Franken: Minnesotans Will Defeat Anti-Gay Amendment, But ‘It Will Be Very Close’

The Advocate’s Andrew Harmon caught up with Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) who told him that he expects Minnesotans to narrowly defeat a ballot measure that would outlaw same-sex marriage in the state’s constitution:

HARMON: Are you confident that Minnesotans will vote against putting discrimination into the state constitution?

FRANKEN: I think we’ll win this one, but I think it will be very close. We’re a very divided state, and on this issue I don’t have the strongest sense on where it’s going to be. I know there are people who just have their views and are against marriage equality.

HARMON: Rep. Michele Bachmann being one of them.


FRANKEN: Yes, I think she’ll vote for the amendment.

Franken — a prominent supporter of LGBT equality in Congress — reiterated that he opposes Bachmann’s views on gay people, but said he liked her personally. “[W]e fly on a plane together, we’ve gone to funerals together, we’ve cried together, we’ve laughed together. Here [in Washington, D.C.,] we had a Minnesota hotdish-off — she was the only Republican who came; she wore a Twins apron. I think she was the only other member in the delegation besides me who actually made the hotdish. She made venison kielbasi, sauerkraut, and noodles, and we had a fun time.”