Laura Brod underwear photo: What it means and why it matters
Who took the picture?
Those who know us understand that we have had a difficult marriage for quite a number of years. And while we love each other as friends, and respect each other as parents, we have effectively led separate lives, have been separated and are presently going through a very amicable divorce. We felt no need to publicize or communicate this private matter.
From this passage, it seems clear that the picture was taken by someone with whom she was having an affair, and that she is arguing that she did not betray her husband because their marriage was already in the process of dissolution.
If the photo was taken sometime between 2004-2010, that was when Laura Brod was a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives.
As a family values Republican, Brod advocated against abortion rights and gay marriage. If she was violating her own marriage at the same time she was trying to prevent gay people from having the right to wed, she is guilty of the same hypocrisy that dogged Amy Koch .
It certainly gives new relevance to this 2007 radio conversation with -- of all people -- Michael Brodkorb:
Brodkorb asked Rep. Brod on AM 1280, "Do you think that because of the Iowa decision that there will be a lot of discussion this legislative session on gay marriage and that issue in general?"
"I think obviously any decision like that gears up the issue and puts it ahead on the table," said Brod, likening the decision to the Kelo v. City of New London case that dealt with property rights in 2005. "I would expect that the Iowa decision would have the same kind of impact," Brod said.
But the "protection of traditional marriage" isn't the true agenda for any member of this amendment-promoting echo chamber. The goal is no relationship rights whatsoever for same-sex couples.
"We are seeing pro-homosexual legislators trying to incrementally legalize homosexual marriage even in the state Legislature," Minnesota Majority's Davis told Brodkorb and Brod on AM 1280. "Last session there were four individual bills that were essentially there to put into law the recognition of same-sex unions. The only explanation for this is to essentially codify into law a status that then can be used to essentially force this down the throats of Minnesota citizens."
If, on the other hand, the photo was taken after February 2011, then it was during her tenure on the Board of Regents, and her current employers at the University of Minnesota might have a bigger problem with it than they already do.
There's also the question of when Brod became aware that the picture was out there. It could explain why she put her Twitter account on hiatus a few months ago with no explanation:
Twitter account going on hiatus.-- Laura Brod (@laurabrod) March 30, 2013
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