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Gay Republican responds to criticism: Same-sex marriage is a 'pointless issue'

There are 147 comments on the www.eleventh-avenue-south.com story from Feb 20, 2009, titled Gay Republican responds to criticism: Same-sex marriage is a 'pointless issue'. In it, www.eleventh-avenue-south.com reports that:

The office of State Sen. Paul Koering, a gay Republican representing a district near Brainerd, Minn., is responding by e-mail to criticisms over his decision not to vote for the Marriage and Family Protection Act, a bill that would make gay marriage legal in Minnesota.

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“God hates me!”

Since: May 07

West Texas, USA

#1 Feb 20, 2009
From the Senators response: "...add to that, as a personal statement, is to say that SF 120 is something that the majority of the People of Senate District 12, the People that he was elected to represent, do not favor this piece of legislation. In case you have forgotten, we are a government of the People, by the People, and for the People."

I am sure there is plenty of legislation that the people in his district do not want but he has voted for because it was the right thing to do.

This goes back to what we said about Prop 8 and all other bill, laws and legislation like them.... an elected official, while representing those in his district also represent the minority in his district. It is not always about what the majority wants, it is about what is the right thing to do, just as it has always been with civil rights issues.

Since: Nov 08

Roanoke, VA

#2 Feb 20, 2009
I'd make that weekend call and speak to the horse's mouth as obviously the other end answered. However, as one who frequently writes to my Republican Congressman to remind him he is there to represent his constituents not himself, I see a small portion of the dilema. Not sure Koering has addressed properly or most effectively though.

“Fight bigotry.”

Since: Feb 07

Toms River, NJ

#3 Feb 20, 2009
What a wonderful way to respond to your constituents:

P.S.
I hope you do not believe that this e-mail was written specific to the one that you sent, this is a blanket e-mail, being sent to everyone who has e-mailed us on this issue and I've already wasted too much time in responding to you. Good day.

“Equality First”

Since: Jan 09

Location hidden

#4 Feb 20, 2009
He was making a blanket statement to all who had emailed him. Regardless of how respectfull to him they had been. This is what he said.

"I know very well that you will respond to this e-mail of mine with some probably quirky, snide, and very thoughtless comment that will make me out to be a bad person and threaten the Senator even more just as most of the absolutely tactless and disrespectful e-mails we've received have been written, but really, don't waste your time. We'll just put your e-mail where it belongs, in the trash."

Seems he is a little snippy in his own right.

Cpetr13

“Reality is better than truth”

Since: Jun 07

Indianapolis

#5 Feb 20, 2009
I hope people in this district send this e-mail to the local news agencies; this is no different than writing back castigating blacks for demanding civil rights legislation even if they white majority was against it. This little martinet seems to think that it is a waste of time to reply to his EMPLOYERS. Perhaps the next election will send the message that little lord fauntleroy here should learn how to talk to people. And frankly, if Koering has no interest in social justice, perhaps he doesn't need to be in government office to begin with.

1noteasilyfooled

“Fundie SMACKER..”

Since: Mar 08

Sunshine city, St Petersburg

#6 Feb 20, 2009
Me thinks this senator from Minnesota is getting into some serious hot water over this little email!

“www.benehrmann.c om”

Since: Nov 08

White Suburbia, CA

#7 Feb 20, 2009
RalphB wrote:
He was making a blanket statement to all who had emailed him. Regardless of how respectfull to him they had been. This is what he said.
"I know very well that you will respond to this e-mail of mine with some probably quirky, snide, and very thoughtless comment that will make me out to be a bad person and threaten the Senator even more just as most of the absolutely tactless and disrespectful e-mails we've received have been written, but really, don't waste your time. We'll just put your e-mail where it belongs, in the trash."
Seems he is a little snippy in his own right.
OK. I'm incredibly gullible. Did the auto-email truly state this??

“www.benehrmann.c om”

Since: Nov 08

White Suburbia, CA

#8 Feb 20, 2009
OK. I suppose I should 'check the provided link', first. oops ;)

Holy Shit! Yeah, I bet he regrets forwarding such disgraceful crap!

“Marriage Equality”

Since: Dec 07

Lakeland, MI

#9 Feb 20, 2009
OutVoice wrote:
.....as one who frequently writes to my Republican Congressman to remind him he is there to represent his constituents not himself, I see a small portion of the dilema...
True, but one of the reasons the U.S. is a *representative* democracy and not a pure democracy is because the framers of our government were well aware that "the people" often cannot be trusted to do what's right, especially where the rights of a minority are concerned.

Aren't elected officials *expected* to be able to weigh what's popular against what's right and act accordingly? I certainly expect mine to!

Since: Mar 07

Washington DC

#10 Feb 20, 2009
Not only should his LA be fired, so should his Communications Director. If someone on my staff ever sent an email like that to a constituent or a client, his/her @ss would be shown the door in a matter of minutes.
libertyjustice

United States

#11 Feb 20, 2009
Please! This email has got to be someones idea of a joke, or Ken Swecker just lost a good job.:)
"The Senator's home number is
2!8-8*9-0&^4
He's free on the weekends.
Very Sincerely, every word of it,
Ken Swecker"

“A Proud Gay Parent”

Since: Mar 08

Location hidden

#12 Feb 20, 2009
I've seen the e-mail on two different sites now. Plus, I did look up the phone number and it does belong to Paul Koering. So, I would tend to think it's real. Although it does seem to be similar to joke e-mails that have gone around.

“A JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND MILES”

Since: Aug 08

MUST BEGIN WITH A SINGLE STEP!

#13 Feb 20, 2009
His LA is busy writing checks that Senator Koering can't cash.......Hope Ken did not like this job.....I bet he loses his job by Monday.

Daniel P from Long Island

“Protestant, Gay, Libertarian”

Since: Apr 08

Long Island, NY

#14 Feb 20, 2009
Throw this bum out of office.
Ken

United States

#15 Feb 20, 2009
ACLU-Tom wrote:
What a wonderful way to respond to your constituents:
P.S.
I hope you do not believe that this e-mail was written specific to the one that you sent, this is a blanket e-mail, being sent to everyone who has e-mailed us on this issue and I've already wasted too much time in responding to you. Good day.
Such an outreach!

Or is that "outrage"?

“I love my wife. :)”

Since: Mar 08

Seattle, WA

#16 Feb 20, 2009
It's completely outrageous, unprofessional, and unseemly.
BS Detector

Moorpark, CA

#17 Feb 20, 2009
RalphB wrote:
He was making a blanket statement to all who had emailed him. Regardless of how respectfull to him they had been. This is what he said.
"I know very well that you will respond to this e-mail of mine with some probably quirky, snide, and very thoughtless comment that will make me out to be a bad person and threaten the Senator even more just as most of the absolutely tactless and disrespectful e-mails we've received have been written, but really, don't waste your time. We'll just put your e-mail where it belongs, in the trash."
Seems he is a little snippy in his own right.
Assuming that most emails are, as you suggest, respectful and reasonable, given the invective on here by anybody who dares not spout the acepted rhetoric and party line, do you think he might have received some that are not so respectful? And while his response (if true) is not politically wise or correct, how many of you would stand idly by while you are vilified by idiots you don't even know... or, given their drain bamage, would ever want to?

One wonders how many abusive emails he should be expected to put up with without comment?

Snippy? Okay. But I'm not sure his saying the more succinct (and perhaps more heartfelt) "Phuque You" would have been much better.

“Yes, you can die of stupidity.”

Since: Nov 07

Huntington Station

#18 Feb 20, 2009
I'm not even sure how to respond to this...

“A JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND MILES”

Since: Aug 08

MUST BEGIN WITH A SINGLE STEP!

#19 Feb 20, 2009
LI Watch wrote:
I'm not even sure how to respond to this...
My thoughts exactly......

“God made in the image of man”

Since: May 07

Sausalito, CA

#20 Feb 20, 2009
OutVoice wrote:
I'd make that weekend call and speak to the horse's mouth as obviously the other end answered. However, as one who frequently writes to my Republican Congressman to remind him he is there to represent his constituents not himself, I see a small portion of the dilema. Not sure Koering has addressed properly or most effectively though.
For years the elected representatives in South Africa perpetuated Apartheid, because that is what the 'majortiy of their constituents' expected. So when Mr. de Klerk sat down at a table for the historic reconcialiation with Mr. Mandela, it was a bold, courageous act of conscience. He was going against the wishes of his constituents, because he knew it was the CORRECT thing to do! That line of reasoning is no excuse for perpetuating injustice! Bear in mind that Hitler was also swept to power by his constituents. A majority is sometimes just a different word for a 'mob', and their representative, a 'ringleader.' Shame on him for even trying to put a spin on it.

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