MN for Marriage's concession: "God has defined marriage as between one man and one woman"

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Even with God on their side, Minnesota for Marriage fought a losing battle.
In defeat, Minnesota's leading anti-gay marriage group is still sticking to its guns.

LEISURE READING:
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-- Voicemail warns Treehouse Records about offending half its customers with 'Vote No' signs [AUDIO]
-- Uptown 'Vote Yes' billboard is vandalized, MN for Marriage draws absurd conclusions [PHOTO]
-- Michael Leisner died in his car while his kids played tennis


"We know that God has defined marriage as between one man and one woman, regardless of the efforts of some to overthrow His design," writes John Helmberger, chairman of Minnesota for Marriage, in a concession. Unfortunately for him and the rest of his organization, a critical mass of Minnesota voters apparently don't give two shits about God's definition.

More from MN for Marriage's concession:
"We give thanks to God for His creation of marriage, and we commit ourselves to work and pray that attempts to redefine marriage in our courts and legislature will not succeed," [said Helmberger].

"However, this election is not an end but a beginning. The groups that have come together to protect the definition of marriage look forward to getting on with the work of restoring a vibrant culture of marriage in our state."...

"It's been an incredibly close and hard-fought race, and it is clear that we have a lot of work to do to restore the kind of vibrant marriage culture we want to leave for our children and grandchildren," concluded Helmberger.
Meanwhile, over on Twitter, Parrish has been experiencing a rollercoaster of emotions.

From early this morning:
Then about a half-hour later:
Yet after some sleep, he's already ready to renew the fight:
But with Mark Dayton as Governor and DFL majorities in the House and Senate, it seems likely a bill legalizing gay marriage will reach Dayton's desk well before 2016. What will God think about that?

THE MARRIAGE AMENDMENT FIGHT -- SOME GREATEST HITS:
-- MN for Marriage, anti-gay marriage group, says it 'continues to stand strong against intolerance'
-- MN for Marriage previously endorsed Leviticus 'death to gays' passage it now says is "garbage"
-- Minnesota for Marriage spokesman alleges liberal media bias... against a labor union
-- MN for Marriage still wants you to falsely believe Buffalo church vandal was pro-gay
-- MN for Marriage blatantly misinterprets parenting study in new anti-gay clip [VIDEO]
-- MN for Marriage seeks removal of fair vendor who said she spit in Vote Yes guy's lemonade




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34 comments
Kittie LaChatte
Kittie LaChatte

Actually, same-sex marriage is still illegal so it's not much of a loss.

iamstymie
iamstymie

Whatever happens is either god's will or it's not.  You can't have it both ways.  I say the outcome of the marriage amendment (and the whole election) is god's will and that all the gay-hating "christian" bigots are on the wrong side of it.  As for mrs bachmann, it's god's will that she serve one more term to demonstrate how the far right is no longer worth supporting.

mox44
mox44

A big No against the prayers of hate! Yes signs along handmade signs  "God pray for our nation", are you kidding me.

People living in a bubble that consists of one religion, no other races, and no gays. You're days are over!

MattyK
MattyK

If anyone cares to hear a different opinion, some of us (a small number at least) voted No but do care about what our religion teaches about sexuality. Yet we vote "No" because we recognize in a pluralistic society we cannot deny civil rights to those with whom we disagree. Some of us do still worry about implications for religious freedom down the road, but we intend to cross those bridges when we get there, and that we cannot fight for freedom with integrity if we won't extend freedom to our gay and lesbian neighbors.

I'm guessing a number of you probably still think I'm a neanderthal, but believe me I'm not interested in restricting your rights.

Thomas Zocher
Thomas Zocher

Fuck you, losers! You lost and GOD doesn't care...at all. Not one bit.

Shawn Taylor
Shawn Taylor

Let God rule the lives of those who believe in him and his message. Not forcing your beliefs on others. You may just have to renew your faith and become a stronger Christian. Maybe not a bad thing.

PaganCrusher
PaganCrusher

Outstate Minnesota again embarrassed by the infestation of metro leeches and sodomites...

Dana Elyse Nicole Maher
Dana Elyse Nicole Maher

Religious officials aren't forced to perform any marriages they don't want. And why would a gay couple ask someone against gay marriage to marry them?

Jamie Larson
Jamie Larson

ah, Kittie, but there are churches in Minnesota who have married gay couples for over 40 years. Are they supposed to be limited in their sacraments? Why can't they marry whoever they want? It is not redefining marriage, when marriage never had a strict definition. less than 100 years ago, people would trade things for their wife or even have re-arranged marriages. Marriage constantly evolves to many different cultures, countries and time periods.

Christian Johnson
Christian Johnson

Religious officials don't have to do anything they don't want to do. Do your homework!

Kittie LaChatte
Kittie LaChatte

If the amendments would guarantee religious officials didn't have to perform same-sex marriages, I would very happily vote yes for that. I recently heard in Canada religious officials aren't allowed to speak against homosexuality even if quoting from a holy book or they get charged with a hate crime. That is going too far. I sincerely hope America isn't going down that path.

emb5567
emb5567

To those on the Religious right and to those that were for the amendment.

 

I will always continue to fight for your right for speech and your right to practice what you believe in.  I respect your rights and accept your positions. I sincerely hope that with the new turn of events, that you will take to heart what the words and meanings of choice and rights mean.  I hope that you can in turn learn to accept things that you do not support.  For those who stand against the amendment because it does not align with your religious beliefs, I hope you open your hearts to acceptance of those who choose to have a different faith and path to live on.  Religion is by definition a choice.  One can change ones religion and faith system.  I respect and accept that choice you made even when it does not agree with mine, even when I do not support it for my own.  Your churches will not be harmed.  Your faith will continue and not change, or perhaps it might if you make that choice.  The social environment of more acceptance will.  That is the only change.

 

This country was built on change and we will always continue to change and grow. 

Dana Elyse Nicole Maher
Dana Elyse Nicole Maher

Kittie, how is fighting to be treated equally oppressing others? If gays get the right to marry, the Christian right... STILL has the right to marry. It's not like homosexual marriage is going to eliminate heterosexual marriage.

qbawb1
qbawb1

Well, here's an idea for MN Marriage.  Spend your time being more productive and instead of trying to LIMIT others' freedoms, start working on efforts to keep opposite-sex marriages from disintegrating!

Kittie LaChatte
Kittie LaChatte

Equal rights for everyone includes the religious right to keep the definition of marriage as one man and one woman. A simple solution to having all the same marriage rights for same-sex couples is to call it something else. Then no one is pushing their views on anyone else. I find it funny that some so called oppressed people want to fight oppression by oppressing others.

Eric Shawn Smith
Eric Shawn Smith

There are many colors in the homo rainbow Don't be afraid to let your colors shine Don't be ashamed of what God made you

Joe Dragich
Joe Dragich

The ignorance of the faithful pains me every single day. Why can't they see that if "God meant it to be that way", then HE will deal with them? Stop getting in the way of people's happiness and freedom just because YOU don't like it. Damn fundamentalist imbeciles.

Jennifer Cabezas
Jennifer Cabezas

He also says to give all of your money to the poor. And to not use electricity on Sunday.

jpinmn
jpinmn

Voted no, because I'm still waiting for Zeus and Thor's take on marriage.

Aus Tin Padilla
Aus Tin Padilla

And the state says you and your fucking hateful god are wrong

jpinmn
jpinmn

 @MattyK I respect your opinion and it was well said. I actually know many "no" voters, with similar views. I also know quite a few religious people who were undecided or possibly "yes" votes. Then, there was the debate and the reverend claiming that the only "real" or "valid" marriages were Christian-bible-based with the sole intent to procreate. This scared and turned off many non-christians, non-religious, and those with fertility issues and/or who chose not to have children. Many muslims and jews were not excited to hear the "real" definition of Minnesota marriage. Even though they may have personally backed the definition, it scared the bejesus out of them to hear the rhetoric.

green23
green23 topcommenter

 @PaganCrusher Enjoy those sour grapes while you can.

 

The evangelicals are now costing the MNGOP more votes than they bring in. They're a dead weight. Quist, the quintessential evangelical retread, lost big to Walz. The evangelicals lost control of the Party at the State Convention, after basically running it into bankruptcy.

 

You may very well see the MNGOP abandoning social issues altogether, as they are embarrassed of *you*.

 

If "Outstate Minnesota" is the way that you claim, how did the Democrats gain control of *both* the House and Senate?

swee2th
swee2th

 @jplarson Thor? The big muscular blond shirtless magical dude with the hammer and the angel wings on the side of his head? Pretty sure he's gay brah.

swee2th
swee2th

 @ludwitr  @jplarson and probably one very sexually confused mother, if the virgin birth is to be believed

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