Dayton: First Governor To Walk In Mpls Pride Parade

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Gov. Mark Dayton made Minnesota history Sunday as he was the first Minnesota governor to walk in the Twin Cities Pride Parade.

Dayton drew cheers and applause along the parade route through downtown Minneapolis.

Rob Evel, who was at the parade, said that seeing the governor there was a great experience.

“I think it’s about time,” he said. “I’m very proud to see him march in our time.”

The Twin Cities Pride Parade is considered one of the largest in the country. The one in which Dayton walked was the 29th annual parade.

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  1. Julie says:

    He s a natural!!!

    1. Major in the minors says:

      A government shutdown looms and our leader is skipping around with the high risk behavior group when he should be trying to rescue real society. Like gays you are a one term fool. They should have posted the test results for impulse control on the ballot.

      1. IwonderIf says:

        ” high risk behavior “??

        1. SuroundedByIgnorance says:

          Have a gay person living next door and your insurance rates go up? Wow, that’s a new one. Someone has lived a very sheltered life.

          1. Ogie Oglethorpe says:

            Other than having a nicer lawn and better maintained home than you, how would you even know they were gay?

            1. SurroundedByIgnorance says:

              Exactly. I’d love to live in a predominantly gay community. My home value would skyrocket.
              On another note, if people are so worried about “risky behavior” by gay people, and I can only assume they mean the increased risk of STD by sleeping around, then let them marry. Two birds, haters.

  2. Dayton's alterior motive says:

    Celebrating high risk behavior? Great stuff.

    Can’t get private insurance through your domestic partner with the restrictions in place (pre-existing conditions, waiting period)? I have the answer, legalize marriage!!! Brilliant.

    Pass the burden of your high risk behavior to the private insurance sector and let everyone’s rates go up. $2,000,000 average cost to treat consequences of this high risk behavior as of 2010?

    Gee, now the silly costumes and noises don’t sound so innocent.

    You really want to shift this expense to the private sector? No wonder the govenor promotes this event.

    1. Carl says:

      Do you mean “ulterior” motive? Wow, that homeschooling is really paying off, paranoia, misinformation AND bigotry.

      1. someone hit a nerve on Carl says:

        Carl, congratulations on your fifth grade skill set. When you get to the eight grade we hope you mature enough to looks past a typo and understand concepts and sentences. Poor impulse control my dear friend.

        1. Dear Friend says:

          “eight grade” GOOD LUCK, BUCKO!!! There ya have it! LOL

          1. pink chapstick applicators says:

            Buck Rogers was too.

    2. Carlismad says:

      You are absolutely correct! Dayton will get rid of the medicaid burden by shifting costs to the private sector. Watch your paychecks shrink once more for a group who chooses hig risk behavior!!

      1. markH says:

        How do you define “high risk behavior”? Alcoholism, fast cars, cheeseburgers, inactivity also contribute drastically to the costs of health insurance, yet you didn’t mention these factors-could it be because they do not fit your bigoted profile? Peace.

        1. Dear Friend says:

          I think they said, “HIG risk.” LOL

          1. I have no argument either!! Let's pick on the spelling!! says:

            LOL

        2. carry my load says:

          All of the behaviors you list increase the buyers premium. Nothing to do with bigotry. The answer to your foolish behavior is marry the poor fool and instatly he gets insurance period. Go to school instead of skipping around in parades perhaps. Why should the private sector pick up hte bill for your bad behavior skippy?

          1. Citizen says:

            @carry my load. The private sector insurance companies already adjust their premiums to cover the cost of uninsured people. This happens because the uninsured add to medical providers’ costs and are thus built into the medical bills sent to insurance companies. Got that? As to risky behavior….markH is right on. We’re all going to die, some more expensively than others. Alzheimer’s probably beats HIV for costs or is close to it and will be the medical crisis of the baby boomers because there are so many of them. No need to go holier-than-thou on how someone will die. Terminal cancer patients can rack up big bills, also.

            1. Get some reality people says:

              Smoking is defined as risk behavior and people are now charged a premium on their insurance for choosing the behavior. They stomped their feet and screamed a few years ago but it became law. No they must stand in an outside ‘closet’ to smoke in many public places. Tell me why the high risk and non-productive choices (aids) of gays should be treated any differently? Either unimformed or con-artists.

              1. Ogie Oglethorpe says:

                “Tell me why the high risk and non-productive choices (aids) of gays should be treated any differently? ”

                Because you aren’t making a valid point or a valid comparison. Since when has AIDS been a choice by the way?

          2. Ignorance must be bliss! says:

            All these idiots that are saying “high risk behavior” are probably all fast food junkies that suck a bottle of Jack down a night and follow that with a pack of lucky strikes. It is easier casting stones at others than to look in the mirror though.

            1. Bliss go take a says:

              Supposition honey.

      2. Citizen says:

        @Carlismad. Medicaid or private insurance companies. It is all a wash since people with insurance ultimately pay for people without insurance. That is the point of having UNIVERSAL insurance for everyone. To spread the costs over the entire group. Where DO you people come up with these fiscal fairy tales?

        1. Reality check says:

          Add high risk behavior to a pool and the cost must be swallowed (whether you swallow or not). The only way you can prevent this is to prevent people who choose this behavior from entering the fund or charging them an extra premium. You allow too many people with risk behavior and you would bankrupt the pool (temred a ‘death spiral’ in in the health insurance world). The key word is choose the behavior. Examples of choosing poor risk behavior include, gays, smokers, & drunk drivers. It’s not called discrimination when smokers or convicted DWI drivers are blocked from a pool (or charged a premium). Gays are screaming and trying to ‘normalize this high risk behavior in an attempt to get into these pools (aka gay marriage). Don’t fall for their rants. Many gays on this forum are listing false statistics to make you believe they are no harm. Have you noticed though, none of them say, “who cares about insurance?” You won’t hear that because this is what gay marriage is about. Their dangerously and abnormal/ foolish choices will cost you money period. Vote no to gay marriage.

          1. Ogie Oglethorpe says:

            Prevent people who choose what behavior? Nobody chooses to be gay, Einstein.

            But riddle me this…

            What should be done with gays? If they are ruining straight people’s lives, what should the “Final Solution” be to “The Gay Problem?”

            1. Ogie is informed says:

              According to the American Medical Association honey, gay is a choice. THat’s good enough for the insurance companies and me. Now go get a job and pay your way.

              1. Ogie Oglethorpe says:

                According to gay people, gay isn’t a choice. What proof does the AMA give for it’s declaration, “honey?”

                1. Ogie Oglethorpe says:

                  Secondly, I have a job. And it’s better than yours. I guarantee it.

                2. Lost is lost says:

                  Well Ogie, we know you didn’t go to medical school… Which starbucks are you a server at?

          2. Citizen says:

            @Reality check. We pay for them anyway when they use the ER without having insurance. The costs to health care providers get passed to everyone. Why do you persist in telling people that isn’t true?

            1. A gay who agrees says:

              Private insurance is a smaller pool and cost are shared among a smaller group. The only fair way to treat smokers, drunk drivers, gays, or anyone who chooses behavior that increase the incidence of catastrophe consequence (lung cancer, deadly accindents, aids) is to raise their premium and have them pay for their own ticket. You would call a drunk driver or smoker who asked for this treatment a parasite, so why not a gay?

              ER losses are absorbed by Medicares ‘outlier risk pool’ supported by rules like EMTALA. Nothing to do with private insurance. Don’t confuse the issue. In fact darling, if you don’t know what’s going on stop your noise (sorry not a more polite way to put it). As a flaming gay I will support the law that disallows insurance in gay marriage. It’s not fair to everyone that a few of our gay bullies they and sneak it into law. You need to lean fariness not fairiness.

    3. Benny Hilderbranko says:

      Funny thing, if you smoke, you are considered high risk and pay more for insurance premiums. If you are heavy or don’t pass the ‘health questionaire’ the same thing happens. But if you choose to be gay and take these known high risk behaviors, it’s on us. We need to stop this now people.

      1. markH says:

        This argument is specious; are you suggesting that only gay folks get AIDS? There are plenty of people who contract AIDS who are not gay at all-so your argument falls. Even if we follow your logic, how do we determine which behaviors or lifestyles to NOT treat? What about heterosexual couples who conceive using fertility drugs like Clomid and have litters of kids (this is increasingly common) that cost millions to the insurers? What about the people who eat fatty foods and colas ten times a week and then develop heart disease and need a $150K treatment plan? In fact, the largest single drain on our health system is the elderly, followed closely by those with heart disease and diabetes. HIV is costly to treat, but it is NOT even in the top 20 of those conditions that draw on our health care system.

        1. Speciousspooger says:

          The buyer pays upcharges to offset the bahaviors you list Mark. All except one which you partake in and is too lewd to mention on this forum.

        2. Some people are bothered by reality says:

          94% incidence rate for aids is from gay activity. Stay out of the YMCA and go read a real book.

          1. Ogie Oglethorpe says:

            What should be done with gays who contract HIV / AIDS?

            1. Society Parasite says:

              You fellas work it our ok?

            2. Find an island says:

              You fellas work it out OK?

    4. Pat says:

      It;s all about money. Gays can pretend to be married, no one cares.

      But they want spousal benefits. They want your money.

    5. Michele says:

      … Because heterosexual couples NEVER indulge in risky behavior.

      1. Michelegotnonholeleftandshebeeatingglue says:

        Only 11% are reported and yes you are correct.

    6. Never thought of that good point!!! says:

      Wow, you know what. This is true and shame on me for never thinking about it. Well, when the public marriage vote comes up and our silly friends lose by a 90 percent margin and move on to NYC, this won’t be a discussion anymore. Thanks for bringing up a valid point though. I will mention this at work tomorrow. I suggest others bring up this point too. Dirty pool players at this parade (and likely pool sticks are dirty at the tip too).

  3. johnnycmoun says:

    WCCO is editing every carefully e-mail in favor of gay pride… Your all losers!

  4. johnnycmoun says:

    Who paid for the I-35 bridge color show? It better not be tax payer money Gov. Dayton!

    1. Richard in Minneapolis says:

      If you had read the articles two days ago you would know the answer:

      “Councilman Lilligren says there was no additional cost to light up the bridge in rainbow colors since the LED lighting system was already in place.”

      1. Wrong agin says:

        And if you read the acticle it stated that the DOT would need to reposition the lights and change the color. I don’t know about you, but I don’t know anyone at the DOT that works for free.

        Not sure how long this would take, I would guess not too much time, but it is certainly not going to be free. Not to mention all of the extra law enforcement for traffic control, the problems with the crowds, blocking off the streets for the parade, the extra costs to the people that were delayed and detoured, etc.

        1. IwonderIf says:

          having the parade isnt free.. the license and the cost of extra patrol ect comes at a cost.. and guess who pays for that.. hmm the organization that puts on the show…

    2. Nate says:

      So what if the government paid for this cause. The government subsidizes tons of social and religious causes every single day, including anti-gay organizations. Its called the huge tax exemption that government gives to organizations like the Catholics!

  5. Get a Life! says:

    Learn how to spell, LOSER!!!

    1. Got a life says:

      Learn how to spell, or learn how to spell loser? Why is that important here?

      1. Get a Life! says:

        That message was to “alterior.” DUH!

        1. Getagriptry polygriponyourbroomstick says:

          Duh, put it under the right message then skippy. Isn’t it time to go sit on your chapstick?

        2. No Frontal lobes says:

          I dont have an argument either!

          Let’s pick on spelling because we have no impluse control and are upset with the reality of these comments LOL!!

          Oops late for my tap dancing lessons LOL!!

  6. Darrow says:

    I thought he was going to ride in a float.

    He probably thought that was too gay!

    1. Gay is the Way Out! says:

      No he got sore from skipping you bully.

    2. He was. He is. says:

      You silly, he WAS riding in a float – didn’t you see his eyes?

  7. Lucifer says:

    Marvelous Markie, I always suspected that you might be a little freaky.

    So this must be why you had to abruptly leave the budget meeting today after only 30 minutes of discussion. Had to tootle on down to the Pride Parade. Where is your lap dog Markie?

    1. Marcellus Wallace says:

      Going to the parade makes him gay?

  8. Carl says:

    That’s more leadership in a day than T-Paw showed in eight years. Good job Governor.

    Praise Jebus, God hates courageous leaders, Amen.

  9. anonymous says:

    Once again everything else is more important than budget talks to prevent a state shut down. Thanks for nothing Dayton

  10. See BS says:

    As long as they are not celebrating how awful it is living in the United States.

    I will not rain on a Gay BLT parade.

    1. Daddy Doo says:

      Sounds like a rainbow sammich.

  11. Rico Suave says:

    The guv seems to be very much at home in this crowd. I heard that he took his shirt off and danced.

  12. SDREW says:

    Wow people, trying to stack up a bunch of BS reasons to put down gays and put down Dayton is really pathetic! Funny that many of you are sooo worried about you insurance premiums going up, would you be the same people who bashed the President for trying to stop them being able to do that! So now we use insurance premiums escalating in cost because of gays sleeping around! Last time I checked all the single mothers out there got pregnant from having sex with straight men without protection! All my buddies had allot of unprotected sex with multiple partners too…..there are more straight people with Aids and HIV in the world than GAYS, perhaps we should stop certain races from inter marrying too, you know some are more pron to illness…..we should be real careful and not let African immigrants marry Americans either, they have a high rate of HIV and other STD’s…why stop at gays!

    Your a bunch of bigots, spending too much time listen to FOX and the 700 club…get a clue….the biggest problem we have in the US in controlling our health care costs is most of you can’t stop eating,smoking and drinking….those are the questions your asked at the Doctors! Married couples tend to have sex with each other, single people have sex with lots of people, gay and straights alike are the same on this! Most stupid argument yet…thanks for that!

    1. Lucifer says:

      Geeze.. Talk about issues. Have another doober and chill out sdrew

    2. TW says:

      Good lord…I’m still in shock that the argument is being made here that gays marrying will make our insurance costs go up…..so people making a commitment to be with each other for life means they’ll have sex with other people….OK, that sounds like a stretch.
      My mothers best friend has been with his boyfriend for 40 years, he’s never had sex with another man…they want to be married, let them….they deserve it more than most of us! Most of us have had sex with multiple partners when we were single, it tends to stop once you get married…that’s unless your a white christian male who’s in the GOP leadership, then you have sex with other women and later marry them.

      1. Citizen says:

        @TW. GOP leadership also has sex with prostitutes and little boys. Remember the senate pages and David Vitter!

    3. Now thats a rant says:

      Thats FAUX news to you libs. Get with it.

      1. Aids is expensive says:

        Add high risk behavior to a pool and the cost must be swallowed (whether you swallow or not). The only way you can prevent this is to prevent people who choose this behavior from entering the fund or charging them an extra premium. You allow too many people with risk behavior and you would bankrupt the pool (temred a ‘death spiral’ in in the health insurance world). The key word is choose the behavior. Examples of choosing poor risk behavior include, gays, smokers, & drunk drivers. It’s not called discrimination when smokers or convicted DWI drivers are blocked from a pool (or charged a premium). Gays are screaming and trying to ‘normalize this high risk behavior in an attempt to get into these pools (aka gay marriage). Don’t fall for their rants. Many gays on this forum are listing false statistics to make you believe they are no harm. Have you noticed though, none of them say, “who cares about insurance?” You won’t hear that because this is what gay marriage is about. Their dangerously and abnormal/ foolish choices will cost you money period. Vote no to gay marriage.

        1. Ogie Oglethorpe says:

          What should be done with gays?

          What should be done with gays who contract HIV?

          1. Are you for real? says:

            Education Ogie.

            1. Ogie Oglethorpe says:

              Please be more specific.

              Shall we round them all up and put them in “re-education” camps until they renounce their hom(0)sekshuality?

              Yes or no?

              1. look to everyone else for the solution says:

                Your problem dude. Don’t parasite on us for this solution too. One generation and you should have been done.

  13. Guy says:

    I ALWAYS thought he was a “closet case”.

  14. Markie pooh says:

    Say fellas, someone said there’s a budget problem in the state. I’ll be so happy to fix that big boy, just tell me where it is and I’ll get right on it. Just got to finish my appletiini in a jiffy.

  15. ja says:

    Good lord people, have a little respect !!! That’s the problem with this country no respect for anyone anymore- and it’s a big shame. Maybe if we could get back some and I did say some this place just might be a little better off. But I’m sure that is asking way to much. But, I well still teach my kids proper behavior and respect no matter what.

    1. Doggy Deep says:

      Ummm your gonna teacah your kids about takers and receivers? Your a perfect parent!

      1. Ogie Oglethorpe says:

        Do you teach your kids about hetero intercourse? If so, why?

        As long as you’re not the one in charge of teaching them English. It doesn’t appear you have mastered it yourself yet.

    2. kneel and Bob says:

      Respect for someone wearing a pink boa and skipping around like a fool? Someone who willingly accepts the risk of aids daily? SOmeone who wants to defer that cost on the public. Not on my watch big fella. Not everyone wins here like mommy told you.

      1. Marcellus Wallace says:

        What should be done with gays?

        I want to know your solution. You don’t want them in public, but quite clearly they aren’t going anywhere and won’t all voluntarily kill themselves to make you feel more secure.

        So, be honest here. What do you propose be done with gays?

        1. Citizen says:

          @Marcellus. “They” all complain about welfare mothers and their entourages, too, but have yet to propose a solution there, either. I do remember another regime that did manage a solution for gays, homeless, gypsies, and, oh yes, Jews. What was that about again? Oh, yeah, WWII.

        2. Society parasites says:

          Clean up your own mess dude. Stop it with your hand out.

  16. Kevin says:

    Couldnt he have worn something…oh I dont know….something alittle more…..glittery? Something with the tuna taster flag on it? Something with sparkles?

  17. Jake says:

    It costs over $20 GRAND a year to ‘treat’ an AIDS patient, but don’t look for ‘cco to tell you that. Guess who picks up most of the tab? Personally, I think dayton IS gay. Haven’t seen or heard of him being with a woman for decades.

    1. Marcellus Wallace says:

      And when was the last time you got a bill with that itemized on it?

      1. Your estimate is low says:

        Add high risk behavior to a pool and the cost must be swallowed (whether you swallow or not). The only way you can prevent this is to prevent people who choose this behavior from entering the fund or charging them an extra premium. You allow too many people with risk behavior and you would bankrupt the pool (temred a ‘death spiral’ in in the health insurance world). The key word is choose the behavior. Examples of choosing poor risk behavior include, gays, smokers, & drunk drivers. It’s not called discrimination when smokers or convicted DWI drivers are blocked from a pool (or charged a premium). Gays are screaming and trying to ‘normalize this high risk behavior in an attempt to get into these pools (aka gay marriage). Don’t fall for their rants. Many gays on this forum are listing false statistics to make you believe they are no harm. Have you noticed though, none of them say, “who cares about insurance?” You won’t hear that because this is what gay marriage is about. Their dangerously and abnormal/ foolish choices will cost you money period. Vote no to gay marriage.

        1. Ogie Oglethorpe says:

          What choices, specifically?

  18. Jeff "Gangsta" J says:

    I personally have nothing against gay people. Yeah, they can get HIV, but so do a lot of other people. Last I heard, gay men earn more on average and are higher educated that their straight male counterparts. So in all likely hood, most gay HIV patients have private health insurance. Sorry, gays are not a drain on our economy.

    What IS a drain on our economy are North Minneapolis women who poop out a kid every 9 months so they can collect welfare, EBT, free health insurance, free child care, free everything, while they go and party every friday and saturday night at Karma, while shooting and stabbing random people.

    Also, because they have sex with multiple men without protection, most of them probably have some sort of STD, including HIV. Then their “chirrins” get knocked up at the age of 12 and then repeat the whole welfare/crime cycle.

    THAT IS WHAT A DRAIN IS!!

    Sorry, I’d rather live next to a gay couple anyday than ghetto trash.

    1. Jake says:

      Actually, they are both bad. Give me a straight couple with 2 decent kids who stay away from DOPE and other serious trouble, and I could live just FINE with that.

    2. Moreland is a biggun says:

      OK send they gays to North Mpls then. Maybe one will be turned on by the woman who just stole the fur coat and kept it in her pants while in jail for three days. The story is on wcco here. She will keep their gerbils warm and drive down costs.

      1. Gay men is an oxymoron? says:

        LOL – THAT IS ONE BAD VISUAL!!!!!! Shame on you for making me spit up my soda. This is funnier than the comedy channel. Thank you gays for doing all of this with a straight face. WOW, JUST WOW.

    3. Really says:

      I agree with you.

  19. Jason says:

    Someone looks like their lost wandering around in traffic. Maybe he is looking for the capital to try and finish up the budget.

  20. Jake says:

    The circus just left town. Good riddance. Can we now put the lights on the 35W bridge back to NORMAL??

  21. Anonymous says:

    Mr Dayton your true colors have shown now!! Literally. Oh you wanted to be the first to be in the GAY parade you are sick. But you did fit right in. Get back to work. Maybe you can get some real work done now that the parade is off your mind. I’m sure that kept you busy plannig that? Maybe you can think straight now and get some real work done. Stop supporting all the special interest groups. There are some real issues that need to be taken care of.

    1. Ogie Oglethorpe says:

      “Oh you wanted to be the first to be in the GAY parade you are sick. But you did fit right in.”

      What does this comment even MEAN?

  22. Really says:

    No matter who holds political office, no matter what policies are adopted no matter if gays folks marry or not I will be just fine and financially secure unlike most of you losers here writing all this hateful stuff you know absolutely nothing about reality.

  23. jen says:

    Dayton: First (and Last) Governor To Walk In Mpls Pride Parade

    1. Citizen says:

      Hmmm. Doesn’t seem to be an issue that both Mayor R.T. Rybak of Minneapolis, and Mayor Chris Coleman of St. Paul both walked in the parade, also.

      1. Go away little girls says:

        Ryback was trolling

  24. Daytons dogs says:

    You guys are brutal. It’s a Mark Dayton love fest on the Star Tribune website!

  25. bella says:

    I wish he could of found time for the National Guards deployment ceremony last month. I guess that wasnt important to him or Amy k.

    1. Ogie Oglethorpe says:

      Did you mean “could HAVE…” ?

  26. bella says:

    No he didn”t . So I mean “would have”

    1. Ogie Oglethorpe says:

      It was the word “of” that was out of place there, not the “would” or the “could.”

      1. bella says:

        Yep your right – “he should of’

  27. bella says:

    . So I mean “would have”

  28. GOv On Top says:

    Wow…is Gov Google eyes a giver or a receiver????

  29. dismayed says:

    Mark Dayton is a very decent man with a good heart. Maybe insurance companies should cover everyone except those showing bigotry toward others.

    1. Wake up people says:

      A big heart with other peoples money honey.

  30. peacemaker says:

    Thank you Govenor Dayton for your support. I see a change is happening for the better. Gays are doctors, lawyers. judges, police officers, etc …
    Why should we be targeted further by ignorant hate filled bigots who are happy living the american dream and still depriving other gay americans of the same. I am happy to see our govenor show his humanity and set religion and politics aside .

  31. Mark5 says:

    If you are so against the gay’s…Why do you choose to live in the gayest cuty in the country?

    1. Shame on you parasites says:

      Because I’m Somolian and my husband is Hmong. We are here because both population bases are the highest in the country as well.
      You should be ashamed of choosing gay. In China you would be buried alive. Be grateful for what you have been given and go hide as you should. Shame.

  32. Sick of the superficial lies says:

    The gang mentality from the repubs is disgusting. They are committed to fight everything – even common sense – rather than committing to solving problems. Geez people – someone with a difference of opinion or lifestyle is NOT a threat to your life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness — well, at least it isn’t until you give them guns with the message they can shoot to kill anytime they perceive a threat. Can we PLEASE get back to the middle, close the tax loopholes that allow the rich to crush the middle class and obliterate the working poor’s chances of bootstrapping their way out of poverty?! You have got to wake up and understand extremism is not sustainable. Education matters, healthcare reform matters, fiscal restraint matters, protections for the working class matter, and regulations that attempt to give us some measure of support against greed and the corruption of big business and corporate-backed politicians matter. We need to make the shift from being a consumption economy to one of innovations that make our lives better, not disposable. Quit trying to sink everyone else’s boat and look for ways to lift them all up!

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