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After Forcing A Vote On Anti-Gay Amendment, NOM Wonders Why MN Has No Budget

May 26, 2011 2:47 pm ET by Carlos Maza & Brian Powell

When it comes to bashing those who support marriage equality, there really is no argument too shameful or pathetic for the National Organization for Marriage (NOM).

On Wednesday, NOM criticized Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton for issuing a symbolic veto of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, claiming that he was wasting time instead of focusing on passing a state budget:

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Where was this concern for the budget while NOM was spending hundreds of thousands of out-of-state dollars convincing state legislators to waste time debating the amendment in the first place?

Where was this concern for the budget when NOM was scaring constituents into believing they needed to act quickly to stop same-sex marriage despite the fact that same-sex marriage is already illegal in Minnesota and that the legislature still has over a year to determine what issues will go on the 2012 ballot?

Instead of coming up with a compromise budget to send to the governor before adjourning on Monday, legislators spent the last few days of the session debating and voting on the proposed marriage amendment.

Even several supporters of the amendment, like Rep. Denny McNamara, recognized that it was distracting lawmakers from dealing with the state’s budget crisis:

“I don’t believe it was the right time to do it,” McNamara said on Monday. “We need to work on our budget issues. Granted, we had sent budget proposals to the governor, but they’re not resolved yet. You also have to question if we really should put something in the Constitution that is already in statute. I just don’t know that it was necessary to do, and I would rather [we had] not brought it up for a vote.”

Never mind all of that. Clearly, it’s Gov. Dayton’s 20-minute press conference that’s really been preventing the state legislature from passing a budget.

If Minnesota’s government is forced to shut down on July 1, NOM and its anti-gay allies in the state legislature, not Gov. Dayton, will be most to blame.


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