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04/19/2007


St. Paul, Minnesota Mayor Chris Coleman Renames Wabasha Bridge the 'Freedom to Marry Bridge'

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St. Paul, Minnesota mayor Chris Coleman is celebrating the state's expected passage of marriage equality today by renaming the bridge that spans the Mississippi in its honor.

Tweeted Coleman: "I renamedthe WabashaBridge 2 the Freedom to Marry Bridge for this week. Marriage equality here we come"

Join us at 1 pm ET for the debate and vote.

 


Watch: MN NOM Pastor Supports 'Friendships' for Gay Couples, Says God Did Not Create Anal Sex

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NOM Tour Tracker interviewer Arisha Hatch interviews St. Paul pastor Father Michael Becker about why he came out to NOM's rally, and about same-sex marriage and anal sex.

Says Becker:

"[In homosexual acts] you cannot have a full union of bodies and soul. You cannot have the fruition of children from love. God is not in the sexual acts that [homosexuals] commit."

He adds: "If you want to get to the nuts and bolts of it in the male homosexual world, I think the most heinous act is anal sex. Now, if anybody were to think about that in truth, they would say one person is being harmed by this act, which is why there are so many gastrointenstinal afflictions that come to many homosexuals that do this, and other kinds of afflictions. When you look at that individual act, you say, 'Did God create that? No way.' And would you ever want one of your children or grandchildren to be submitted to that kind of act? No."

Father Becker gets very flustered when he's asked if he's ever had a homosexual thought. I wonder why.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Watch: NOM's Brian Brown Interviewed in St. Paul, Minnesota

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NOM's Brian Brown calls Larry Adams' "noose" sign "totally unacceptable" but spends most of his time trying to paint NOM as victims, asking, "When is the leadership of the same-sex marriage movement going to [repudiate] the attacks on our First Amendment rights?"

By those attacks, he means the ones highlighted in the highly-edited "breaking news" propaganda video they put out.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Should an Anti-Gay Evangelist Be Allowed to Distribute Bibles at Pride in the Twin Cities?

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Twin Cities Pride is set to file an injunction in court following the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board's decision to allow an anti-gay evangelist and his wife to distribute Bibles at the Pride Festival in Minneapolis' Loring Park, which Pride organizers paid $36,000 to secure for the event.

200,000 are expected to attend.

The Minnesota Independent reports:

Pride officials say they will seek a federal injunction Wednesday to prevent the Johnsons from handing out books and anti-gay literature within Loring Park during the festival. They gave the park board until Tuesday evening to reverse the decision to allow the Johnsons in the park.

The Johnsons had put pressure on the park board when they enlisted the help of the Alliance Defense Fund, a James Dobson–affiliated religious right legal organization based in Arizona. The group has defended numerous cases of anti-gay protesters crossing legal lines to denounce LGBT people, including a similar case in New York.

In a complaint to the Minneapolis Park Board dated April 5, ADF called Twin Cities Pride a “festival devoted to the toleration of homosexual conduct.”

ADF “demands that… you will allow Mr. Johnson to enter into Loring Park and onto the perimeter sidewalks around the park to distribute literature, display signs and speak during the time of the festival,” the letter stated.

The ADF says that if the park board doesn’t allow Johnson into the park, it will sue. That prompted the park board to acquiesce. It wrote to ADF that it “will not prevent Brian Johnson from entering Loring Park or its perimeter sidewalks on June 26 and June 27, 2010 during the Minneapolis Pride Festival (‘Festival’) to distribute literature, display signs, and speak to members of the public.”

An April 28 letter from the ADF to Johnson said, “You should be able to return to the 2010 festival and exercise your right to free expression.” The letter added that ADF had closed the file and told Johnson, “Keep up the good work sharing the Gospel!”

Pride officials say not only did the Park Board cave, but they waited more than a month to tell them. In a letter to the board, festival organizers said that they were “shocked and dismayed” to learn about the decision relayed to them only weeks before the event.

Says Eileen Scallen, an attorney for the Pride Festival and a professor at William Mitchell College of Law: "The park board’s decision is akin to allowing the Klu Klux Klan to openly convey their racist and anti-immigration views at the Cinco de Mayo festival."

Organizers are citing a Supreme Court ruling in which a Boston LGBT group was barred from participating in that city's St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Johnson was prohibited from the Pride fest last year, but showed up anyway, and was arrested.

A news report interviewing Johnson before he was arrested last year, AFTER THE JUMP...

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MN School District Pays Family $25K Over Anti-Gay Harassment

Anoka-Hennepin School District in Minnesota, the largest in the state, settled a complaint by the family of a high school junior who claimed he was being harassed over his perceived sexual orientation, the Star Tribune reports:

Anokastep "The boy's 'fence swings both ways,' teacher Diane Cleveland commented during a class in the 2007-2008 school year, according to an investigation by the Minnesota Department of Human Rights. When the boy wrote a report on Ben Franklin, Cleveland allegedly said before the entire class that the boy had a 'thing for older men.' Another teacher, Walter Filson, said in front of other students that the boy 'enjoys wearing women's clothes.' When the boy decided to report on Abraham Lincoln, Filson allegedly said, 'Since you like your men older ...' the Human Rights report said."

The incident occurred at District 11's Secondary Technical Education Program (STEP) on the Anoka Technical College campus.The school district agreed to pay the family $25,000.


Towleroad Guide to the Tube #346

BARACK OBAMA'S TWO DADS: "That is a moment for the history books."

MAKE AN EFFORT: Minnesota based non-profit The UnConvention urges gay residents to welcome Republicans to St. Paul with a kiss.

RECKLESS JUDGMENT: The Palin nomination.

ST. PAUL RNC PROTESTS: A look inside.

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