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Minnesota Lawmakers Urge Vikings To Issue Harsher Punishment To Anti-Gay Coach

A group of 18 Minnesota lawmakers have written a letter to Vikings owner Zygi Wilf asking him to subject homophobic coach Mike Priefer to penalties harsher than those handed down last week following an investigation initiated by anti-gay claims made by former kicker Chris Kluwe. Priefer was suspended for three games and ordered to donate money to LGBT organizations. The Democratic politicians have called those disciplinary actions "inadequate" and also want the team to make the entire investigation public.

LawKARE 11, who interviewed one of those lawmakers, Rep. Frank Hornstein, reports:

"Racism, homophobia, discrimination in sports in unacceptable no matter where it comes from," Hornstein remarked. "And again, this should be taken much more seriously by the Vikings organization."

The letter was penned by Sen. Scott Dibble, a gay Minneapolis legislator and chief author of the Freedom to Marry Act in the Senate in 2013, which opened the door to same-sex marriages in Minnesota.

"This remark was outrageous when you stop and think about it," Dibble told KARE. "Can you imagine someone saying the same thing about any other minority group? People shouldn't joke about genocide and get away with it."

In his letter to Wilf, Dibble pointed out that L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling was banned from the NBA and ordered to sell his team for making racially charged remarks to a female friend.

The letter reads in part:

6a00d8341c730253ef01a511e54061970cIt bears remembering that the taxpayers are contributing nearly a half billion dollars to build a new stadium for the Vikings, allowing a considerable boost in its revenues. It is also important to make note of the fact that Minnesota taxpayers are being asked yet again to contribute to the bottom line of an already very profitable industry with $10 billion in revenues, in the form of continuing a sales tax exemption on ticket purchases for the NFL’s 2018 Super Bowl. In light of this enormous public effort, it is imperative that your organization be held accountable. This is especially true when it would seem that Vikings leadership is turning a blind eye to such egregious misconduct and seems determined to remain opaque to the very public which has invested so much in the success of your team. 

You can read the full letter here.

The Vikings issued the following response:

As a result of the findings, we have taken the appropriate actions to hold individuals accountable and to ensure we continue to have a workplace environment that respects tolerance, diversity and inclusion. We have addressed this matter completely and are unable to comment further due to pending litigation.

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Chris Kluwe Outraged Over Light Punishment for Homophobic Vikings Coach, Still Plans to Sue: VIDEO

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Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe is outraged over the punishment meted out by the team to special teams coach Mike Priefer following the results of an investigation in to Kluwe's claims of homophobic remarks and anti-gay bias by the team.

Priefer was suspended for 3 games and ordered to make a donation to LGBT organizations.

Kluwe spoke to KMSP about the investigation.

Said Kluwe:

"Players who get caught smoking weed or DUI get 4 games, and you're telling me the guy who made a comment like 'let's round up all the gays put them on an island nuke it till it glows' -- he's only going to get a slap on the wrist? ... I think he's probably sorry that all of this ever happened. I don't think he's truly sorry because in the report he kind of backs his way and says yeah, I kind of said it...The NFL is a league where you can get redemption for killing someone, for beating your wife in an elevator, for driving drunk, for a whole variety of things but when you speak out for civil rights, that's the one thing you cannot get redeemed for."

Kluwe says he still plans to sue the organization and his attorney is still requesting the full 150-page investigation.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Chris Kluwe to Sue Minnesota Vikings for Withholding Results of Investigation into Homophobia Claims

Back in January, the Minnesota Vikings announced it had hired attorneys to lead an investigation into claims by former punter Chris Kluwe, who said in an article published on Deadspin that he was released from the team because of his gay activism.

KluweKluwe also claimed that special teams coordinator Mike Priefer unleashed a homophobic rant in his presence, saying, "We should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows."

At the time, Kluwe said that he would sue the Vikings if the investigation turned up clean. But today Kluwe and his attorneys announced they would be suing the team for refusing to release the results of the recently-completed investigation, Pioneer Press reports:

"After the Vikings were given the investigative materials from Magnuson and Madel, in order to further maintain objectivity and integrity, the team engaged a nationally-prominent law firm -- Littler Mendelson P.C. -- to evaluate employment law matters and provide findings and recommendations to the Vikings," according to the team's Tuesday statement. "Those recommendations are to be provided to the team this week."

Kluwe and Halunen held a press conference Tuesday morning to announce the lawsuit and denounce the team for reneging on what they said was a promise to make the investigation public.

Halunen said he was contacted by Vikings' representatives on Monday and was told they do not intend to make the report available either to Kluwe or to the public.

"At this point we have no choice but to file a lawsuit against the Vikings," Halunen said.

Kluwe told reporters that if the investigation results are released he will reconsider the lawsuit.


Minnesota Republican Runs On Anti-Sodomy Platform

Bob FreyDespite all of the legal wins being made in terms of LGBT advancement and equality, some politicians still feel that running on an anti-gay, anti-sodomy platform is a winning issue. Bob Frey of Minnesota is one of those politicians. Frey is coming at the issue from a health-based perspective which, if nothing else, is a refreshing change from the usual song and dance about how much God hates the gays. Said Frey in an interview with Minnpost's Cyndy Brucato:

It’s about sodomy. It’s huge amounts of money. AIDS is a long term illness, causing pain, suffering, death, a long-term illness that’s very expensive to treat.

Unfortunately, Frey doesn't understand how HIV works:

When you have egg and sperm that meet in conception, there’s an enzyme in the front that burns through the egg. The enzyme burns through so the DNA can enter the egg. If the sperm is deposited anally, it’s the enzyme that causes the immune system to fail. That’s why the term is AIDS – autoimmune deficiency system.

With as much information as there is available on HIV there is no excuse for this level of ignorance, much less for his insistence on spreading his misinformation to his constituents. Unfortunately, his backwards views are precisely the thing that has earned endorsements from other Republican candidates in Minnesota.


Betty Crocker Asks People To Bake Rainbow Desserts For Pride Month And Show Them Off: VIDEO

CakeThe baking giant has launched a new campaign asking people to show their pride this June by baking rainbow colored tasty treats and sharing them on social media, according to Marketing Magazine. Owned and operated by General Mills, Betty Crocker will display some of the images of desserts with a dose of pride this weekend at their stand at Minnesota Pride. 

Betty Crocker has recently stepped up to the plate on LGBT issues, paying particular attention to LGBT families. The company created a “Families Project” to focus on celebrating families of all stripes and last year travelled to Pride celebrations around the country declaring, “Betty Crocker loves all families, no matter what they look like.” Last year Betty also provided free wedding cakes to some of the first same-sex couples to wed in Minnesota (where General Mills is based) as the state’s ban on same-sex marriage came to an end. As you can imagine, Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins was none too pleased with Betty’s support for gay couples and called for a boycott of the company. 

View some of Betty’s pride-ful recipes and take a bite out of the rainbow HERE.

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Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton Signs Tougher Anti-Bullying Bill into Law: VIDEO

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Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton today sign a bill strengthening the state's anti-bullying bill after the legislature passed it in a late night session Tuesday night, WCCO reports:

The bill requires school districts to track and investigate cases of bullying and directs schools to better train staff and teachers on how to prevent it. Current law requires school districts to have a bullying policy but doesn’t include details on what the policy should contain.

...The far-reaching law includes 19 bullying categories, from physical appearance to welfare families to sexual orientation and gender identity.

Watch Dayton sign the bill in WCCO's report, AFTER THE JUMP...

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