Just two days after the Star Tribune reported that Candidates divorce themselves from marriage fight, former anti-sodomy crusader and current MNCD1 congressional candidate Allen Quist now says the Government doesn't belong in gay marriage debate.
But “But government does have a role in defining marriage," Quist tells the Winona Daily News' Mary Juhl.
Juhl reports in Government doesn't belong in gay marriage debate:
Congressional candidate Allen Quist said Tuesday that government shouldn’t be involved in the gay marriage debate, one week after he declared his support for a proposed state constitutional amendment that would limit marriage to between a man and woman.
“I think that government does not have a role in whether people should get married or not,” Quist said at a public event in Winona.
His words directly conflict with a statement the Republican, running against U.S. Rep. Tim Walz in the 1st District, sent the Daily News last week detailing his position on the state’s proposed marriage amendment.
“I support the marriage amendment because for over a thousand years, Western culture has defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman,” he said in the statement. “I don’t see a compelling reason to change that definition.” . . .
This logic makes it easy to see why the DCCC trimmed the MN ad budget in 1st District:
Apparently concluding that DFL Rep. Tim Walz looks like a safe bet to win re-election in the 1st Congressional District, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is trimming its nearly $3 million Minnesota ad budget by about $260,000, according to a DCCC spokesperson.
And the NRA endorsed Walz, too. Perhaps Quist's disdain for the amendment that he will vote for is just another attention seeking stratagem.
Image: Allen Quist, by Ken Avidor.