Majority of Minnesotans oppose gay marriage; college Republicans leader comes out in favor

A question with no easy answer.
A surprising majority of Minnesotans don't want our state to be the next to legalize same-sex marriage, according to a new poll, but that doesn't include the leader of the college Republicans.

Ryan Lyk, chairman of the Minnesota College Republicans, released a statement this morning in support of legislators lifting the ban on gay marriage. Writes Lyk:

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It is not the role of government to dictate who can be married, whose love is valid, and which families matter more than others. Marriage benefits society in many ways and I cannot in good conscience support excluding same-sex couples from that important institution. Gay and lesbian Minnesotans run business, vote, and serve in the military. They work hard, raise children, and contribute to the same system as the rest of us - and as such, they should have access to the same freedoms and opportunities as anyone else.

Lyk's announcement puts him in a growing minority of Republicans, both locally and nationally, coming out in favor of gay marriage.

Meanwhile, the new Star Tribune poll indicates 53 percent of Minnesotans are against legalizing gay marriage, 38 percent support overturning the ban, and 9 percent are undecided.

There are presently bills moving through the house and senate that would legalize gay marriage, and the poll results further illustrate the difficult math legislators must consider. For more on the subject, read our January cover story, "When will gay marriage be legal in Minnesota?"

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Good for him!  If more GOP folks showed some inkling of common sense like this young man, instead of ramming the bible and fairy tales down all of our throats, I might even consider voring for some of them,.


I am saying this as a gay person who has been out since age of the biggest challenges we face in the gay world is the overwhelming inability to find, keep and cultivate a relationship that will result in marriage.  Many gay people no longer come out - rather they hide online in chat rooms living a fantasy, lying to everyone about looks/age and therefore can not meet someone even if they wanted to.  Our first instinct, mostly because we had to protect ourselves at one time, is to LIE.  After coming out that lying turns into lying to each other, which creates a gay community full of mistrust, resentment, and unfortunately one in which hardly any of us is attracted to each other.  The internet has created a fantasy of gay porn starring not-gay college athletes; creating a fantasy of a gay world full of these men - guess what guys - nobody gay looks like that.  If you're waiting to find someone like this in order to come out, you might as well not come out.  

Straight people are going to think whatever they're going to think.  But gay many of us don't even see ourselves finding a relationship or meeting anyone - at all - so a lot of us have checked out of this discussion about marriage because it's too painful to talk about, because it feels as if coming out has been for nothing.  If the only people supporting gay marriage are the gay people wanting to get married, then it won't work.  A suggestion to those gay couples: we have other issues in the gay community that are life and death (suicide, isolation, homelessness, addiction) - if you want our support for your marriages, then you need to acknowledge that we have other pressing issues that affect our community as well.  I know it's common in the gay world to 'look like we've got everything' and push those without money, social skills, educations, etc. out of the picture of what being gay looks like, but if you keep doing this, you'll lose your own community in this struggle.

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Issues like gay marriage and marijuana aren't very left/right anymore, maybe they never were... age is probably the biggest determinant


Doesn't matter what the majority thinks. Rights of a minority are not determined by public opinion of said minority. If that were the case, women would never have been given the right to vote, because the voting population was men and men in the early 20th century would have overwhelmingly voted no to granting women the right to vote.

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