MNGOPers blocked some senators from attending marriage equality bill signing [VIDEOS]

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Andy Mannix
Some marriage equality-supporting senators couldn't be there to take in this scene.
Yesterday, Sen. Scott Dibble, D-Minneapolis and chief sponsor of the gay marriage bill signed into law by Governor Dayton on Tuesday, criticized his Republican colleagues for using an esoteric procedural rule to prevent some of his colleagues from attending the bill-signing ceremony.

:::: UPDATE :::: MNGOP Sen. Pratt: Gay marriage ceremony had nothing to do with move to lock Senate doors

At the time Tuesday's bill-signing ceremony began, the Senate was in the midst of what turned out to be a 17-hour debate about a bill to "allow union organizing votes by in-home child care workers who receive government subsidies, and by in-home attendants who care for the elderly and disabled." The Senate could've temporarily adjourned to let everyone who wanted to attend be there for the historic signing ceremony, but instead, Prior Lake MNGOP Sen. Eric Pratt and other Republicans invoked an obscure rule requiring Senate doors to be locked while debate was ongoing.

Here's video from the Senate floor of that rule being invoked by a group of MNGOPers:



Talk about passive aggressive!

During remarks on the Senate floor the following day, Dibble said MNGOPers' tactics "diminished what was really a remarkable occasion."

"I just wanted to express ... an extreme sense of disappointment at what happened yesterday," he added.

Here's the video:



Dibble and Majority Leader Tom Bakk were among a group of Democrats who were in attendance during the bill-signing ceremony, though others who were on the floor at the time Pratt invoked the rule were blocked from leaving. A majority vote could've overruled the MNGOPers' move.

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38 comments
birdiegolden
birdiegolden

If someone handed my ass to me like the Republican's had theirs handed to them, I would probably lick my wounds in private too xD

LezlieCooterPounder
LezlieCooterPounder

Ah Hell! What is the big deal? I missed out on attending the signing ceremony because I was tied up while my girlfriends were pounding my cooty and anus with extra-wide dilldoughs!! I am still sore and walking funny 2 days later! LOL!!

Colleen A Doherty- Adams
Colleen A Doherty- Adams

Such a childish behavior and to think someone elected this lack of emotional intelligence into office... I am betting the are not running for reelection cause i am hearing banter from people who were on both sides of this issue sharing disapproval! Pathetic...

keny1
keny1

Yet another non-story just to get the kool-aid drinkers' panties up in a bunch.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

at least the GOP believes in something you limp dick mother fuckers

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

whiney pussies!  who gives a shit - they are politicians and will do slimy shit


anybody who focuses on the minutiae of the legislative process is a loser ass moron. this is the essence of politics you dumb mofos

Aaron Schoenrock
Aaron Schoenrock

yet another reason eric pratt needs to be removed from office. prior lake is my home town and i'm ashamed to call him my representative.

Paul Walker
Paul Walker

The Minnesota republican party is just garbage.

bethann.bloom
bethann.bloom

Further evidence  that the party of NO is truly NOxious to our state.

Sande Miller
Sande Miller

They are Soo messed up.If they don't get thier way they resort to childish behavior.

Jo Baecker
Jo Baecker

Does this whole thing start to remind you of the Monty Python Knight? What's next, biting our kneecaps off?

Mandi Wyman
Mandi Wyman

Eric Pratt is my Senator, and I need to make it VERY clear that as a Prior Lake resident, I think what he pulled was BS. Really disappointed in him. My letter in support of gay marriage earned me a canned response proving he didn't even read it. Not feeling very well represented right now.

jpinmn
jpinmn

The GOP is desperately trying to hasten their downward spiral to third party status. Time to get out of their 19th century social agenda and move back to being pro-economy and pro-business. The experiment with right wing extremists failed. 

Melissa Kimmerle
Melissa Kimmerle

You "liberals" have control over Senate, and got what you wanted. For ONCE stop creating problems and take responsibility for... anything.

Ryan Adams
Ryan Adams

As though voting no wasn't going to make them look bad enough in the history books.

feistess
feistess

@Colleen A Doherty- Adams They lost. Childish and petty is all they have left

keny1
keny1

@Kim Adams-Plehal 

WHAT DIFFERENCE, AT THIS POINT, DOES IT MAKE??

birdiegolden
birdiegolden

Which is what?  Replacing educated commentary with mouth foaming vulgarity?

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@Sande Miller politicians acting like children is new?  post some more thoughtful entires please

a036618
a036618

@Jo Baecker:... "'tis but a scratch!"


birdiegolden
birdiegolden

@Mandi Morgart Unfortunately, "representation" can be as shallow as representing a small group of your buddies who share the same interests and beliefs as you.  Eric Pratt does not represent Prior Lake residents, he represents the half of the population Mitt Romney referred to in his famous, "Most of America can go fuck themselves" speech.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@Melissa Kimmerle concepts and context - focus - care less

NoH8
NoH8

For ONCE, ONCE, could you angry conservatives form a complete sentence with an actual thought concept behind it?

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@keny1 Throw your tantrum you Republican asshole.  People like you are why Republicans are a joke.

jcinco
jcinco

@MichelleB @digitalprotocol x2, folks who secretly worry about their own sexual preferences lash out like digitalprotocal in an effort to detract from being found out..it's fairly common, sad, huh?

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