, telling some citizens of Minnesota that their families are inferior and unworthy of recognition will bring Minnesota together?

  6. gregorybrown says

    That is Good Xtian Woman Hair/out in public version. Yes, she ought to be at home with her children. I’m surprised her husband allows such things. It may have the veneer but can’t be a TRULY Xtian household.

  7. GeoffreyPS says

    She’s a genius for figuring out that something that is divisive can divide people. Whoa!! You learn something new every day.

    And on a side note, what is up with her hair! Girl needs some gay friends. Maybe if she dropped the ‘tude….

  8. Rick says

    Her heart is breaking because this is another step towards her privileges as a woman being nullified–social privileges that come from the cultural notion that men should devote themselves to a woman as their principal source of emotional sustenance.

    Really and truly, the attempts of some of you to create this distinction between women like this and left-leaning feminists are misguided.

    At the very least, the emergence of women as the voice and face of the most blatant homophobia is something you cannot ignore–whether it’s this woman or Maggie Gallagher or Michelle Bachman in this country or–in other countries–Julia Gillard (Australia), Brigitte Bardot (France), Angela Merkel (Germany), and others.

    And no, these women are not all devout “Christians” or extremist right-wingers, the way some of you on the Far Left would dearly like to write them off as being, so as to maintain your peculiar, mythological notion that there is some common cause between women and gay men, when, in fact, there never has been and there is never going to be.

    Whether they all embrace the entire leftist agenda, morevoer, does not mean that they are not living feminist-inspired lives, by pursuing power, often being totally unattached to or guided by men (both Gillard and Merkel are unmarried and childless, the prototypical feminist ideal of the “independent” woman)

    It is really hight time that some of you realized that women in general are, at the very least, no more sympathetic towards us–not as EQUALS, that is–than men are….and that that applies to women other than just a handful of Evangelical kooks.

    To fail to do so is to make a serious strategic error.

  9. Geoff says

    She had one brain cell, but it fell off and rolled under the refrigerator 20 years ago, in another house…in another state. It never turned up. We’ve stopped looking. Pray…or not.

  10. Gry says

    Ever notice how it’s never “the right time” for civil equality with these types? Full citizenship is just supposed to be this nebulous possibility that maybe could kinda happen at some undetermined future date when America has zero other concerns on its plate.

    Conservatism = delaying necessary changes with obstruction, lies, and tearful hissy fits.

  11. UFFDA says

    Well, at the very least Rick is interesting to read even though he’s a real broken-record on the woman thing. I try to see from his point of view but my experience of women is too positive for the jump. Seems to me there are a lot more men than women who despise gay people.

    Of course the best thing is that he infuriates so many which means he always incites a blast of entertaining invective. Go ahead, waste your time KIWI et al.

  12. Michaelandfred says

    It already IS divided numbskull, you just want it to be won in your favor. Plus, you get your wish. This took barely a week, now you can get back to that other “important” work you’re talking about. Probably defunding schools, women’s shelter, food kitchens and the like.

    Oh, say Hey! to Michelle for us :-)

  13. Rick says

    “Seems to me there are a lot more men than women who despise gay people.”

    @UFFDA There are a lot more men that despise sissies than there are women who do. Men despise sissies because they are implicitly anti-male and anti-masculinity. This does not bother women–for whom masculinity is not an issue–particularly since those sissies tend to be useful to them in lots of ways (as everything from their confidantes to their hairdressers).

    So you are right in one sense. As long as gay men were/are willing to surrender their masculinity and their claim to being respected AS MEN in society, women are far less hostile to them.

    What is changing, though, and why you see women becoming more and more vocally homophobic, while masculine straight men are becoming more and more supportive of us…..is that we are on the verge of making male homosexuality (not effeminacy, but homosexuality) an acceptable part of masculinity…..as that happens, men become liberated from women socially, emotionally, and even sexually, which undercuts the power that women have had, benefiting from a homophobic culture in which gays were barred from social respectability (except as playthings to women)

    The reason you and others are confused is because we are in the midst of a PROCESS of CHANGE and that process does not complete itself all at once.

    I can assure you that my vision will prove accurate over the long run, though.

  14. Rick says

    That said, I’m not actually out of the closet myself. And I don’t have any gay friends. So I’m pretty much just making this all up because I don’t have a life and haven’t ever had a sexual encounter with another man that didn’t involve me being in head-to-toe drag with my mouth placed firmly around a gloryhole.

    But I do gay effeminate gay men. Especially when I see them out having “brunch” and walking around arm-in-arm with thei boyfriends, and air-kissing their diva buddies and generally having a great time in the company of other gay men.

    I hate it because even though I convince myself that I’m more masculine than them, I’ve somehow not been able to grow the balls needed to be openly gay and ever interact with other gay males.

  15. says

    Mommy-issues Rick is as unintentionally comical as her hairstyle. Putting this teary-eyed, insignificant bimbo in a category with world leaders (despicable ones, it’s true) Julia Gillard and Angela Merkel because, you know, they all happen to have vaginas, is misogyny at its silliest. A woman–and a lesbian–got the bill through the Minnesota House. And there was no shortage of male morons opposing the bill for the same irrational reasons as the bimbo.

  16. Rick says

    “A woman–and a lesbian–got the bill through the Minnesota House.”

    Hypothetical question for you, Ernie. Suppose that there were a bill that would only benefit gay men, rather than both gay men and lesbians. Do you think that it would have any chance of passage with any legislative body in the entire country?

    Another question: Given a choice between a gay man and a straight woman with identical positions on every issue, do you think most lesbians would support and vote for the straight woman or the gay man?

  17. Rick says

    Stop using facts and logic like a typical effeminate liberal. Don’t you know that coming online to complain about women and liberals and effeminates is the only thing distracting me from sticking my head in an oven???

  18. Rick says

    You effeminacy-loving stereotypical gays are all the same. Don’t you realize that the Masculine Revolution is going to be won by closeted men like myself who type stupid diatribes on internet messageboards?

  19. Lars says

    Haha Rick is hilarious. Why would ANYONE support a bill like that, be they man or woman?? Such a bill should not pass, as the coercive power of the state should not be used to institute or perpetuate unequal treatment (in the absence of a compelling interest). You funny.

  20. JONES says

    @Rick
    Your ‘vision’??
    Only ‘macho’ gay men would have equality? And just exactly who gets to determine who is ‘macho’ enough? YOU?

    You want to separate those who are non-hetero into individual groups and then decide one at a time who qualifies for civil rights? Have you any concept of how ludicrous that sounds?

    Nobody says you have to be effeminate, or be the Stetson Man, whatever.
    Go read some Shakesville and stop hating.

  21. says

    What I love most about the RICKs of the world is that their hoped-for revolution will never come. And it shouldn’t.

    Every gay person that is actually Out and lives and breathes in the real world knows that the change that is happening is that people are no longer being indoctrinated into prejudice and bigotry in the numbers and ways they previously were.

    We have teens coming out with the love and support of their peers. Parents embracing their LGBT children and becoming aware as parents of what they can do to make their kids’ lives easier.

    It’s rather beautiful.

    “effeminate gays will never be accepted” is a lie that grown-adult closet cases need to tell themselves to justify their own cowardly refusal to come out.

    oh well. not my problem :)

  22. willis mcgranahan says

    did her heart break when this country went to no fault divorce allowing christians to marry, divorce, and remarry as many times as they want. so many “god loving christians” need to open the bible and read it again and look at their own sins.

  23. says

    Good lord, woman. Stop with the histrionics and STFU. Other countries have had gay marriage legal for decades, and they haven’t crumbled into the sea. Just go home, put on some Barry White or Al Green, pour yourself a glass or two of Merlot, and chill the f**k out.

  24. says

    Good lord, woman. Stop with the histrionics and STFU. Other countries have had gay marriage legal for decades, and they haven’t crumbled into the sea. Just go home, put on some Barry White or Al Green, pour yourself a glass or two of Merlot, and chill the f**k out.

  25. says

    Good lord, woman. Stop with the histrionics and STFU. Other countries have had gay marriage legal for decades, and they haven’t crumbled into the sea. Just go home, put on some Barry White or Al Green, pour yourself a glass or two of Merlot, and chill the f**k out.

  26. says

    Good lord, woman. Stop with the histrionics and STFU. Other countries have had gay marriage legal for decades, and they haven’t crumbled into the sea. Just go home, put on some Barry White or Al Green, pour yourself a glass or two of Merlot, and chill the f**k out.

  27. says

    Good lord, woman. Stop with the histrionics and STFU. Other countries have had gay marriage legal for decades, and they haven’t crumbled into the sea. Just go home, put on some Barry White or Al Green, pour yourself a glass or two of Merlot, and chill the f**k out.

  28. says

    Good lord, woman. Stop with the histrionics and STFU. Other countries have had gay marriage legal for decades, and they haven’t crumbled into the sea. Just go home, put on some Barry White or Al Green, pour yourself a glass or two of Merlot, and chill the f**k out.

  29. says

    Good lord, woman. Stop with the histrionics and STFU. Other countries have had gay marriage legal for decades, and they haven’t crumbled into the sea. Just go home, put on some Barry White or Al Green, pour yourself a glass or two of Merlot, and chill the f**k out.

  30. says

    Good lord, woman. Stop with the histrionics and STFU. Other countries have had gay marriage legal for decades, and they haven’t crumbled into the sea. Just go home, put on some Barry White or Al Green, pour yourself a glass or two of Merlot, and chill the f**k out.

  31. JONES says

    Andy,

    Comments revamp time? We really need a monitor.

    ‘Big Blond Hiar’ lady’s screed was straight (pun intended) out of the AFA handbook. All fear memes. Wonder if we can get info on her campaign donors?

  32. Matt N says

    The arguments keep getting more ridiculous. We can’t have same-sex marriage because it will “divide” the state. Well, not having same-sex marriage also divides the state, so they are divided either way.

    Why not just say “I don’t like gay people and don’t want them to have the same rights as me”. At least that’s simple and honest.

  33. says

    @Rick, why answer hypothetical questions, nonsensical ones at that, when the world is full of real questions that actually matter. In the real world–the one in which I live and in which I know lots of powerful lesbians and gay men–lesbians and gay men have no problem working together for the common good of both. The only lesbians I’ve ever had an issue with are ones who came of age during the men-are-evil separatist era and never got over it. Their time and influence has passed, just as the closet-era has passed. (They also have a lot in common with you, oddly enough.)

  34. JONES says

    ‘It’s just not the time for this’

    Can you even believe she’d even have the nerve to go there.

    When would be the right time for you to consider my equality?
    When would it be most convenient for you?

  35. Bernie says

    cry me a river…..aw…..if I was in MN, I would give her some tissues to wipe away her tears…..but wait she might catch being gay if I give her a tissue

  36. EJC says

    Her hair made her say those things,one good trip to a Gay Hairdresser and I promise you her life world change. As it is now she is stuck pretending to be Goldilocks,and, unfortunately not a very good one! Feel pity not hatred! She just too stupid to waste any time even considering!

  37. says

    She wants to “come together for the state of Minnesota” … who does she think this legislation is for? What this woman really wants is to come together for the majority of people, and to disregard anyone else.

  38. Willy says

    OK, going to be tacky here. Is she in drag and if not, she looks like the troll doll I had attached on my pencil as a kid where you would roll it until the hair stuck up!
    Happy to say, that girls tears are made for walkin’ because we won@!!@@

  39. 1♥ says

    @straight
    Marriage is a vow of eternal love between two people regardless of gender.

    That is something people like you will never have, or understand.

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