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Monday, 10 October 2011 08:26
published - inforum/Fargo/Moorhead - 10/06/2011 - Don Davis
ST. PAUL – Some well-known Minnesota Republicans announced Thursday that they will fight the proposed anti-gay marriage constitutional amendment, a proposal their party strongly supports.
“I’m Republican because I believe in individual liberty and freedom,” Rep. John Kriesel said. “I believe this is an attack on that.”
The Cottage Grove lawmaker famously was one of four state House Republicans to vote last May against putting the issue on the November 2012 ballot. He and the other Republicans said Thursday the state constitution should not be amended with such a provision.
“I am against adding things to the constitution willy-nilly,” Kriesel said.
The best-known Republican to say he will fight the amendment is 85-year-old Wheelock Whitney, who long has been a visible GOP supporter and has run for statewide office. On Thursday, the businessman announced he donated $10,000 to defeat the amendment and will solicit more contributions.
Whitney, who has a gay son and a gay grandson, said there is nothing in his Republican bones to support banning a marriage.
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