On Thursday, the Minnesota House passed the homosexual marriage bill, one that turned out to be bipartisan thanks in part to the actions of Rep. David Fitzsimmons of Albertville, who inexplicably offered an amendment to add the word “civil” in front of the word “marriage” throughout the original bill.
His stated reason for doing so was to provide future protection for churches who might refuse to perform marriage ceremonies for homosexual couples. On Friday’s Davis and Emmer radio program, Fitzsimmons argued that the bill was going to pass no matter what and therefore he might as well make it better.
davis__emmer_510_-_8am_0_1368181889 (skip to 20:00 mark to hear the interview)
The practical effect of this move, however, was to provide political cover for any non-metro area Democrat whose vote might be needed for passage, but who would otherwise be voting for homosexual marriage in a district where in November his constituents voted against it (Amendment 1). I suppose the cover extended to moderate Republicans as well, like Fitzsimmons, who believe or pretend that they are doing something good. Fitzsimmons seems very confident that his tactic was a clever way to protect religious freedom, and perhaps time will prove him correct.
But for now, the only certainty is the David Fitzsimmons voted to legalize homosexual marriage. What’s that old line again? “With friends like these….”