Emmer Ducks on Marriage Equality

BY Advocate.com Editors

August 17 2010 12:50 PM ET

Antigay Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer refused to say whether he thought voters should be presented with a constitutional amendment against marriage equality, although as a state house member, he has authored a bill to do exactly that.

According the Minnesota Independent, Emmer dodged a question about the amendment from a Minnesota public television host Friday evening. He insisted that the issue is not for a governor to decide.

“As a citizen I have a view that is well known,” said Emmer, according to the Minnesota Independent. “As a governor, it’s not going to be up to the governor. Whether it’s somebody that says they have to oppose it, it’s not up to the governor. It’s up to the legislature. And you know what, this election is not about those issues, this election is about the economy, and it’s about jobs.”

Pressed about the prospect of a constitutional amendment, the Republican nominee insisted that it was up to the legislature.

Emmer was the beneficiary of a $150,000 contribution from Target that has resulted in boycotts of the Minnesota-based retailer.







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