March 21, 2006

The wary defender

I've never trusted Senate Minority Leader Dean Johnson in the fight against Minnesota's anti-gay constitutional amendment. I find him a triangulator in the worst possible way. With a campaign growing yearly to put on the ballot before the people of Minnesota a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage and civil unions in the state, Dean Johnson, an ordained Lutheran minister, has appeared to be personally opposed to the gays but also opposed to the amendment on principal. His tactics have stalled the progress of the bill at best, as his m.o. being to be keep the caucus in check and kill the bill in committee whenever it comes up.

That his is apparently the only finger in the dyke was made worse last week when it emerged that he had lied during an informal meeting with clergy, saying that he had personally spoken to members of the Minnesota Supreme Court about their views on overturning another anti-gay marriage bill passed a few years ago.

It's all come undone now, the 'principals' that Johnson has said he's been standing on are now questionable at best.

* If you haven't already, register for alerts and information at Outfront Minnesota, which is fighting the anti-gay amendment by clicking here. And mark your calendar...the next JustFair rally at the capitol will by April 27th. We need you there.

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Posted by jason at March 21, 2006 07:50 AM
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