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Why Has the Director of Minnesota’s Chief Anti-Marriage-Equality Group Suddenly Gone Silent on That Issue?

10:20 pm in 2012 election, LGBT, Politics, Religion, Republican Party by Phoenix Woman

Andy Parrish, as seen by Ken Avidor

There has been a lot of verbiage produced by those who would keep couples of the same gender from marrying, verbiage that all too often is comical and horrifying at the same time — a recent example being former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey’s unbelievable and grotesque statement claiming that anti-gay and anti-marriage-equality persons like himself were victims like Jews in Nazi Germany. (Considering that gays were singled out for especially brutal treatment by the Nazis, something that Lord Carey as an educated person should know better than many, this is particularly vile of him.) [UPDATE: Turns out the quote being bandied about from Lord Carey is only a portion of the full quote, which is in fact anti-bigotry: [Lord Carey] rejected suggestions that the true “bigots” were those who advocated gay marriage and would not listen to legitimate concerns of religious groups who disagreed.

“Let’s have a sensible debate about this, not call people names,” he said. “Let’s remember that the Jews in Nazi Germany, what started it all against them was when they started being called names. That was the first stage towards that totalitarian state.”]

In Minnesota in particular, where the anti-equality forces have got their pet Republican legislators to put an amendment on the ballot that would embed anti-equality laws into the state’s constitution, there has been a lot of verbiage. So much, in fact, that when a key producer of that verbiage suddenly falls silent on that issue, it draws attention.

The director and a key spokesperson for the anti-equality group “Minnesotans for Marriage” is Andy Parrish, a longtime Republican operative with close ties to Michele Bachmann and other persons in the Theocon wing of the Republican Party of Minnesota. He used to use his Twitter account all the time to push M4M and the anti-equality cause. That is, he did until he suddenly stopped nearly two weeks ago. As Bluestem Prairie’s Sally Jo Sorensen notes:

As deputy campaign director of Minnesota for Marriage (M4M), Republican political operative Andy Parrish has never been shy about tweeting and Facebooking about the marriage restriction amendment.

Until October 2.

Since then, his tweets and Facebook page have been nearly all A Stronger Minnesota, the new political committee that’s supposed to be the conservative answer to A Better Minnesota. We count three M4M-related posts out of over fifty tweets and retweets, as well as only A Stronger Minnesota material on his Facebook page.

Sorensen goes on to note that Parrish has also vanished from press accounts of M4M, and apparently even failed to attend a key M4M event hosted last Monday. Yet he is still drawing his director’s pay, as far as anyone knows, to the tune of $5,000 every two weeks, per the 42nd Day report filed with the Minnesota State Campaign Finance Board.

Why the sudden silence on what is currently one of the two hottest political questions in Minnesota politics? As Sorensen points out, it’s hard to imagine that Parrish’s new role at “A Stronger Minnesota” would take up so much time that it would prevent him from being a very vocal M4M director, being that ASM is only involved in four legislative races this cycle.

Other people will no doubt have different takes on this, but the only interpretation that makes sense to me has as its basis the fact that the anti-equality amendment is slipping below 50% in the polls. Being that amendments to the state constitution need at least 50% of the vote to pass, anything less than that is a defeat for the amendment, and speaking strictly for myself, I would presume that a longtime political operative like Andy Parrish would know this — and also know when to stop wasting time on a lost (albeit personally lucrative) cause and start working on something else. If anyone has a better explanation, I’d like to hear it.

Glitterati Part Deux: Gay Barbarian Flashmob Visits Marcus Bachmann’s Clinic, Has Hellava Good Time

2:24 pm in LGBT by Phoenix Woman

They’re here! They’re queer! They’re astonishingly well-choreographed!

Watch as those pesky gay barbarians and their like-minded straight friends, brought together by Nick Espinosa of ColumbusGoHome fame, show up at Marcus Bachmann’s clinic and put on a peaceable demonstration of stylishly barbarian terpsichore. They even brought along a Marcus of their own to baptize in glitter!

City Pages has more on the event, here and here.

Marcus Bachmann’s Clinic Gets Glittered

8:00 am in LGBT by Phoenix Woman

Even as Michele and Marcus Bachmann’s pal in anti-gay activity, the walking hunk of political kryptonite known as Bradlee Dean, tries to pretend for Michele Bachmanns’ political sake that he really isn’t her buddy in anti-gay activity (and despite the reams of documentation showing his long association with her), we were all given a reminder of what Michele’s hubby Marcus’ clinic does — a visual, and memorable, reminder, from some glitter-wielding gay “barbarians”.

Thanks to Robert Erickson of Columbus Go Home for the visual documentation!


video h/t Mother Jones

Busted! Bachmann Clinic Caught Doing “Ungaying” They Said They Didn’t Do

7:43 pm in banality of evil, jerks, LGBT, Politics, Republican Party, Tea Party by Phoenix Woman

The Fabulous Marcus Bachmann, courtesy Ken Avidor

Most Minnesotans who follow politics in the state figured that Bachmann and Associates, the counseling clinic run by Michele Bachmann’s husband Marcus, did professionally-discouraged “ungaying” therapy even though Marcus has denied it for years. Now, thanks to the efforts of The Nation and of Truth Wins Out (h/t to Dump Bachmann), we have proof that they do indeed.

First, The Nation documents the harrowing 2004 experience of Andrew Ramirez:

In the summer of 2004, Andrew Ramirez, who was just about to enter his senior year of high school, worked up the nerve to tell his family he was gay. His mother took the news in stride, but his stepfather, a conservative Christian, was outraged. “He said it was wrong, an abomination, that it was something he would not tolerate in his house,” Ramirez recalls. A few weeks later, his parents marched him into the office of Bachmann & Associates, a Christian counseling center in Lake Elmo, Minnesota, which is owned by Michele Bachmann’s husband, Marcus. From the outset, Ramirez says, his therapist—one of roughly twenty employed at the Lake Elmo clinic—made it clear that renouncing his sexual orientation was the only moral choice. “He basically said being gay was not an acceptable lifestyle in God’s eyes,” Ramirez recalls. According to Ramirez, his therapist then set about trying to “cure” him. Among other things, he urged Ramirez to pray and read the Bible, particularly verses that cast homosexuality as an abomination, and referred him to a local church for people who had given up the “gay lifestyle.” He even offered to set Ramirez up with an ex-lesbian mentor.

Ramirez was not impressed. After his second appointment, he resolved not to go back, despite the turmoil it might cause in his family. “I didn’t feel it was something that I wanted to change, and I didn’t think it could be changed,” he says. “I was OK with who I was.”

That “ex-lesbian mentor”? As Dump Bachmann’s lloydletta points out, there is a longtime Bachmann associate named Janet Boynes who is billed as an “ex-lesbian” — which leads us to the second bit of evidence, that gathered by Truth Wins Out’s John M. Becker: Read the rest of this entry →

The GOP Revolution Already Eating Its Own

8:00 pm in Conservatism, LGBT, Politics, Republican Party by Phoenix Woman

"After I eat this gay guy, you're next, Latinos!"

John Boehner’d better enjoy the Republican retaking of the House while he can, because the Republican base is collapsing under his feet in a take-no-prisoners feeding frenzy:

The latest flashpoint is a fight over the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, which regularly draws thousands of activists — and would-be presidential candidates — to Washington each February. At issue is the presence of the gay Republican group GOProud, which was (along with many other groups) a co-sponsor of last year’s CPAC and will play a similar role this year.

In response to GOProud’s role, the American Principles Project announced last month that it was opting out of CPAC, asserting that the gay group’s “purposes are fundamentally incompatible with a movement that has long embraced the ideals of family and faith in a thriving civil society.”

Several other groups have now joined the American Principles Project, and the conservative news website WorldNetDaily has been pumping up the boycott story every chance it gets.

It certainly is — and if this story is any indication, Joseph Farah, WND’s editor, is seriously throwing down against CPAC and its organizers, the American Conservative Union or ACU:

(ACU is also currently struggling through an embezzlement scandal, in which the ex-wife of ACU Chairman David Keene is suspected of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the organization. Diana Carr, ACU’s former bookkeeper, was fired in January 2010.

Nobody from ACU was available to comment, as the organization’s offices are closed for the holiday season.

Remember, this is all about CPAC’s admitting a group that broke off from the Log Cabin Republicans because they thought the LCRs were “way too liberal”. Ahem. And of course, it doesn’t help CPAC that the Family Research Council, one of the leaders of the anti-CPAC revolt (and which has been designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center), has its own rival conservative knuckle-dragger conference, the Family Values Summit, which stands to gain attendees as CPAC loses them.  . . . Read the rest of this entry →