House OKs gay marriage ban question: GOP Rep. John Kreisel votes no [VIDEO]

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John Kreisel, Iraq war veteran, patriot, and opponent of the gay marriage ban.
A 2012 ballot question that aims to ban gay marriage via the state constitution has now been approved by both the Minnesota House and Senate, in a mighty demonstration of how lawmakers really know how to prioritize our problems.

All that pesky second-tier legislative work, like job creation and budget balancing, definitely needed to be pushed aside in favor of mission-critical work -- supported by Bradlee Dean -- that seeks to ban something that's already banned.

But Republican Rep. John Kreisel had other priorities.

Kreisel, a true patriot, fought in the Iraq war. And he told his colleagues before they voted on Saturday that fighting to deprive certain Americans of their rights was not what he had in mind when he signed on the dotted line to defend and possibly die for his country.


"If this was 5, 6 years ago, I probably would have voted 'yes,' because I didn't think about it. I just thought about my family. I thought about what affects my wife and kids and nothing else," Kriesel said. Everything changed. I went to Iraq. I was in an incident. I nearly died. I remember laying there, looking down and seeing my legs mangled, and pretty much guaranteeing that I was done. I was a done deal. I thought that was where my life was going to end. And I remember thinking of my wife and my kids. That's what crossed my mind. And that's what kept me fighting; the love I have for them."

"It woke me up. It changed me," Kriesel said. "Because of that, it's made me think about this issue and say, 'You know what, what would I do without my wife?' She makes me happy. Life is hard. We're in a really tough time in our history. Happiness is so, so hard to find for people. So they find it, they find someone that makes them happy, and we want to take that person away. We want to say, 'Oh no, you can be together, you can love that person, but you can't marry them.' You can't marry them. That's wrong."


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Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Let's see, ONE Republican voted against it; so isn't the bigger story:TWO DEMOCRATS VOTED FOR IT?

True fascism is when a government DOESN'T allow it's people to vote on important issues like this, and that's exactly what the democrats (minus the two who voted for it) and John Kreisel (republican) WERE trying to do.

Again, TWO Democrats voted for SF 1308 which adds a place for YOU THE CITIZEN to vote in 2012 on weather or not a gay marriage ban would be added to the Minnesota State Constitution.That is TRUE DEMOCRACY!  Let the people vote!Thank you Republicians!  (minus Mr. Fascism, John Kreisel)

This is the typical partisan tripe CP wishes for it's readers to swallow.But then again; why on earth would a extreme partisan news source like Citypages ever publish anything to paint their own (democrats) as bad.   See, it's ok for their own to do it, but never them "evil Republicans"...

And to follow the statement by the commenter "zerofor"It's nice to know TWO democrats are not affraid of their party, and the gay lobbyist.  Apparently zerofor doesn't like the right to vote... 

Edit:Bianca was correct, it was four Republicans that voted against.


Nice to know that one or two Republicans that aren't afraid of their party.


Pretty sure four republicans voted against. And I still don't understand how letting others decide whether or not someone else can get married is democracy. I'd call it discrimination and inequality. 

Politricks man.. Politricks.


Because we should've put Brown v. Board of Education to a popular vote?

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