MN for Marriage still wants you to falsely believe Buffalo church vandal was pro-gay

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Minnesota for Marriage's logic apparently goes something like this: Our signs get vandalized, therefore you should vote yes.
Minnesota for Marriage, the state's leading anti-gay marriage group, enjoys portraying itself as a victim. The organization's Twitter and Facebook pages are replete with posts decrying the defacing of its yard signs, featuring images like the one above, as if that provides good reason to vote in favor of enshrining a same-sex marriage ban in the state constitution.

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So it makes sense that Minnesota for Marriage sought to use a recent string of vandalism at Buffalo churches to bolster its campaign. But they continue to do so five days after officials made it clear the church vandal was motivated by "his anger with God," not support for gay rights.

The vandal broke windows at a number of churches and plastered posters that said something to the effect of, 'Jesus was gay.' In the wake of the vandalism, some speculated it might've had something to do with the Minnesota marriage amendment, but that possibility was quickly ruled out when Wade Murray, 30, was arrested hours after news of the property damage went public.

From the Star Tribune:
"The suspect explained that he was motivated to commit these acts due to his anger with God over personal issues; there was no mention of, nor any indication of, political motivations to the suspect's actions," [Buffalo Police Chief Mitch] Weinzetl said Wednesday night...

"I originally thought the vandalism might have been related to the amendment because of the poster, but there was nothing indicating the amendment on the posters, and the random selection of churches would also probably dismiss that theory," [Hosanna Lutheran Church Pastor Rob] Jarvis said. "But I wonder if all the talk about the [marriage] amendment might have aggravated this particular person."
Yet nearly a week later, this post remains up on Minnesota for Marriage's Facebook page:
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The comments on the post make clear that many still don't understand the vandalism had nothing to do with the marriage amendment whatsoever.

This isn't the first time Minnesota for Marriage has used deception for its purposes. To take just one example, early last month, one of the organization's Minnesota Marriage Minute videos blatantly misinterpreted a widely discredited academic study about parenting to make a case that "there are many major, highly negative differences" between outcomes for kids raised by heterosexual couples and those raised by gays.


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travis.peterson
travis.peterson

It doesn't institute any ban on anything. It only explicitly explains what is already in place, the marriage between one man and one woman. Please be more ignorant elsewhere.

rubyleigh
rubyleigh

@happy_skeptic @lisa_ray wait, what is this about? I was just laughing at the well modified sign? ;)

DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

"...but most of the target churches targeted define marriage as between a man and a woman."

 

Most? So there is a church in Buffalo that DOESN'T? Buffalo, I had you all wrong!

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

What do you expect from scumbags like MN for Marriage?  They are terrible people that want to use government to tell people who they are allowed to love.  Bunch of gay hating phonies that hide their hate behind the Bible.  If these idiots gave one shit what the Bible says then why don't they try and make adultry illegal?   That's an actual commandment.  Anti gay marriage people are just bigots hiding behind religion so they can hate.    Look at all the so called "small government" conservatives on here.  They want government to be big enough to tell consenting adults who they can marry.  That's how you can tell Republicans don't give a shit about making government smaller. 

erinmgibson
erinmgibson

@citypages I wonder how MN for Marriage would feel about the house in my neighb that defaced Vote No signs and turned them into Vote Yes.

happy_skeptic
happy_skeptic

@rubyleigh The Buffalo guy who vandalized several area churches. @MNforMarriage is trying to make it look like he's pro-gay.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

 @MicheleBachmann Don't faint MB, I'm almost going to agree with you. Just with out all the name calling.  To me most of this is wasted time and effort as in the end it changes nothing. Even with my No vote it still won't be legal for gays to marry in this state.

I'm all for gay marriage, have at it.They can't be any worse at it than straights.

My only concern is if it were used against churches, synagogues and mosques to force them to go against their teachings.

ajdomanico
ajdomanico

@erinmgibson @citypages or the 70+ Vote No signs that have been stolen thus far on Midway Ave in St. Paul/Como

rubyleigh
rubyleigh

@happy_skeptic @mnformarriage oh that's too bad.

ludwitr
ludwitr

 @CinBlueland  @MicheleBachmann ...how will it do that?  The church doesn't have to recognize your marriage, and they don't have to allow you to get married on their premises.

erinmgibson
erinmgibson

@adomanico01 70!? that is ridiculous.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

 @ludwitr  @MicheleBachmann True and agreed. The concerns I've heard from religious groups is that once it is a State Law they might push to force religious institutions to abide by state law. (Not a huge concern as it hasn't shown up in IA or other states that have legalized)

erinmgibson
erinmgibson

@adomanico01 given the number of signs stolen in my neighborhood, I'm glad mine has stayed put (for now)... not sure if it will until 11/6.

ajdomanico
ajdomanico

@erinmgibson it is ridiculous. There's a sign dedicated to how many signs were stolen a block or so from the fairgrounds.

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