Mpls Pride Fest Abuzz After NY Gay Marriage Breakthrough

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The City of Minneapolis is in the middle of hosting its 39th annual Pride Festival, and this year’s it’s of special significance because of the gay marriage law that passed in New York Friday.

The breakthrough in New York came after lawmakers agreed that religious organizations will not face discrimination lawsuits if they refuse to allow same-sex weddings in their place of worship.

It was the first time a state legislature with a Republican majority approved such a bill.

In Minneapolis, many in the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) community felt Saturday that the festival was like a great family get together.

There was music, lights and people all about Loring Park, which served as the backdrop for the celebration.

While the party rocked on, many at the festival were focused on what was happening on the other side of the country.

Becka Priestley, who was also at the festival, said she thinks what happened in New York shows that America is having a change of heart in regards to the gay community.

“It would be nice if Minnesotans figured out love is more important than hate,” said Jodi Wallin, who was at the festival.

Minnesota’s GLBT community is hoping the movement in New York helps them in their fight to legalize gay marriage in 2012.

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  • bill

    Enjoy your parade. Once the souless politicians and you gutless libs allow Islam to take oyer this country, do you think your life style will be tolerated for one second? Islam will be dancing in the streets with your heads on speers. How’s that for a parade?

    • Tom

      @ bill

      You need to leave your FOX bubble and join the rest of us in reality!

      • Phid

        Tom, you are not paying attention to realities of the world.

        • Tom

          @ Phid

          Yes I am as matter of fact!

      • Larry Craig

        I wish I could go to the parade & have anonymous,impersonal,non-passionate ,impulsive,high risk anal sex with a pack of undisciplined hairy guys in leather thongs with big gay mustaches.

        • Tom

          @ Larry Craig

          Sounds like you have been thinking that scenerio for awhile. How do you know what gay men wear?

        • em0886

          DUMB!!! How do you know any of that?? Sounds like you have experienced it. You don’t have the right to decide what they do…worry about yourself. They are not hurting anyone. Everyone needs to wear protection…not just them. It’s not like they are the only ones that can spread AIDS and STD’s. I honestly can’t believe how ignorant you are…or maybe you are secretly gay and act out like an idiot so nobody suspects you!

    • hdog2

      Love it……great comment. Influenced by FOX? No, people like us are influenced by our own wisdom.

    • Pay for their choices

      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.

  • Bridge/Butt Dweller

    Be sure to clean up all the used condoms under the bridge after the lighting ceremony

    • cooperhood

      Sounds like someone got a fetish here…. Sexual attraction to bridges, or lights. Or probably used condoms.

      • Tom


        Good One LOL!

        • Fed Up

          @ Carl. Take a look at your comments. I’m not exactly a Christian, that is I don’t actively practice it, but you’re a big part of the reason that gay marriage is not accepted. You’re just another bigot on these boards and you say the exact same things as the gay-bashers. The only difference is that you replace “Gays” with :Christians”

      • N.Coleman

        A Parade of Hairy bearded Fairies in Ballerina TuTu’s & high heels swishing down the street hand-in-hand..The women look like Rush Limbaugh in Mullets with their keys dangling from a beltloop..Bringing up the rear are the clueless parents carrying banners proclaiming how proud they are of their kids..

        • Tom

          @ N. Coleman

          At least the parents are proud to admit that their child is gay! Unliike some parents who try to hide it!

        • emily0886

          So you wouldn’t support your child if they were gay?? It’s your responsibility as a parent to love your child and support them no matter what. All these ignorant people on here making stupid comments is rather disturbing. I have no problem with gay marriage…love is love no matter what! Who are you people to decide what is right?! Didn’t know you were in the position to play GOD. I laugh when I read how unintelligent half the people are on here. I am not gay and do not have any gay relatives but they are not hurting anyone by wanting the same rights as everyone else.

      • Gerry & Michael

        gays love to give head thru a hole cut in the wall..they’ll celebrate anything

      • Smart Business

        I own 7 apartment buildings..I never rent to gays..but I do take the application & $45 processing fee and pocket it!

  • Carl

    Odd how modern American Christians have adopted a tone and message so different from their Lord. Either way, this is the US, not some Christian version of Iran, or at least not yet.

    “Don’t tread on me” with your voodoo religions and hillbilly hate.

    Praise Jebus, God hates the secular state, Amen.

    • Hdog2

      Confused idiot, Jesus didn’t preach that anything goes. Love for all still included his standard, and his standard didn’t include accepting perversion, hence the adage ‘love the sinner, hate the sin’. But that is probably a bit too steep for your comprehension.

      • markH

        How about “love the Christian, hate the self-centered, supernatural and bigoted religious ideology.”

        • Tom

          @ Mark H

          Very True!

  • Tom

    Well I can see that we have 3 people on this page who are very INSECURE that they are worried what a small group are doing whether it is private or public!

  • Tom

    @ Gary W Johnson

    Get back in your closet and lock the door….Social Conservatives = Nut Jobs! In need of therapy!

  • reellife

    Yes. I’d be proud too if I could stand the whole disgusting thing. Maybe would even march around like an idiot..

    • Tom

      @ Reellife

      Why do you care?

      • Not Reel Life

        Here’s why people should care:

        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.

  • Pat

    Come on guys and gals, let’s all move to New York. That’ll show ’em!

    • drummer

      We’ll help with travel money.

      • Carl

        Or the hillbillies, fundamentalists and confeds could move south of the Manson/Nixon line leaving Minnesota “nice,” healthy and free.

        • drummer

          You can strike the “healthy” part

        • duh

          Think that should be dixon not nixon line.

          • drummer

            They are being cute. It’s their nature.

            • Carl

              As opposed to the fundamentalist strategy of willful ignorance.

              Praise Jebus, God hates words, Amen.

          • Carl


            But the Manson part didn’t seem strange? Mason/Dixon vs. Manson/Nixon. Duh.

            Praise Jebus, God hates sarcasm, Amen.

          • @duh

            He put nixon instaead of dixon and manson instead of mason, way to pick that up, if you’re going to point out a mistake please be smarter than a tree stump. He was trying to be funny

    • max

      Why leave? It’s only a matter of time before we have marriage equality in Minnesota!

  • drummer

    Carl: Put it where you want. Just no more epidemics. Please.

    • Carl

      Couldn’t agree more. Of course, single straight women have much higher new infection rates of AIDS/HIV, HPV and chlamydia than GLBTs.

      • dah-der-dolt

        Damn Carl you breathe on a machine, Gay men are the leaders in hiv infection don’t kid yourself, actually gay black men to be more specific.

        • Marcellus Wallace

          As long as you’re not a gay man and not a gay black man, why do you care? You don’t have a horse in the race.

      • Silly is as silly does

        The numbers look that way carol because there are only a few gays in relative terms. In percentages it’s gays 94% incidence rate for aids, non gays 2%, and 4% gerbils and sheep.

  • Blah Blah

    You know, I couldn’t care less what people do in their private lives and as a matter of personal fundamentals, I don’t think that the government should have any say. But the childish antics of gay-marriage supporters like Carl here make me want to vote no on a constitutional amendment as a matter of statement that I more strongly feel those types should never succeed.

  • Hdog2

    “It’s their nature” Yes, it really is their nature to flaunt their irresponsbile, immature, perverted hedonism. Just another example of people who think the world exists for them to express themselves…..a leftist concept, which is why the libs embrace these embarrassing orgies. GLBT is pathetic and sickening, no matter how hard liberal, morally relative (or absent) sheep try to coddle them.

    • real tough

      Hdog2: Get with it. They don’t choose this lifestyle. They are ‘Born That Way.” Who in their right mind would choose to do what they do?

      • Me

        @Real Tough: nobody forces them to parade around in drag, flaunting themselves. It is a CHOICE. Being born gay might not be a choice for some people, but choosing how to conduct oneself is certainly a product of free will.

      • Got aids yet?

        They are born with diminished frontal lobes and subsequent impulse control problems. They can be taught better ways.

    • Tom

      @ Hdog2

      So you call GLBT is pathetic and sicking? What do you think about the catholic church covering sex abuse by their priests on young boys for all those years does that sicken you?

  • Rico Suave

    I saw a youtube video of an NYC gay parade. It was disturbing. If you burn your tongue, you can’t taste anything. When your “conscience is burned, as with a hot iron” your ability to know the difference between wholesome and perverse is gone. So much so that you imagine everyone is perverse and you begin to project. Think about this at the festival.

  • Wake the public

    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.

    • I was gay

      Well said. I wish more people would realize this.

    • govenor is sneaky

      Ditto. Well said

    • Shame on dayton

      Makes good sense. Thanks for waking us up.

  • max

    I was there and it was so much fun. I am a straight person and I am secure in my sexuality, so I’m not bothered by the joyful celebration of gay people being proud of who they are. MPLS Pride is awesome!

    • Tom

      @ max

      That is good. Your the only one here besides myself who is NOT INSECURE!

    • real tough

      The Mosquito District says we have a plague of them. While there have been no reported cases of HIV infection transmitted by mosquitos, having that many gays and that many mosquitos in the same place could be a ‘perfect storm’. Who the helll knows?

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