Minnesota Republicans Oppose Discriminatory Marriage Amendment

A group of Minnesota Republicans, aptly dubbed Republicans Against the Minnesota Marriage Amendment, have joined the fight opposing a proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. State Rep. John Kriesel (R), one of only four Republicans in the Minnesota House who opposed the amendment, explained, “I’m a Republican because I believe in individual liberty and freedom. I believe this is an attack on that.” Also joining Kriesel were University of Minnesota law professor Dale Carpenter, former gubernatorial candidate Wheelock Whitney, former Bush White House counsel Richard Painter, and former St. Paul Deputy Mayor Susan Kimberly. Tony Sutton, the state GOP chairman, notes that such beliefs conflict with the party’s position, which calls for the ban.