MNGOP Sen. Dan Hall suggests gay marriage supporters are unpatriotic
Hall later said "no one is calling anyone unpatriotic."
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Either Dan Hall isn't worried about pissing off pro-gay marriage independents and conservatives, or he really needs to think twice before hitting that "Tweet" button.
Hall -- a first-term MNGOP Senator representing parts of Bloomington, Savage, and Burnsville who is up for reelection this November -- is feeling blowback after suggesting yesterday that gay marriage supporters are unpatriotic.
Here's Hall's tweet, which featured a photo of three homes on a residential street in Duluth. Two of the homes have "Vote No" signs without an American flag visible in their yards; the third has no political yard signs, but does have an American flag flying from the porch:
Criticism of Hall's suggestion was fast, furious, and spanned the gamut.
One reply came from retiring Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, the state's best-known pro-gay marriage conservative. Kriesel simply pointed out that Hall's suggestion is incorrect:
I have a flag in my yard. RT-- John Kriesel (@johnkriesel) August 20, 2012
@senatordanhall: Why is it you never see an US flag where you see a Vote No for the Marriage Amendment sign?
Other GOPers were offended:
-- Daniel Wolter (@DJWolter) August 20, 2012
@senatordanhall Wow... As a Dakota County Republican whose voting no, I'm kind of offended by the insinuation that I'm not patriotic.
While other responses were more colorful and suggested that Hall's tweet could help raise some bucks for Minnesotans United for All Families:
Later in the day, Hall started sending a standard reply to all the indignant folks contacting him:
-- Dan Hall (@SenatorDanHall) August 21, 2012
@eventcloudpro Everyone seems touchy when I give them my observation. U read into it what U want, but no one is calling anyone unpatriotic.
But that'd be easier to believe if Sen. Hall hadn't published a tweet just the day before that clearly drew a connection between being a flag-flaunting Republican and patriotism:
Same-sex marriage is one thing, but we're also offended that one of our legislators still struggles with the distinction between "their" and "they're."
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