Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Rep. Steve Simon: How Many Gays Must God Create Before They’re Accepted?

Republicans in Minnesota passed an initiative that places a constitutional amendment before voters to restrict marriage to heterosexuals. Rep. Melissa Hortman (D-MN) rightly criticized “put[ting] the question of fundamental rights to a majority vote.” Rep. Steve Simon (D-MN) eloquently argued that the initiative was an attempt to “enshrine [religious] beliefs” into the state constitution, and stated that sexual orientation is not a choice but “innate, God-given” and based on scientific evidence. Watch:



REP. SIMON: How many more gay people does God have to create before we ask ourselves whether or not God actually wants them around? How many gay people does God have to create before we ask ourselves whether the living of their lives the way they wish, as long as they don't harm others, is a Godly and holy and happy and glorious thing... I'm comfortable with a society and a tradition that bends towards justice, fairness, wholeness, openness and compassion. And I do think...that that's where the arc of history is bending as well. ...If we pass this...history will judge us all very, very harshly...

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