Marry your animal?

September 3rd, 2011

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Yesterday at the Fair…

There’s Alan at the booth, and note the guy in the green…

As you all know, I’ve got a lot on my plate, what with utility money-mongers trying to remake their world, and ours… and all this flap about “gay marriage” is what I regard as a political distraction from the harm the right is doing with their mutant and malignant capitalism.  But yesterday at the “Our State Fair is a Great State Fair” some people really got to me with their hateful and absurd agenda.  As Alan asked, “Why do you care about this?”  What is it that drives someone to sit at a little wooden booth in the sun all day to argue that someone who is gay should not be able to marry their partner?  I passed the “Minnesota for Marriage” booth in disgust, noting there was a video camera on a tripod at the southern end of the booth.  And Alan, fresh from a visit to the Republican building, wanted to have a chat.  He’s such a quiet and calm questioner, and is able to elicit the most amazing statement from people in any venue.  He did it again.  He went up to the booth and began to ask a woman there some questions.  The first, “Why do you care about this?”  And instead of responding, she said “Do you mind if I ask you a couple questions?” and he said, demeanor well depicted above, ‘Well, actually, I do, I asked you a question, why do you care about this?”

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After I took this photo, I turned to catch the full booth…

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… and the woman on the left told me I can’t take photos.  Excuse me?  I said I could and did!  She demanded to know who I was taking it for, and I said, “For me, Carol A. Overland, legalectric.org, you’ll find it there if you’re interested.”  She again said I couldn’t take photos, and that I have to get permission and fill out a form, it’s “down there” waving toward the other end.  She also said one of the others at the other end was an attorney… (drat, should have had a chat with THAT person, maybe it was the guy in green, though I think she may have meant the woman talking to Alan).  I told her I don’t have to sign anything… Then I ask whether their agenda includes outlawing D-I-V-O-R-C-E (!) and she gets pissed and hollers that I’m off point.  EH?  MOI?  OFF POINT?  I’m asking the question, and that’s my point.

The guy in the green comes over and gets very close into my space and in front of me and says “we’ve had about enough” and I’m just getting going, so I say, “OK, great, I’ll get your photo too” and got out the camera again, this time catching him with the camera and camera guy that was off to the left — what were they doing with that video camera:

dsc00430So were they filming everyone who came up to the booth???  It was positioned to get the front of the booth… Hmmmmm… anyway, at this point I left to sit in the shade and catch up with Alan after he finished.

The punchline?  The woman he was talking to had been scripted to ask questions, and to get you to a point where you agreed that there should be some limits on who could marry, and actually told him, “You know, in Europe, people are marrying animals!”  He asked what country and what animals, and she didn’t know… uh-huh, right… so logically, we NEED this amendment in Minnesota so we won’t be marrying animals.  Alan missed his opportunity to tell her all about our wonderful German Shepherds who we so love…

Their “Minnesota for Marriage” website has no “About Us” information, not one name there, it’s an anonymous shell, “powered by ACT Right.com” where:

You choose your favorite candidates, causes, and actions, tell your friends, and get to work immediately helping the right people and organizations instantly. If you are pro-life, pro-second amendment, and pro-traditional marriage, want to support the Susan B. Anthony List, the National Organization for Marriage and the NRA, while helping a House candidate in Texas and a Senate candidate in Maine, you can do it at ActRight.com .

Minnesota for Marriage is registered as a Ballot Question group: Minnesota for Marriage

Here’s their 2010 Lobbying Report, via Minnesota Family Council fax.

7 Responses to “Marry your animal?”

  1. Liz Says:

    This is so great, Carol. I love how you documented all of this! I found your blog because of your comment on the news story at Minnesota Public Radio.

    My own rebuttal to the “What’s next, marrying animals?”–which I haven’t had the chance to use yet–is, “Uh, can animals consent to a proposal?” I’m also working up the nerve to interrupt such nonsense by saying, “Stop making shit up.” [see the last full paragraph in this a propo story, here]

    I have rebuttals to other stuff that anti-GLBTQ folks have made up over the years–I think we need to be ready to counter what’s said instead of going into shock because we can’t believe what we hear.

    As for the “Let the people vote” line, that’s all that the Republicans repeated (for the most part) during the Minnesota House non-debate in May that led up to the approval of moving this anti-equality proposed amendment forward. I’m thinking that there’s a push for these folks to “stick to the script” and leave the dirty work to the faceless deep pockets that are coming to town, like Koch (aka Americans for Prosperity) and NOM.

    Nevertheless, I want to say thanks to you and Alan for your witness today and in the future.

    Blessings,
    Liz, Equality Is Coming

    P.S. If you ever have a letter to the editor published with some of your thoughts, I hope you’ll tell me!

  2. Jen Says:

    The Minnesota for Marriage website does have an “About Us” section. It’s just hidden at the bottom rather than a main tab on their page.
    http://www.minnesotaformarriage.com/about/
    The main players in this group seem to be Minnesota Family Council, National Organization for Marriage, and Minnesota Catholic Conference.

  3. Kevin Says:

    The “guy in the green” was there the day we went, too (although he wasn’t wearing green, but was still wearing those creepy sunglasses). He was one of the bigots running the “bigot booth” as I like to call it, just not wearing one of their t-shirts for whatever reason.

    Screw them and their hate. I know the majority of Minnesotans don’t side with them — it’s just a matter of getting them out to the polls in November 2012.

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  6. Ken Says:

    So, maybe this merits a “so what,” but I can’t help but notice that the “no photos” lady isn’t wearing a wedding ring.

  7. Nancy L. Adams Says:

    Fantastic! I wish I had been better prepared when I walked into the building at the Olmsted County Fair that housed two anti-abortion groups and the teagop. What came out of my mouth at the first anti booth was, “What you are doing is disgusting!”, then I walked off. My friend heard the woman say, “I don’t know how to answer that.” I was a tad calmer, but not much, when passing the others. The woman at the MADD booth apparently didn’t like my DFL Senior Caucus button because, when I picked up one of their fans, she said, “I’m not sure I should let you have that.” I told her I support her cause. She must’ve heard me mumble that I thought I’d contact MADD HQ, because she got much nicer. : >

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