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Continued: PAC backs Minnesota's gay marriage coalition

  • Article by: BAIRD HELGESON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 15, 2013 - 9:45 PM

“They are a bunch of leftist Democrats,” Schubert said of Minnesotans United. “How are they going to help in Republican primaries?”

Carlbom’s answer? Money.

Some of the state’s most influential business leaders — many bound to the effort through gay and lesbian children, family or loved ones — donated their time, money and influence. So did thousands of other Minnesotans.

Carlbom said they are planning to shift those donor and volunteers to organizations that will continue the fight for marriage equality.

Minnesotans United’s new political fund will spend “as much as it will take” to defend vulnerable legislators.

Some Republicans and rural DFLers who voted for legalization knew it could cost them their seat. Some are telling rattled constituents that their involvement forced a compromise to better protect religious liberty.

They think that libertarian-leaning viewpoint could be as helpful as any assistance from Minnesotans United.

“The game-changer for me was providing the religious protection,” said Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington.

Garofalo said he believes Minnesota legislators have made their last vote on an issue that still divides the state. “I would hope no one would ever be stupid enough” to ever try to overturn same-sex marriage, he said.

Others won’t turn down assistance from Minnesotans United.

“I think 2014 is going to be a tough election anyway,” said Rep. Joe Radinovich, a Crosby DFLer who is already facing a recall effort in his conservative-leaning district. “Any help is good help right now.”

 

Staff writer Rachel E. Stassen-Berger contributed to this report.

Baird Helgeson • 651-925-5044

 

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