|MN Rep. Steve Simon|
The House Civil Law Committee voted Monday to pass a bill that would put an anti-marriage equality constitutional amendment on the ballot. According to the Minnesota Independent, testimony was predictably heavy on religious rhetoric, but there were some strong moments on our side, most notably from Rep. Steve Simon, who said this appears like an attempt to “enshrine religious beliefs” into the Minnesota Constitution. He added, “I’m Jewish. Eating pork or shellfish is not allowed in my tradition, but I would never ask the government to impose that on our fellow citizens.”
Simon also touched on the pointless "nature versus nurture" issue, but his most memorable line was, “How many more gay people does God have to create before we accept that God actually wants them around?" Simon also warned the committee that if the bill passed, future generations will judge them harshly.