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Minnesota lawmaker’s defense of gay marriage goes viral

Though Minnesota politicians voted to put a gay marriage ban on the ballot in 2012 yesterday, the eloquent words of one of the measure’s detractors have caught the nation’s attention.

Rep. Steve Simon, DFL-St. Louis Park, Minnesota, gave an impassioned speech asking lawmakers on the House committee not to place a gay marriage ban in the state’s Constitution. (Gay marriage is already outlawed in the state.) He also objected to the religious tone of the debate, as most of the people testifying in favor of the ballot measure were faith leaders or using religious arguments.
Representative Steve Simon said, “I’m Jewish. Eating pork or shellfish is not

allowed in my tradition, but I would never ask the government to impose that on our fellow citizens. We have to be careful about trying to enshrine our beliefs, however religiously valid you may believe them to be, in the Minnesota Constitution.”

He then referenced a clergy member who testified to the committee that sexuality was a gift from God.

“I think that’s true […] and I would ask everyone on this committee […] if that’s true, if it’s even possibly true, what does that do to the moral force of your argument?”

“How many more gay people does God have to create before we ask ourselves whether or not God actually wants them around?” he asked to applause.



Here are his comments:






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