Uptown 'Vote Yes' billboard is vandalized, MN for Marriage draws absurd conclusions [PHOTO]

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We question Minnesota for Marriage's decision to spend precious resources on a billboard in Uptown, of all places.
Over the weekend, the 'Vote Yes' marriage amendment sign across the street from Liquor Lyle's in Uptown was vandalized with pink paint. And while vandalism isn't a good thing, it's a bit much to say, "The destruction demonstrates the kind of environment Minnesotans can expect if marriage is redefined in Minnesota," isn't it?

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Nonetheless, that's the analysis the brain wizards at Minnesota for Marriage are running with.

It kinda seems Minnesota for Marriage was asking for it, doesn't it? You plaster a 'Vote Yes' billboard in one of the most liberal parts of town, across from one of the most hard-drinking bars, this is what you get. It's the old 'mess with the bull, you get the horns' thing.

Here's some excerpts from a Minnesota for Marriage press release that makes it sound as though we'll wake up in a Brave New World on November 7 if the marriage amendment fails.
Yesterday, a Vote Yes billboard in Minneapolis was vandalized. The destruction demonstrates the kind of environment Minnesotans can expect if marriage is redefined in Minnesota.

[T]he vandalized billlboard... show how citiziens [sic], like most Minnesotans who believe marriage is the unique union of one man and one woman, are certainly not living in a "live, let live" society.

"This kind of disrespect is a perfect example of what Minnesotans, who simply believe marriage is between one man and one woman, can expect if marriage is redefined," said John Helmberger, Chairman of Minnesota for Marriage...

"Minnesotans need to understand that when marriage is redefined, the lifestyle is not simply one of 'live and let live.' Instead, an entire institution is upended, leaving no room under the law or in civil discourse for those who disagree with this new genderless definition of marriage for religious, cultural, or other reasons," said Helmberger.
You see, it's not about enshrining discrimination into the state constitution or the effort to make sure that all people, regardless of sexual orientation, have equal rights. Your lifestyle is at stake, people! Vote no, and next thing you know, billboards throughout the state will be defaced in a tidal wive of pink paint.


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morneau33rox
morneau33rox

It's sad that the writer thinks MN For Marriage was "asking for it" The funny thing about this entire amendment and the actions is has brought about is that people who support it are calling for tolerance but when anyone has a different opinion they are chastized. I have seen more Vote Yes signs stolen than Vote No but then again I live in MPLS so I suppose my neighbors with the Vote Yes were also asking for it?!

mnresident
mnresident

I've only seen 1 Vote No sign being vandalize throughout this campaign. I don't think that promoting vandalism will do anything to change someone's mind.

mizzmitten
mizzmitten

@nmmnboy How did they think that billboard would be effective in a VERY gay part of town, anyway?! Fucking idiots. SMH

MattyK
MattyK

I plan to vote no because I don't want anyone's civil rights restricted. But give me a break, if someone vandalized a "Vote No" billboard out in Bachmanland would you really say, "mess with the bull, you get the horns"?

 

The cause for equality is better serviced by being fair to everyone. Call a spade a spade.

Erica Anderson
Erica Anderson

Andrew - just because the culprit(s) used pink does not mean members of the gay community. For all we know the culprit(s) is heterosexuals who are a little too passionate about gay rights. Very stereotypical for a raging bigot like you to make the comments you have posted here. If anyone screaming about gay rights, it is the religious wrong in the GOP. The LGBT community are just fighting back against you bigots.

hhss
hhss

This is why this amendment is the stupidest thing I've ever heard - NO ONE IS REDEFINING ANYTHING if this thing doesn't pass! Gay marriage is already not allowed in this state, this amendment just makes it more illegal and more hateful in the constitution. If people vote NO and it doesn't pass, gay people still can't get married. This amendement is just about hate and getting idiots to the polls to vote republican. 

Andy Stealth Trattar
Andy Stealth Trattar

Wonder how they felt about those vote no houses that got vandalized awhile back

DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

Methinks someone doesn't understand the tenor of "live, and let live"...

VanHalen1970
VanHalen1970

@polyamorypundit Yep. Gay marriage will result in a pink-pox being released on all hetrosexual couples. #Dipshits #VoteNo

Realist
Realist

The right wing feels they are not terrorists if they use drones and F-16's to kill people. .  The right wing feels that they are not oppressive or hateful if they use the legislature to achieve their bigotry..  Yet, vandalizing a sign is the "destruction" on which they focus? 

keny1
keny1

It seems like the "Party of the Tolerant" are only tolerant of those who believe in the same things that they do.

msummers5
msummers5

I have a hard time believing they didn't place that billboard in that part of town knowing it would be vandalized so they could get all outraged.  I've seen a lot more vandalism and destruction of Vote No stuff.  A frequent response I've seen to people putting Vote Yes signs in their yards is a sudden increase in the number of Vote No signs on the block.  

AnDrew Kueffner
AnDrew Kueffner

Amy, what if the artist chose pink paint as a means of expressing breast awareness?

Amy Anderson
Amy Anderson

Andrew, how do you know "gays" are responsible? could have been one of the many supportive "straights" that I've seen, there's a lot of them...

ChristoCinco
ChristoCinco

@cteig7 so much for the first amendment.

nmmnboy
nmmnboy

@andygifford It sure looks like Weezy's handy work.

MNMOstyle
MNMOstyle

@alexinthecity oh? Their justification is hilarious, especially given the previous thefts of vote no signs and vandalism.

ztschwartz
ztschwartz

@doeyjavis bummer to see that billboard vandalized. Saw that and the M4M response coming last week when I 1st saw the poster

AnDrew Kueffner
AnDrew Kueffner

The last time 'NO' was this popular was when Nancy Regan was president. Vote yes for no!

Tom Fru
Tom Fru

The use of pink paint suggests that it was the gays, not the lesbians.

Teri Ahrens
Teri Ahrens

@ Andrew - pretty reckless and bigoted of YOU to blanket judge an entire group of people for 1 person's unfortunate act of vandalism.

Megan Spafford
Megan Spafford

yes yes, because same-sex couples do not exist right now and they will only pop up out of the frame-work like nefarious sprites intent on vandalism and interfering with your life. [sarcasm font]

AnDrew Kueffner
AnDrew Kueffner

I am surprised gays would resort to such bigoted displays of aggression. They're such happy go lucky people running around like headless zombies screaming 'NO' in everyone's face.

Angela Salzl
Angela Salzl

I am 100% a vote No person, but this vandalism is unacceptable! Regardless of where the billboard is located it does not give anyone the right to destroy it. Very disturbing that people think this behavior is ok even if your passionate you DO NOT harm, destroy or vandalize property or anything. Immature and inappropriate!

Holly Fields
Holly Fields

Charles, I thought the exact same thing when I drove by it this weekend! They must have put it there on purpose, hoping for vandalism so they could point to the attack and throw a fit. No way could they really have been stupid enough to think Uptown was their target audience. Thumbs up to the "vandals" for the tasteful pink and not doing anything more. Best way to make the point without stopping, I'd say.

Michael Lizama
Michael Lizama

Not that I condone these acts but I can’t tell you how many Vote No signs I’ve seen defaced or thrown in the street on my morning walks. Probably the same person or group when you think about it

Sebastian Galdames
Sebastian Galdames

Are the stupid or brilliant? What dis they think would happen to a sign like that In Uptown? Or did they think about that and do it to get the publicity? Highly suspect I tell you.

Charles K. Youel
Charles K. Youel

As much as I'd like to believe the "Vote Yes" folks are that clueless, I'm pretty sure this is exactly the response they'd hoped for — plays right into their paranoid narrative.

Jim McFarlane
Jim McFarlane

Man, I can only imagine what will happen if people are allowed to buy homes from that long-suffering realtor who advertises on the other corner...

nmmnboy
nmmnboy

@mizzmitten they wasted thousands of dollars just to be dicks.

keny1
keny1

 @TDS1 Of course he was attacked.  Because the perps who beat him up knows that if Romney is elected, their welfare checks will end.  The people who take advantage of the Government dole will attack anyone who threatens their "livelihood".  It's human nature.  Or in this case, Sub-human nature.

 

When people are reliant on Government handouts, they will maim and kill anyone who gets in their way.  These Sub-humans will stop at nothing to ensure that they receive "free shit" for their entire lives.  Because if you think about it, who wants to work at Wal-Mart making minimum wage when you can get free housing, health insurance and food from the Government?  So it stands to reason.

 

But this has nothing to do with gay marriage, however.  Gay men and women generally tend to be college educated and earn on average, more than their straight counterparts.  While I am for gay marriage, I feel due to the state of the economy, gay marriage should be the last of people's worries.  This is a social issue that should be addressed when the economy recovers (IMHO, the whole gay marriage thing should have been addressed during the Clinton Admin., but of course, he wouldn't even touch on that issue because he was too busy licking Monica's anus.  But I digress.  :) 

polyamorypundit
polyamorypundit

@VanHalen1970 They put a marriage amendment billboard most liberal area of town + next to a rowdy bar. What did they think would happen?

bjumbeck7
bjumbeck7

 @Realist Oh give me a break how many drones and F-16's has the democrats launched and killed people with to? Its war you have to show force and show that you will use it if you have to. When you went to school and a bully starts picking on you, do you just say that is not nice. HELL NO you stick up for yourself or else they will keep picking on you over and over.

_Joe_
_Joe_

 @msummers5 Agreed.  This is exactly what they were hoping for when that billboard went up.  Now they get to demonize the opposition and play the victim.

alexinthecity
alexinthecity

@MNMOstyle I know. Is it wrong that I giggled and immediately pictured some sort of apocalyptic every man for himself situation?

doeyjavis
doeyjavis

@ztschwartz @mediapolitic exactly. Totally meant to instigate, stupid that someone went for it.

VanHalen1970
VanHalen1970

@polyamorypundit That is all I have now... I will pipe up if I come up with more.

VanHalen1970
VanHalen1970

@polyamorypundit ...to be mocked for not researching their ad placement better.

VanHalen1970
VanHalen1970

@polyamorypundit To extend hatered & exclusionary thinking unto future generations... #BuildingABetterBigot

VanHalen1970
VanHalen1970

@polyamorypundit To sway the hearts & votes people viewing their easy to read & understand board...

VanHalen1970
VanHalen1970

@polyamorypundit People to have the same views on money & property rights vs. human rights as they did...

VanHalen1970
VanHalen1970

@polyamorypundit Well, I am about to make some rude generalizations....so sit back.

ztschwartz
ztschwartz

@doeyjavis to me that's what's more disappointing. @mediapolitic

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