Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, the first Muslim ever elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, predicts that his home state will be the first one to defeat a referendum to ban marriage equality by popular vote. The polls are currently showing an almost even split between supporters and opponents of the referendum.
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) told TPM on Saturday that he expects a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage in Minnesota will fail when voters head to the polls in November.
“I believe that the right to marry someone who you please is so fundamental it should not be subject to popular approval anymore than we should vote on whether blacks should be allowed to sit in the front of the bus,” Ellison said after a panel on voting rights at the Netroots Nation conference here.
At the local level, Ellison said his campaign staff is working to defeat the amendment. “When we call, we don’t call and say, ‘Please vote for Keith.’ We say Keith is fighting to defeat the voter ID and the anti-marriage amendment. Will you support these efforts too?”
Ellison commended President Obama for endorsing same-sex marriage. “I was happy he did it,” Ellison said. “Who you marry is your business. That’s up to you.”
The funny thing is that the wingnuts went berserk when Ellison was elected to Congress, claiming that he has “ties” to Islamic radicals who want to take over America and other such nonsense (“ties” meaning any 25 degrees of separation they can find — if he once had dinner with someone who attended a mosque that was attended at another time by someone whose former college roommate knew someone who once said anything even mildly supportive of the Palestinian cause, that’s all the “proof” they need). And we all know that radical Islamists like Ellison just love equality for gay people.