Minneapolis – On election day, the DFL House majority faced the consequences of overreach and usurpation of power that began two years ago—on election day.
Two years ago on election day, the Marriage Amendment (the ballot initiative that would have protected the definition of man-woman marriage in the Minnesota Constitution) lost on the ballot after voters were told that the Amendment was “unnecessary” because state law already defined marriage as between one man and one woman, and that the law would stay the way it was if the Amendment did not pass.
Since that night, with the Minnesota House, Senate, and Governorship controlled by a single party with liberal DFL leadership, our elected officials: (1) forced same-sex “marriage” on the state while refusing to protect the religious freedom rights of over One Million Minnesotans who define marriage as only a man-woman union based on their religious or conscientious beliefs; (2) have repeatedly trampled over parental rights; (3) failed to protect the lives of the unborn while also failing to protect Minnesota taxpayers from being forced to pay for abortions; and (4) have regularly forced government intrusion into areas of authority reserved for parents, families, constitutionally protected religious beliefs, and individual school districts.
“On election day, Minnesotans said ‘enough.’ For two years, their Representatives betrayed their trust and abused power. Minnesotans recognized that their representatives did not represent their values and selected new leadership,” said John Helmberger, CEO for Minnesota Family Council (MFC).
MFC selected six key House districts in Greater Minnesota, with the goal of helping Minnesotans in those districts who were seeking new leaders who would represent their family values (Districts 2A, 10A, 10B, 11B, 12A, and 17A). MFC also assisted one district in which an incumbent candidate who represents well the values of her district faced a challenger hostile to family values and religious freedom (1B).The prolife, pro-religious freedom, pro-family values candidate in all seven of these districts prevailed.
“We predicted since 2013 that Minnesotans who felt betrayed by elected officials who forced a redefinition of marriage on them would speak clearly at the polls in 2014. We were honored to help Minnesotans in all six of our key districts select better representation for themselves! Folks in these districts will now be represented by leaders who will share their family values. We were also honored to support Dan Severson in his extremely close campaign for Secretary of State,” Helmberger said.
Nowhere has government overreach and usurpation of power been more prevalent than in the area of religious freedom. Minnesota Family Council warned throughout the debate over the redefinition of marriage since as far back as 2004 that redefining marriage triggers threats to religious freedom rights.
“Since the Legislature passed the same-sex ‘marriage’ law, the Minnesota Human Rights Department has been targeting business owners of faith for civil and even criminal punishment for declining to provide services to a same-sex ‘wedding.’ The government has basically invented a ‘right’ to ‘the wedding photographer of your choice’ while ignoring the real Minnesota and federal Constitution rights to religious freedom,” Helmberger explained.
“This is unacceptable to Minnesotans, and we pray the newly elected leaders will fight to protect the right of all Minnesotans to live out their faith,” he concluded.
Just this August, the owners of a private hunting club in Little Falls, MN agreed to a settlement with the Minnesota Human Rights Department, rather than spend the time and money to fight the “human rights complaint” filed against them for declining a same-sex wedding on their property.
Their case demonstrates that the current government has claimed the power to force a private business to pay for a same-sex wedding and reception that the business owners disagree with for reasons of conscience or religious belief.
This is an unprecedented grasp of power in Minnesota, and the election results prove that Minnesotans never intended for their elected leaders to take that much power over their lives.